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Arlo’s Essential Indoor Camera Automatically Covers Its Lens For Your Privacy

An Arlo Essential Indoor Camera with a recording light turned on.

On the one hand, security cameras in the home are great for peace of mind and knowing your home is secure even when you’re away. On the other hand, indoor cameras can feel like an invasion of privacy without proper controls. Arlo’s new $99 Essential Indoor Camera promises precisely that with an automatic privacy shield. You can pre-order it today and get a complimentary three-month Arlo Smart Subscription.

The Essential Indoor Camera boasts most of the usual benefits of indoor cameras like two-way audio, 1080p resolution, night vision, and a built-in siren. And you can access it through Alexa and Google Assistant smart displays for easy viewing, in addition to the Amazon and Google app. And like most cameras, it has motion sensor zones, so you only get notified when something crosses a certain threshold.

An Arlo Essential Indoor Camera with a built-in shutter covering the lens.

But what sets the Essential Indoor Camera apart is the automatic privacy shield. When activated, the shield covers the lens and cuts off all recording, motion, and audio detection. You can set up automations for the privacy shield to enable it when you’re home and don’t want the camera working. When you’re ready to record, you can disable the shield in the app to get it going again.

The camera will detect sounds and start recording automatically when the privacy shield is disabled, and it can even set off the siren for you as well. Or, if you prefer, you can retain manual control over the siren. The camera connects directly to wi-fi, so you won’t need a hub to get started.

You can pre-order the $99 Essential Indoor Camera today, and it comes with a three-month Arlo Smart Subscription to access the company’s A.I. for object detection, activity zones, and 30-day video history.


Arlo Essential Indoor Camera

If you care about privacy but still want security, the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera walks the line between both. It can automate recording when you're out, but the privacy shield will block all recording when you're home.

Josh Hendrickson Josh Hendrickson
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