The Arlo Ultra and the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor are two high-end home security cameras, by far the most specced-out DIY outdoor models I’ve tested. Both cameras have 8-megapixel image sensors, which allows them to automatically zoom in on a person, a car — or some other motion activity — and track it more closely than a standard cam. The Ultra and the IQ Outdoor are weatherproof and designed to handle changing temperatures, rain, snow and more without breaking. They share a couple of other standard home security features, too, but they also have some significant differences. So I thought I’d put together an in-depth comparison so you can see where each model stands out and if one makes sense for your home. Let’s dive in. Best facial recognition cameras: Which one should you buy? Biometric data privacy: Why Illinois bans Sony’s robot dog Performance The IQ Outdoor has a slight upper hand on the performance front. This Nest camera sent me fast alerts, accurately tracked activity within its field of view and recognized most faces with its optional “familiar faces” facial recognition feature. The Arlo Ultra also did a good job in general, but struggled a bit with some of the advanced features. For instance, the Ultra is supposed to differentiate among people, vehicles and animals. It even has a beta feature for recognizing packages when they arrive and sending out a custom alert. The Ultra did a great job detecting a person — it won’t tell you who… [Read full story]
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