Have recent home burglaries, car break-ins, or theft of packages left on porches? Are you thinking about purchasing a security camera system? Perhaps, you’ve been thinking of adding an outdoor security camera to have an added sense of security. Is that person on your property there for a delivery or something more menacing? Would you like to know who is at your door before opening it? In my Blink 3rd Generation Security Camera Review, I explore the features and pros and cons of the Blink 3rd Generation Security Camera. With this information, you will make a more educated decision if the Blink 3rd Generation is the right security camera for you.
Years ago, my home was broken into – this was before the use of in-home security cameras. I wonder if in-home security had been readily available, would it have made a difference not only in helping identify who had invaded my space but maybe more importantly, would it have given me a greater sense of security afterward.
When thinking about purchasing a security camera, you’ll want to consider a few things, such as how many cameras you want, whether you want a system outside or inside, or both, wired or wireless? These are some things this post will address to help you decide if the Blink 3rd Generation is the security camera for you.
Blink 3rd Generation Features
- Color – Black
- 3rd Generation – Released 2020
- 110° Diagonal Field of View
- Can Be Used Outdoor and Indoor
- Customizable Motion Zones
- Easy Setup – For Most Professional Installation Is Not Needed
- Image Resolution Up to 1080p
- Infrared Night Vision
- Live View
- Motion Detection
- Multiple Camera Purchase Options
- Operating Temperature: -4 to 113° F – Outside of the Operating Temperature Range You Could Suffer From Poor Performance, Lag Time Issues, and Quickly Drain Battery Life. However, The Camera Is Weather-Sealed So It Will Survive.
- Store Video Clips in the Cloud with Subscription Plan – More Information Below
- Two-Year Battery Life – Runs on Two AA Lithium included
- Battery Life Will Vary Based on Device Settings, Use, and Environmental Factors.
- Two-Way Audio
- Works With Alexa
- Arm and Disarm Your Camera
- Be Alerted to Motion
- Play Recorded Clips
- Stream Live Video
- High-Speed Internet Connection – Such As Broadband, Fiber, or DSL
- Wifi Network: 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n
- The Blink system does require power and a WiFi/Internet connection to operate. If it loses these connections, it will automatically resume regular operation as soon as these connections are restored. However, the new Photo Capture feature coming soon- will take and store photos automatically every hour. When WiFi is restored, captured images will be uploaded to the Cloud for you. to view as a clip.
- Smart Phone – iOS 10.3, Android 5.0, or Fire OS 5.1
Included in your purchase through December 31, 2020, you will receive a free trial of the subscription. With the subscription, you will be able to record, view, and save video clips in the Blink App. After the trial, you can continue the subscription for $3 a month per camera. If you have more than one camera, there is also a $10 per month option for unlimited cameras at one location. However, you can save your clips locally for free – you will need a USB device to do so.
Note from Manufacturer:
If adding Blink Indoor and Outdoor cameras to an existing Blink system activated on or before 4/15/20, you will be grandfathered into your current free cloud storage model in the Blink app. Systems activated after 4/15/20 will receive motion alerts and be able to enter Live View for free, with the option to access video recordings in the Blink app through a cloud storage subscription.
- 1-Year Limited Warranty and Service Included But Subject to Terms
- For Terms of Warranty, Click Here.
If you already have a Blink Existing Customers Who Have An Account Created On Or Before April 15, 2020, Will Still Receive Free Cloud Storage On All Devices Added To Their Account Going
Differences Between Blink XT2 and Blink 3rd Generation
If you have a Blink XT2, you might be wondering what the difference is between the XT2 and the 3rd Generation. The 3rd generation version features privacy zones and additional storage options to save motion clips locally on a USB drive or to the Cloud. If you choose to store your clips locally, you will need to purchase the USB separately as it is not included in the purchase of the Blink 3rd generation. Storing locally using a USB will allow you to view the clips on a computer.
There is also a new subscription plan available to store clips in the Cloud. For subscription information, see above under “Subscription Plan.”
The Blink 3rd Generation does have some limitations – it is not compatible with 5ghz WiFi Networks, so if you have that, you will not be able to use this version of the Blink. It tends to have slow activation, so in theory, someone could run-up to your porch and run away, and if they can do that in less than 10 seconds, it’s a possibility it won’t be caught on camera.
For new users, and after December 31, 2020, for older accounts, a subscription will be required for cloud storage. However, you can forgo the subscription if you like by storing locally on your computer with a USB device.
The Blink 3rd Generation is easy to set up, and for many people, it’s a do-it-yourself project. No wiring is involved. You can purchase multiple cameras if you would like more places around your home and property to be included. Though only one account can be set up per email address, many phones can have the app loaded and still monitor the cameras.
I hope that in reading Blink 3rd Generation Security Camera Review, you have had some of your thoughts and questions resolved.
If you aren’t sure if the Blink 3rd Generation is for you and want to do some more research, you might want to look at a post I wrote comparing the Blink and Ring.
If you have any stories to tell about your home security, please share them in the comment section.