Blink Camera Review: Affordable But Missing Features

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Blink camera (caption: Blink Security Camera Review)Amazon’s Blink cameras are wireless and affordable options for monitoring your home. However, there are some features its cameras are missing that some of its competitors have. But are these must-haves for you? Only you can decide, but we can help.

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Article Overview


4 / 5
Field of View 4.5
Audio 4.0
Remote Viewing/Streaming 5.0
Price 4.5
Recording 2.5
Tech Support 3.5


  • Wireless
  • No DVR needed
  • No cloud storage fees
  • Motion detection
  • Infrared night vision (XT and XT2 only)
  • iOS and Android apps
  • 1-year warranty
  • Integrates with Amazon Alexa enabled devices
  • Two-way audio (XT2 only)


  • Some customers report that their cameras got waterlogged (Blink XT)
  • Some customers’ camera batteries only lasted days
  • Only stores up to 2 hours of footage, no other cloud storage options
  • Requires a hub
  • No pan, tilt or zoom
  • No activity zones
  • No phone support

Key Features

  • Blink offers 3 cameras: Blink (indoor), Blink XT (indoor/outdoor) and Blink XT2 (indoor/outdoor)
  • Night vision up to 20 feet (Blink XT and XT2)
  • HD resolution: 1080p (Blink XT and XT2) and 720p (Blink)
  • Field of view: 110°
  • Operating temperature: -4° to 113°F (-20° to 45°C) (Blink XT and XT2)
  • Can connect up to 10 cameras on one account
  • Rumors about a Blink doorbell camera, but there is no announcement from the company
  • Two AA lithium batteries last up to 2 years depending on device settings, usage and environmental factors
  • Use the Blink Home Monitor app to monitor your cameras while away
  • 100-foot range
  • Video clips have a default length of 5 seconds, but you can record up to 60 seconds
  • Ability to adjust the sensitivity so pets don’t trigger the camera(s)
  • Two-way audio (Blink XT2)
  • IP65 Weather Resistant (Blink XT2)
  • Temperature monitoring


How To Install Blink Cameras

  1. Plug the Sync Module into a wall outlet
  2. Launch the Blink Home Monitor app on your iOS or Android phone and run the Setup Wizard
  3. Place your Blink camera(s) where you want them (keeping in mind the 100′ range)

User Reviews


Have had these the past 4 months and can say they work perfectly. I have read a lot of the feedback and i think people dont understand that there entry level security cameras and not state of the art 2000€ set up. There is a few little minor issues but for the money i paid there a great investment. I have been away for days on end and they never went down, live view was great to check up. – Declan D., Google Play 1/6/2019

We purchased the 3 camera kit and external “birdhouse” monitoring brackets. We love the system, easy to install, reliable, night vision works perfectly. Our only down fall is our neighborhood is practically a race track day and night, so our battery’s don’t last long, even with the settings lowered.
The clip view has been perfect, with the exception of the last week. There has been a software update and it is a little tricky to get used to it, but no other complaints.
We highly recommend this unit if you want a quick setup, easy alternative to hardwired security systems. – Tess & Lilly Mom, App Store 3/23/2019


Blink is useless for home security. for almost 2 months i havent been able to sign in to the app. what good is a security camera when you cant view the footage? tech support. is no help. blames everything but their system ( which is the the actual problem) worst $200 ive ever spent! new update still doesn’t fix sign in issues w/ Motorola devices. ive had it! getting rid of this garbage worst security system ever didnt even get 6 months out of this system – Will S., Google Play 5/18/2019

Why am I seeing ads in the Blink App? I have been a staunch supporter of Blink since the early days but this is unacceptable. This is a real low. I hope it is not a sign of things to come yet. If this is Amazon’s doing, shame on you Amazon! I will have to reconsider who gets my online purchase dollars in the future. – MikeHZL, App Store 5/17/2019

Blink vs Other WiFi Cameras

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If you want a wireless camera (or cameras) without any monthly fees that can record audio and video, Blink is a definite contender. However, if you want to be able to adjust the view remotely or store more than 2 hours of footage, you may want to consider other options.

We compare Blink and other WiFi security cameras in our comprehensive review. We bring you pros and cons for each camera, and we have a comparison table so you can easily see how the cameras’ features vary.

Does Blink have the features you need?

About The Author:

Kimberly is our home security expert and has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems, and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what’s happening behind the scenes. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

In 2018, she had her first child, which opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing products and services.

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