Blink Home Security Camera System for Your Smartphone with Motion Detection Meet Blink, the one-of-a-kind, battery-powered remote home monitoring system that's simple to set up and equally perfect for renters or homeowners. Its stylish, totally...

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Meet Blink Home Security Camera System, the one-of-a-kind, battery-powered remote home monitoring system that's simple to set up and equally perfect for renters or homeowners. Its stylish, totally wire-free design houses innovative HD video...

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The Blink Home Security Camera System ($159 as tested) is an affordable connected surveillance solution featuring battery-powered wireless security cameras you can place anywhere in your home. These diminutive 720p cameras offer motion detection, push alerts, and relatively good image quality, save for some pincushion distortion around the edges of images. You’ll pay a lot less for a Blink camera than you will for a wired camera like the Icontrol Networks Piper nv or the Zmodo Pivot , but both the Piper nv and Pivot offer home automation capabilities and a better all-around 1080p picture.

The Blink Home Security Camera System is a reasonably priced modular surveillance system that lets you keep an eye on your home from your smartphone. 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.

The cameras are also very portable. If you don’t mount it on a wall, you’re free to move it around as you wish. Video quality is good for a portable security camera and you get a bit of a fish-eye effect going. The camera works in the dark as well, thanks to a built-in light that automatically turns on when the camera is triggered in low light or even complete darkness. Just make sure you give other folks in the house the heads up as the bright light can be quite surprising. It’ll make you feel like you’ve done something wrong even if you haven’t. Motion range can go from six feet to more than double that depending on the angle and elevation of the camera.

The cameras can be viewed and interfaced via smartphones after successfully pairing up the device with Blink’s sync box and installing the Blink App. It now supports Android devices and is available at Google Play. The interface is pretty straightforward and simple. One of its distinctive features is the ability to schedule your desired time to “arm” the cameras’ motion sensors. This way your camera won’t have to expend the batteries and use them only as needed. You can also customize the retrigger time, sensitivity, clip length, among other things.

Motion event alerts are supported.  Like many other home security cameras, the sensitivity of the alert can be adjusted from low to high. Blink is designed to capture motion based on heat moving across the field of view of the camera and moving the sensitivity downwards can avoid the alerts coming your way.  Unlike many of the higher end home security cameras, there are no options for establishing motion zones to eliminate areas that are prone to activity that causes false motion alarms.

The app will prompt you to plug in the Sync Module and connect it to your WiFi network. The last step is then to pair the camera module(s). The app asks for the camera’s unique serial number, and that’s it! You can always add more cameras and the app will manage them. Blink sells packages with different numbers of included cameras, or you can purchase them separately as an add-on in the future. Blink XT Outdoor/Indoor Home Security Camera System for Your Smartphone with Motion Detection, Wall Mount, HD Video, 2 Year Battery and Cloud Storage Included – 5 Camera Kit

Blink’s app software is really user friendly. On the main screen, you’ll see the list of cameras you have linked (you assign a view to each when they are placed, so you can visually see which camera belongs to which area). You can jump into the live feed of any camera at any time or access the list of recordings. One nice thing is that you can share the clip via email or upload upload to your Drive account.

Blink Home Security Cameras are one of the easiest camera systems to set up, install, configure and use. With no wires and absolutely nothing to store or program, you can place these cameras anywhere you like with ease to keep an eye out and capture video of the places and things that you would like to monitor while you are away.