Blink Home Security Indoor Camera System with Motion Detection

Last updated date: November 13, 2019

DWYM Score
7.9


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Overall Take

With the Blink Home Security Indoor Camera System with Motion Detection, installation is a breeze, thanks to battery power. Just slip in the batteries and mount, then set up the camera using the app. Free cloud storage will save you money on the back end while still keeping your recordings safe for later viewing. In our analysis of 89 expert reviews, the Blink Home Security Blink Home Security Indoor Camera System with Motion Detection placed 9th 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 Security Camera for a detailed review of all the top security cameras.

Expert Summarized Score
9.4
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
5,279 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Blink doesn’t charge any data fees to store your footage in the cloud
- Reviews
It's battery-powered and can be controlled with your voice when you're home, or accessed from the Blink app for a live view.
- Android Central
The Blink's white enclosure with clear trim houses a 720p camera with a 110-degree field of view, a 3X digital zoom, an IR LED for night vision up to 20 feet, motion and temperature sensors, a microphone, and a low wireless power radio that communicates with the Sync module.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
These compact, wireless cameras can be mounted just about anywhere in your home, and you can monitor their footage straight from your phone, getting alerts if anything is ever amiss.
- The Spruce
Setup and install are as easy as downloading an app, popping in batteries, and adding cameras within the app.
- Make Use Of
One of the features we liked about the Blink camera is the ability to auto adjust the camera Illuminator settings in rooms where light varies during the day.
- Gear Brain
July 5, 2017 | Full review
The Sync Module only requires MicroUSB power. The cameras can be placed anywhere, literally anywhere, without any power or Ethernet wire limitation.
- Android Police
November 28, 2016 | Full review
Probably the Blink’s biggest selling point is that there’s no monthly subscription fee. As compared to competing products which cost less on the front end but will be more expensive over time, with the Blink, you pay the slightly higher $99 price tag and then you’re done.
- Omnicore
January 14, 2019 | Full review
Cloud storage is free and does not require a contract
- Smart Product Guide
February 10, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Blink offers a livestream feature, but it has some limitations compared to other cameras on the market.
- Reviews
It's completely wireless and offers free storage for recorded video and motion alerts, but it's short on features and suffers from pincushion distortion.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
Blink makes the process painless by including a QR code for each camera so you don’t even need to type anything. But for power users, advanced settings may be lacking. There’s no local storage option, and you won’t find on-demand recording
- Make Use Of
Blink doesn't have an alarm.
- Gear Brain
July 5, 2017 | Full review
The illuminator white LED and "advanced low-light performance" are not even close to being substitutes for real night vision.
- Android Police
November 28, 2016 | Full review
More expensive on the front end, and fewer features
- Omnicore
January 14, 2019 | Full review
Cameras cannot be remotely tilted or panned
- Smart Product Guide
February 10, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Blink Home Security

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 17
2. Reolink 8CH Home Security Camera System, 4 Cameras
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 0
3. ZOSI 8-Ch Security Camera System HD
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 4
4. KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
5. heimvision 1080p Security Camera
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
6. YI 1080p WiFi 4pc Home Secutiry Camera System
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
7. YI 1080p Home Camera
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 12
8. Zmodo Wireless Security Camera System
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
10. ZOSI 720P 8-Ch Home Security Camera System
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 1
11. YI 1080p Dome Security Camera
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 11

An Overview On Security Cameras

Whether you run a business or you just want to protect your home, a security camera can be one of the best investments you’ll make. With a camera in place, you’ll be able to check in when you’re away, which will give you the peace of mind you need. There’s a wide range of security cameras designed for indoor areas, and most are packed with features at affordable prices.

Vicki Liston, writer, producer and narrator of “On the Fly…DIY,” says there are three main criteria to consider when looking for a security camera: picture quality, night vision and motion sensing. “On the Fly…DIY” is an award-winning show that focuses on unique project tutorials for home improvement and DIY projects.

“A 1080p or higher video will give you the resolution you need, even at night when it’s hardest to see,” Liston says. “Night vision should be a given, as more crimes statically happen after the sun goes down. The motion-sensing feature starts recording (and some also send notifications to your phone) only when something is actually happening within the camera’s field of vision. This can save hard drive space or battery life, depending on the type of camera.”

If you choose a camera that records in 1080p resolution, also check into the storage you’ll be offered for those videos. Your recordings won’t be very useful if you’re constantly running out of room. You may find that your chosen camera brand provides cloud storage, but you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription price to store your videos. Alternatively, you can buy an SD card and store your videos locally, but you should factor that extra cost into your camera purchase.

Installation and setup should be part of your purchase decision. Some cameras are easier to install than others. Battery-powered cameras can be mounted anywhere, while you’ll need to make sure you’re close to a power outlet if you choose one that needs to be plugged in at all times. Also consider the type of mount your camera comes with and decide whether you can mount a camera with screws to that section of the wall. If you’re a renter, you may want to go with a camera mount that has an adhesive backing to avoid drilling holes in the wall.

DYWM Fun Fact

If you leave the house, chances are you’ll soon be on camera, wherever you go. From the time you step out of the car in a parking lot, you’re likely on surveillance video. But nowhere is this more prevalent than the U.K., which has an estimated 500,000 closed-circuit televisions spread throughout London alone. Experts believe the average Londoner is captured on camera an average of 300 times each day. This is due in part to the fact that many businesses have installed cameras to protect customers and employees. However, you’ll find at least 15,000 cameras surrounding the city’s train system, known as the Underground, spread throughout the city. As with businesses, the Underground’s CCTV system is built to keep crime at a minimum.

The Security Camera Buying Guide

  • The quality of the images your camera captures is a prime consideration in any security camera. The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera uses a feature called motion tagging that keeps objects clear even as they’re moving. Recordings are in 1080p and infrared night vision. The KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera provides night vision via an IR LED that can capture images up to 20 feet away. You’ll get 1080 x 720p recording quality. The YI 1080p Home Camera has an upgraded version for a higher price that captures in 1080p.
  • Installation can be complex with traditional security cameras. As Liston points out, though, some newer cameras run on batteries to make this part of the process much easier.

“Battery-operated cameras are incredibly flexible when it comes to installation,” Liston says. “Since they are wireless, you won’t have the added tasks of drilling holes, running wires and ensuring the camera is close enough to an outlet.  You can also choose to move the camera to a new location if that becomes necessary in the future. The drawback, though, is that these require a strong Wi-Fi signal and you’ll need to regularly access the camera to change out the batteries.  With that in mind, any battery-operated unit should be installed out of reach of a would-be intruder but still accessible enough for maintenance.”

  • If installation is a concern, go for a battery-powered model, which can be installed anywhere.
  • Mounting the YI 1080p Home Camera is fairly easy, thanks to a magnetic base. However, it doesn’t have a battery, so you’ll still need to be close to a power plug.
  • Chances are, you won’t want your camera to capture video when nothing’s happening. Most security cameras are built to kick on when motion or sound is detected. The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera is triggered to record by both motion and sound, as is the KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera. The motion detection on the YI 1080p Home Camera is questionable, as there is a lag between movement and recording.
  • With some cameras, you can speak to the person on the other end. That can come in handy if you have a visitor you want to address. The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera has two-way audio, as does the KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera. With the YI 1080p Home Camera, you’ll get two-way audio, but the person on the other end will need to be very close to the camera to hear.
  • For those who have an Alexa device, the Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera connects up so that you can pull up your feed via voice command.
  • As handy as it is to see what your security camera is capturing in real time, if an event takes place, you’ll want to have it captured for later reference. The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera provides 14-day cloud storage. With the YI 1080p Home Camera, you’ll need to either purchase a cloud account or an SD card.
  • If something happens when you’re away from home, an alert can make all the difference. The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera lets you customize your alerts and tweak the sensitivity. You’ll also receive notifications if your smoke or carbon monoxide detector goes off.
  • The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera is very affordable, but you’ll find the build is less than impressive. That’s a small price to pay to have a camera packed with so many features, though.
  • The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera, KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera and YI 1080p Home Camera are built for indoor use. If you need a security camera you can put outside, exposed to the elements, you’ll need to shop specifically for an outdoor camera.
  • Since you’ll be saving your videos to the cloud or accessing your live view remotely, you’ll need to choose a camera that will easily connect to your home’s Wi-Fi. The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera will only work on 2.4GHz, so check your router before you buy.
  • One great feature of the YI 1080p Home Camera is that you can pan and tilt your camera remotely, using the app.
  • Viewing angle is also important. The KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera has 360° rotation and viewing capability.
  • If you’re on a budget, you’ll want to stick with the Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera, KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera or YI 1080p Home Camera. All three cameras are in a low price range but pack plenty of features.