There are a lot of similarities between the two camera options available from Guardzilla and two of the cameras from Netgear, the Arlo and the Arlo Pro. The options from these two companies both have a lot to offer, and are clearly marketed to the same type of consumer. However, there are some subtle differences between what the two companies are offering that may make you choose one over the other.
Guardzilla’s Camera Options
Guardzilla offers two camera solutions: Their All-in-One HD Video Security System, and their Indoor-Outdoor HD Video Camera. Even here, the differences between the two cameras from Guardzilla are slight, although what differences do exist make all the difference in which you’d actually want to purchase.
Both cameras include:
- a wide-angle lens
- 720p HD video recording
- infrared night vision
- motion detection
- live video feeds
- remote arm/disarm
- free 5-second video clip storage (2 days only)
- wi-fi connectivity and a free partner application for iOS and Android
The key reasons why you’d pick one Guardzilla device over the other emerge when you look at how they’re different. The All-in-One HD Video Security System is only designed to work indoors, while the Indoor-Outdoor HD Video Camera can be used in both settings, although you would be wasting its primary purpose as an outdoor camera by placing it indoors.
The All-in-One option also includes:
- on-demand 100 decibel panic alarm
- two-way audio
- an SD card slot for out to 5 days’ worth of additional video recording
- automatic arming when you leave
- optional solar power accessory
The Indoor-Outdoor camera separately has:
- dual AC/DC and battery options
- magnetic 180 degree swivel mount
- swivel base
Both devices from Guardzilla are priced the same at $99, showing that Guardzilla considers their two devices equal, but designed for different purposes.
Arlo and Arlo Pro Camera Options
Netgear offers a handful of consumer security cameras, with the Arlo and the Arlo Pro being the closest to what's offered by Guardzilla. Both the Arlo and Arlo Pro are designed primarily for outdoor use though you can also use them indoors. Both have the following core features:
- IP65-certified for weatherproofing
- night vision
- battery powered
- wi-fi connectivity
- 720p HD video
- 7 days’ worth of free cloud storage (up to 1GB)
- push notifications triggered by the motion detector
The differences between the two devices are actually far greater than what you’ll find between the Guardzilla cameras. Everything included with the Arlo is found on the the Arlo Pro, but the Arlo Pro expands on all of the above options by adding in:
- a PIR motion sensor
- rechargeable batteries
- an on-demand or motion or sound activated 100 decibel siren
- USB local backup
- AC/DC power option
- 130 degree view angle
- two-way audio
Arlo and Guardzilla for Home Security
Basic Hardware and Requirements
When you place the hardware side-by-side from these two companies, you’re left with the impression that they are almost certainly competing for the same customers.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the two devices from a hardware perspective is the requirement of a base station to operate. Arlo downplays the necessity of the hub on their website, but a hub is required. The good news is that one hub can support multiple Arlo Cameras. While you can add more cameras to your Guardzilla suite by linking them to the app, all cameras for Arlo are linked to the base station.
Guardzilla is not as open about all of the technical specifications on its camera hardware. Almost laughably, the “Specs” section on their site only includes weight and dimensions. However, the Guardzilla devices and the Arlo devices all stream in 720p HD.
The swivel base included on the Guardzilla Indoor-Outdoor rotates to a slightly wider angle, besting the Arlo devices by 40 degrees. The Arlo Pro and the Guardzilla Indoor-Outdoor both have the option of utilizing either batteries or AC/DC power, making them somewhat equivalent on that end.
Winner: Guardzilla. By allowing you to operate all of your Guardzilla cameras through the app, Guardzilla saves on cost. No need to purchase extra hardware just to use your cameras.
The features on both of the camera solutions from Netgear and Guardzilla are very closely aligned. However, Arlo beats Guardzilla on designing a multi-use device. The Arlo and Arlo Pro are both designed in such a way that you can effectively use either as an indoor or outdoor camera. However, with the Guardzilla, you can’t use either device as a good solution for both indoor and outdoor monitoring. Despite the fact that the Indoor/Outdoor version has this in the name, its design is not well-built for indoor use.
Also within the features realm is smart home integration. The Guardzilla has no smart home integration to speak of. There’s no ZigBee, no Z-Wave, no Insteon. Not even IFTTT. Arlo literally sits on the opposite spectrum. You can easily connect the cameras and the base station to other smart devices. There are plenty of IFTTT applets to connect your Arlo motion sensor to a wide variety of activities, such as motion-activated lights, iOS reminders for low camera batteries, geofencing, and more. You can link up your Arlo with other smart home devices such as Wink and SmartThings to help create a fully integrated experience.
To be fair, the Guardzilla devices also incorporate geofencing. Both can arm/disarm upon your leaving and entering. However, Arlo’s functions are tied to the smart home, giving them more overall usefulness.
Winner: Arlo. There’s simply more you can do with the camera. The lack of real smart home integration from Guardzilla makes it less than ideal.
Motion Sensors and Sound Detection
The Arlo, Arlo Pro, and Guardzilla devices all have PIR motion sensors in place. For the most part, these all operate the same. Unfortunately, Guardzilla has received several negative reviews over its poor sensor design. Complaints typically focus on the fact that the sensor fails to trigger push notifications. Given that motion alerts are one of the bigger reasons one might want a security camera, this might be a dealbreaker for some.
Meanwhile, Arlo Pro takes the sensors to a slightly different level. The Arlo Pro has the most advanced sensor suite of the bunch. It utilizes a PIR sensor that detects motion, while it repurposes the two-way audio to help detect sounds as well. You can set either to trigger an alert that gets sent to your phone or other connected mobile devices.
In addition, all Arlo cameras, including Arlo Wire-Free and Arlo Pro, have the ability to categorize motion events based on what caused them. Unfortunately, this feature requires a subscription that costs $3.99/month per camera. This feature, Arlo Smart, identifies and categorizes motion events into four categories: Vehicle, Animal, People, and Other. With it, you can tell your cameras to only notify you of events that interest you. For example, you can set Arlo cameras to notify you if events are caused by people or pets, but not if they're caused by cars or swaying branches.
Winner: Arlo Pro. Adding in sound detection with the PIR motion detection makes it far better at picking up any unwanted activity. If you're willing to pay, Arlo Smart is also a great way to improve motion detection.
Sirens are a bit tricky for cameras. Indoors, they make a lot of sense. Outdoors, the can also make sense, but you run the risk of angry neighbors if you live in a dense area. The Arlo and Arlo Pro both include sirens. The Guardzilla devices are split. The Indoor-Outdoor camera from Guardzilla has no siren, while the All-in-One includes a siren. Both companies include the ability to trigger the siren via the included application or set the siren to go off when motion (or sound, in the case of the Arlo Pro) is detected. This feature can be turned off completely as well.
Winner: Arlo. While it’s possible to use the siren to drive your neighbors crazy, the inclusion of a siren for both models is preferable -- as long as the controls remain in the hands of a mature, trustworthy individual.
This one is a simple comparison. Both companies place night vision in all of their cameras. For all cameras, PIR sensors detect heat, making all four useful for picking up unwanted nighttime visitors.
Winner: Tie. Everyone wins.
Winner: Arlo. The additional features on the Arlo Pro make it worth the extra cost.
In regards to storage, there’s very little competition or comparison to be had. Guardzilla’s storage options are inadequate for anyone who wants to view what their camera is seeing without having to watch live all the time.
Guardzilla offers 2 days’ worth of video clips, and they only get recorded in 5-second intervals. Even the paid cloud storage plans seem limited, allowing only 30-second clips. In fact, what Guardzilla charges $4.99/month for (7 days of storage) Netgear offers for free.
Granted, Netgear’s free storage does tap out at only 1GB before it starts writing over your saved videos. If you have multiple cameras (the free storage supports up to 5), this can get eaten up quickly. Nevertheless, the amount of free storage Netgear offers is far more generous than what Guardzilla provides.
Netgear’s paid storage plans are more costly than what Guardzilla is offering, but you’ll also get more storage.
Cloud Storage Subscription Plans
|Free Plans||2 Days of Cloud Video|
5-second Video Clips Only
|7 Days of Cloud Video (1GB limit), 5 Cameras Supported|
|Entry-Level Plans||$4.99/month or $49.99/year, |
7 Days of Storage, 30-Second Video Clips Only
30 Days of Storage(up to 10GB), 10 Cameras Supported
|Premium Plans||$8.99/month or $89.99/year|
30 Days or Storage, 30-Second Video Clips Only
60 Days of Storage (up to 100GB), 15 Cameras Supported
*Arlo also features additional CVR plans for those who purchase the Arlo Q.
Winner: Arlo. The benefit of more free cloud storage makes up for the cost difference between the two devices.
As stated earlier, both of the Guardzilla cameras are $99. That said, if you want cameras that you can use pretty much anywhere, your best bet is going to be with the Arlo devices. The Guardzilla All-in-One has no weatherproofing and is therefore not fit for outdoor use, while the Indoor-Outdoor lacks the siren and two-way voice found on the All-in-One, making it less useful as an indoor camera. As an all-inclusive package, the Arlo devices are better at what they do.
Meanwhile, the cheapest starter pack (includes a base station) for Arlo is $144.00, with additional cameras setting you back $131 apiece. The Arlo Pro sells for $249.99, with a price of $189.99 for each additional camera.
Winner: Guardzilla. It’s not just that Netgear forces you to buy their base station to enjoy their cameras. Their cameras are also more expensive to purchase as individual devices.
Overall Winner: Tie. It comes down to whether you prefer cost effectiveness (Guardzilla) or features and performance (Arlo).
How do you best decide between these two cameras? Consider exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re into cost savings while still getting an efficient, cheap home security method, you may find yourself drawn to Guardzilla.
However, if you’re looking for a camera suite that provides more benefits with better overall performance, go for the Arlo Pro. In fact, perhaps the real loser in all of this is the base Arlo device. Arlo Pro offers more features than Arlo, as does the Guardzilla Indoor-Outdoor camera.