Today we’re going to review the Blink XT Outdoor/Indoor Home Security Camera System – 3 Camera Kit. If you have been looking for a security system that doesn’t cost the earth, where the cameras can be used indoors and out and doesn’t charge you anything for cloud storage then you might want to consider this Blink system. You can get everything up and running in no time at all as no electrical wiring is required. We’ll be checking whether customers have found this system to be worth the money.
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Blink XT Outdoor/Indoor Home Security Camera System Review
- WEATHERPROOF FOR OUTDOOR OR INDOOR USE: Place and move your wireless Blink camera anywhere around your home both inside and out. Start off with a small system and expand to up to 10 cameras on one Blink Sync Module
- MOTION DETECTOR: Built-in motion sensor alarm, when motion detector is triggered, WIFI cameras will send an alert to your smartphone and record a short clip of the event to the cloud
- BATTERY POWERED SECURITY SYSTEM: Wireless home camera with 2-year battery life, powered by 2 AA Lithium batteries (included), data is sent from IP cameras over Wi-Fi
- SMART HOME VIDEO SECURITY WITH HD VIDEO: Simple self-install home monitoring in minutes; easy control wireless cameras with the included iOS & Android apps or via voice through our Amazon Alexa Skill!
- FREE CLOUD STORAGE: Totally wire-free, with no monthly fees or service contract required. Requires iOS 9.3 or Android 4.4 KitKat or higher
Most people decide to install security cameras around their homes when they hear of incidents happening in their area. The trouble is many people can’t afford to get a system professionally installed and need a simpler but still effective alternative.
The Blink XT Outdoor/Indoor Home Security Camera System – 3 Camera Kit comes with sync module, which is a hub that connects to the wi-fi. Cameras are connected to it and you can connect up to 10 cameras to each sync module. This unit is plugged into the electricity and needs to be kept indoors. Power adaptor and cables are included. There are 3 security cameras which can be used indoors or outdoors. The camera body is made from a hard thick plastic so very durable in all conditions. The cameras are powered by lithium AA batteries and you will have to remove the cover from the back of the camera to install them. The batteries have a 2 year life and are included with the camera alongside a camera mount. A detailed set up guide is included.
The Blink App
Download the Blink home monitor app. Create an account and allow notifications. Setup a system to install your sync unit. You will need your wi-fi details and password to install. You can scan the QR code on the back of the unit or type in the serial number and follow each step to connect to the wi-fi. To setup a camera the app will show you a video so you can follow each step to get your camera ready for use. Don’t forget to leave off the back of the camera when you have inserted the batteries until you have scanned the serial number which is inside the unit.The switch to toggle the blue recording led light off, which shows on the front of the camera is also inside. If you don’t want it to show you need to move the switch up. Once set up you can click on the camera icon to view live.
Place it anywhere
The mount for the Blink XT camera is attached with one screw and can adjust the view slightly so you can place it anywhere you want to view and as there is no wiring required. It is very easy to place the security cameras anywhere. Once you set the armed button on the app it will record and alert you to any motion detected. Batteries could go down quickly in a high traffic area.
Live view mode
Once the cameras are set up and named you can select the camera you want and click on the camera icon to view live. The quality of the view is good although can lag slightly with it being a wi-fi connection. You can also set up an Alexa skill to be able to use voice control to check the live view of any of the cameras set up as long as you have an Amazon echo device at home.
You have the option to enable the camera for motion detection within the app. You can also set the retrigger time, sensitivity and clip length you want, you can set up to 60 seconds. You can also end clip early if motion stops. The is a mic on the cameras so you can enable the audio or not if you want.
If you don’t need 24/7 cover and you want to set a schedule for your camera you have the option in the app. Any movement in the field of view will send an alert to your phone which you can view immediately. Although there is no 2 way communication with this Blink security system, no alarm or no record button on live view.
Any recordings are stored in the Blink Cloud storage which is accessed via a folder icon on the app. The video quality is decent but you also have the option to use different quality modes to suit you.
Works in low light
The Blink XT Outdoor/Indoor Home Security Cameras work well in low light because they have infrared sensors. You can adjust the illuminator infrared settings within the app. You can control whether you want infrared (on/off/auto) and the intensity (low/med/high). This means you have cover 24/7 if you require it regardless or the light outside.
No monthly subscription required
You don’t have any subscription to pay to access your videos on the cloud. It will hold 2 hours of video and then automatically delete the oldest recordings to make room for new. The time held will depend on how much activity goes on in the area you are covering. You can share the videos or download it to your phone if you want to keep something specific. This is one of the best security cameras if you’re on a budget.
The main thing customers love about this camera system is the fact that it is completely wireless and easy to install. They like the cost of it as it can fit into most budgets and they like the size of the cameras, being small enough to fit almost anywhere.
Negatives found by customers is the fact that you can’t select a detection zone and that means it can be triggered by trees moving. They didn’t like the fact that you couldn’t record and live view at the same time.
If you’re looking for a budget security system then this Blink XT Outdoor/Indoor Home Security Camera System – 3 Camera Kit is well worth considering. You can set them up indoors as well as outdoors and they are easily moved if you need to for the best views. You can also buy extra cameras to add to your system if you need to.