Blink Video Doorbell: Security meets budget



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Amazon announced Tuesday, September 28, that it is expanding its Blink line of home security cameras — indoor and outdoor — with three new tools.

We’re so excited about the Blink Video Doorbell ($49.99; amazon.com), a relatively low-cost option that cuts the Ring’s cheaper doorbell by $10. Blink Video Doorbell is now available for pre-order.

Launching in tandem with the battery-powered Floodlight Camera, Blink Outdoor Camera LED Mount and Solar Mount, it aims to keep your outdoor camera running at all times. Like Floodlight, it is an outdoor camera mounting solution.

Here’s what you need to know about Blink’s new products.

Blink video bell They can either be wired if you have an existing doorbell or powered by two AA batteries. The Blink promises two years of battery life with the included batteries, when wired or when paired with the Sync Module 2. That’s impressive, but obviously depends on your usage and settings for saving your shots. Ring video doorbells in a wired solution always have power, but without wires you can expect three to four weeks, depending on the number of alerts you receive.

Blink Doorbell will video capture everything that’s at your door – people, pets, package deliveries – in 1080p resolution. The doorbell features infrared night vision, which helps in low light settings. This is in line with competing options, such as Ring’s $59.99 Wired Video Doorbell, which also shoots in 1080p and features night vision.

All of this is housed in an ultra-thin design that’s similar to most other doorbells. It will be available in your choice of black or white, with the camera on top and the contest button on the bottom. Blink also says that the video doorbell is “built to withstand the elements” but did not participate in a specific rating or impedance. Interestingly, Ring doesn’t specify any rating either, but during our hands-on testing, a Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 It survived Hurricane Ida, while the Ring Video Doorbell 3 is still working after being underwater. Most doorbells are capable of handling rain, wind, and snow as well as extreme temperatures. Regarding the latter, Amazon claims that External camera flash It can operate at temperatures 4 below zero. The doorbell also features a microphone and speaker, enabling two-way communication via the Blink app.

And like any other Blink device, you’ll need an account and a companion app (available for Android or iOS) to use the video doorbell. You will have the option to set alerts and customize notifications from scratch, and you have two options to save the captured videos to the device.

You can sign up for a Blink subscription plan, which will let you save events to the cloud like someone ringing a doorbell or delivering a package. or you can get flash sync unit and a USB flash drive to create a small server on your network to store these files locally. It basically works as a network storage drive to save files and sync within the Blink app. Either way, you’ll be able to save snapshots and share important events with other family or home members.

If you want a live view of what’s happening at your door, you’ll need to plug in your doorbell or use the Blink Sync Module ($34.99); amazon.com) to get those features. Most other doorbells don’t require this, but the live stream will likely tax the battery here. We’ll report after we’ve gone hands-on and installed the Blink Video Doorbell.

Like other Blink cameras, the video doorbell will work with Alexa and Echo devices. You can hear a notification (like a custom Blink ring) on ​​your Echo speaker, smart screen, or even your Fire TV device when someone is at your door.

Blink’s Video Doorbell is available for pre-order now at $49.99 and will begin shipping in the coming weeks. You will also get a free 30-day trial of Blink Subscription Plus with your purchase. We imagine the presentation will be pretty straightforward based on our experience with other Blink products, but the application can be a little tricky at times.

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Unlike the Video Doorbell, which is a new device from Blink, the Floodlight Camera and Solar Panel Mount are accessories to make more use of the existing device. blink external camera.

outdoor flashing It is a square shaped camera with rounded corners that can withstand a large number of external elements. The main feature is a 1080p wide-angle lens that allows you to see much more than the standard lens, despite it being only placed in one place. In our testing, it provides a clear daytime view and a wealth of detail to see who or what might be in the photo. Like the Video Doorbell, it works with the Blink Sync Module, or it can sync your footage to the cloud if you use Blink Subscription Plus. It is also powered by two AA batteries.

The Floodlight Camera is a battery powered LED stand that your Blink Outdoor Camera can sit in. If the camera detects movement, the floodlight function will handle 700 lumens. That’s pretty bright but lags behind a full-featured spotlight like the Ring, which features two bright LEDs and up to 2,000 lumens. We reached out to Blink for an estimate on how well this space is illuminated. We will of course test it as well. Blink will offer the Floodlight Camera on its own for $39.99 or bundled with an external camera for $139.98.

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Blink’s Solar Panel Mount is intended to solve the problem of eventually running out of a Blink Outdoor camera’s battery. A built-in solar array is used to keep the outdoor camera running constantly. We assume it will use the built-in battery for nighttime hours, which will be recharged the next time the sun goes down. Blink’s Solar Panel Mount comes to order in a bundle with an outdoor camera for $129.98. We reached out to Blink to ask if it would be sold separately, but we imagine this includes a specialized external camera with rechargeable batteries. When and if we hear back, we’ll update this story.

Floodlight Camera (alone or in a bundle) and Solar Panel Mount are ready to pre-order now. Shipping is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Blink’s entry into the video doorbell space isn’t necessarily a shocker, but it’s a surprise because it’s likely to compete directly with Ring – a brand that’s also owned by Amazon. We’re keen on hands-on and video doorbell testing, but it looks good on paper as an affordable solution. For those who are interested in Alexa integration, it sure has it covered, too. We found the $34.99 Blink mini camera to be impressive with a clear view from the 1080p lens.

The Floodlight Camera and Solar Panel Mount are expected to be the popular outdoor camera specials that will finally pay off. The Floodlight option makes it more effective as a security camera and can help deter unwanted people or animals on your property. The solar panel installer solves the battery life issue, and we’re curious to see how it performs in the real world.

All three are available for pre-order now Shipping will begin in the coming weeks. blink sync unit 2 Also available now for $34.99.

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