Blink’s Outdoor Security Camera is solid, but the last-gen XT2 was better

I like the $ 100 Blink Outdoor and recommend it if you don’t already have a Blink system and are looking for a reliable and versatile outdoor camera with a long-lasting battery that doesn’t cost a fortune. That said, the Latest generation Blink XT2 it also cost $ 100 and had free cloud storage, unlike the new Blink Outdoor, which is moving to Amazon Ring camera cloud model via a new Blink subscription plan.

Like it

  • The kit for a camera costs $ 100

I do not like

  • You have to pay for the cloud storage

Customers get a free trial of the Blink subscription plan until 2020, but then you have to decide whether you want to only receive alerts and view the live feed or if you are okay by paying the cloud service to review saved clips, which will start at $ 3 per month. Blink also said existing customers with Blink accounts created by April 15, 2020 will continue to receive free cloud storage on Blink Outdoor, Indoor and Mini cameras.

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The camera

A Blink Outdoor Camera Kit includes a Blink Outdoor Security Camera, two AA lithium batteries, a Blink Sync 2 module, charging cables and mounting hardware. A synchronization module is required for the operation of the Blink Outdoor camera; Blink says the module helps extend the camera’s Wi-Fi range and improves battery life.

If you already have a latest generation Blink system, your old sync module will work with Blink Outdoor; Standalone Blink Outdoor cameras cost $ 90.

This Blink Outdoor is very similar to the Blink XT2, a model I have been testing for over a year to see how long the promised two-year batteries last. really lasts (for now we are one year, three months).

The main difference comes with the upcoming Blink subscription plan and the Blink Sync 2 module. Unlike the old sync modules, the new version has a USB port for local storage, an attempt to appease customers who don’t want to pay. for cloud storage.

Although older Blink cameras, such as the XT2, will work with the new Blink Sync Module 2, they won’t support the local storage feature. (Local storage only works with the new Blink Outdoor, Indoor and Mini cameras.)

Setting up the Blink Outdoor and Sync 2 module is simple. Download the Blink app and create an account if you don’t already have one, or log in with your existing credentials. Press the plus sign in the top right corner of the main screen and follow the instructions to connect the module and camera. This should only take about 10 minutes.

Once everything is set up in the app, you can place your camera anywhere within Wi-Fi range and start using it. There is a short delay between a motion event and starting the camera to capture activity (which is a trade-off between the camera’s low power mode to conserve battery life), but some settings can be adjusted. movement in the app.

You can adjust the motion recording interval from five to 60 seconds and the set delay between alerts from 10 to 60 seconds. Even so, I missed the start of some motion activity in the saved clips due to the need to launch the camera to record.

This camera also works with Alexa and I was able to pull up his live feed on a Amazon Echo Show 8 with “Alexa, show my camera”. Check out some of the other commands you can use with this camera and an Alexa-enabled device smart speaker or view.

The verdict

The Blink Outdoor is a good camera at a good price, but I’m disappointed that Blink got rid of one of the XT2’s coolest features: free cloud storage. That said, the Blink Outdoor has retained the XT2’s decent performance and ease of use in the app. It’s a simple camera that works well and doesn’t cost a lot of money, though the Wyze Cam Outdoor does even more at just $ 50.

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