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Blink Camera Review | Read 2023 Blink Reviews & Ratings

  • Blink’s lineup consists of the Blink Mini ($34.99), Blink Indoor ($79.99), Blink Outdoor ($99.99), and Blink Floodlight Cam ($99.99).
  • 1080p HD video, night vision, motion detection, are some of the features of Blink security cameras. Cloud storage is also available for $3 per month.
  • For similarly affordable cloud storage, check out Blink’s sister-company Ring in our Ring review. You’ll be surprised by how big their camera lineup is.

Since Amazon bought Blink, they’ve continually expanded their home security camera offerings. In this review, we dug into the Blink Outdoor camera. From its phenomenal battery life to its live-streaming limits, we’ve got all the details on the good and the bad of the new Blink outdoor camera.

Pro Tip: Blink cameras work great for basic but reliable video monitoring, but if you want more advanced features — like Video Verification — you should read our SimpliSafe review. Video Verification is a great feature that very few companies offer.

Blink Outdoor Camera

Blink Outdoor features
Video quality Up to 1080p HD
Field of view 110 degrees
Night vision type Infrared LED
Connectivity 2.4 GHz Wi-FI
Audio Two-way audio

Editor’s Rating

Overall Rating
  • No long-term contracts
  • Impressive two-year battery life
  • Affordable home security

Is Blink A Good Security Camera Brand?

Our 8.4 out of 10 rating for Blink, which is based on our hands-on testing, shows that this is a reliable security camera brand. However, Blink leaves a few things to be desired. We would love to see better night vision and a wider viewing angle from its battery-powered cameras, for example. To see how Blink matches up to our top-rated brands, read our Ring vs. Blink and Arlo vs. Blink comparisons.

Editor’s Rating:


9.5

/10

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First Impressions

When we first got our hands on the Blink Outdoor camera, we noticed it was definitely sleeker and nicer to look at than the Blink XT2. Still, it maintained really strong weatherproofing for safe outdoor use. The Blink Outdoor camera’s IP rating (how protected it is against liquids or solids) is 65. That means it’s protected from all directions from water (like rain) and is dust-tight, which is a good thing since we have a bad habit of forgetting to watch where we point the garden hose sometimes when watering the plants. The temperature rating is negative four to 113 degrees Fahrenheit, so some areas with extremely high temperatures, like LA or Arizona may find the Blink Outdoor camera to be not well suited for them.

Blink Outdoor Packaging

We also noticed that the Sync Module that Blink cameras use to connect to the Internet and store footage has been upgraded to a Sync Module 2. The new Sync Module 2 supports up to 10 cameras and offers local storage for our Blink Outdoor to store its footage on directly. We loved being able to automatically store the data for all our Blink cameras on one memory card, making it really easy to give the footage to law enforcement like that time someone ran over our mailbox and didn’t stop to leave a note. Rude!

Plan Ahead: To change the batteries on the Blink Outdoor camera, we had to take it off the mounting base and remove the back of the camera, so be sure to mount it somewhere that’s easily accessible in order to change the batteries.

What’s in the Box

So what came in the Blink outdoor camera kit? It came with everything we needed to get started except for a screwdriver and a flash drive, which included:

Putting Batteries in the Blink Outdoor Cam

  • Blink Outdoor camera
  • Mounting hardware
  • Sync Module 2
  • Camera tool
  • USB cable
  • Power adapter
  • Four AA Energizer batteries

Strengths and Weaknesses

Let’s get right into it. The Blink Outdoor camera is more of what we expected from Blink. It seemed to have it all: sleek styling that didn’t immediately scream “security camera” with its rounded square look, an easy installation process, a strong app, and a solid performance overall. But, it wasn’t perfect, so we’ll cover the cons, as well.

Blink Outdoor Video QualityBlink Outdoor Night Vision

Overall, the Blink Outdoor camera is a solid performer with the IR night vision being its biggest weakness. But the daytime video is so crisp that we’re considering just adding some nighttime lighting in the yard to get that quality day and night. Compared to other Blink offerings, like the Blink XT2, the Blink Outdoor camera kit starts in the same price range. Plus, the new Sync Module 2 and its support of up to 10 cameras paired with the powerful control app made setting up an entire home security camera network easy.

Setting Up the Blink Outdoor

Set up with the Blink Outdoor camera was pretty easy, but we still had to take our time and not skip any steps.

Blink App – Adding a Device

  1. We already had our Blink Home app downloaded, but if you don’t, that’s the first step you’ll take.
  2. We grabbed the Sync Module 2, plugged it in, and got it connected to our Wi-Fi.
  3. We scanned the QR code on the camera using the Blink app, which connected the camera, app and Sync Module 2.
  4. Next, we used the camera tool that came in the package to take the back off of the Blink Outdoor camera. It was really simple to pop the case backing off. Once the back was off, we installed the two AA batteries and put the back, well, back on.
  5. Next, we mounted the Blink Outdoor camera base, remembering to stay within our 100-foot Wi-Fi range.
  6. Finally, we snapped the camera onto its mount and adjusted the angle for optimal viewing.

Installing the Blink Outdoor

Working With the Blink Home App

We found the Blink Home app to be pretty powerful and easy to use. It included intuitive controls that didn’t require us to go digging for an instruction manual, thankfully, laying out privacy zones, motion sensitivity, clip length, notifications, motion recording, audio, and night vision controls.

Blink App – Live Look in

Our biggest issue was the need to keep tapping the screen every 30 seconds while live streaming. While it makes sense for saving battery, it was particularly annoying when we were trying to converse with a friend who was in our backyard when we weren’t home. On the other hand, our favorite feature was managing and sharing recorded clips, which was really easy and fun.

Video Review

Prefer watching a demonstration of the Blink Outdoor camera? Take a look at our video review below.

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The Bottom Line

Blink Cam and Sync

Overall, the Blink Outdoor camera is a solid outdoor security camera and priced pretty affordably at $99. 99. We really liked the local storage option on the new Sync Module 2, especially with Blink going to a paid subscription model for cloud storage in 2021. Plus, the powerful Blink Home app really let us easily customize what alerts the system sent and how the camera functioned. See how much you can save by buying cameras in bulk on our Blink pricing page. Or, if you’re looking for a camera with excellent night vision or a wider field of view than 110 degrees, we recommend reading about the best wireless security cameras.

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Camera blinking: causes and what to do?

November 8
2019

A video surveillance system is one of the most valuable means of protecting a business. If devices are not working properly, such as when a security camera flickers at night, finding the cause and fixing it quickly is important to protect the facility, equipment, and employees. Here are just a few of the common problems that can cause the camera image to flicker at night.

Nutrition problems

As is the case with most equipment, loss or lack of power will result in problems with the performance of the video surveillance system. If flickering images are observed when viewing the camera feed at night, then the first thing to check is the power source.

IP security cameras use infrared light to capture images in low light conditions. If the cameras are low on battery power, the IR light does not receive enough power to work properly. It’s also important to check the input power to make sure the equipment is running on a dedicated power source and not using a power splitter, which can reduce the amount of power supplied to the cameras.

Changing lighting conditions

Proper lighting is a paramount element in a camera’s ability to capture a consistent image. At night, headlights and lanterns are more likely to compromise the ability of a CCTV system to produce a clear image.

Because outdoor night vision cameras use infrared technology to capture high resolution images in low light conditions, headlights may occasionally flicker as the camera automatically adjusts from infrared to normal light to capture an image. Review CCTV footage to determine when devices are flickering the most. If changing lighting conditions are causing problems, adjusting the angle of the cameras or moving them to areas less affected by car headlights is a relatively quick and inexpensive fix.

Damaged connections or cables

Another problem that contributes to camera flickering is related to damaged connections or cables. Damaged hardware can cause power and communication problems, resulting in reduced image quality.

Check all connections to the camera for loose wires or cables that have been exposed to the weather. Exposed wires and cables are quickly corroded or otherwise damaged. We recommend that all external connections be properly installed in a weatherproof location to prevent damage to the elements. Any problematic connections or cables should be replaced immediately to prevent further damage to the security camera.

Outdated or faulty equipment

Let’s be honest. The older the video surveillance equipment, the higher the chance of problems. If you have problems with the new solution, you may have purchased faulty products. Therefore, to purchase a quality product, you should contact a trusted security store.

All CCTV cameras have a limited lifespan, and once a piece of equipment has reached the end of its useful life, there is little that can be done but to replace it. Once you’ve made sure your devices are getting enough power, and cables and connections are intact, you’ll probably start buying new cameras, a replacement switch, or a DVR. If the inventory provides a spare camera that functions properly, you can use it to confirm the “diagnosis” before buying a new complex.

If new equipment does not work, contact the manufacturer or installer for technical support and return instructions. Well-known manufacturers such as Hikvision and Dahua offer a warranty that covers defective equipment, including a refund of the purchase price or replacement of devices within a set period of time.

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How to fix image flickering when using CCTV cameras?

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Often during the operation of the video surveillance system, the image from the cameras is of poor quality. It can be image blur, monochrome, noise, flicker.

The last of the above problems is quite difficult to deal with because the flickering may appear intermittently or even randomly.

What’s more, troubleshooting a security camera with an image that flickers or jumps requires patience. There are many factors that can cause this problem. In this article, we will summarize the most common causes and solutions to problems related to video flickering in a security camera.

There are several factors that can cause the video image to flicker. In most cases, this is due to poor lighting conditions in the camera’s field of view. It happens that due to ordinary street or indoor lighting bulbs operating at a certain frequency, the image from the camera starts to flicker.

Sometimes flickering occurs when the camera’s power supply is insufficient. In this case, the power supply or PoE switch does not provide the necessary parameters for the camera to work. Therefore, often the problem of flickering occurs only at night, because. that’s when the cameras need more power to run the IR LEDs used to illuminate the surveillance area.

The power frequency supplied to the camera may also be incompatible, causing flickering. Another problem occurs due to incorrect NVR / DVR settings, which can also cause cameras to flicker under certain conditions.

In some cases, video flickering is caused by interference due to improper installation, faulty equipment or power supplies, or poor environmental conditions. Below, we offer solutions for every problem that can cause your CCTV camera to flicker.

1. Power problems

A power outage or lack of power can cause performance problems with your surveillance system. This is especially true if the cameras flicker at night. IR LEDs turn on when it gets dark and need more power. If the power supply does not provide the required power, the security cameras will constantly flash or show ticking lines.

Check the power supply to make sure the cameras are getting enough power. If you are using IP cameras, please make sure the PoE switch can support all your cameras at the same time. If you are using security cameras that run on batteries, double check if there is a low battery issue.

2. Changing lighting conditions

If your security camera only flickers at night, make sure it is pointed away from electrical light sources. Frequent changes in lighting conditions, such as a sudden increase or decrease in light due to passing vehicles, can also cause the video image to flicker for a few seconds while the camera adjusts its IR LEDs.

If changing lighting conditions are causing the flickering problem, the cameras should be angled or moved to a location where they are less affected by the variable light in the frame.

2. Damaged cables or connections.

Damaged cables and connections can cause power and data problems resulting in a flickering problem. Check all connections to your cameras for missing or bad connections. Exposed wires and cables are susceptible to corrosion and other influences, so try to hide them underground or place them in sealed corrugated hoses.

The flickering problem can also occur if you use cables that are longer than the standard length for this type of camera.

If your security camera has an analog output or if you are using very long cables, make sure the cables are properly installed and grounded.

3. Electrical frequency

A camera intended for the US market but sold in Russia may have an electrical frequency specified for US markets. You need to take this into account. So, in the USA, power is used 110-120 V with a frequency of about 60 Hz. In Europe and many other countries around the world, 220-240V at 50Hz is used.

To set the frequency, your recorder, PoE switch, or composite power supply has a small switch that allows you to select the frequency. In addition, the frequency can be changed in the camera settings program. For example, below are the frequency settings of Dahua IP camera.

4. Using the Anti-Flicker function.

Many DVRs have an anti-flicker feature that you can turn on and try to fix the problem. If it is not enabled, and your image is flickering, try turning it on. If it’s on and yours is flickering, try turning it off. This feature is usually found in the picture settings section of the recorder/camera. If you cannot find it, read the manual or contact the manufacturer.

5. Video outputs

If your camera is connected to equipment with additional video outputs, make sure all video outputs are properly terminated.

6. NTSC and PAL

NTSC and PAL are two different video encoding systems still used in analog (HD) security cameras. Both of these protocols operate at different resolutions and frame rates and are designed for different regions of the world. For example, NTSC is used in the US, PAL is used in Europe.

Currently, most devices can play video in both formats. PAL or NTSC cameras (or recorders) will work anywhere as long as they are paired with cameras that use the same format. If you are using a security camera that does not support both of them, you may end up with flickering video and huge scrollbars on your screen. Enter the camera or recorder settings and set the correct video format.

7. Update the firmware to the latest version.

In some cases, especially if the flickering problem is due to software bugs, updating the firmware on your IP cameras, DVRs or NVRs can fix the problem. Make sure you have the latest firmware installed.

8. Aging or defective equipment.

The older your security camera, the more likely it is to have problems. All CCTV systems have a limited lifespan and if yours has reached the end there is little you can do but replace the equipment. If you have verified that the cameras are getting enough power and that the cables and connections are intact, then the problem is most likely with the outdated cameras and DVR.