Arlo introduces the base station-free Essential Spotlight Camera

Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera Installed Outdoors
Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera Installed Outdoors (Image credit: Arlo)

What you need to know

  • Arlo has introduced the Essential Spotlight Camera.
  • Affordable camera connects via Wi-Fi and does not require a base station.
  • Camera is available for pre-orders today, with shipping beginning in July.

Arlo has expanded its smart security camera lineup with the introduction of the affordable, Essential Spotlight Camera today. The Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera, which is available for pre-orders now, is designed for quick and easy set up over Wi-Fi, without a separate base station or hub required.

"The Essential Spotlight Camera is a simple, plug and play solution that delivers families peace of mind by keeping an eye on what's happening in and around home," said Tejas Shah, SVP product and chief information officer. "Essential cameras are easy to use, affordable and packed with powerful security features including a bright spotlight, built in siren, and 2-way audio. Echoing the same premium design of our other camera solutions, the Essential Spotlight Camera fits in anywhere, and can be coupled with Arlo's Smart AI computer vision technology which filters unnecessary alerts and also works with other Arlo cameras, doorbells and Floodlight to create the perfect security solution."

Despite the lower price, the Essential Spotlight Camera retains Arlo staples including 1080p high definition video with a wide 130-degree field of view, two-way audio, integrated spotlight, night vision, and a siren. The spotlight gives owners access to color night vision, and can be set to turn on with motion events or manually via the Arlo app.

The completely wireless camera comes in two color options, the standard Arlo white, and a black variant. The camera works both indoors and out with year-round weather resistance and can be wall mounted with the included hardware. The camera is powered by a rechargeable battery that promises long life, similar to other Arlo options.

Arlo Spotlight Camera in black

Arlo Spotlight Camera in black (Image credit: Arlo)

The Essential Spotlight Camera comes with a 3 month trial to Arlo's Smart subscription service, which provides a rolling 30-days of cloud storage, as well as A.I. image filtering for smart notifications. The camera can also integrate with services such as Amazon's Alexa, IFTTT, and the Google Assistant for automations and voice controls.

Even though a hub is not required, owners of select Arlo base stations can tie the latest camera into it for increased range and battery life. Supported base stations include the Arlo VMB4000, VMB4540, VMB4500, and the VMB5000.

The Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera is available for pre-orders today at with a suggested retail price of $129.99, and are slated to ship on July 13th. The camera will also be available at select retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart soon.

Christopher Close

Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.