We finally received our Blink smart home security camera (after a painful 8 day shipping journey from California to the East Coast). The item was a pre-order so we knew it would take a little while to ship (though it actually only took 9 days from the day we ordered it before it shipped), but we were definitely disappointed in the 8-day, FedEx SmartPost shipment (especially since Blink charges $10 for shipping).
update: Blink is now available on Amazon!! Choose your system:
In any case, once we received the shipment we forgot all about the slow shipping! So far the Blink home security camera has completely lived up to expectations. The camera and sync module are actually even smaller than we expected (which is great), setup was a breeze, and the picture quality is fantastic. Really the only thing that remains is to see how well the batteries do (2 AA batteries is all it takes) and to see if/when Blink enables IFTTT integration (among other features that they are promising). Now, without further ado, here is our full Blink smart home security camera review:
Upon opening the package, we were delighted to find out that the camera and sync modules were even smaller than we had expected:
Upon open the boxes, we were even further excited to see how small the equipment truly is (barely 2″ across):
Setup was as easy as can be (aside from looking/feeling like an Apple product, the Blink sync module and camera are also just as simple to setup):
Following the simple 3 step instructions took just about a minute (we already had the app downloaded so that saved a few seconds). Plugging in the sync module is, of course, as simple as can be. Within seconds the sync module lights came to life. We then connected our phone to the Blink WiFi, it found our existing wireless, and we entered our WiFi password. We then moved to step three, add a camera. The app simply needs the 9 digit serial # on the camera, and it then instantly finds and activates the camera:
Once the camera is connected there are various settings (which we will test and review shortly) that can be changed, but for the most part we think the standard/default settings look to be the best option.
It’s also nice that the app shows the temperature (again, this can hopefully be used in conjunction with IFTTT or maybe even Nest one day), as well as the WiFi strength of the camera and sync module (so you know if you’re putting the camera too far from the module). So far we’ve been able to put the camera anywhere in our office and it’s worked just fine.
Once everything is setup and you’re ready to use the camera, it’s as easy as opening the app and arming/disarming the camera system:
In summary, we are very pleased so far with the ease of setup of the Blink security camera. We will continue to use/review the system and will post our Blink Camera Review: Part 2, in the near future. In the meantime, Blink has a great help/information section which covers all of the different settings options. Here are some great examples:
Blink also has a great FAQ!
as mentioned above, Blink is now available on Amazon!!
Also, Home Depot now has a wide assortment of smart home security cameras and more.