by Robert Fox
Today, we review the Reolink RLC-410 IP camera. This is a bullet style security camera which can be used indoors or outdoors, and has a number of features that are to be desired in a security camera for either home or business.
In this review, by way of testing, we'll not only give you the positive features of this camera, but we'll also up dig a bit deeper in order discover some of the cons of this security camera.
That said, according to our research, this camera receives a 4 out of 5 star average rating over hundreds of users, being a favourite of home and business owners everywhere.
There are other models, such as the RLC-410WS, and the RLC-420, which have similar features, but a different look to them. We will feature those in a different review, but today we're looking at the RLC-410.
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The first thing we'd like to mention about the Reolink RLC-410, is that it boasts super HD 2560 x 1440 high resolution image capture, which means you're getting superior picture quality to most security cameras, in day or night settings.
Speaking of night vision, this camera has night vision up to 100 feet, with an 80 degree viewing angle and audio range up to 15 feet.
For the size of the camera, which is relatively compact, this is a good range for night vision, but of course it requires some strategy for placement on the part of the property owner.
The RLC-410 is both a "plug and play" and PoE (Power over Ethernet) camera, and advertises itself as a fully weatherproof model that supports both Smartphones and Windows/MAC.
PoE means that you can use a regular ethernet cable to deliver power to the camera, since it has that capability. It should come with one, but if you lose that one, you can use any universal ethernet cable in its place.
The RLC-410 has a motion detection alert feature, which means you will be notified if something is detected, should you want to be notified.
Being a smart camera with remote viewing capabilities, you can view a live feed of the camera from your smart phone or device.
By the way, people always seem to be looking for the manual. if you are looking for a manual for this Reolink camera, it should come with it in the form of a CD.
Without that, we'd suggest visiting the Reolink website itself here: https://reolink.com/
The dimensions of the Reolink RLC-410 outdoor camera are 7.4 x 2.6 x 2.6 inches. So, it is small. Or, rather, compact. But it's rather dense, and you can tell there's some serious hardware inside this thing.
It has a tough aluminum body, and - most importantly - weatherproof housing.
This means that once you have this camera out of the box, you can place it wherever you want outdoors, and you don't have to worry whether it will be affected in any way by harsh weather conditions like rain, snow, or intense cold or heat.
If you hold the camera in your hands, you can clearly see that this is a sturdy little camera, and any doubts as to whether or not it can handle the great outdoors should begin to fade. It really is a tough little camera.
So, feel free to mount it outside your front or garage door, as it does it job just as well at the hottest day of summer or most frigid of winter days.
Basically, the Reolink RLC-410W comes with everything to set it up and use it within minutes. There's nothing complicated about mounting it or setting up the software.
Hence, it is a "plug n' play", and you can get right to using it for its given purpose.
Let's take a closer look at one of the more important characteristics of any outdoor security camera - image quality.
The 2560 x 1440 HD quality is one of this camera's major advantages, since a low or even passable quality of image might not be able to capture the details you might need to keep an eye on things.
You'll want to be able to see license plates, people's faces, and other small details - even in the dark. And, luckily, that's what the Reolink RLC-410W is designed to do.
This Reolink RLC-410 allows you to capture all the details and clarify of what you are pointing it at by having an 80 degree viewing angle.
That said, you can't use your smart phone to remotely pan / tilt the camera. It's not that advanced. It can be moved manually, and, in that respect, it is quite tilt-able. It just isn't that high tech that you can move it by remote control.
As we mentioned at the outset, the Reolink RLC-410W outdoor security camera has excellent night vision up to 100 feet.
For both indoor and outdoor cameras, this is an essential security feature that can't be overlooked.
The clear and high-quality night vision image is mainly due to the 36 IR LEDs, which gives the impression that a pitch-dark place (as the one in the picture on the left) has some hidden light sources that brighten the space significantly.
In order use your Reolink RCL-410 to be able to view remotely with your smartphone (Android or iOS), you'll need to download and install the Reolink app on your mobile phone.
It's a simple app, and since the camera is a plug and play one, the app will be able to scan the QR code placed at the bottom of the camera, and after a couple of seconds, you'll be able to monitor everything via your mobile phone.
This app offers other settings as well, such as changing the camera's iris, zoom, and focus. The client software is needed for Windows and MAC systems.
Once set up, you can see your live view, take snapshots, and record videos.
To avoid a bunch of server-clogging footage, and thus save yourself some storage space, you can set recordings to be triggered only by motion detection - a characteristic found in a number of modern security cameras like this one.
Whenever a motion is detected in the surveillance area, you'll get an email alert.
This feature enables you to stay informed about the situation happening around your home, no matter how far you are from it.
So if the camera captures an intruder or some dreadful beast prowling the night, the camera inform you right on the spot so you can deal with the situation accordingly.
The Reolink RLC-410, as we mentioned earlier, is a POE (Power over Ethernet) camera, so if you don't have a POE switch you must buy a POE injector, which is not included in the camera package.
However, if you do use a POE switch, you have no need to buy a POE injector.
PoE can be tricky in that you need the right gear to use it, but it's also supposed to make things easier by letting you use an ethernet cable as your power cable.
That said, you need injectors and switch boxes to facilitate this feature. Additionally, you don't need to make use of this feature if you don't want to.
The Reolink RLC-410W isn't the most flexible camera in existence, so that's a consideration.
It does have a wide viewing range to begin with, and can be adjusted, but it isn't able to be adjusted into every conceivable position, and it is a little stiff.
Still, we find the stiffness to be beneficial in some way, as the camera isn't going to flop over at any moment. It will stay in the position you put it in.
A thing worth mentioning in this Reolink review is that this camera has several different models, and though in this review we talk about just one model - the Reolink RLC-410.
In this picture you can see some of the similarities and unique characteristics of all of the Reolink RLC camera models.
Analyzing the Reolink RLC-410W security camera has lead us to the conclusion that it is indeed a decent outdoor camera, with many quality features that often can't be found in cameras that are priced this low.
This 4 MP camera has a simple set up, great day and night vision, and other features that most of the modern cameras offer, so it isn't entirely unique in this way.
What distinguishes this outdoor camera from other models with a price similar to this one, is the incredible 2560 x 1440 resolution and audio ability up to 15 feet.
These features are not common in cameras at this price and therefore this camera scores a few bonus points with us.
There are a few small disadvantages that this camera has according to some users, but its nothing out of the ordinary. Overall, users love this camera and it is a great camera for the price!
Watch this video review to get some additional tips and insights into the workings of the Reolink RLC-410.
About Robert Fox
Rob Fox is a former hydro worker, who used to teach self defence in Miami for 10 years. His hobbies include cribbage, golf, locksmithing, and cooking.