Blink Home Security Indoor Camera System with Motion Detection

Last updated date: November 13, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

Blink Home Security Indoor Camera System with Motion Detection

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Overall Take

The Blink Home Security Indoor Camera System with Motion Detection makes a great pet or child monitoring device. It's lightweight and portable so you can set it up to work temporarily while you are out running errands and then charge it conveniently when it's not in use. In our analysis of 102 expert reviews, the Blink Home Security Blink Home Security Indoor Camera System with Motion Detection placed 11th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 15, 2020:
Checkout The Best Home Security Camera System for a detailed review of all the top home security camera systems.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
5,302 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Very lightweight to handle and no wired system making its installation even easier; keeping an end to the wired systems that had been into the technology for a lot of time but has been bothering the users with its load.
- GetLockers
Blink has a wide field of vision for such a small camera.We were able to see the entire room where we set up, plus part of the next one over.
- SafeWise
August 16, 2019 | Full review
The Blink home security camera works with Alexa and you can use the voice to control the camera for working.
- iooGadgets
September 2, 2019 | Full review
Despite its 720p resolution, the Blink Indoor Camera produces very nice footage, and you get free cloud storage for up to 1,440 five-second clips. The clips are easy to retrieve, download, and share, too.
- Reviewed
October 10, 2019 | Full review
Blink Indoor Home Security Camera, which is lightweight and powered by batteries, allowing you to place it just about anywhere.
- Verywell Family
September 19, 2019 | Full review
These are affordable units that run on AA batteries, meaning they don’t need any wires and can be placed anywhere you can think of around the house.
- Lifewire
June 21, 2019 | Full review
At any time, you can take a live view of what’s happening using the companion smartphone app. When at home, you can also take a quick look at the video feed using a voice command to the Amazon Echo Show.
- Make Use Of
February 14, 2019 | Full review
Let me just say this is an impressive tiny beast. Thanks to the ingenuity of the engineers over at Immedia Semi, this computer does not need external DRAM for video encoding. To put it simply, in one move they reduced both the power consumption and the cost of production by order of magnitude.
- DD Counter Measures
September 29, 2019 | Full review
The Blink Indoor Camera is fairly small and only weighs 3.3 oz. It comes with mounts if you are interested in mounting it on a wall but does not have to be is you prefer it sitting on a counter top.
- ProtectAmerica
February 5, 2018 | Full review
The camera is embedded with a motion sensor that when triggered will initiate an immediate alert. The alert is transmitted to the connected phone via email or text.
- Best Smart Home System
March 12, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
No provision of LEDs for night vision. Two-way audio recording not supported. Requires a continuous good Wi-Fi connection.
- GetLockers
There was a slight lag in the audio and video. No two-way audio.
- SafeWise
August 16, 2019 | Full review
No speaker is found in the camera, as a result, it doesn’t support two-way talk like many other indoor security cameras.
- iooGadgets
September 2, 2019 | Full review
Unfortunately, in our experience, setup was a pain, the Blink app was an ugly, buggy mess, and live streaming took forever to start, often failing entirely. (Get used to seeing “System is busy, please wait.”)
- Reviewed
October 10, 2019 | Full review
Although the Blink Indoor Camera offers the basic of what Amazon customers may need, it is not ideal for the best home security.
- ProtectAmerica
February 5, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

MOTION DETECTOR: Built-in motion sensor alarm, when motion detector is triggered, WIFI cameras send an alert to your smartphone and record a short clip of the event to the cloud BATTERY POWERED SECURITY SYSTEM: Wireless home camera with 2-year battery life, powered by 2 Lithium AA 1.5v non-rechargeable Lithium batteries (included), data is sent from IP cameras over Wi-Fi SMART HOME SECURITY: Simple self-install home monitoring in minutes; easy control wireless cameras with the included iOS & Android apps or via voice through our Amazon Alexa Skill! ADVANCED HOME SURVEILLANCE: Home and pet monitoring in real time with video camera “Live View” streaming mode FREE CLOUD STORAGE: Totally wire-free, with no monthly fees or service contract required. (Requires iOS 10.3 or Android 5 Lollipop or higher)

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An Overview On Home Security Camera Systems

Home security cameras are currently more affordable than they ever have been and they are becoming a fixture in many homes where they are helping to thwart home invasions or thefts, as well as generally helping the homeowner feel safe and comfortable when it comes to the security of their home.

Security cameras can be a single stand-alone product, perhaps pointed to the front door or porch area, where it can capture things like your mailman or solicitors as they approach your door. Other systems involve many cameras that you place strategically around your property to capture any entry points to your home or even interior areas of your home where important and valuable items are stored.

The difficulty in setting up a camera system can vary from extremely easy, with wireless and battery-powered options, to more involved installations where you will find yourself drilling holes to run solid wires for power or communication, making a more bulletproof security system. The right system for you will be determined by your specific needs and if you find a few differentiating qualities of the current security camera systems that make them the right product for you, you can narrow your selection down to a product that will be ideal.

A one-camera security setup is often used as a smart-doorbell system. The camera can sense motion and alert you when something triggers it. The alerts will go directly to your phone through an app and you can immediately see who is at your door. Some cameras allow you to talk through the camera as well. This feature can be handy if your neighbor or a friend drop by while you are out and you can simply tell them you’re out of the house, but it can also allow you to scare off a would-be thief who might be eyeballing a package that was delivered to your front stoop.

For a more robust home security system that covers a larger area of your property, you will want to look at multi-camera system, says our home expert Vicki Liston, writer and producer of the award-winning home improvement show, “On The Fly…DIY.”

“Since a system includes cameras at multiple heights, angles, and locations around (and/or inside) your home, you’ll need to consider how they are powered, how many you’ll need, and how they store video footage,” Liston says.

These factors and considerations can seem daunting or complex, but they don’t have to be. The camera system, Arlo Home Security System with Siren, is a good example of an easy-to-setup camera system. The cameras don’t need wiring run to them, as they are powered by batteries and use your home’s wireless network to upload their footage to the provided smart-base. The biggest effort you will face in mounting these is having to maybe climb a ladder to install them up at the best vantage point for each area.  The system offers two-way audio so you can communicate through the camera with whomever it has captured, but it also has a high-decibel siren that can scare off intruders. Combine these features with a useful app that allows you to operate the camera’s features with your smartphone and you have a fully functioning, weatherproof security system ready to help keep you protected with only minimal setup effort.

If your camera happens to capture a criminal activity like a thief attempting to break into your home or steal a package from your front porch, you will be relying on the footage from this camera as your main source of identification of the perpetrator. This is when having a 1080p camera becomes a huge benefit to you. A security camera that records in 1080p, like the Wyze Labs Indoor Smart Camera with Night Vision, can be the difference between having a blurry image of this criminal activity versus a clear image. If the image is clear enough, which is much more likely in a 1080p camera, it can be the most crucial clue in actually tracking down the person captured in the image. Saving a little money by using a lower-quality camera can actually end up being a big waste of money if the footage is never crisp enough to be usable.

“It makes no sense to spend considerable time and effort setting up a system if the picture quality is only ‘fair’ to ‘good,’” says Liston. “1080p quality will give you a great picture, even when recording in night vision mode (and night vision should be a given with any security camera system).”

Some security cameras are best used in an indoor setting where you hope to monitor something of value inside your house. Often times the most valuable thing in your home could be your sleeping baby and it is common to want to be able to keep a set of eyes in this particular room to ease your mind and help you ensure the safety of the child. A camera like the YI 1080p Home Camera really shines through for this use as a nanny-cam. The camera is programmed to hear the sound of a crying baby and immediately notify you through the app interface on your smartphone. This function lets you see what is going on in the baby’s room when they are crying, but there is also a live camera function on the app that lets you view the activities in the room at any point in time. This adds a level of comfort and ease in the mind of the users as they know they can remotely check in on their young child at any time of day, also a useful feature when you have a new babysitter at home as well and you would like to make sure they are giving the best treatment to your child.

Whether it’s monitoring your pets or children inside your home while you step out for an errand, or keeping tabs on your deliveries to make sure the packages are handled with care, there is likely a good security system suitable for your needs. Think of how much coverage you want from your cameras and how you plan to store your security footage and you can narrow down the field of products to a handful of contenders. From there, find one that has a handy app that you can use through your smartphone or one that can satisfy your need for two-way audio. The right product for you will be revealed once you really determine your priorities and choose the best options for you.

DWYM Fun Fact

Having any type of home security system visible to a potential intruder is often enough to stop them from trying. A study at UNC Charlotte shows that over 80% of burglars look for home security systems before trying to enter a home and 60% admitted they would not attempt breaking in simply due to the presence of a security system. That means most of our security systems may work even when we don’t see them doing so, as they naturally ward off these intruders by their very presence. 

The Home Security Camera System Buying Guide

  • In a day where hackers can access many of your wireless cameras and devices, it is more important than ever to make sure you aren’t giving them easy access to footage of a camera that is recording the activities inside your home. Liston’s biggest tip regarding a new security system is to be sure you have a dual authentication setup for interior cameras.

“If you are monitoring any interior locations, it is absolutely necessary to have layers of security in the login process,” Liston says. “Don’t simply use a username and password alone as any skilled hacker will eventually be able to crack this. Use a password and a one-time code sent to your phone or created via an authentication app. Either way, you are making it extremely hard for a hacker to obtain access and monitor the camera feeds…and your day (and night) life.”

  • Think of how you plan to power your camera. A wireless camera that runs on batteries is ideal for an apartment or a rental unit where you aren’t allowed to drill holes in the wall. A wired camera, though, will never need to be charged or have batteries replaced, so the act of setting it up permanently will make the lifetime maintenance of the cameras practically nothing.
  • Security cameras can either save footage to a memory card that is stored locally at your home, or to a cloud service that will host the footage for you. Many of the memory card options can be set up to delete old footage while recording new footage in its place, which is a convenient way to save on storage while still having access to recent footage when you need it.
  • Some camera systems give you the option of adding cameras in the future. This means you can start with one or two cameras that are aimed toward the areas that you think are the most vulnerable and you can add more cameras over time if you find that there are still certain areas lacking in coverage. This modularity will provide a good value to your security system so you won’t have to worry about replacing every camera each time you want to upgrade.