Reolink RLC-511W vs Reolink RLC-511WA

The Reolink RLC-511W and Reolink RLC-511WA cameras are two top performing cameras from Reolink and this review is aimed at helping you choose by explaining our findings about these two cameras.

In recent years, technology has immensely revolutionized the world, from smartphones to electric vehicles and so much more, these things have made our lives easy. The latest upgrades in technology such as cameras and other IoT-based products or gadgets have also helped people make their homes safer and secure.

The Reolink RLC-511W and Reolink RLC-511WA are amongst the popular cameras to help provide security. Both of them are phenomenal devices and have remarkable features. The issue is some people get confused as to which of them to purchase.

As mentioned earlier, we will talk all about the Reolink RLC-511W and Reolink RLC-511WA cameras with the aim of providing guidance to enable you choose which one is best for your needs.

Reolink RLC-511W vs Reolink RLC-511WA
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Reolink RLC-511W Review:

This section will cover the features of the Reolink RLC-511W camera.

(1) Camera lens and video

One of the best features of the Reolink RLC-511W camera is its motorized lens. It is an automatic focus, 2.7mm-12mm lens. With this high-quality motorized lens, you can adjust the camera’s view remotely (on the desktop application and mobile application) without physically adjusting the camera.

Also, you can perfectly adjust the camera’s field of view for a better and targeted view with the integrated lens providing a wide viewing angle in the range of 31°-90°. All these can help you protect your facility and give you a clear picture of any intruder.

The Reolink RLC-511W camera is a 5-Megapixels High Definition (HD) camera with a 2560×1920 resolution. The 2560×1920 resolution is 2.5 times better than the traditional 1080p cameras, 1.4 times better than 1440p and greater than 4MP (2560×1520). This stunning resolution provides you a perfect view and an excellent picture and video quality.

In addition to this, with the camera’s 5-Megapixels High Definition (HD) 2560×1920 resolution, you can notice even the slightest details in real-time, which is not possible in cameras such as 2K or 1080p.

Furthermore, the motorized lens of the Reolink RLC-511W does not lose focus easily as the lens is an autofocus f/1.6 one, it is able to provide up to 4x zooming without compromising the picture or video quality.

(2) WI-FI and networking

The Reolink RLC-511W camera is mainly designed as a wireless IP camera but it can also be connected via LAN (Local Area Network) as it comes with an Ethernet port. With regards to the wireless functionality of this camera, it comes with two integrated antennas (2T2R MIMO) that emit wireless signals on separate frequency channels, which are 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.

The Dual-band Wi-Fi technology allows you to choose your desired frequency channel and benefit from it. Both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz have different benefits. For example, the 2.4Ghz signals have a wider coverage range, while 5Ghz signals are more powerful and have a shorter coverage range.

Hence, if the distance between your Wi-Fi router and the Reolink RLC-511W is a bit more, you can use the camera’s 2.4Ghz channel, and if it’s not that far, you can use the 5Ghz channel.

As specified earlier, the camera comes with two MIMO antennas, which means the signals received by the camera are stronger and can reach extended levels (164 feet). The overall data signals are clear and consist of reduced bit errors.

This means that the video feedback that you receive is perfectly in sync real-time and lag-free. All these give you a better viewing experience from your camera. Also, the camera’s 2T2R MIMO antennas use far less power compared to traditional antennas as well.  

(3) Day/Night functionality

The Reolink RLC-511W camera supports day/night mode, which means it captures and records videos in high resolution at both night and day. The camera has 24 integrated IR LEDs and a daylight sensor. The camera supports the automatic changeover functionality between day and night.

For example, the camera’s daylight sensor senses the natural line of daytime and turns OFF the IR LEDs. At night time, the daylight sensor senses the absence of natural light and lights up the LEDs.

Thus, you can say that the Reolink RLC-511W camera is a night vision camera as well. In addition, the IR LEDs have a range of up to 100 feet. This means that the camera can record or capture images of objects up to 100 feet at night time. This is one of the best features of this camera.

It is worth mentioning that with the Reolink RLC-511W, there are distinctive differences between day and night time. And in general, both the camera’s range and its vision are clearer in the daytime.

In addition to these, the Reolink RLC-511W’s motion detection feature enables you to select a motion detection area and grail it out. This is helpful when you do not want certain areas of view to be captured by the camera.

(4) Audio

The Reolink RLC-511W camera has an integrated microphone embedded in it. This means that your recordings consist of sound. However, you must know that the audio capability of this camera is not two-way meaning you will hear sound from your recordings and live viewing but you can’t speak through the camera.

(5) Outdoor capability

Another great feature of the Reolink RLC-511W camera is the fact that it is IP66 waterproof. Being IP66 waterproof, the camera can withstand harsh weather conditions like heavy drops of rain, snowfall and so on. In addition to this, the camera is also designed to withstand solid particles, such as dust and more. The level 66 ingress protection built into it ensures that the camera works efficiently in the harshest environment. As an outdoor camera, it will function even better as an indoor camera.

How does the Reolink RLC-511W camera make things easy for users?

Below are some benefits of the Reolink RLC-511W camera that has attracted users;

Multiple Recording options – The camera has two recording options namely, motion-based recording and continuous recording feature. The camera only records when it senses some motion when in the motion-based recording. For example, a person walking, a dog running, or fluttering leaves.

However, if you want to record irrespective of motion, you can select the continuous monitoring option. Both modes have different benefits. For example, the 24/7 monitoring option in traffic-driven places is more beneficial, while in places with fewer people, motion-based recording is more beneficial.

Mobile App and desktop client availability – The Reolink RLC-511W camera can be monitored with both the Reolink’s mobile app and the desktop client, which allows you to see the feedback from the camera. These Reolink’s mobile app and desktop or laptop client can be downloaded from the Reolink website, Google Play or Apple Store.

Easy playback – Saved videos are easy to access and play with different viewing options like 5MP, Balanced and Fluent.

Memory can be increased – One of the best benefits of buying this camera is that it supports SD card function. You can install an SD card of up to 128 GBs that can record and save videos worth 97.1 hours.

Convenient vertical and horizontal viewing angle – The camera supports a vertical angle between 24°-67° and horizontally, it supports 31°-90°.

Multiple users ­– 20 people can use the camera at once. You need to create an account on the Reolink client or mobile application and add more users.

What makes the Reolink RLC-511W unique?

The Reolink RLC-511W has a minimalist design, rugged and very decent. Its weight is only 750g which is very light and makes installation very easy.

In addition to these, the camera’s stunning high definition picture and video quality, ingress protection, and auto-focus technology amongst all its other features mentioned above make it stand out amongst its competitors.

Tabular Representation of the Reolink RLC-511W features

Reolink RLC-511W Specifications
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Reolink RLC-511WA Review:

The Reolink RLC-511WA camera is an improved version of the Reolink RLC-511W with added features and improved functionality.

Now in this section, we will cover the features of the Reolink RLC-511WA camera.

(1) Camera lens and video

The Reolink RLC-511WA is a 5-Megapixels, High Definition (HD) camera, designed with a resolution of 2560 x 1920 and runs smoothly at 20 frames per second. Its lens is a 2.7mm-13.5mm, F(1.6-3.3) with infrared cut. The camera’s view horizontally is 27 degrees to 96 degrees and vertically at 21 degrees to 69 degrees thus, providing a wider viewing angle and elevation. The image sensor of the Reolink RLC-511WA camera is a 1/27 with a zooming capability of 5 times.

With the Reolink mobile app and desktop client applications, you can adjust the camera’s view remotely and locally without physically adjusting the camera.

(2) WI-FI and networking

The Reolink RLC-511WA is designed also to be a wireless IP camera just like the Reolink RLC-511W but it is built with a LAN port to enable you connect it via an Ethernet cable. The camera is designed with two integrated antennas (2T2R MIMO) that emit wireless signals on separate frequency channels (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz).

(3) Day/Night functionality

The Reolink RLC-511WA day and night capability is exceptional. This is so because of its automatic switching and infrared cutting filter capability. The camera has four infrared LED’s and was able to detect motion at night at 30 meters just like the Reolink RLC-511W. The camera’s colored night vision was also remarkable.

Furthermore, the camera is designed with powerful spotlights that can come ON automatically or manually to reveal and capture an intruder. With this functionality also is a siren which also can be activated automatically or manually.

(4) Audio

On the Reolink RLC-511WA was built with an improved audio functionality, this time a two-way-audio capability. This means a microphone and loud speaker are built into it. The microphone records sound into your recordings and you hear sound on your live view and the loud speaker enables you to talk through the camera and also enables the siren to function.

(5) Outdoor capability

The Reolink RLC-511WA is primarily an outdoor camera and IP66 waterproof. It is able to withstand the harshest outdoor weather conditions and perform optimally.

(6) Smart humans and vehicle detection capability

One of the best and remarkable features making this camera stand out is its ability to distinguish humans and vehicles in its motion detection. This technology was built into the Reolink RLC-511WA to accurately decipher human motion from object motion and eliminate false motion detection. In addition to these, you have the ability to select a motion detection area and grail it out. This is helpful when you do not want certain areas of view to be captured.

(7) Time lapse

This is another beautiful feature of this camera as it enables easy capturing of long term events, like the growing of a plant. Not many camera’s out there are able to perform this function accurately, but this camera does this effectively.

NOTE: When connected to a Network Video Recording System (NVR) this function is unavailable.

(8) More recording options

The Reolink RLC-511WA has more recording options. In addition to an SD card option (maximum of 256GB), you can connect this camera to a Reolink NVR or other NVR’s that are compatible.

(9) Google Assistant

The Reolink RLC-511WA comes with a Google Assistant feature and can be connected to Google Home following the steps below;

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How does the RLC-511WA camera make things easy for users?

Like the Reolink RLC-511W, the RLC-511WA provides the following benefits;

  • Multiple recording options
  • Mobile App and desktop client functionality
  • Easy playback
  • Increased memory card capacity
  • Broader vertical and horizontal viewing angle
  • Multiple user sessions
  • Smart human and vehicle motion detection
  • Time lapse
  • Two-way-audio
  • Google Assistant feature
  • Alexa feature in view

What makes the RLC-511WA camera unique?

The uniqueness of the Reolink RLC-511WA camera is in its ability to distinguish between humans and object type motion, spotlights and colored night vision.

In addition to these, the camera’s beautiful high definition picture and video quality and minimalist design makes it unique amongst its competitors.

Tabular Representation of the RLC-511WA features

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Cons of the Reolink RLC-511W and Reolink RLC-511WA

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No Two-Way-Audio

Where to buy

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The Reolink RLC-511W or RLC511WA, Which is better?

This is the question that tends to get intending buyers confused in deciding between these two cameras since both of them have ideal specifications.

If you want to reduce the number of false alarms, then you can opt for the Reolink RLC-511WA camera. But if you want to fulfill just the basic and important requirements of an outdoor IP camera, then go with the Reolink RLC-511W.

Want to know more about security systems and cameras? See our article on Digital Surveillance.