Blink XT Home Security Camera System Review
For us to protect our homes even when we are miles away from it, we need to secure a means to monitor what happens while we are gone. For us to this, we need eyes to see and record what goes around our homes or offices to guarantee the safety of people and our personal belongings. One way of making this hope a reality is through smart home security system with high definition (HD) video. In this time that we need to ensure security, we can never go wrong with maximizing the advancing technology.
In general, the Blink XT Home Security Camera System is affordable that is wire-free video home security camera & monitoring system. It is a battery-powered outdoor security camera whose batteries could last up to two years. What powers this camera system is two (2) Lithium AA 1.5 volts. These cells are non-rechargeable, but it lasts a long time which is a maximum of two years based on 4,000 five-second events per year (or 40,000 total seconds of video recording, including Live View usage). The performance of the battery life will vary depending on device settings, usage, and environmental factors.
The Blink Home Security offers a product with improved features that function with premium quality ensuring us that it will deliver the promises and descriptions present online. It launched the Blink XT Home Security Camera System where it has several models added on its slate. One of those is the Blink XT 1 Camera System that is known to be resistant to the fluid which is also why these are called Blink XT Weatherproof Cameras.
What we want a camera to have is the quality of its video, the maximum capacity of its memory, its resistance to any damage and our chance of keeping it in corners and tiny spaces to ensure that it can not be seen while it does its work.
This idea means that the camera can stick on places that are tiny enough not to be discovered or anything similar to that. The size determines the assurance of our security and it could mean a lot than we imagine.
Thankfully, this product considers various aspects that we look for in a single security camera and it maximizes the gift of technology to do so. There are several features that I like about this product, and I want to discuss every single part in this review.
Users can receive the product through a package. Inside the package is the box of the camera that is thick and strong enough to keep the camera inside protected. There are details printed on the exterior of the box that is important for the users to have a little background of the product. In front of the box, we can see small details of the camera and a photo that shows how the camera looks like.
On the side of the box are more technical information like video alerts, its microphone, live view, free cloud storage, motion detection, weatherproof and a few more.
On the other side are descriptions of the different features it has like information of the video, the dimensions of the camera, night vision and field of view. I will be elaborating each feature as I go along this review.
At the back are more descriptions of the features this product has.
Once we open the box, what we can see instantly are the different parts that make up the whole home security camera system that we can see are inside of cellophane wraps and are arranged neatly.
All of the components are separately wrapped which we can see in the photo, even the sync device.
This package comes with a cord and an adapter that we all can view in this photo. We can see that the cellophane seals the parts properly ensuring us that the product was never used at all.
If we wish to purchase several pieces of this product, users can buy the package with the five (5) camera system. In one box, users can altogether have several cameras that are of the same quality and functions. This package is recommended for those who wish to completely cover their places with cameras so that they will not purchase several numbers of cameras to do so.
Once we get rid of the wraps and gather all parts of this camera system, we can now see the complete components that make up the Blink XT Home Security Camera System which we could view on the photo. Users can secure all these parts back to the box. What we can see in the package are the actual Blink Camera whose number depends on the quantity the user purchased, the mounting kit (1 per camera), the AA 1.5v Non-rechargeable Lithium Batteries which is two (2) per camera, the quick start guide, sync module, one USB Cable, and one Power Adapter.
Once the users get the camera, they will notice that a thin transparent plastic wrap covers the front part of the camera itself. If users remove this, they will see the flawless surface of the new product of the Blink XT Home Security Camera System. Just by feeling the surface, users can tell that premium materials make up the camera and not just cheap materials.
At the back is another thin wrap but with brief instructions on how to install the camera or setup the camera altogether. Users can read the texts clearly because they are printed in bold and big letters. There are also arrows that point to the precise direction that users need to lead their motions to.
When users have the chance of opening the camera, we can see the structure of what is inside the device. Through this picture, we can quickly point out the different parts of the camera and a brief background of its use. It is essential to provide information to the users even in the simplest way so they can maximize its use and limit at some point.
The camera has a front and back cover that secures the components inside. There are designated positions inside where users can place their batteries. To be specific, this device needs the Lithium Ion AA batteries to power itself up, but before that, users must put the batteries correctly into the areas inside it.
There is also an area in the device where wired power can be plugged into. This photo warns that the camera is not waterproof once the users remove the plug. That means that users must ensure that the cord is connected all the time. Users must follow this basic instruction because they can make or break the product's performance.
There is also a label for the mounting bracket whose primary purpose is to connect the device to the surface from where users wish it to be. The users use the mounting bracket to make sure that the camera secured on the position where the users want it to be.
The users can move the camera around the house through the gears that come with the package. To attach the bracket to the surface of walls or anywhere to the camera itself, users need the screws to mount the bracket directly to the camera.
This camera has a feature that detects motion. It has a built-in motion sensor alarm so that when a stimulus triggers the motion detector, the cameras that are connected to the Wi-Fi, will send a message by alerting your smartphone about it. It sends alerts through the wireless connection. It automatically records a short clip of the event to the cloud. Since it has free iCloud storage with it, it stores the recording directly to the program.
What some with the video that users will receive is clear audio and this is sent to the smartphone of the users. The users do not need to pay monthly fees or secure a service contract to get the iCloud. They only need iOS 10.3 or Android 5 Lollipop or higher.
The camera records high definition videos. Users can check the videos with audio through their smartphones from any of your up-to 10 Blink cameras per system. The camera resolution can go up to 1080p full HD resolution, and the camera frame rate is 30 frames per second. The videos that this camera record is evident given the high quality of the resolution in a small size that it has.
To access the videos, users need to secure the Blink Home Monitor App which is only compatible with both Android and iOS devices in the United States. Users do not need to pay for a monthly subscription. Blink is easy to set up, and users do not need to pay for additional subscription fees or data storage charges.
Plus, the cloud storage service is free and it comes with a device where users can sync the videos.
What is unique about this model is that it is weatherproof. Because of this, the camera's positions can either be in the inside of our homes to everywhere outside. This feature is possible only if the USB cover is not open. It is rare to find a camera that can withstand extreme weather conditions because it is digital after all. Looking at this product's features, I can tell that it transcends beyond the typical traits of the conventional models of security cameras.
It is water resistant so whenever it rains, snows or whenever the sun shines too brightly, the camera remains free from damage or anything that breaks it.
The exact size of the Blink XT Home Security Camera System is given by its camera diameter which is 71 mm, camera thickness that measures 34 mm and the overall height that stands for 71 mm.
The size is small enough that the camera remains unnoticed in the corners where users place it. Although this size is super tiny, the quality of the video and audio is still high, and it performs so many things despite its size.
It could fit into corners or pavements, and the cameras can remain stable because of the mounting bracket. Also, although the camera is mounted on very high places, it can still capture the scenes because of its high resolution. It could also detect motion and send it to the owners immediately. In short, the camera can again perform its functions properly even when it is located in an area that is far away from the motion.
It has an infrared light emitter as well which allows it to record videos during night time. The night vision is useful because it captures scenes as evident as possible despite the lack of enough light. During these times where the camera is located outside homes with a minimal source of view, the camera can still record audio and video, both in the best quality possible.
The camera is also very light despite all its features. The Blink XT Home Security Camera System weighs exactly .119 kilograms. It is very light so it could hang safely in the corners of our homes. Also, the camera has a Light Emitting Diode (LED) that lights up to announce to the users that it is already functioning.
For our smartphones to connect in this device at ease, the users' smartphones need iOS or Android. What I like about this product is that the users do not need to purchase a lot of materials for the device to function. It just needs to secure specific applications freely, and they can already enjoy the benefits of buying the Blink XT Home Security Camera System.
Just by examining and looking through the features, we can tell that the price we pay is worth it. When we think of security, we can immediately think of men who have guns or equipment with them, but because of technology, security has become easier to attain with fewer expenses as well.
We do not need to purchase large materials that take up so much time and effort for us to activate its functions because all we need is a device that knowingly uses technology while maximizing the features to provide high-quality performance.