Reolink’s latest home security camera isn’t really a new model, but more of an upgrade of an older one. The Reolink C2 Pro retains the same body as the the C1 Pro, but improves its image quality with a five-megapixel camera that delivers 1920p resolution.

According to Reolink, this results in videos that are 1.3-times clearer and sharper than 4MP cameras like the C1 Pro, and 2.4-times clearer than competitors that deliver 1080p resolution. The C2 Pro retains its sharpness even when you use its 3X optical zoom.

Many of the other features of the C1 Pro are still here: A ring of eight infrared LEDs around the camera’s lens provides up to 40 feet of night vision. The camera also includes an integrated microphone and a speaker for two-way communication, and it supports motion detection with push notifications. It can rotate 355 degrees horizontally and 105 degrees vertically, and supports dual band Wi-Fi for stronger network signals.

You can save motion-detected video clips locally to microSD card (cards with up to 64GB of capacity are supported), or you can upload them to an FTP server. You can also enable 24/7 continuous recording by connecting the camera to Reolink’s 8- or 16-channel NVR, sold separately for $230 and $330 respectively.

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The Reolink C2 Pro pans 355 degrees and tilts 105 degrees.


Though the C2 Pro operates over your Wi-Fi network, you must first connect it to your router for initial setup (an ethernet cable is provided). Once you do this and plug in the power cord, you scan the QR code on the bottom of the camera using the Reolink app and follow a few onscreen prompts to connect it to your wireless network.

The pear-shaped camera can be set on a table or shelf or mounted to a wall using the included hinged bracket and mounting hardware. The bracket can be angled up to 90 degrees and locked into place.

The app

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The Reolink app makes it easy to control the camera’s many features.

One you add the camera in the Reolink app, it appears on the device page with any other connected Reolink cameras you have. You an adjust various settings from here, including video quality, recording method, and storage preferences. Most importantly, this is where you turn on push notifications for motion events—it’s turned off by default—and set a recording schedule if you don’t want the camera capturing motion events around the clock.

Selecting the C2 Pro from the device list opens the camera’s home screen. Along with the live-stream pane, you’ll also find a toolbar with buttons for all the camera’s controls—play/pause, record, and snapshot buttons—plus a toggle for the camera’s resolution, and another button for viewing the feed full screen.