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Reolink Argus vs Blink vs Homeboy Camera Shootout


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I saw on Twitter where @awraynor thinks Homeboy won the shoot out.  What does everyone think?  As much as I like the Homeboy, it's not HD so I don't think I would choose it as a winner.  I'll also have another one to compare with soon.  

 

 

EZVIZ Mini Trooper 

$149  Add on cameras are $109

 

Arlo Pro

So expensive! $280 for one camera. (what I paid at Best Buy)

$545 for 3

 

ReoLink Argus

$99

no IFTTT

Local SD card only.

 

 

Blink 

$99 Indoor

Blink XT

$229 for 2 Outdoor

Was indoor unit tested. No IFTTT transfer but does have IFTTT.

https://ifttt.com/blink

Free cloud storage

I didn't like the trigger. Only triggers after recording is complete.

 

 

Homeboy

$149

Currently out of stock.

Not HD.

Free cloud storage

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I think @pcdoc summed it up very well towards the end of our conversation. No clear winner. Each camera fits a different use case. As with most things it comes down to planning.

What am I trying to achieve; surveillance vs security?

Indoor vs outdoor vs both?

Wired vs wireless network?

Battery vs power vs POE?

Cloud vs local storage?

Third party software support vs app? 

Automation; HA hub vs IFTTT?

and much more,,,,,,,,

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I enjoyed listing to the shootout episode, but I think I could deal with all that information better in matrix form... anyone doing that?

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1 hour ago, nrf said:

I enjoyed listing to the shootout episode, but I think I could deal with all that information better in matrix form... anyone doing that?

That is a great idea. You can post a copy here when you finish your first draft. 

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I picked up the Argus and am testing it now. I like it but it has twice glitched out on me. It will sense something and act like it is recording something but when you get into playback area it is empty. So far not a fan but doing more tests.

And... It just happened again. No file found. I think I need to try a different SD card. It may not be the Argus.

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I also thought homeboy won. Not because it was perfect but because it had the best value when you looked at features and price.

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I thought I would inform Homeboy Camera of the podcast and found their press page here:

 

http://homeboy.totemapp.com/company

 

The press contact email address does not exist so that kicked back.  They are also out of stock and you can't order anything.  At first I thought maybe that is due to them upgrading to a HD version but now I'm not so sure.

 

Last tweet, March 9th.

 

Last FB post Feb 10th.

 

Last iOS update Oct 2016.

 

Last Android app update a little better, April 2017.

 

Has anyone heard from Homeboy?  

 

 

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I exchanged emails with their support team this morning. I was asking if they were working on an upgrade, they are. I will send you a copy of my dialog.

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