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Blink Mini Review

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Blink Mini Review: The little box contains only the tiny cube-shaped camera and its flimsy stand, together with a USB cable and a pair of mains adapters, one for the UK and the other for EU sockets. It doesn’t contain a lot, but you wouldn’t expect it to at just £35 either

Our Top Pick

The security camera line from Blink, which is owned by Amazon, now includes the Blink Mini. It is a camera for people who want to monitor a single room or for anyone who wants to test the waters of smart security cameras without having to spend a lot of money. It is inexpensive, cheery, and simple.

Quick Type

Image Product Description Price
1

Blink Mini
Blink Mini – Compact indoor plug-in smart security camera, 1080p HD video, night vision, motion detection, two-way audio, easy set up, Works with Alexa – 2 cameras
2

Blink Indoor
Blink Indoor – wireless, HD security camera with two-year battery life, motion detection, and two-way audio – 1 camera kit
3

Blink Outdoor
Blink Outdoor – wireless, weather-resistant HD security camera, two-year battery life, motion detection, set up in minutes – 1 camera kit

The little box contains simply the tiny cube-shaped camera and its flimsy stand, together with a USB cable and a pair of mains adapters, one for the UK and the other for EU sockets. It doesn’t contain a lot, but you wouldn’t expect it to at just £35 either.

Although it is lightweight and has a cheap feel to it, it looks nice because it is covered in white and black plastic and has all the essential features. It records video at a resolution of 1080p and at a steady frame rate of 30 frames per second (a few cheaper 1080p security cameras record at slower frame rates than this, which results in choppy looking video clips). You also get two-way audio so you can communicate with the person on the other side of the camera using your phone, motion detection, and day and night video recording.

You may use the Blink smartphone app to see the video stream live or activate the motion detection feature, like with the majority of smart home security cameras. In response to motion detection, the Blink Mini takes a quick video clip and sends it to a central server for later review. The clip storage service is initially free (up until March 31, 2021, in reality), but after that date you must subscribe to it.

The “Plus” subscription supports limitless cameras and costs £80/yr or £8/mth, while the “Basic” subscription costs £25/yr (or £2.50/mth) per camera.

Considering that the more costly, battery-powered Blink XT 2 cameras (£100 each) come with lifetime, subscription-free clip storage, this isn’t overly expensive compared to other cameras, but it’s still a little frustrating. Additionally, the camera lacks a microSD card for storing video clips, though if you want that capability, you can get the Blink Sync Module 2 for an additional £50.

Considering that the more costly, battery-powered Blink XT 2 cameras (£100 each) come with lifetime, subscription-free clip storage, this isn’t overly expensive compared to other cameras, but it’s still a little frustrating. Additionally, the camera lacks a microSD card for storing video clips, though if you want that capability, you can get the Blink Sync Module 2 for an additional £50.

Setting up the Blink Mini is simple. Simply download the Blink app to your phone, create an account, and adhere to the on-screen instructions. In only a few minutes, you’ll be operational.

If you prefer a simple life, you can decide to keep it at that, but the app has lots of other settings you may play about with. Changes can be made to the infrared illumination LED’s intensity for nighttime video recordings, the duration of the clip that is captured (between 5 and 30 seconds), and the sensitivity of the motion detection.

Even the camera’s internal speaker, which is surprisingly loud for one so small, can be adjusted, as well as the camera’s “motion zones.” These enable you to effectively block out areas where movement shouldn’t be detected so that, for example, you don’t receive too many motion alerts from drapes fluttering in the wind.

The image quality under decent indoor lighting and during the day is adequate but not particularly noteworthy. The only thing that makes this security camera unique is its 30fps frame rate, which produces smoother, less jerky video recording than most security cameras at this price.

Night vision video recording on the Blink Mini is also remarkable. It recorded a crisper image than the Yi because of the greater, more equal illumination that its single infrared LED offered. The audio quality is good as well, with the speaker and microphone working together to give reasonably clear two-way audio.

The camera’s operation is efficient but has few functions. It has motion detection, but no face, human, or animal detection, nor any further features. For instance, the less expensive Yi Smart Security Camera can detect both human and infant screaming, doubling as a baby monitor in an emergency.

However, the Blink Mini’s compatibility with Amazon Echo speakers is one area where it excels. You can use the Alexa app on your phone to connect the Blink Skill to your Amazon account, and then you can use your voice to command your Echo device to show the live video from the camera on the screen.

The Blink Mini is a reliable, attractive, and reasonably priced home security camera. Up until March 31st 2021, you can store your video clips for free. After that, the subscription costs are rather affordable.

Although it lacks some capabilities, most notably a microSD card slot to entirely eliminate subscription fees, it still makes a great pick if money is limited due to its amazing video quality and the ability to install a module that can incorporate local video storage in the future.

  • Monitor the inside of your home day and night with our 1080P HD indoor plug-in smart security camera with motion detection and two-way audio.
  • See, hear, and speak to people and pets in your home from your smartphone with Blink Mini’s live view and two-way audio.
  • Get alerts on your smartphone whenever motion is detected or customize motion detection zones so you can see what matters most.
  • Includes 2 Blink Mini cameras (white), 2 mounting kits with stands, 2 USB cables, and 2 power adapters
Specifications
Field of view 110° diagonal
Camera resolution Record and view in 1080p HD video during the day and with infrared HD night vision after dark
Camera frame rate Up to 30 frames per second
Size 2 in. x 1.9 in. x 1.4 in. (50 mm x 49 mm x 36 mm)
Weight 1.7 ounces (48 grams)
CPU Immedia Proprietary – AC1002B, 4 cores / 200 MHz
Power 2 meter micro USB and power adapter, electrical rating: 100-240V 50/60 HZ 0.15A
Wifi connectivity Supports 2.4 Ghz 802.11g/n; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer), or paywall wifi networks. Minimum 2 Mbps upload speed required.
Available colors White, Black
Smartphone requirements iOS 12.5, Android 6.0, and Fire OS 7
Blink app Blink Home Monitor
Included in the box Blink Mini camera (dependent on quantity selected), 1 stand (attached), 2 mounting screws (per camera), 1 USB cable, 1 power adapter
Audio Speaker output and 2-way audio recording
LEDs One blue LED to help you know when it’s active (optional)
Warranty and service 1-year limited warranty and service included. Use of Blink cameras is subject to the terms found here.
Support Click here to view more information on the Blink Mini support page.
Generation 1st generation – 2020 release
Software Security Updates This device receives guaranteed software security updates until at least four years after the device is last available for purchase as a new unit on our websites. Learn more about these software security updates.

Live in HD Video Anytime

With Blink Mini’s HD video and integrated infrared night vision, you can view the interior of your house on your smartphone from anywhere.

Get alerts right on your smartphone whenever motion is detected

The Blink Mini enables you to personalize motion detection zones so that you are only notified to the movement that matters to you. This is done by utilizing the most recent chip technology from Blink.

It’s like being at home even when you’re not with Blink Mini’s ability to see, hear, and respond to what’s occurring in your home.

Don’t miss a moment

With a free 30-day trial of the Blink Subscription Plan, you can record, view, and save events in your Blink app. After that, you can enroll to have access to cloud storage and premium services. Simply pay $3 monthly for each camera, $10 monthly for an unlimited number of cameras on one account, or choose a yearly subscription to save even more.

Features like Live View and Motion Alerts are automatically available with Blink Mini at no additional cost.

Our Verdict

Cheap and effective but lacks on-camera local storage

9.5

Our Score

Pros

  • Flexible
  • Good image quality
  • Simple to set up

Cons

  • No microSD slot
  • Not subscription free
  • 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).
  • Store video clips and photos in the cloud with the Blink Subscription Plan and save events locally to the Blink Sync Module 2 via a USB flash drive (sold separately).
  • Get customizable motion alerts on your phone through the Blink Home Monitor app so you’re only alerted when you need to be.
Specifications
Field of view 110° diagonal
Video resolution Record and view in 1080p HD video during the day and with infrared HD night vision after dark.
Camera frame rate Up to 30 fps
Size 71 x 71 x 31 mm
Weight 48 grams
CPU Immedia Proprietary – AC1002B, 4 cores / 200 MHz
Power Camera battery: 2 AA 1.5V lithium metal (non-rechargeable) batteries Sync Module 2 power: 100-220V AC to 5V DC converter included.
*Battery life of up to 2 years, based on 5,882 seconds of live view, 43,200 seconds of motion-activated recording and 4,788 seconds of two-way talk. Battery life will vary based on device settings, use, and environmental factors.
Requirements Always-on high-speed internet connection (such as broadband, fiber, or DSL). Wifi network: 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n.
Available colors White
Smartphone requirements iOS 12.5, Android 6.0, and Fire OS 7
Blink app Blink Home Monitor
Included in the box Blink Indoor camera (dependent on quantity selected), Sync Module 2, 2 1.5V non-rechargeable AA lithium metal batteries (per camera), mounting kit (per camera), USB cable, and power adapter.
Audio Speaker output and 2-way audio recording.
LEDs 1 blue LED to help you know when it’s active (optional). 1 red LED when recording in night vision.
Warranty and service 1-year limited warranty and service included. Use of Blink cameras is subject to the terms found here.
Support Click here to view more information on the Blink Indoor support page.
Click here to see the setup guide.
Generation 2nd Generation
Software Security Updates This device receives guaranteed software security updates until at least four years after the device is last available for purchase as a new unit on our websites. Learn more about these software security updates.
Operating temperature 32 to 95° F
Connection Power adapter
Photo resolution View captured images in 640 x 360 nHD

Our Verdict

The Blink Indoor is an affordable battery-powered indoor security camera that offers sharp HD video, motion detection, and local and cloud video storage.

Pros

  • Sharp 1080p video
  • Works with Alexa and IFTTT
  • Local and cloud video storage
  • Temperature alerts
  • Long battery life
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Requires a hub
  • Doesn’t support Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant
  • Blink Outdoor is a wireless battery-powered HD security camera that helps you monitor your home day or night with infrared night vision.
  • With long-lasting battery life, Outdoor runs for up to two years on two AA lithium batteries (included).
  • Store video clips and photos in the cloud with the Blink Subscription Plan and save events locally to the Blink Sync Module 2 via a USB flash drive (sold separately).
  • Get motion detection alerts on your phone with the option to customize motion zones in the Blink Home Monitor app so you’re only alerted when you need to be.
Specifications
Field of view 110° diagonal
Video resolution Record and view in 1080p HD video during the day and with infrared HD night vision after dark.
Camera frame rate Up to 30 fps
Size 71 x 71 x 31 mm
Weight 48 grams
CPU Immedia Proprietary – AC1002B, 4 cores / 200 MHz
Power Camera battery: 2 AA 1.5V lithium metal (non-rechargeable) batteries Sync Module 2 power: 100-220V AC to 5V DC converter included.
*Battery life of up to 2 years, based on 5,882 seconds of live view, 43,200 seconds of motion-activated recording and 4,788 seconds of two-way talk. Battery life will vary based on device settings, use, and environmental factors.
Requirements Always-on high-speed internet connection (such as broadband, fiber, or DSL). Wifi network: 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n.
Available colors Black
Smartphone requirements iOS 12.5, Android 6.0, and Fire OS 7
Blink app Blink Home Monitor
Included in the box Blink Outdoor camera (dependent on quantity selected), Sync Module 2, 2 1.5V non-rechargeable AA lithium metal batteries (per camera), mounting kit (per camera), USB cable, and power adapter.
Audio Speaker output and 2-way audio recording.
LEDs 1 blue LED to help you know when it’s active (optional). 1 red LED when recording in night vision.
Warranty and service 1-year limited warranty and service included. Use of Blink cameras is subject to the terms found here.
Support Click here to view more information on the Blink Indoor support page.
Click here to see the setup guide.
Generation 3rd Generation
Software Security Updates This device receives guaranteed software security updates until at least four years after the device is last available for purchase as a new unit on our websites. Learn more about these software security updates.
Operating temperature -4 to 113° F
Connection Power adapter
Photo resolution View captured images in 640 x 360 nHD

Our Verdict

The Blink Outdoor is a battery-powered weatherproof 1080p security camera that offers motion detection, cloud and local storage, Alexa voice control, and support for third-party smart devices.

8.9

Our Score
  • Sharp 1080p video
  • Works with Alexa and IFTTT
  • Local and cloud storage
  • Good battery life
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Requires a hub
  • Doesn’t support HomeKit or Google Assistant

Quick Product Comparision

Here’s a quick comparison of the products listed above to help you quickly decide which product is best for you.

Our Pick

blink mini

$34.99
blink indoor

$79.99
blink outdoorr review

$99.99
Power source Plug-In 2 AA lithium batteries 2 AA lithium batteries
Battery life N/A 2 years 2 years
Weather resistant No No Yes
Placement Indoor Only Indoor Only Indoor Only + Outdoor
Motion-activated alerts Yes Yes Yes
2-way audio Yes Yes Yes
Video resolution Up to 1080p Up to 1080p Up to 1080p
Infrared night vision Yes Yes Yes
Temperature monitoring No Yes Yes
Works with Alexa Yes Yes Yes

Conclusion

Overall, each has almost the same advantages, only the performance and usability are slightly different, depending on your needs. Prices also affect the specifications of the goods. So it helped you? Thanks.

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