Blink Indoor Security Camera Review8.5/10 (Expert Score)
- Blink Indoor is a wireless, battery-powered security camera that helps you check in on your home day or night with infrared night vision.
- With long-lasting battery life, Indoor runs for up to two years on two AA lithium batteries (included).
- Sharp video quality
- Local storage and affordable cloud storage
- Alexa support
- Long battery life
- Two-piece design
- Doesn't work with Apple or Google.
The Blink Indoor Security Camera is one of the newest indoor cameras on the market. It has a sleek design and is very easy to use. This camera can be placed almost anywhere in your home and will send you a real-time view of what’s happening in the room. Blink also has two-way audio so you can hear what’s going on while you’re away.
Unlike many IP cameras, the Blink Indoor Security Camera is a two-part system. You get the camera itself and a separate “Sync Module.” The Sync Module is like a wireless hub for the camera. Once the Sync Module is connected to your home WiFi, setting up the camera is a simple matter of inserting the batteries, turning it on, and scanning the QR code. The camera automatically establishes and maintains a connection with the Sync module. It sounds like an extra step but somehow it actually simplifies things and makes the installation virtually stress-free.
Both the Sync Module and camera are simple, square-shaped objects that appear to be almost identical. The indoor model is white and the outdoor is black in addition to being weatherproof. They come with AA batteries that provide up to 2 years of battery life. The batteries are inserted by loosening the screw on the back and removing the cover. Mounting hardware is included and allows you to easily place them just about anywhere you like.
The Blink Indoor Camera captures full 1080p HD video at 30fps. The lens has a 110-degree field of view and includes an infrared LED for black and white night video. The speaker and microphone allow for two-way audio. It even includes a temperature sensor that allows you to set specific temperature alert thresholds. This feature could conceivably be used to alert you of a fire or if a door is left open.
Blink employs an interesting approach to wireless connectivity. The camera itself does not rely on a WiFi connection. It actually uses RF (Radio Frequency) waves to connect to the Sync Module which in turn connects to your WiFi router on the 2.4GHz frequency. All the WiFi and power LEDs are located on the Sync Module and not the camera itself. The Sync Module is powered by a USB AC power port and also contains a standard USB port to use for local video storage.
Important Note: The Blink Indoor Camera looks where it’s pointed. There are no mechanical Pan/Tilt/Zoom features. It’s all part of the power cord-free design. If that’s an issue this isn’t the camera for you.
The WiFi connection in the Sync Module allows it to work with Amazon Alexa. Of course, this is to be expected since Blink has recently been purchased by Amazon. The downside to this is the Blink Indoor Camera won’t work with Siri, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit.
In addition to local storage Blink does offer a cloud service. At the time of this writing, the basic storage plan is available for $3/month or $10/month for an unlimited number of cameras.
The mobile app is probably one of the best you’ll find on an indoor security camera. It works on Android, Fire OS, and iOS. The app itself is intuitively broken down into panels that allow for different functions for each camera you have installed, the Sync Module, arm and disarm buttons, Livestream, still snapshots, and a place to view local storage that includes convenient thumbnails to help select the recording you want to view. Full-screen mode is available simply by turning your phone sideways.
As I mentioned earlier on-demand video streaming is only available in 30 seconds increments. You’ll have to press the continue button every 20 seconds to keep rolling. For some, this is an annoying feature but it’s all part of the plan to preserve battery life and keep the camera wire-free.
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Video quality is sharp with good color in daytime view. Nighttime is well-lit and nicely contrasted but not as clear as you may like. There is slight distortion along the edges but to correct that may require a lens that’s more expensive than the camera itself. Motion detection works well and the two-way audio was crisp and clear. You can actually hold a conversation on it without a lot of weird noises and feedback.
If it’s your first Blink camera you’ll need to log on to their website and create an account and download their mobile app. Once the app is installed simply plug in the Sync Module to power it on and scan it with your phone using the QR code. The phone needs to be on the same WiFi network you’ll be placing the Sync module on. Tapping “Discover Device” will allow the Sync Module to get your WiFi settings from the phone and after a series of blinking blue and green lights, the Module will be on your WiFi network. It’s not a simple matter of inserting batteries in the camera and scanning its QR code with your smartphone. Congratulations you’re up and running!
This is a solid security camera for the price. The Blink Indoor Security Camera’s wireless connectivity and stress-free setup make it a favorite of many users who have no interest in fiddling with all that “techy stuff.” The only major drawback is the 30-second limit on live streaming.
Then again if you ever owned a security camera you know that once the novelty wears off the time you actually spend staring at security camera videos is limited to periodically checking in and making sure everything is OK – not studying every move your cat makes. Even without pan/tilt/zoom, the Blink Indoor camera provides a nice bang for the buck.
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