Blink XT2 Security Cameras

Blink is now owned by Amazon along with a competitor Ring. The Blink XT2 camera is the indoor/outdoor version of their Wire-Free HD smart security camera lineup. Added features include two-way audio communication, day & night HD (up to 1080p) coverage with infrared night vision.

The camera can be mounted anywhere within range of your 2.4 GHz 802.11n wireless network and connects via the mobile app.

There are no monthly fees, the clips are stored in the cloud for up to a year however each clip is limited to a maximum of 60 seconds.  There is not an option to save the videos locally and it won’t work if your internet goes down.

The camera is triggered upon motion, which helps save battery because of that you may miss a couple of seconds of action. Blink claims right on the box that the camera has a two-year battery life with the included AA Lithium batteries however based on our experience and what we’ve read from other reviewers online we don’t believe that is true as most users are reporting battery life closer to 4 months, but this all depends on the camera settings and the amount of activity.

Because of these limitations, I’d consider looking at a more robust system such as Arlo but at $99 for the Blink XT2 it isn’t a bad option.

Pros:
- Owned by Amazon, so has plenty of backing and integrates with many Amazon products and services
- Can be used both indoor & outdoor
- Wire-Free
- Shoots and records in day & night HD (up to 1080p) coverage with infrared night vision
- Two-way audio communication
- The camera can be mounted anywhere within range of your 2.4 GHz 802.11n wireless network and connects via the mobile app.
- No monthly fees
- Video clips are stored in the cloud for up to a year however each clip is limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. 
- The camera is triggered upon motion, which helps save battery because of that you may miss a couple of seconds of action.
Cons:
- Video clips are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds.
- There is not an option to save the videos locally and it won’t work if your internet goes down. 
- Motion detection can sometimes have a lag which means you may miss a couple of seconds of action.
- Blink claims right on the box that the camera has a two-year battery life with the included AA Lithium batteries however based on our experience and what we’ve read from other reviewers online we don’t believe that is true as most users are reporting battery life closer to 4 months, but this all depends on the camera settings and the amount of activity.

Blink XT2 Security Cameras

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