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Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system


@ItsPlayTime wrote:
Personally, I unmount the easiest camera to unmount, charge it, pull the battery, eject another camera from it's case, swap batteries, place depleted battery into already unmounted camera & repeat until all 4 are charged.


Similar strategy here, but I have one camera with a permanent mains connection. Then I can swap the fully charged battery out of the "always on" camera and transfer it to the one that requires a juice injection.

 


My Arlo hardware: Q Plus, Pro 2, Security Light
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Star

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

You have to be a elite member . Meaning you have to buy and spend certain amount of money a year . At Best Buy
Model: VMC3030 | Arlo Wire-Free Camera
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Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

@Ultimateboss 

 

I do not record continuously... The Ultra cams picked up coyotes as close as 5’ and as far away as 30’.  

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Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system


@JamSam wrote:
For fear of drunks wandering around my home (and after committing to riding this bumpy Ultra release out) I upgraded 2 cameras to 4K this morning. I looked at 1 video and quickly upgraded the other 2. Crazy difference in quality and totally worth the extra $20 per camera per year.

Totally agree with you! I love the video quality in 4K. I REALLY love color night vision.  It makes a huge difference when you have drunks wandering your property! The zoom and track worked really well for me but turned it off as I prefer the 4K vid clips. The pixelation issues have decreased significantly and really only occur with frequency in 1 of my 4 cams. As respects the other 3 cameras, I might see 1 or 2 pixelated videos a day per camera in the library which isn’t much considering the number of videos in a 24-hour period. All in all, happy with the cameras now despite some bugs that still need work. The ongoing communication from Arlo’s support team, firmware updates and continuous improvements really tipped the scale for me making the decision to hang on to the Ultras an easy one. 

 

 

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Star

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

Is there a practical point to the zoom and track or is it just a nifty feature? Its cool to watch but if video quality is downgraded to achieve it and details are not improved by the zoom then what does one gain by this feature that is worth losing the detail of 4k?

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Guide

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

I still don’t see how anyone can be claiming great 4K video quality. My cameras have a strong connection, I pay for the 4K and have the latest firmware. 

 

The fact the no one has actually shared a video with the “amazing” video quality makes me think they are getting something back from Arlo in return for positive comments. 

 

I bought a Synology NAS device as it has built in surveillance software, tested it with a 6MP wireless camera (4K is 8MP) and it blows the Ultras out of the water in clarity. The upfront NAS is an investment, but the cameras are less than $100 plus a $50 license after the first two.

 

Take a look at this video. It shows how 4K is really diminished with a 180° FOV. I tried changing the Ultras to a lower FOV and did not see any improvements either. 

 https://youtu.be/CD0QS6xd2D0 

 

Someone show us a video of good 4K quality please!

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Mentor

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system


@ChefJeff wrote:

I still don’t see how anyone can be claiming great 4K video quality. My cameras have a strong connection, I pay for the 4K and have the latest firmware. 

 

The fact the no one has actually shared a video with the “amazing” video quality makes me think they are getting something back from Arlo in return for positive comments. 

 

I bought a Synology NAS device as it has built in surveillance software, tested it with a 6MP wireless camera (4K is 8MP) and it blows the Ultras out of the water in clarity. The upfront NAS is an investment, but the cameras are less than $100 plus a $50 license after the first two.

 

Take a look at this video. It shows how 4K is really diminished with a 180° FOV. I tried changing the Ultras to a lower FOV and did not see any improvements either. 

 https://youtu.be/CD0QS6xd2D0 

 

Someone show us a video of good 4K quality please!


Yes.  Using a 4K image sensor behind a 180° lens will diminish the clarity improvement achievable by the 4K sensor had it been used behind a lens with a narrower field of view.  The sensor records what the optics deliver.  Zooming in after that is digital.  If the optics deliver a larger image, the 4K gets spread out over that larger area.  Of course, distance matters immensely also for the same reason.  180° at 20’ yields a much smaller area on which to zoom than at 200’.

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Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

@ChefJeff 

 

Below is just screenshots, however, sharing to demonstrate the difference I see between Pro 2 1080p and the Ultra 4K.  The second set of screenshots show what my neighbors address looks like zoomed in. You cannot read it on Pro 2 but clear as day looking at Ultra zoomed in. Maybe not the same quality you mention via 6MP camera (what brand?), however, massive improvement than my existing Pro 2 system. 

 

 

 

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Apprentice

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

It depends on how much you spend there and what your level is.
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brh Master
Master

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

I hope they are able to get the Zoom and Tracking working with 4k, but even if not, the cameras are worth it to me just to have the built-in strobe light and the Zoom and Track. 4k is nice but it is less important to me than the two features I mentioned as most of my cameras will be mounted where the subject will be at close range. I don't want to mess with the bridge and the lights. 

 

Brian

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Mentor

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

Nice.

 

Thank you for posting the images.

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brh Master
Master

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

Another update on my Ultra Cameras.

With every firmware update I am more and more impressed with these cameras. One of the features that so far has not been mentioned is that at dawn and dusk as the light fades, the brightness of the video is enhanced so that no matter what time of day or night it is, I have beautiful videos. So impressed with this feature. Coupled with this is of course the built in spotlight. Amazing! I have 3 Pro cameras located in areas where there is almost no light at night and the Night Vision simply doesn't cut it. I will be moving these cameras indoors and replacing them with the Ultra cameras. The Zoom and Tracking still needs a little tweaking but even as it is today, it does a great job. And let's not forget thet the camera has three settings for adjusting the Field of View. This allows one to have better control of what the user wishes to see, especially when mounting in areas where one doesn't wish to invade his neighbors privacy. Eventually I will go with solar panels for power to these cameras when they become available, but for now, the fact that I can change the batteries without changing the camera positioning is a huge plus for me.

I will be buying more. Come on Best Buy, take my money!

 

Brian

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Apprentice

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

On that note, I finally got the premiere subscription fixed. They called yesterday and they are going to add my free year on when my current one runs out. Thank you!!
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Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system


@KGSRETIRED wrote:
On that note, I finally got the premiere subscription fixed. They called yesterday and they are going to add my free year on when my current one runs out. Thank you!!

That’s great news. I wonder if Arlo has resolved this specific issue at a high level so anyone in our position, having an existing paid plan who adds the Ultra system, would automatically receive the free year when current plan expires —- or is this a one-off fix as individual customers reach out? 

 

 

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Apprentice

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

You probably need to call them. They gave me a choice of this or getting a refund on what was left on my current subscription and starting the free year. I think that the latter would be a pain.
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Initiate

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

Arlo Ultra is a flop, the company is profit driven on this product rather than supporting compatability of it's prior products and compatability. Moreover, because of the profit motive, the company did not and has not told potential customers or current users of the arlo platform, that the ultra platform does not support arlo doorbell or chime devices nor does it's ultra basestation have the alarm feature.  This was by design to sell you other standalone products, i.e. alarm and perhaps a different doorbell and chime system, thus making you previous purchases of hardware obsolete because of no backward compatability. Also, the ultra basestation drops cameras off and on, the pro basestation never failed in this manner.

Model: VMS5440 | Arlo Ultra 4 Camera Kit
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Guide

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

My return window ends on the 14th. These are going back. For $1k, I would expect this system to do what was advertised...

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Community Manager

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

leroy3rd20001,

 

I will reach out to you in a private message to gather more information on the issue you are having with the SmartHub.

 

ChefJeff,

 

What issue are you still experiencing? Can you provide more detail?

 

JamesC

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Luminary

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

A review on Youtube only 3 days ago says these are not using 4k in any form whatsoever (stream, record, etc) so whats the score? Is tracking and zoom going to be 4k or just always 1080p? God my £240 nest iq indoor can do that and that's more than a yr old now.
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Initiate

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

Be advised you will constantly have to reboot to bring ultra camreas back on-line. Also, the basestation is not backward compatable for doorbell and chimes. The motive appears to be profit driven rather than supporting customers who have invested in previous pro hardware which you (arlo) are not providing campatability on ultra basestation. The arlo engineers seem to have been directed to not provide backward compatabllity, alarm and 4K streaming remotely because of greed for selling more hardware to customers who want to upgrade to ultra based systems. Will advise all current and potential customers via social media to be aware of this trap when considering purchasing an Ultra system. Purchase at your own risk to learn this lesson.

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Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system


@leroy3rd20001 wrote:

Be advised you will constantly have to reboot to bring ultra cam[er]as back on-line.

 


Checked the release notes for the latest firmware?

 


My Arlo hardware: Q Plus, Pro 2, Security Light
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brh Master
Master

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

Since Arlo and Netgear separated, from everything I have been reading is that Arlo is promising to add a lot more exciting products in both the near future and as time goes on rather than sell only cameras. Arlo is slowly becoming a one stop DIY security system. Many of these items and features have been asked for in the Idea Exchange by Arlo's customers. For example: the upcoming multipurpose sensor, the mount anywhere siren with flashing light. a remote or FOB to arm/disarm the system, and features already in the Ultra camera such as built in spotlight and siren to name a few.

To provide these features, state of the art technology is needed along with other changes, such as the Z-Wave and Zigbee radios built into the Smart Hub. 

If you read all the reviews that are out there and read what Arlo is saying in the Amazon Question and Answer section Arlo states that it is working on backwards compability with its existing products although it will take some time. 

Having been with Arlo for over three years, I have seen problems with new product releases but Arlo always fixes them. 

So if you are having serious problems with your new Ultra system, I can understand the frustrations or maybe you purchased defective merchandise. 

Bottom line - I am extremely happy with my Ultra system and whatever minor bugs I am having, I have confidence that Arlo will resolve them.

 

Brian

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Guru

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system


@surfer1000 wrote:
A review on Youtube only 3 days ago says these are not using 4k in any form whatsoever (stream, record, etc) so whats the score? Is tracking and zoom going to be 4k or just always 1080p? God my £240 nest iq indoor can do that and that's more than a yr old now.

Do you believe everything on the Internet and Youtube? I can certainly record in 4k (and verify it) as well as live stream in 4k.

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Guru

Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system


@leroy3rd20001 wrote:

Be advised you will constantly have to reboot to bring ultra camreas back on-line. Also, the basestation is not backward compatable for doorbell and chimes.


Some people get their exercise by jumping to conclusions.

 

My Ultra isn't dropping off and rebooting isn't needed. And backwards compatibility has been promised for a future update. I'd rather the concentration be on bug fixes.

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Re: Update on my experience and decision to keep my Ultra 4-camera system

@surfer1000 I watched the same review,  He was extremely miss leading... . He mentioned nothing about PVS which is needed for 4k. ... A simple google search would have solved his problem around 4k. How is it you knew enough to come to the forums BUT someone who reviews security equiptment doesnt contact the MFG or do research when presented with an issues around a device being reviewed. ESPECIALLY since the issue he was having is the main selling point of the camera . 

 

I also do not get drop off and need to reboot the base station. After i hit the play for live mode it takes about 7-12 secs to connect on my cells wifi 

Actually my issues with connectivity are when i am on my home wifi and using the 4k, sometimes it glitches and flashes Green before it starts showing the live 4k local view. I do not pay for the PVS..

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