Blink’s $35 Mini cam is the brand’s mostto date. In addition to its reasonable price, this power-adapter-tethered has decent features and performance — but it’s missing . It’s £35 in the UK but is not available in Australia. I like the Blink Mini as a budget option, but the $20 costs less and offers more for free, including two weeks of saved video clips. My vote still goes to the Wyze Cam, but the Blink Mini is a fine choice too, if you don’t mind paying for cloud storage — or waiting for the company’s Blink Mini-compatible local storage device to hit stores later this year (more on that in a bit).
How it stacks up
- Good price
- Solid performance
- No free cloud storage
The Blink Mini has a reliable 1080p HD live video feed, responsive motion alerts and two-way talk that was perfectly clear when my husband and I tested it out on day 3,982 of our home quarantine due to the. It also has motion-detection zones that successfully blocked out motion activity in the areas I designated and an extensive settings section in the Blink app with lots of customizability. Some of your options include adjusting the length of the recorded clips, customizing the intensity of the infrared LEDs for night vision — and adjusting the sensitivity of the motion sensor.
This camera is supposed to work with Alexa-enabled smart speakers and displays, but I didn’t test that out because. In theory, you should be able to use a smart display to view a Blink Mini’s live feed or saved clips — and a smart speaker (or display) to arm and disarm the camera for motion detection. The Blink Mini doesn’t support or via .
Blink got its start in 2014, following a successful Kickstarter campaign for the . While the first-gen camera was somewhat affordable at $100 (compared to at the time), it was missing too many features for me to recommend. An iteration of this model is still sold today for $80 with some improved features and functionality.
The company was Blink XT2. The Blink XT2 is a that claims to have a battery life of up to two years. I’m nine months into testing out that battery longevity ( ).in December 2017 and introduced an outdoor version of the Blink indoor camera — the $100
Both the Blink Indoor and the Blink XT2 offer free video clip storage via a required, second piece of hardware called the Blink Sync Module. That comes with your $80 Blink Indoor or $100 Blink XT2 purchase. Extra, standalone Indoor and XT2 cams are sold separately for $70 and $90 each.
Sync Modules help conserve the battery life of the Blink cams, but they also provide free video clip storage.
The Blink Mini doesn’t come with a Sync Module, because the Blink Mini-compatible Sync Module 2 won’t be available until later this year for an additional $35. In the meantime, the company is temporarily offering its cloud service for free through Dec. 31, 2020. After that, you’ll have to chose between no cloud service and paying for the subscription plan, starting at $3 a month (or $30 a year) — or buying a Blink Sync Module 2 to access the local storage option. In the UK the plan costs £2.50 a month per camera, or £8 a month for unlimited cameras.
Overall, the Blink Mini is a fine camera that delivers on expectations, especially for its low price. I still prefer the Wyze Cam, but it’s a fine addition if you’ve already bought into the Blink platform.