The Blink XT2 has a simple, easy-to-use design meant to keep your home safe, whether you use it indoors or out. The batteries last for up to two years—much longer than the battery version of the Logitech Circle 2, which lasts only three months on a charge.
The Blink XT2 is one of two cameras on this list with free cloud storage (Wyze Cam is the other). The camera records a short video clip up to 60 seconds long when it detects motion (like people and pets), though the default clip length is 15 seconds. The free cloud storage doesn’t hold much video—only 120 minutes’ worth—but it’s enough for most people.
Among the upgrades from the original Blink XT, this model supports two-way audio so you can talk with anyone near the camera using your smartphone. It’s important to note that using two-way voice and streaming live video feeds too often can significantly reduce battery life.
The Blink XT2 has rubber seals to protect its sensitive electronics from the weather. Depending on your needs, you can install it outdoors or inside your home. Blink is an Amazon-owned company, so it’s a given that it works with Amazon Alexa smart home devices.
It’s easy to set up the Blink XT2. You create a Blink account, set up the sync module, and put the batteries into the camera before syncing.
But the HD quality leaves much to be desired, with the problems of the original XT also showing up in this newer model. Although Blink lists its HD video capability as up to 1080p, some customers note that the quality lacks clarity and definition at times.
Blink doesn’t list a specific range for its night vision feature since it varies by location and existing lighting. But it does state that the camera detects motion up to 20 feet away both day and night.
ASecureLife’s recommendation: If you want a no-fuss outdoor, cheap wireless security camera that’s low maintenance and easy to set up, the Blink XT2 is a great fit.
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