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Blink Outdoor Review

An overall low-quality product that requires a subscription to do almost everything
Blink Outdoor
Credit: Blink
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Price:   $100 List | $99.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Prolonged battery life, weatherproof
Cons:  Subscription required, low-quality video/sound, harsh streaming limits
Manufacturer:   Blink
By Nick Miley, Matt Spencer, and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Apr 18, 2022
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#11 of 11
  • Recorded Video Quality - 35% 4.7
  • Monitoring Performance - 35% 4.2
  • Ease of Use - 30% 5.0

Our Verdict

We do not recommend the Blink Outdoor as it performed below average in all of our tests and evaluations except for the monitoring performance metric. It yielded so-so results with nothing of note in either the pro or con column. However, this camera suffered significantly on account of the manufacturer's subscription paywall blocking the most basic functions and settings. Additionally, there is no onboard storage which completely blocks the possibility of working around the subscription. All told, this device's performance was lacking and did not make up for its cost in the long and short term.

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Pros Prolonged battery life, weatherproofInexpensive, most features available without subscription, color night visionVertical/horizontal panning, color night vision, no subscription requiredGreat audio and video quality, color night vision, in/outdoor ratedSufficient live and download video quality, good onboard microphone
Cons Subscription required, low-quality video/sound, harsh streaming limitsPlug-in power source, no remote panning, no backup batteryIndoor use only, no back-up battery, so-so sound qualityNo local data storage, requires paid subscription to record, battery power onlyPoor night vision, relatively slow frame rate, no onboard speaker
Bottom Line An overall low-quality product that requires a subscription to do almost everythingA high-performance camera at a low price that allows access to most of its features without a subscriptionA top-performing, remote panning camera at a low price with no hidden chargesGood camera if you don't mind having to pay for a monthly/yearly subscriptionAn all-around decent quality camera that cuts a few corners to keep the price low
Rating Categories Blink Outdoor Wyze Cam v3 Wyze Cam Pan v2 Ring Stick Up Cam B... YI 1080p Home
Recorded Video Quality (35%)
4.7
7.5
7.1
8.4
6.5
Monitoring Performance (35%)
4.2
7.8
7.8
9.0
7.8
Ease of Use (30%)
5.0
8.7
8.7
5.3
8.4
Specs Blink Outdoor Wyze Cam v3 Wyze Cam Pan v2 Ring Stick Up Cam B... YI 1080p Home
Camera Type (Indoor or Outdoor) Indoor and Outdoor Indoor and Outdoor Indoor Only Indoor and Outdoor Indoor Only
WiFi Type 2.4 GHz
802.11b/g/n
2.4 GHz
802.11b/g/n
2.4 GHz
802.11b/g/n
2.4 GHz
802.11b/g/n
2.4 GHz
802.11b/g/n
Encryption Types AES AES 128-bit AES 128-bit TKIP, AES, TKIP + AES Yes, type N/A
Resolutions Available 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Wired or Battery Battery Wired Wired Battery Wired
Smart Device Compatability Amazon Alexa Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant
IFTTT
Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant
IFTTT
Amazon Alexa Amazon Alexa

Our Analysis and Test Results

Our evaluation of this camera revealed a half-baked product that failed to follow through on the most basic security camera functions. As such, we cannot think of a single reason for recommending this product. We encourage you to stop here and go look at other, better-ranked products in our review.

Performance Comparison


Blink Outdoor home security camera - don't judge a book by its cover. this sleek-looking camera was one...
Don't judge a book by its cover. This sleek-looking camera was one of the lowest performing devices in its class.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Recorded Video Quality


We'll be frank; the Blink Outdoor performed terribly in our recorded video metric. The 1080p resolution video is easily washed out in bright light, subjects' faces are hard to make out, and the images get blurred if there are any quick movements. Finally, you cannot make a recording with this device if you don't pay for a subscription with the manufacturer. Given its limitations, the Blink received a below-average score in this evaluation.

Additionally, the Outdoor does not have color night vision, which would have been fine, except its non-color night vision is extremely blurry and dark, making it hard to see anything at all. Moreover, the camera's field of view is only 116 degrees, while the camera lacks a panning function. This would be a good field of view for greater depth of field framing, but video quality doesn't support such shots.

Blink Outdoor home security camera - the outdoor's night vision is among the worst in our comparative...
The Outdoor's night vision is among the worst in our comparative assessment.
Credit: Matt Spencer

Monitoring Performance


It's hard to imagine, but the Blink Outdoor performed worse in the monitoring metric than in the recorded video quality metric. To begin, the camera suffers from almost three seconds of latency between real events and their depiction on screen. The video wasn't terrible, but we wouldn't describe it as good either. Yet, the audio produced a lot of feedback, fuzz, and static. Accordingly, the Outdoor received another below-average score.

The Blink Outdoor camera doesn't allow continuous video monitoring. As it is, every 30 seconds, the app kicks you out, requiring you to manually reenter for an additional 30 seconds of viewing. It's extremely frustrating if something interesting is happening on screen. Finally, we would say that the sound produced by the camera's onboard speaker was unremarkable, but it doesn't produce an alarm for some reason.

Blink Outdoor home security camera - despite having an onboard speaker, the outdoor lacks an alarm. that...
Despite having an onboard speaker, the Outdoor lacks an alarm. That said, it does produce halfway decent sound.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Ease of Use


The Blink Outdoor did not fare much better in the ease of use assessment than it did in the previous two evaluations. We awarded the Outdoor very few points in this assessment because it has limited settings and features in its app, and the ones it does have are locked up behind a paywall. Particularly frustrating is the camera's lack of local storage, thus requiring the need for a subscription to record to the cloud. All told, we did not find this camera easy to use, let alone enjoyable.

Value


Given this security camera's poor showing across every metric in our assessment, it shouldn't be too surprising that we do not think this camera offers consumers a good value. In most of our assessments, this camera's performance does not match its cost both in the long and short term.

Conclusion


The Blink Outdoor is a low-quality product. It is relatively expensive; it locks away its features behind a paywall, and, even with the subscription, it performs very poorly in every regard. We strongly advise consumers looking for a home security camera to look at the less expensive, much higher-ranked products in our review. You'll be happy you did.

Nick Miley, Matt Spencer, and Austin Palmer

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