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 if you’re looking for a reliable, versatile outdoor camera with a long-lasting battery that doesn’t cost a fortune. That said, thealso cost $100 and had free cloud storage, unlike the new Blink Outdoor, which is moving over to Amazon’s cloud model via a new Blink Subscription Plan.
- The one-camera kit costs $100
- You have to pay for cloud storage
Customers do get a free trial of the Blink Subscription Plan through 2020, but after that, you have to decide if you want to only receive alerts and view the live feed — or if you’re fine forking over the cloud service fee to review saved clips, which will start at $3 per month. Blink has also said that existing customers with Blink accounts that were created on or before April 15, 2020 will continue to receive free cloud storage on the Blink Outdoor, Indoor andcameras.
The Blink Outdoor one-camera kit includes a, two AA lithium batteries, a Blink Sync Module 2, charging cables and mounting hardware. A Sync Module is required for the Blink Outdoor camera to work; Blink says the module helps extend the camera’s Wi-Fi range and improves its battery life.
If you already have a last-gen Blink system, your old Sync Module will work with the Blink Outdoor; standalone Blink Outdoor cameras cost $90.
This Blink Outdoor is very similar to the Blink XT2, a model I’ve been testing for over a year to see how long its promised two-year batteries really lasts (so far, we’re at one year, three