Reolink RLC-510WA Review (tested)

This article is a Reolink RLC-510W Review.

Are you looking for more information about this camera? You are in the right place. I've been testing the RLC-510WA for some time, and now I can share my experience with this camera. So keep reading... 

Reolink RLC 510WA Installed

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Reolink RLC-510WA Overview

The Reolink RLC-510WA is a wireless security camera with person/vehicle motion detection feature. It is weatherproof and has IR LEDs for night vision.

The camera has 5MP  resolution, audio recording, and it works with Alexa and Google Assistant to display videos using voice commands.

Reolink Argus 3 works with Alexa
Reolink works with Google Assistant

The camera works with 2.4 and 5Ghz which is a HUGE advantage compared to other models available in the market (more on that later).

It this camera good?

I had a good first impression of this, so I started testing it right away.

 It's easy to set up and comes with interesting features that are very useful for real-world applications. For that tag price? Yeah... It's good enough.

Reolink manufactures good consumer cameras and the RLC-510WA  is not different; but you can get to that conclusion by yourself after reading the article.

What is on the box

The RLC-510WA comes ready for installation.

Reolink RLC-510WA Unbox

The box brings the camera, two wireless antennas, a power supply, a UTP (network) cable, a power cable extension, plastic anchors, installation screws, weatherproof cable protectors, installation template and stickers.

The RLC-510WA Camera

And here's the camera, with its two Wi-Fi antennas.

Reolink RLC-510WA

The camera is small and well-designed. In the front part, there's a lens and the IR LEDs for night vision up to 164 feet away (according to the manufacturer).

In the bottom of the camera, there's a QR code for easy installation.

The camera back

In the back part of the camera, there are connection for the two Wi-Fi antennas and a micro SD car slot as shown in the picture below.

Reolink RLC-510WA SD Card Slot

You can either record the videos into the micro SD card or to a Reolink NVR.

The Reolink RLXC-510WA features

Let's take a look at some of the camera features.

Camera resolution

The camera can capture images with resolution of up to 5MP, which means you can see details in record videos and use the digital zoom without two much pixelation.

Reolink Wireless Camera Indoor

At the maximum resolution (2560 x 1920)  the camera uses a 4:3 aspect ratio.

Take a look at this image; it's possible to see details even with the light contrast.

I turned the camera "Dynamic Range" feature to improve the image.

Weatherproof

The RLC-510WA 3 is weatherproof so you can install it outdoor and it won't have any problem with rain. It's IP66 rated (which means it complies with the international standard for dust and water protection).

Audio recording

The camera has a microphone that allows you to hear and record the audio.

I've tested this feature, and it works pretty well, I can hear the ambient sound in a room withot any problem. The audio is good enough for such an application. 

Alert notification

The Reolink Argus 3 can send notification via email and push notification.

Camera notification

The email alerts include the picture of the event (motion detection).

SD Card Recording

You can use a micro SD card to record the videos.

 I recommend you to buy a class 10 micro SD card to avoid problems.

Sandisk 32GB MicroSD Card

Just stick the card into the camera and turn on the recording.

You can set the Pre ad Post-Motion Recording which gives you extra footage  before and after the event that triggered the recording. 

Wi-Fi connection

The camera can connect to 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi routers.

That's very interesting because most of the WiFi cameras only connect to the 2.4GHz networks which sometimes could be a problem with congested networks.

The 5GHz frequency has more channels available and it's considered more clean.

I've tested both frequencies sand I noticed the difference when using 5GHz which works better because I can use channels my neighbors are not using.

Reolink multiple stream

This Reolink camera allows the configuration of two different video streams.

You can have a high-resolution video stream and a second one with lower quality. 

You can choose each one to use to use to save bandwidth.

Reolink calls them Clear and Fluent as shown below.

Reolink stream settings

The camera works better according to configuration and the resource available (bandwidth and storage).

When you choose the Fluent option the video quality is sacrified so the camera can work better with the transmission over mobile devices that are using cellular data.

When connected to a Wi-Fi router the high-quality stream can be used for local access and recoding to a NVR or server.

Alexa and Google Home Assistant integration

The Reolink RLC-510WA integrates and works with Alexa and Google Home.

This feature allows you to ask Alexa or Google to display the video from the camera to devices such as the Amazon Fire Stick or Google Chrome. 

You can just ask Alexa or Google to display the image on a TV or other display.

Reolink RLC-510WA on firestick

Here's the camera on my TV using Amazon firestick.

The Pros and Cons of the Reolink RLC-510WA

OK, it's time to talk about the pros and cons of the camera.

Based on the tests I've done for this review, here are the results...

Pros

  • High-quality video recording
  • 2.4 and 5GHz frequency
  • Weatherproof (IP66) 
  • Audio recording
  • Micro SD recording
  • Dual-stream feature
  • Alexa and Google Home integration
  • Easy to set up
  • NVR recording
  • Spotlight

Cons

  • Does not work well with other ONVIF VMSs

Conclusion:

The Reolink RLC-540WA is an excellent camera.

I definitely think it's a good consumer product for the price.

You can use it indoor/outdoor and record to a Reolink NVR.

I hope this review can help you make up your mind and take the right decision.

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Disclaimer

I'm not a Reolink employee neither the company representative. 

I received the product from Reolink to evaluate and write a review about it but I don't have any obligations to enforce the product advantages.

My opinion about the camera quality is based on my tests and analysis of the features and I'm just giving the final verdict accordingly.

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