by Robert Fox
Once again, we're offering you a full review of an outdoor security camera - this time it is the Reolink RLC-410 model. This is a 4 star (out of 5) product and most of the buyers on Amazon are very pleased with its performance. However, we'll not only give you the positive features of this camera, but we'll also up dig a bit deeper in order discover why this camera has lost 1 star, so its just shy of having a perfect 5-star rating.
The first thing we'd like to mention about the Reolink RLC-410 outdoor security camera, is its super HD 2560×1440 high resolution, which means you're getting superior picture quality to most cameras. Also, this camera has night vision up to 100 feet, with an 80 degree viewing angle and audio range up to 15 feet. It 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. It has a motion detection alert feature, and it allows for remote viewing. To learn more about these and some other features of this $80 outdoor camera, read our detailed review below.
The dimensions of the Reolink RLC-410 outdoor camera are 7.4 x 2.6 x 2.6 inches. 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, 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. 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.
It's not by chance that we start with taking a closer look at the important characteristic of an outdoor security camera - image quality. The high 2560 x 1440 HD quality is one of its major advantages, since what's a security camera worth - especially an outdoor one - if it has poor quality video?
The main purpose of any camera is to capture clear and high-quality images, thus enabling you to see everything that's going on around your home, and so that you can recognize the faces any uninvited "guests". This Reolink RLC-410 allows you to do this by having an 80 degree viewing angle and 3.6mm lens, and, as proof, you have a many reviewers by Amazon customer reviews that say exactly the same thing. Its always a relief finding out that people which use a particular home security product are more than satisfied with its image quality, not to mention its other features. You can always check these reviews for yourself over on the Reolink RLC-410 product page on Amazon.com.
That's right. This Reolink RLC-410 outdoor security camera has excellent night vision up to 100 feet, which is yet another important feature when it comes to every outdoor, as well as indoor, security camera. 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. The camera possesses every important characteristic needed to be used for both outdoor and indoor purposes, and here we give you images of both surroundings, with an inside view being lit up by Christmas Tree lights and the cameras' LEDs.
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 see the installation of the Reolink app on your mobile phone and more, go to the video below
To avoid a bunch of unwanted 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 dont have a POE switch you must buy a POE injector, which is not included in the camera package. You can take a look of some POE injectors on Amazon.com. However, if you do use a POE switch, you have no need to buy a POE injector.
This camera is a fixed position one- so you can't move it up or down, left or right. In other words, this is not a "pan and tilt", as they're called. If you're looking for one of those please check our our 2016 Buyer's Chart for Outdoor Security Cameras, which is found below this review.
A thing worth mentioning is that this Reolink RLC camera has several different models,and though in this review we talk about just one model - the Reolink RLC-410, you can visit Amazon.com and see the others for sale as well. In this picture you can see some of the similarities and unique characteristics of all of the Reolink RLC camera models. To visit the product pages of any of these other cameras, just follow the Amazon link below to the RLC-410, and you should find links on that page to the various other models of Reolink outdoor security camera.
Analyzing the Reolink RLC-410 outdoor 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 2560×1440 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. We recommend reading some of the reviews on Amazon yourself to see what you think, but otherwise we heartily recommend this outdoor home security camera.
About Robert Fox
Rob Fox is a former hydro worker who used to teach self defence in Miami for 10 years. He's currently enjoying his retirement, playing cribbage and golf with his buddies, locksmithing and home security in his spare time. Rob is an avid reader, and has even written a few books on the subject of self defence.