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Reolink launches Argus 2 camera and solar panel for power

Reolink launches Argus 2 camera and solar panel for power
After creating a successful campaign on Indiegogo, Reolink comes back with its latest rechargeable battery-powered security camera Argus 2.

The rechargeable battery in the new model can last for six months after one charge, according to Reolink. This allows users to place the camera anywhere outside of the house for surveillance purpose.

The company also provides another accessory called the Reolink Solar Panel. By installing the solar panel near the camera and hooking up the Argus 2 with the panel via microUSB, users won’t need to hassle with taking the battery off for recharge.

The new weatherproof model features 1080p full HD and 130-degree wide-angle recording, PIR motion sensor and two-way audio. It’s also said to provide starlight color night vision up to 33ft, so that it can identify people, vehicles and other details in the dark.

When the camera detects human movements, it will send alerts to its mobile app, trigger siren alarm, start to record footage and save it in the local Micro SD card. The companion app will send a notification when the battery is low on power. Users can also watch live videos anytime anywhere via the app.

There is no integration between Reolink Argus 2 and smart home platforms such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT.

Reolink Argus 2 will go on sale for US$129.99, while one rechargeable battery is included. The Reolink Solar Panel that works with the camera will then have a US$29.99 price tag.

“We firmly believe security matters most and it should be for everyone. That’s why we make our security products professional, reliable, affordable, simple, and DIY style,” said Laura, sales manager at Reolink. “Wire-free rechargeable battery security camera Argus is the latest brainchild of our effort to make home and business monitoring easier and simpler.”

Compared to other outdoor camera models, such as Hive View, the Nest Cam IQ and the Arlo Pro 2, Argus 2 does have a low-price advantage. However, it may be perceived to have less value since it doesn’t support other smart home platforms.

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