Arlo Essential Spotlight review

A truly essential smart security camera

5 Star Rating
Arlo Essential Spotlight review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Arlo Essential Spotlight is an incredibly capable outdoor security camera, with a crisp image, laser-sharp motion detection, and smart features that actually matter.


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    Great picture

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    Records short clips for free


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    Too many notifications at times

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    Requires recharging

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The Arlo Essential Spotlight is an ideal entry point into the world of outdoor security cameras. This battery-powered model does without the need for weatherproof wires, or a cable you have to thread through a wall of brick; the Spotlight allows for easy installation, great viewing angle control, and the built-in capabilities to ensure your home stays protected.

Specs and features

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Henry St Leger

Henry is a freelance technology journalist. Before going freelance, he spent more than three years on TechRadar reporting on TVs, projectors and smart speakers as the website's Home Cinema Editor – and has been interviewed live on both BBC World News and Channel News Asia, discussing the future of transport and 4K resolution televisions respectively. As a graduate of English Literature and theater enthusiast, he'll usually be found forcing Shakespeare puns into his technology articles, which he thinks is what the Bard would have wanted.