Reolink Argus 3 Pro outdoor camera test: nothing escapes it

Behind the Argus 3 Pro’s ultra-wide-angle optics is a 4-megapixel sensor that allows you to shoot at 2560 x 1440 pixels, and Reolink offers plenty of customization. The resolution cannot be lowered to reduce the size of the recordings, but it is possible to view and download them at 640 x 360 pixels when, for example, the connection is not very good. The quality is not enough to fully exploit the recordings, but at least you can get an idea of ​​what worked in the camera.



low resolution


A high resolution

The manufacturer also allows you to play with frame rate and bit rate. Added to this are the brightness, exposure and backlight settings, which should be understood as background lighting. Thus, it is possible to increase the dynamic range of the image in the case of backlight, as does the HDR mode. In addition to all these settings, there are also different resolutions for live display and resulting images (2560 x 1440, 1280 x 720 and 640 x 360 pixels).

To show where the Reolink camera ranks in the market in terms of image quality, we selected footage that we compared with others taken under similar conditions from Google’s Nest Cam (battery) camera. This model tops our guide to the best battery cameras.

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The Argus 3 Pro produces good quality recordings. The various elements that make up our test scene are captured with a satisfying level of detail. The cover of the book is readable, the playing cards are recognizable and, above all, the facial features seem to be well defined.



Google Nest Cam (Battery)


Reolink Argus 3 Pro

Like Ezviz’s BC1C 2K+, the Reolink camera struggles to claim its 4 megapixels against Google’s 2 megapixels. The Nest Cam (battery) shows more detail, and its better light management allows certain elements to stand out better, such as the embroidery on our white fabric. However, we can limit the overexposure and underexposure problems of the Argus 3 Pro thanks to the various settings available.

At night

Thanks to infrared vision, the Reolink camera handles the highlights of our test scene a bit better, offering almost the same level of detail as it does in daylight. The Nest Cam (battery) image is still sharper and superior overall, but we must not forget that the Argus 3 Pro also offers color night vision with two small LED projectors.



Google Nest Cam (Battery)


Reolink Argus 3 Pro

This color night vision allows it to offer surprisingly good image quality as it even surpasses what we could see during the day. Excluding overexposure issues due to the proximity of our test scene and the lack of power adjustment of the projectors, the image is particularly crisp and rich in detail. Of course, like infrared LEDs, Argus 3 Pro projectors do not have an unlimited range, and image quality depends largely on the distance to objects: the farther away they are, the less clear their image appears. Electronic noise may also occur.



Color night vision


IR vision

However, the Argus 3 Pro allowed us to identify a person up to 5 meters away with night vision and slightly less with infrared vision: 4 meters. We also estimated this distance at 4 meters with the infrared vision of the Nest Cam (Battery), the detection efficiency of which the Reolink camera also cannot envy. Both cameras detected activity up to 9 meters away, the maximum distance required by our lab. The Reolink camera also responds very quickly to the activation of spotlights or infrared vision: just wait 2 seconds.

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