Blink Outdoor Camera Reviews
The Blink XT2 was one of the best home security cameras for those who wanted an outdoor camera for less than $100. Its successor, the Blink Outdoor, improves on its successor with a better camera and the ability to save videos locally rather than just in the cloud. You’ll find in this Blink Outdoor review that everything that made the XT2 great is still here — and that the camera is still a bargain. That’s why it’s one of the best outdoor security cameras for those on a budget.
Blink Outdoor camera review: Design
Blink’s new outdoor camera is more or less the same size as the XT2 (a small square measuring 2.8 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches), but has a few refinements.
The Blink Outdoor’s base station, called the Blink Sync Module 2, connects the camera to your home Wi-Fi network.
Blink Outdoor Camera review: App
Among budget home security cameras, Blink’s app offers plenty of customization options. You can create both motion and privacy zones and adjust the length of clips (from 5 to 60 seconds), the sensitivity of the camera, how long the camera should wait before starting a new recording and more.
Because the camera has a thermometer in it, you can even get temperature readings as well as notifications if the temperature goes above or below a certain threshold.
However, there are a few caveats: There’s no way to record a motion event for its duration — you’re limited to a max of 60 seconds. Also, Blink’s cameras can’t detect people as many other security cameras can.
There is one weird quirk to Blink’s cameras; if you have multiple cameras connected to one sync module, you can’t set custom schedules for each. You can only create one schedule for all of the cameras connected to that module, which is a pain.
Blink Outdoor Camera review: Subscription costs
Blink’s cloud-storage plan is similar to that of Ring’s, which is not surprising considering both companies are owned by Amazon. The Basic plan, which costs $3/month or $30/year, gets you 60 days of rolling cloud storage for a single camera, though it’s limited to 120 minutes total. The Plus plan, which is $10/month or $100/year, gets you the same amount of storage for an unlimited number of cameras at a single location.
If you purchase a new camera, Blink is waiving its subscription fees through the end of 2020. Also, if you created a Blink account before April 15, 2020, you’ll continue to receive free cloud storage for any new Blink camera you purchase.
Of course, if you don’t want to pay for a subscription, you can plug a USB drive (not included) into the Sync Module 2 and use that as local storage.
If you have an older Blink XT2, you get free cloud storage in perpetuity, no matter when you purchased the camera. However, you can’t save video locally on the Blink Outdoor base station.
Blink Outdoor - wireless, weather-resistant HD security camera, two-year battery life, motion detection, set up in minutes – 2 camera kit
- Records good quality audio and video
- Can store video locally
- Long battery life
- No person/package detection