Blink Security Camera System
Blink's lineup of security cameras includes the XT, XT2, Indoor, and Mini.
- No long-term contracts
- Impressive two-year battery life
- Affordable home security
Blink may be a fairly young company, but in the time they’ve been in business, they’ve produced over four smart security cameras, three of which are currently available on their website as well as Amazon, their parent company. We’ve reviewed each camera personally for its video, audio, night vision and other essential features, but in this page, we’re going to break down Blink as a company. How do their prices compare to other options on the market? What packages are available, if any, and is Blink worth it in the first place? We’ll answer all those questions and more, but to give you an overview, let’s start with how much it will cost you to get started with a one-camera Blink system. With the exception of the Blink Mini, these kits include a Sync Module.
|One-camera starter kit||Price|
Blink’s Best Features
We think that Blink cameras are worth their prices, and here are the main reasons why:
- 1080p HD video: The Blink Mini and the Blink XT2 both boast 1080p HD video, making for a super-clear picture (the Blink Indoor, however, is a bit less clear at 720p HD).
- Two-way audio: Save for the Blink Indoor, Blink cameras let us speak to whoever we were looking at, which could have seriously come in handy during an intrusion.
- Night vision: Both the Mini and the XT2 come equipped with infrared LED sensors, which let us see clearly in black-and-white at night.
- Alexa integrations: All of the cameras work with Alexa, which let us control them with our voices.
- Long battery life: The wireless Blink Indoor and Blink XT2 cameras have super-long, two-year battery lives, which is actually the longest we’ve seen from wireless security cameras.
- Free app: We used the Blink Home Monitor app with all of our Blink cameras to livestream footage and get notified if they detected motion when armed, completely on the house!
Tip: If you’re looking for a camera to use indoors only, we recommend choosing the Blink Mini over the original Blink Indoor camera. Not only is it a minimum of $35 cheaper, but it also has two-way audio, infrared night vision, and 1080p HD video, which the Indoor lacks.
Want to learn more about what we thought of each Blink camera? Read our full Blink camera review.
Blink Equipment Pricing and Packages: How It Compares
Blink makes it pretty simple when it comes to their offerings, with three cameras and a few accessories to choose from. Let’s dive into more detail.
|Add-On Camera Price||1 Camera Kit Price||2 Camera Kit Price||3 Camera Kit Price||5 Camera Kit Price|
|Blink Mini||$34.99||$34.99 (without cloud/ local storage)||$64.99 (without cloud/ local storage)||n/a||n/a|
One really important thing to note about Blink is that the XT2 and the Indoor camera require a Sync Module to work. It’s the Sync Module, a plugged-in device, that connects the cameras to the app and gives them cloud storage. With the Mini, the Sync Module isn’t needed, and cloud storage is a separate cost (more on that later). But note that we could add up to five Blink cameras per Sync Module, so we didn’t need to buy a new one every time we scaled our system.
Although we prefer cameras that don’t require hubs, like the Wyze Cam, we appreciate the fact that Blink offers discounted prices for multiple cameras. Plus, requiring a hub isn’t uncommon; companies like Arlo and eufy also require these separate devices, so although it’s a disadvantage, we still think Blink is worth its relatively low prices.
But if a Sync Module is a dealbreaker for you, then check out the Blink Mini, their latest offering. The Blink Mini doesn’t require a Sync Module, and instead, cloud storage is a separate cost. Eventually, Blink is going to release a Mini-compatible Sync Module 2 with a USB flash drive for local storage. However, that day has yet to come, so as of now, the Blink Mini has cloud storage only.
Price-wise, the Mini makes more sense than the Indoor camera, priced at only $34.99 (most indoor cameras cost around $100). The XT2 is also really affordable compared to other outdoor cameras, starting at just $99.99; the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, for example, costs a hefty $329, although it does have more advanced features like person detection. However, for those looking for a basic smart security camera, Blink’s pricing is more than fair.
Blink also offers a few accessories; at least in theory. When we checked, more than half the options weren’t available, although that could change in the future.
|3 Blink XT Covers (White)||Currently unavailable|
|3 Blink XT Covers (Gray)||Currently unavailable|
|3 Blink XT Covers (Red)||Currently unavailable|
|3 Blink Window Decals||Currently unavailable|
|3 Device Mounts (Black)||$19.99|
|Yard Sign and 2 Window Decals||$30|
|Sync Module (for XT2 and Indoor)||$50|
Again, we’re still waiting on the second Sync Module for the Blink Mini, but as of now, that’s all Blink has to offer in terms of accessories.
The More You Know: Security signs can actually deter burglars from choosing a house to rob, along with proximity of other people and dogs.1 In other words, they’re an affordable way to up your home’s security in a flash.
Blink Pricing: Monitoring and Storage
Remember when we said we’d return to cameras’ storage options? Now, with the Blink Indoor and the XT2, we didn’t need to pay anything after the initial equipment cost, as the Sync Module included two hours of storage; not much, but we’ll take it. With the Mini, cloud storage was a separate cost, but fortunately for us, it was very low. We got 60 days of cloud storage for only $3 a month, the exact same pricing as the Ring Protect plans for Ring cameras. As Amazon owns both companies, we seriously doubt this is a coincidence. Add more cameras and the cost goes up to $10 a month, again, the exact same prices as Ring.
|Cloud Storage in Days||0||60||60|
|10% Discount on Blink Products||No||No||Yes|
|Warranty Coverage in Years||1 year||1 year||As long as the subscription is active|
While we wish Blink gave us at least some free cloud storage with the Mini, and more cloud storage than two hours for the Indoor and XT2 cameras, at the very least their prices are low, and we liked that there were no monthly costs with the latter cameras.
Alexa, IFTTT and Blink
Since Amazon owns Blink, the fact that all of Blink’s cameras work with Alexa makes perfect sense. We downloaded the Blink SmartHome skill on our Echo Show 8 because sometimes our smartphones are just too far away. Using our voices alone, we could have Alexa show our cameras’ footage on different Echo devices and hide it when we were done. We could also tell Alexa to show us the cameras’ last activities, arm or disarm the camera system (the latter of which requires a PIN for security), tell us when the last motion alert was, the amount of motion clips, our arming/ disarming schedule, or our current system status. Alexa even told us when the batteries were getting low and helped us to reorder new ones so that we never missed a day without our Blink cameras. That’s where that whole “being owned by Amazon” thing really comes in handy!
On top of that, we set our XT2 and Mini so that our Echo devices, including our Echo Dot with Clock and Echo Flex smart speakers, told us whenever our cameras detected motion. For us, this meant that even if we left our phones downstairs overnight, our alarm clock would let us know if our downstairs cameras detected motion while we were sleeping. This gave us the added assurance that if someone intruded our house, we’d know as soon as possible.
Taking it a step further, since we have smart lights downstairs, we set up a Routine that had our lamps turn on as soon as the Blink cameras detected motion, making the would-be burglar very conspicuous. The Indoor and the Mini cameras both work with IFTTT,2 which means that they could trigger or be triggered by a whole slew of Internet of Things devices. This expanded our voice commands to even Google Assistant, so although there isn’t a direct Google action for Blink, the cameras can still work within a Google smart home ecosystem.
All in all, Blink provides decent home security for affordable prices. Although things get a little confusing when it comes to Sync Modules and cloud storage, most customers will be satisfied with live streaming footage and receiving motion alerts for free from the Blink Home Monitor app. With no or low monthly fees, Blink is a great option for those on a budget. However, if it doesn’t seem right for you, we recommend checking out our list of the most affordable security cameras, which includes Blink among other fantastic options.
UNC Charlotte. (2018). Burglar Survey Study Final Report.
IFTTT. (2020). Blink. ifttt.com/blink