– August 11, 2020
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We’ve got some bad actors in the hood, so it was time to catch them with some irrefutable evidence. Our XT2 is a little old and our Arlos are acting stupid. Saw this come out and had to give it a shot. It was time to upgrade. Plus, the specs of the possibility of TWO YEAR BATTERY LIFE is mindblowing. It’s probably a lot less, but my Arlos would last a week with $10 CR123 batteries, so that had to go. Anything had to be better than those dinosaurs.
Set up was fairly easy. There is no real printed instruction manual, but those are rare today. Scanned the QR code and my smartphone popped me to their website with tons of tips, info, and even setup videos. The entire setup process is QR from the new Sync Module 2 to the camera itself. So don’t make the mistake of slapping the batteries in and closing the camera unit like I did before I scanned the QR code. Whoops. Took less than 15 minutes to setup and sync. Signed up for a new Blink account so the old one won’t get confused – plus there’s several weeks of free cloud storage right now. Boom.
Set it up in a tree ACROSS from my house this time. When I put it over my door, my old cameras would flag every car or pedestrian close and far. All I want to see is the jerk stealing my UPS packages, so I flipped the perspective. The HD is super clean and clear, and the camera is at least 30 feet from the sync module with no problems connecting. Big plus there. And, there’s a pretty powerful little speaker in this unit! I was really surprised at the volume this thing can push for such a small speaker. Now, when this alerts me to funny business, maybe I’ll be able to yell at the perps. Probably not, because they’ll be long gone by the time I see the notification. Still, this feature could be useful in warning your kids from doing something silly when you’re not home.
The live view was disappointing, since you have to keep clicking the app to continue the live view for longer than 10-ish seconds. So you can’t use this as a spying device or a baby monitor. Bummer. Also, the default recording time was like 5 seconds, probably to maximize battery life. You can’t catch much in 5 seconds. I adjusted mine in the settings to about 20 seconds. I’ll sacrifice battery life to catch a bad actor. Plus, there’s a battery pack you can attach to this unit to increase battery life. I’ll update in the future to let you know how the battery goes.
Overall, I’m impressed with the new Blink outdoor. It’s gonna rain here in Florida soon, so I’ll let you know how that goes as well as night shots when available.
– August 15, 2020
Very inconsistent when it goes off and what it records. I have been playing around with all of the settings and not really happy with the performance so far.
– September 3, 2020
Passed, not interested in paying $120 a year. Xt2’s have no fees. Thus the reason why I bought them.
– September 25, 2020
Had high hopes for this product, so the letdown is extra harsh.
Really, really poor optics for this class of home security camera. Our old Wyze cameras are way sharper.Night vision is abyssmal. Not kind of bad, but truly muddled grey blotchiness.The app is atrociously slow. We’re running Amplifi Alien mesh wifi in a small house, so it’s not the wifi connection. The cameras take about 10 seconds to activate whereas our Wyze cameras take about 3 seconds.The fact that it will not interact and display feeds into the Ring app of our brand new Amazon Ring alarm system (Ring alarm is awesome!) is my other very major gripe.Considering the muscle Amazon could bring to this product launch, I see it as an utter flop.
– October 16, 2020
Pros: 1. Quality HD picture2. Easy to set up3. Can arm/disarm camera to save on battery life, so if you’re working in the yard, bringing in groceries etc… you’re not constantly receiving notifications and using the battery life.4. Your videos can be stored in the Cloud (for a nominal fee) or you can insert a USB into the sync module for local storage. If someone is brazen enough to steal the whole camera, you still have access to the video.5. You can adjust the sensitivity level, so after you install the camera, you can reduce the level if you’re getting too many notifications from trees, animals etc..setting off the alarm.6. It is easy to adjust the camera (after you’ve installed it) if you want to change the angle for a better view.Cons: Connectivity (update) This issue has resolved itself. For the last 4 days, I have had no issues receiving notifications or viewing videos. If you experience first day hiccups, hang in there.2. The only way to share access to your live videos is by giving your username & password to a person. The individual then has access to change your email address, password, and delete videos. Technically, they can lock you out of your own security system. Good luck with that if you have teenagers. While you want them to see what’s going on outside if they’re home alone, you don’t want them deleting videos of friends who might visit the house when you’re not home. Deal breaker.3. This one is not a deal breaker. The camera is small, so if you’re looking to deter criminals who are opportunist, they might not even notice the camera is there. Sometimes just the visual presence of a camera will deter individuals.I cannot speak to the longevity of the battery life, which was one of the selling points for me. I’ll update later if I encounter other issues.
– November 5, 2020
Worst security camera i ever bought in my life. Keeps losing connection even though everything else wifi and wireless runs great. I even have a wifi extender i tried to help matters but nope. I just got this today and im boxing it up. Was difficult to get it going with setup, then to make things worse, the night vision is nothing but a big dark blur, i get no pic at all. The daylight view was pretty clear, but i needed this more at night. i uploaded the view. It is right outside my window, nothing obstructing it, so theres no reason i cant get a clear pic.
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