This smart security camera gives you 4K video without cables or contracts

Reolink's new camera is an interesting, contract-free alternative to Ring, Blink, Google and Arlo

Reolink Argus PT Ultra security camera
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The best security camera options tend to deliver 1080p video with 2-way audio, night vision and a host of smart features – but they often put some of their features behind a subscription. Reolink has an alternative: a camera that ups the resolution to an impressive 4K and doesn't require a monthly subscription.

The new Argus PT Ultra has a RRP of £199.99, and in addition to its 4K resolution it delivers 360-degree views, works on dual-band Wi-Fi instead of just the congested 2.4GHz band and has person and vehicle detection too. It can also tell the difference between pets and people, although that feature is currently in beta and may be a little buggy.

Argus PT Ultra security camera: key specifications

The Argus PT Ultra has built-in LED spotlights and a customisable siren to warn off unwelcome visitors, and it's designed for both indoor and outdoor use. There's an optional solar panel to keep its battery topped up without any intervention from you, and the app has a nifty time lapse mode that you can use to see the day's events without taking all day about it. There's also Google Assistant compatibility built-in so you can stream to a Nest Hub or Chromecast-enabled TV.

One of my bugbears with some security cameras is the lack of local storage, so it's good to see that you can store video here on a microSD card of up to 128GB, although there's also a paid cloud storage option if you'd rather use that. That's currently free for a single camera.

At £199 this camera is up against the likes of our current best buy, the Arlo Pro 4, which is currently a little cheaper but has 2K rather than 4K, and it's quite a lot more expensive than another of our favourites, the Blink Outdoor wireless camera, our pick for the best cheap wireless camera. That's a 1080p camera. However neither of those cameras are motorised like the Argus PT Ultra is and both are limited to the 2.4GHz frequency range, so the Argus is likely to deliver better and smoother video streaming. We'll know for sure when we get to put it through its paces shortly.

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (