Blink Cameras Review 2021

Blink cameras are an affordable way to keep an eye on your property.
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Wire-free design
Amazon Alexa integration
No Google Assistant support

Blink cameras have a range of great features, like local and cloud storage, a wire-free design, and a long battery life on just two AA batteries. You also get standard offerings like two-way audio, night vision, and HD video resolution. For the price, Blink cameras are a big value in a small package.

What Blink cameras do

Blink has three cameras on offer that give options for indoor and outdoor surveillance. 

The Blink family of cameras works best for folks who want unfussy video security and don’t want to pay yet another monthly bill to use their cameras. (Hello, renters!)

Blink camera comparison
ModelBlink IndoorBlink OutdoorBlink Mini
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Price$79.99$99.99$34.99
Resolution1080p1080p1080p
Field of view110°110°110°
Night vision

Yes

Yes

Yes
Motion detection

Yes

Yes

Yes
Two-way audio

Yes

Yes

Yes
Weatherproof

No

Yes

No
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Right now, Blink offers three cameras: the Blink Indoor, Blink Outdoor, and Blink Mini. The Blink Indoor and Outdoor cameras are wire-free, meaning they have no power cords to trip over or wrangle around corners. The Blink Mini uses a power cord, but it’s still technically “wireless” because it connects to your Wi-Fi network.

All the Blink cameras use the same Blink Sync Module. The Sync Module works as a bridge to connect your wire-free Blink cameras to your Wi-Fi network. It also works as a local storage option if you use a USB flash drive.

Keep in mind the Sync Module is an extra cost. You’ll spend about $35 on one. But a single device supports up to 10 cameras.

Pros

  • Local and cloud storage options
  • Wire-free design (for Indoor and Outdoor models)
  • Easy DIY setup

Cons

  • No Google Assistant support

What we like

Cloud storage and local storage options

Blink lets you choose between cloud storage and local storage for your video. Cloud storage is convenient, but you will have to pay a separate monthly subscription price for the privilege. Luckily, Blink’s cloud storage plans are cheap, starting at only $3 per month.

If you’d rather skip the subscription price, you can opt for local storage using a USB flash drive. The flash drive plugs in to the Blink Sync Module.

If you don’t subscribe to cloud storage or use a flash drive, then Blink won’t record any video. You can still get motion-activated alerts sent to your phone, but that’s it.

Motion alerts to your phone

When the motion detector is triggered, the camera starts recording. Those video clips will save to the cloud (if you opt for a subscription plan) and you can view them through the app. Alternatively, they’ll go to a USB flash drive on your Sync Module. But you can get alerts on your phone either way.

What we don’t like

No Google Assistant support

Amazon (which owns Blink) and Google notoriously have trouble getting along. Their refusal to play nice means that Amazon devices don’t always work with Google Home speakers, and vice versa with Amazon Alexa.

Blink is a prime example of the tech wars. You can’t currently connect your Blink cameras to your Google smart speakers to control them via Google Assistant. Hopefully this option will be available at some point, but for now, it’s Alexa or nothing.

User experience

As far as app-monitored cameras go, Blink cameras are some of the easiest to set up and use.

These wire-free cameras fit in the palm of your hand and can be set up just about anywhere. Seriously. Mount them on the wall or set them inconspicuously on a bookshelf. They’re pretty versatile. We do wish Blink had pan, tilt, and zoom options and a wider field of view, but it’ll get the job done for most spaces.

Blink Home Monitor app

If you get a Blink camera, you’ll want the app too—it’s where you customize your settings for each camera, including clip length, motion detection, and scheduling. From there, you can also review and download clips or check in with your livestream.

It’s available for free in the iTunes and Google Play stores, and gets middling reviews in both.

Compatible with Amazon Alexa

Blink was purchased by Amazon shortly after its original release, so it works with Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show.

If Alexa already runs your house and you prefer homemade recipes, Blink’s got you covered. It also plays well with your other IFTTT devices, so you can create customizable rules to turn on lights when motion is detected.

Similar products

If you’re looking for more features and different smart home integration systems, well, you have a few choices.

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

If you like the idea behind the Blink cameras, but fall more in the Google Home camp than the Amazon Alexa camp, the Nest Cam IQ is worth checking out.

Not only does it have night vision, but it’s also loaded with additional features, including familiar face recognition and a 4K image sensor. If you’re more worried about burglars than checking in on your cats, the Nest Cam IQ may be worth the extra money.

You don’t need a monthly subscription to use the basic features of the Nest Cam IQ, but if you want access to its top features—including familiar face recognition—you’ll need to shell out some additional cash every month.

Fits these needs:

  • 4k image sensor
  • 2-way audio
  • Geofencing
  • Familiar face recognition
  • Subscription options for additional cloud storage
  • Google Assistant integration

Arlo Q

Like the Blink cameras, the Arlo Q indoor camera is easy to set up and use, but it has more integration options and upgraded features than Blink that may make it worth the extra money.

The Arlo Q comes with a little free cloud storage, but has additional storage service plans available for an extra monthly cost. If you’re looking for integrations beyond just Amazon Alexa or IFTTT, the Arlo Q is also compatible with Google Assistant and Samsung SmartThings.

Fits these needs:

  • 2-way audio
  • 25-foot night vision
  • Geofencing
  • Google Home and Samsung SmartThings integration

The bottom line

Blink cameras aren’t the most impressive cameras we’ve seen, but they’re a decent, affordable option for people who want basic surveillance. 

We’re impressed with Blink’s wire-free design, small size, and long battery life. However, other security cameras have superior smart home integrations and extra smart features.

If you’ve used Blink cameras, we’d love to hear about your experience! Tell us all about it in the comment section below.

If you’re looking for other security camera options, check out our Best Home Security Cameras review.

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  • James Chu

    Blink home security camera review:
    Blink home security camera work good for a year, and then it falling apart. The camera lack of reliability, not worth the price of $100 each.

  • James Chu

    Blink security camera system is good for one year, and then it falling apart, the camera malfunction, will not take picture and can not communicate with syn module any more, it is not worth to pay $100 each for one year life time.

  • Rose Jones

    My Blink outdoor cam has been installed for two months. It would be a great little device if it worked but it is very capricious about sending notifications and sometimes it doesn’t record motion at all. These factors make it useless as a security device. I will replace it with another Nest cam.

  • Glenn Romano

    Terrible product. Only works with a 2.4G wifi system. Great if that’s what you had 10 years ago. We upgraded to 5G years ago. Why didn’t blink

    • Matthew Conn

      That is because of the range.

  • Matthew Conn

    Wish it had an online viewing website, rather than having to use smart phones only.

  • Amhsac

    I have had one indoor and one outdoor Blink in place at my home for over a year, plus we have had four in place at our summer home. They have worked flawlessly and are superb for low traffic situations. We are notified appropriately. The clips on long enough to record what you need. Work well day and night in any weather. Batteries have last well over a year with no need to change. Yes, my wife and I are fans!

  • Terry McGuigan

    My biggest problem with the Blink is the lag time between activation of a camera and when I am alerted. I repositioned the camera so that it is not looking straight on at someone approaching it, with no success. It’s nearly 30 seconds between activation and alert. Any suggestions?

  • John Smithers

    I have installed two xt2 units at my home and find them to be great when I am traveling. I can check the temperature in the house and keep an eye on both the upstairs and basement. When my house checker comes in, the app reliably sends an alarm to several of my devices. For the price and my needs, they work really well. I do wish that the two way audio allowed a true two way interaction, rather than hold, talk/release listen. Two hours of storage is a lot of time. It is easy to download the clips and keep them on an external hard drive.

  • Joseph Breslin

    I made the right choice, $200 for 3 camera’s, no subscription,easy to install, wireless comes with batteries that last for 2 years,very clear video,2 way audio, notifications to all my devices when it detect a motion and send me video and stores it on the app, small cameras weatherproof. Only 1 problem but you can’t everything in life- I wanted 1 camera indoor to face front of house instead of outside but the little blue light to detect motion is reflecting off window and not sending notifications but I was told to have it flat on window so I will try, just got it today, very happy otherwise

  • Jay Thampi

    Best cameras for the price. Its very easy and simple to install and set-up, I had all 5 cameras up and running in less than an hour. the storage is free the app is fantastic.. Only thing is I wish they had an option to where your mobile phone leaves the home wifi it would arm the system automatically.. if not you have to manually arm and disarm the system.

  • Albert Samora

    While I find the price of these camera affordable I have found the Customer service and warranty policy substandard. I had multiple cameras that when the batteries went dead the camera would not reconnect. I went to on-line customer support and followed all recommendations, then moved to a phone conversation. Their final recommendation was to check with my service provider to see why the cameras were have a problem determining a 2.4 or 5GHZ connection. First of all I have a mesh network so my service provider can’t help me with that and I isolated the 2.4 GHZ network for the cameras. Also 3 other camera are working on the network they claim is a problem. They go to great lengths not to warranty their product.