Quick Review: Reolink E1 Pro Baby Monitor and Security Camera

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Reolink E1 Pro Smart Home Camera Review

I’ve been using Reolink cameras for a few years now.  I currently have three that load up on the Reolink app that makes it easy to setup and choose between them.  The indoor models make great baby monitors, too.

A handful of cameras met all my criteria for a home security/pet cam, including the Reolink E1 Pro Wireless Smart Camera.  It has all the basic features you’d expect, including pan/tilt/zoom and 2-way communication.  It also has full desktop (Windows/Mac) and mobile apps (Android/Apple) that can manage all the settings.  Setup is a breeze and the peer-to-peer network allows operation on your home WiFi network and on cellular when you are away from home.  There are some additional features found in only a few of the more deluxe internet-ready cameras:

  1. 4MP sensor for up to 1440p resolution.
  2. Micro SD slot allows for local recording
  3. 2.4 and 5 Ghz WiFi network compatibility
  4. Dual MIMO antennas for improved reception
  5. Motion detection w/mobile app + email alerts
  6. Night vision infrared LED illuminators

I had no issues getting the E1 Pro going.  Once the app is installed, you follow the app step-by-step voice instructions, point your cellphone camera to the code on the bottom of the camera and it was working within just a few minutes.  The picture quality was very good on automatic settings, with resolution up to 2560×1440 at 20 frames per second, even in zoom mode like this shot from the mobile app:

Pros

  • Under $50, less on sale
  • Easy to setup, takes a few minutes with smartphone app
  • No pricey subscription required to record on SD card
  • High resolution 720p/1080p/1440p up to 20 fps
  • Dual band 2.4/5GHz Wifi w/2T2R MIMO antennas
  • Night vision with app alerts
  • Relatively quiet pan/tilt movement
  • Works as a baby and pet monitor
  • Also handy as security/babysitter cam with two way audio

Cons

  • No battery or ethernet power, so you need a nearby power outlet
  • Expected lag and occasional connection issues when using cellular
  • Reolink Cloud Storage requires subscription cost

Conclusion

The Reolink E1 Pro is a nice step up from the many budget baby monitors and cameras you find online.  It’s great while you’re at home to keep an eye and ear on a sleeping baby or two.  It also works remotely on the mobile app so you can watch your pets or babysitter while you are out for the evening.  I had no issues getting it setup and working.  At the normal price of $49.99 at Reolink.com it’s a good deal, and it is a great value when it goes on sale for $44.99 at Newegg or Amazon.  The lower resolution E1 model is only $35.99 at Amazon.

 

Full Specifications:

Hardware Features

Image Sensor

1/2.7″ CMOS Sensor

Display Resolution

2560×1440 (4 Megapixels)

Lens

f=4.0mm Fixed, F=2.0, with IR Cut

Angle of View

• Horizontal: 87.5°

• Vertical: 47°

Pan/Tilt Angle

• Horizontal: 355°

• Vertical: 50°

Minimum Illumination

0 Lux (with IR Illuminator)

IR Distance

12 Meters (40ft) (LED: 8pcs/14mil/850nm)

Dimension

Φ76x106mm

Weight

200g

Power Input

DC 5.0V/1A

Interface

• Power Interface

• Micro SD Card Slot

• Built-in Microphone and Speaker

• Reset Button

Software Features

Protocols & Standards

HTTPS, SSL, TCP/IP, HTTP, UDP, UPNP, RTSP, SMTP, NTP, DHCP, DNS, DDNS, P2P

Image Compression

H.264

Maximal Frame Rate

20fps (Default: 15fps)

Code Rate

1024Kbps ~ 4096Kbps

Audio

Two-Way Audio

Maximal User Access

20 Users (1 admin account & 19 user accounts); Support up to 12 simultaneous video streams (10 substreams & 2 mainstreams)

Browser Supported

No

OS Supported

PC: Windows, Mac OS; Smartphone: iOS, Android

Record Mode

Motion Recording

Wireless Features

Wireless Standard

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Operating Frequency

2.4 GHz/5 GHz

Wireless Security

WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

Other Parameters

Temperature

• Operating Temperature: -10°C~+55°C

• Storage Temperature: -40°C~70°C

Humidity

• Operating Humidity: 20% ~ 85%

• Storage Humidity: 10% ~ 90%

Waterproof

No

More information can be found at the Reolink C1 Pro web page.  They have a full list of frequently asked questions and and documentation.  The sample used in this review was provided by ReoLink.  No other compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.

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