Blink Mini Review

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. tomlead.com

Our Top Pick

Blink Mini Video Doorbell

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

ImageProductDescriptionPrice
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Blink Mini
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

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Blink Indoor
Blink Indoor

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

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Blink Outdoor
Blink Outdoor

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

Blink Mini Review: What do you receive for your money?

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.

Blink Mini: How to set up?

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.

Blink Mini: Is the image quality good?

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.

Worth to buy the Blink Mini?

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.

Best Blink Camera of 2022-Reviewed

1. Blink Mini

  • 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 view110° diagonal
Camera resolutionRecord and view in 1080p HD video during the day and with infrared HD night vision after dark
Camera frame rateUp to 30 frames per second
Size2 in. x 1.9 in. x 1.4 in. (50 mm x 49 mm x 36 mm)
Weight1.7 ounces (48 grams)
CPUImmedia Proprietary – AC1002B, 4 cores / 200 MHz
Power2 meter micro USB and power adapter, electrical rating: 100-240V 50/60 HZ 0.15A
Wifi connectivitySupports 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 colorsWhite, Black
Smartphone requirementsiOS 12.5, Android 6.0, and Fire OS 7
Blink appBlink Home Monitor
Included in the boxBlink Mini camera (dependent on quantity selected), 1 stand (attached), 2 mounting screws (per camera), 1 USB cable, 1 power adapter
AudioSpeaker output and 2-way audio recording
LEDsOne blue LED to help you know when it’s active (optional)
Warranty and service1-year limited warranty and service included. Use of Blink cameras is subject to the terms found here.
SupportClick here to view more information on the Blink Mini support page.
Generation1st generation – 2020 release
Software Security UpdatesThis 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.

Hear and speak to family, friends, or visitors through your Blink app

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

2. Blink Indoor

  • 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 view110° diagonal
Video resolutionRecord and view in 1080p HD video during the day and with infrared HD night vision after dark.
Camera frame rateUp to 30 fps
Size71 x 71 x 31 mm
Weight48 grams
CPUImmedia Proprietary – AC1002B, 4 cores / 200 MHz
PowerCamera 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.
RequirementsAlways-on high-speed internet connection (such as broadband, fiber, or DSL). Wifi network: 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n.
Available colorsWhite
Smartphone requirementsiOS 12.5, Android 6.0, and Fire OS 7
Blink appBlink Home Monitor
Included in the boxBlink 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.
AudioSpeaker output and 2-way audio recording.
LEDs1 blue LED to help you know when it’s active (optional). 1 red LED when recording in night vision.
Warranty and service1-year limited warranty and service included. Use of Blink cameras is subject to the terms found here.
SupportClick here to view more information on the Blink Indoor support page.
Click here to see the setup guide.
Generation2nd Generation
Software Security UpdatesThis 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 temperature32 to 95° F
ConnectionPower adapter
Photo resolutionView 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.

8.8
Our Score

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

3. Blink Outdoor

  • 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 view110° diagonal
Video resolutionRecord and view in 1080p HD video during the day and with infrared HD night vision after dark.
Camera frame rateUp to 30 fps
Size71 x 71 x 31 mm
Weight48 grams
CPUImmedia Proprietary – AC1002B, 4 cores / 200 MHz
PowerCamera 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.
RequirementsAlways-on high-speed internet connection (such as broadband, fiber, or DSL). Wifi network: 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n.
Available colorsBlack
Smartphone requirementsiOS 12.5, Android 6.0, and Fire OS 7
Blink appBlink Home Monitor
Included in the boxBlink 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.
AudioSpeaker output and 2-way audio recording.
LEDs1 blue LED to help you know when it’s active (optional). 1 red LED when recording in night vision.
Warranty and service1-year limited warranty and service included. Use of Blink cameras is subject to the terms found here.
SupportClick here to view more information on the Blink Indoor support page.
Click here to see the setup guide.
Generation3rd Generation
Software Security UpdatesThis 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
ConnectionPower adapter
Photo resolutionView 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

Pros

  • 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 sourcePlug-In2 AA lithium batteries2 AA lithium batteries
Battery lifeN/A2 years2 years
Weather resistantNoNoYes
PlacementIndoor OnlyIndoor OnlyIndoor Only + Outdoor
Motion-activated alertsYesYesYes
2-way audioYesYesYes
Video resolutionUp to 1080pUp to 1080pUp to 1080p
Infrared night visionYesYesYes
Temperature monitoringNoYesYes
Works with AlexaYesYesYes

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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