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Reolink C2 Pro review: This 5-megapixel pan/tilt security camera delivers crystal-clear video


The Reolink C2 Pro retains the same body as the the C1 Pro, but improves its image quality with a five-megapixel camera that delivers 1920p resolution. According to Reolink, this results in videos that are 1.3-times clearer and sharper than 4MP cameras like the C1 Pro, and 2.4-times clearer than competitors that deliver 1080p resolution. The C2 Pro retains its sharpness even when you use its 3X optical zoom. Many of the other features of the C1 Pro are still here: A ring of eight infrared LEDs around the camera's lens provides up to 40 feet of night vision. The camera also includes an integrated microphone and a speaker for two-way communication, and it supports motion detection with push notifications.



Nest Cam IQ comes with a host of new features, including facial recognition and smart audio alerts. Nest IQ includes a 4K, 8-megapixel image sensor that improves 1080p video quality. A 10-day Nest Aware subscription runs $10 a month or $100 a year for one camera, and $5 a month for each additional camera. With its facial recognition, smart audio alerts, and stellar image quality, the Nest Cam IQ improves significantly on the already estimable Nest Cam.

Bio-inspired retina allows drones to almost see in the dark with no motion blur


A group of researchers from the University of Zurich and NCCR Robotics is giving drones a new way to see. Their innovation is an eye-inspired camera that can easily cope with high-speed motion and even see in near-dark conditions--crucial functionality as drones become more autonomous and applications for drones more widespread. Autonomous and semi-autonomous drones need to know their precise position and orientation in space at all times to fly safely. Commercial drones use GPS, but that can be unreliable in cities. Conventional cameras can help drones fix their location, but they need ample light to function effectively. Autonomous drones that rely on computer vision are also restricted to flying below speeds that cause motion blur, which renders vision algorithms useless.

Arlo cameras are getting person detection and e911 services


Today, Netgear announced a couple of new features and service plans for its Arlo cameras. They are called Arlo Smart, and they use algorithms in order to cut down on junk notifications and ensure that what you're getting pinged about matters to you. Users can also access their recordings for up to 60 days and the cameras can reach emergency responders using e911 services. The Smart plans include Person Detection, which differentiates the activities of an animal (and therefore, won't trigger an alert) from a person. Cloud Activity Zones allow users to define the areas they'd like to receive alerts from (blocking out swaying trees, for example).

In the market for a security system? This recent Kickstarter hit is already on sale.


TL;DR: As of March 22, you can knock $10 off the regular price of the OLA Smart WiFi Security Camera and get it for $189.99 instead of $200. Since you can't get a moat of snakes and alligators or hire your own private security detail to monitor your home 24/7, a security camera is your next-best option. But not all security cameras are created equal -- and they've come a long way in the past decade or so. Recently funded and brought to life with the help of backers on Indiegogo and Kickstarter, the Ola Smart WiFi Security Camera is a unique option for those looking to monitor their home. The Ola features many functions we've come to expect out of a security camera, like two-way talk, facial recognition, app connectivity, and motion alerts.