Blink Outdoor 1 Camera System – wireless, weather-resistant HD security camera with 2-year battery life and motion detection
With long-lasting battery life, Outdoor runs for up to two years on a single set of AA lithium batteries (included).
Outdoor is built to withstand the elements to help you protect your home inside or out, come rain or shine.
Live View and Motion Detection
See, hear, and speak to visitors with live view or get motion detection alerts on your phone in the Blink Home Monitor App.
Blink Subscription Plan
Record, view, and save events in your Blink app with a free 30-day trial of the Blink Subscription Plan. Then, subscribe for just $3 per month per camera, or $10 per month for unlimited cameras at a single location.
Save videos and photos from up to 10 Blink cameras connected to the Blink Sync Module 2 locally in your home and view them through the Blink app or the computer by plugging in a USB flash drive (sold separately) for no additional fee.
Works With Alexa
Go hands-free with Alexa. Stream live video, play recorded clips, arm and disarm your camera, be alerted to motion, and more.
I wanted to put in an easy outdoor camera system that was affordable. And this mult-camera system fit the bill when it was on sale! I have mixed emotions about the entire system. The devices themselves are great. But for every feature I like about the system, there is a system/application limitation that I don't like.
Very small cameras, each take 2 AA Lithium batters, and pair easily to the provided hub.
They provide a mounthing bracket and an angle adapter to allow for a vertical and horizontal mount. Mounts are held in with a couple screws, and were easy to install.
Image quality is pretty good. They have a wide angle of view, and allow you to hear and talk through the live stream.
Local storage option (micro SD card) will allow you save your videos locally, and you don't have to have their subscription service.
The timeline is pretty easy to use in the app, and it's easy to download videos if you want to save them. Oddly enough, the app blocks taking screen shots and I'm not sure why.
Night vision is pretty good. It doesn't see very far on infrared, but, I suspect that is due to it being battery based, and they don't have a ton of IR transmitters on each unit.
Motion clips can vary in length, but the app warns you about batterty life if you go much beyond the default. If it's a high traffic area. You probably want to keep them short for high-traffic areas, or plan to replace batteries more frequently.
First, the mounts. Attaching the mount without the adapter was virtually impossible. The plastic was soo hard, and the tolerance was so tight that attaching just the mounting bracket was so hard, I am not sure I could do that when the mount was on the wall. Now, with the horizontal adapter attached, it was no problem at all. so I made sure I picked horizontal mouting locations. I understand previous versions had mounts that were too weak, so perhaps this pendulum swung too far the other way.
Where a subscription is no required (yay), they do have application limiations that push you towards the subscriptions, like, when you run out of local storage, you have to delete the videos one by one. You cannot select multiple to delete. But you can with the cloud storage. :-|
The biggest annoyance is that, where you can arm and disarm the entire system, or enable/disable individual cameras, there is no built-in capability to arm or disarm based on location, only based on a schedule. To do it, you have to use a 3rd party service called IFTTT, which seems like overkill.
The subscription plan isn't horribly expensive, at $10/month or $100/year for an unlimited number of cameras and unlimited storage. That being said, it would be really nice if I could have just one subscription for all of my amazon-owned systems, including Bling and Ring. Or maybe if they rolled it into a Prime membership... or an add-on to Prime even.
In summary, the system as some pros and some cons, but overall, I'm pretty happy with it. My biggest goal was not to have to wire my house for cameras, and this system fits that goal really well. If you can wire everything up, there's probably better systems to use (Amcrest, Reolink, etc.).
The biggest test will be to see how long I actually get out of battery life. My cameras range from low traffic to occasional traffic, to "higher" traffic, so, it will be interesting to see what the various battery life will be. Plus Winter is coming, which will probably affect battery performance as well.
I got this to spy on what is under my house. (Discovered by these cameras that it is an opossum!) I got video of it... and the cat that got caught in our humane trap under there.
SO FAR, I am really happy with Blink. Not happy it's part of AMAZON though.
Don't believe the battery life though. To set it up to record at decent resolution, record longer clips, and other things takes battery. I hope to get a year from the included LI batteries.
I also worry about the ease it is to remove the camera if you can reach it. It pops right on and off.
DON'T pay full price! I got it for about 100 off!
Perfect little entry level security system. Easy to install. Easy to connect. If you plan on storing any of your recordings, Blink offers a plan for $100 a year. The system set up is so easy, I am confident that those who are even technologically challenged can set up the system. Installation is a breeze. The base connects to a surface with two screws and the camera pops right onto the base. I cannot comment on the battery life, for the first month it worked just as you'd expect it to, I easily purchased power cords for mine off of Amazon - if you choose to go this route, take the cameras design into consideration, with the power cord plugged in, it is difficult to tilt the camera downward and Blink has removed the option from their APP to "Flip" the camera if you have to mount it upside-down. So if you are placing it up high and want to run a cord to it, remember this for mounting. If you're just running the battery, you'll have no issue at all. If you're wondering about the range, I have a camera mounted on the exterior second floor of my house, and there are zero issues with recording motion. I also have another camera mounted in a tree adjacent to my front porch, its proximity from the Wifi and the Sync Module is approximately 25ft. One more thing of note, the night video is recorded in black and white, which can cause things like faces to be washed out if they are closer to the camera, if you'd like color night time video, pair this with a dusk to dawn light.
Very good in daylight. Video excellent. Night vision fair with on board infrared. Ad just a little light and it’s a whole new experience. I have 4 Blink cameras- they all work very well! I would buy more!
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Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Have had this up for better than a week.
1. The Sync module outlet adapter is ridiculously long & sticking out of the wall socket, so easy to knock into or have your kids knock it around while playing. You dont know you are off line till you begin to question why you are not seeing new videos. Terrible design; tried to get a clear cut answer direct from Blink about changing the adapter, like pulling teeth for a clear answer. --Minus 1 star
2. The infra-red at night is highly lackluster on any of the settings they offer for it. ie...Sensitivity, Night vision and IR intensity- this is long time technology, hard to believe it isnt any good at least in my particular circumstances. None of the settings looks or is any different from the other. --Minus a second star
3. Early notification doesn't work, its 10 seconds either way before the video begins.
I believe this thing is hyped so much but overall, for the price it does a "decent" job assuming the adapter stays put & you are not concerned about security from a subpar infra red.
Once this stops working I wont replace w/ the same instead will go a step up. Security is important, I should have known it would be too good to be fully true.
I love these Blink cameras! They use AA Batteries that last up to 2 years, night vison, and two way audio. They are wireless, so you can place them anywhere on your property. No wiring needed... The wall mounts make them easy to snap in to place.
I would definitely recommend!
I like the cameras. They are very clear except for at night. I probably need to add more lighting to certain areas around the exterior of my house. Also wish they would make rotating cameras to capture more areas. But overall, I am very pleased.
I had really high hopes for these, I bought the 2 pack and installed one by my front door and the other on my garage. I changed my settings from 5 second clips to 60 second clips figuring they advertise 2 years of life from a single pair of AA batteries depending on your settings. I figured I should still get a year or maybe even 6 months which I’d be ok with changing batteries every 6 months but I was wrong, my driveway camera died after one week of use at a 60 second clip setting with a 6 sensitivity setting. 5 second clips are useless for security purposes. I contacted customer support and received no help at all other than placing the blame on me and telling me to change my settings back to 5 seconds to save battery life.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about reliability, design, price and usability.
Tom's GuideRating, 4 out of 54.0Mike Prospero on June 3, 2021
Blink Outdoor camera reviewThe 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
PCMagRating, 4 out of 54.0John R. Delaney on October 28, 2020
Blink Outdoor ReviewWhen we reviewed the original Blink Home Security Camera system back in 2016, we gave it high marks for its reasonable price, sharp 720p video quality, and free cloud storage, but dinged it for its lack of integrations and inability to provide
A:AnswerThe Blink cameras have a field of view of 110 degrees - in the daytime, they provide enough visibility to identify an individual’s facial features that is 20ft away, recognize a person that is 32ft away, and beyond that depends on exact lighting conditions. At night, they provide visibility up to 20ft away depending on exact conditions.
A:AnswerI was not able to even locate the camera 20 feet from the wifi router and sync unit. I could not have a camera in both my front and back yard. I had to place the one outdoor camera right outside the window nearest the room with the wifi router.
A:AnswerYou can save up to 7200 seconds of video clips to your 64 GB flash drive from the cloud when you insert it into the Sync Module 2. When you reach 7200 seconds of backup storage, you will be notified so you can bulk download clips from the USB flash drive. The oldest recorded clips will be deleted to make room for the newest recorded clips.
A:AnswerYou need internet and a router for these. You can use a baby monitor as a security cam without internet, but it won't send it to your phone. I do use a baby monitor to keep an eye on my car at night. The camera just looks out the window.
I recently became aware of the security cam phenomena, after our place was broken into. I now have a number of the blink minis, and they are a total game changer. I can be anywhere; pull out my phone, and look at the front yard, front door, driveway, back door, etc. It's crazy how well it works. My phone will "ping", and i'll look at the blink app, and there is the neighbor's dog walking across the yard! It's worth it to get internet and wifi just for these.
A:AnswerHere are the Blink System requirements: A non-cellular 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network (name and password) and high speed Internet connection (DSL, Cable, Fiber) with a minimum 2 Mbit/sec upload speed. Unfortunately, due to high latency issues, we do not recommend using Blink with Satellite providers. Please note that Blink is unable to gain internet access on networks that require authentication through a third-party login website.