A popular outdoor device for smart homes today is a floodlight camera. Made famous by Ring, this smart security device is an essential component of a reliable smart home security system, whether professionally installed/monitored or DIY. A smart floodlight camera or "cam" can help you see if intruders lurk outside your home or help deter unwanted guests from entering your backyard. Blink's Outdoor Floodlight Camera is one of our picks for the Best Smart Floodlight Cams. This smart floodlight cam comes with the Blink Outdoor Camera (3rd Gen), and we got a chance to test this smart home device on a house with average connectivity. See what we found while testing this new smart floodlight cam by Blink.
What is Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera?
Blink Outdoor Floodlight Unboxed
Blink Outdoor Floodlight Unboxed
The Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera is a wire-free, battery-powered HD smart security LED floodlight camera that works with the Blink Outdoor camera (3rd Gen.) It features 700 lumens of motion-triggered, high-quality LED lights, 1080p HD live view, 110-degree Field of View (FOV), 2-way audio, and a built-in siren. (Note: Blink's new 4th Gen outdoor camera will not work with this floodlight mount. You have to buy a separate floodlight mount designed for their 4th Gen outdoor camera, which is available on Amazon.)
The Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera can deter crime, monitor your home, and keep an eye on your pets. It can also be used to check on your home when you're away. Other key features of this smart security camera include the following:
Wire-free, battery-powered design (uses 2 AA batteries for the camera and 4 D batteries for the floodlight unit)
Wi-Fi connectivity (2.4GHz connection)
Syncs with the Blink Home Monitor app. (iOS, Android, and Fire OS devices)
Person detection (only if using Blink Outdoor Camera - 4th Gen)
Custom Motion detection zones and sensitivity
Can create privacy zones
Available in Black or white
Local storage capabilities via Sync Module 2 and USB Flash Drive (up to 256 GB), which is sold separately.
And like all smart security cameras, there is a cost for storing your videos or pictures from the Blink Camera. Blink offers a 30-day free trial of their Basic plan, which includes motion-activated notifications, live view streaming, motion detection video recording, live view recording (but does not include extended live views), 60-day unlimited video history, rapid video access to watch your videos as soon as they are recorded instantly. You also get photo capture, person detection, and custom snooze, temporarily pausing motion alerts for up to 24 hours. The Blink app will track how many days are left of your free trial. Note that when the trial is over, and you don't sign up for the unlimited cloud recording plan, your videos will not be stored in the cloud, and any videos in the cloud will be deleted.
How much do Blink subscription plans cost? There are two plans for users to sign up for Basic and Basic Plus. The Basic plan is for one device and costs $3 per month or $30 annually. The Basic plan plus is for unlimited Blink cameras and costs $10 per month or $100 per year. All can sign up on Blink's site or through the Blink app.
Select Blink subscription plans for video cloud storage in the Blink appGearBrain
The Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera is easy to install and doesn't require any hardwiring. It connects to your Wi-Fi network and syncs with the Blink Home Monitor app, so you can receive notifications on your phone or tablet when someone triggers the motion sensor or the lights turn on. You can also view live video from the camera in the app.
Here are the steps on how to install a Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera:
Gather your tools and materials. You will need the following:
Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera
Blink Sync Module V2
Phone or tablet with the Blink Home Monitor app
Download the Blink app and create an account if you have not already signed up.
Plug in the Blink Sync Module 2 and connect with your home Wi-Fi network and Blink app.
Connect the camera to your Wi-Fi network. Follow the Blink Home Monitor app instructions to connect the camera to your Wi-Fi network. Note that you must access the QR code on the inside back of your Blink Camera to connect the camera to the Floodlight unit.
Test the camera. Once the camera is connected to your Wi-Fi network, you can test it by triggering the motion sensor or turning on the lights.
Choose a location for your camera. The camera should be mounted in an area with a clear view of any entry points. It should also be mounted in an area with good lighting and not blocked by trees or other obstacles. There should be a good wireless signal from your home Wi-Fi network. If there is a weak signal, it could cause performance issues, and you might need to get a Wi-Fi extender.
Mount the camera bracket. Use the screws to mount the frame to the wall or ceiling. Make sure that the bracket is level.
Attach the camera to the bracket. Slide the camera onto the bracket and secure it with the screws.
Inserting the USB-A cord into the port of the Blink Outdoor Camera is a little tricky.GearBrain
Here are some additional tips for installing your Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera:
Recommend connecting your Blink Camera to your home Wi-Fi inside your home before taking it outside to attach to the Floodlight mount.
Connecting the Blink Camera to the Floodlight mount via USB-A is difficult. It requires you to remove the back of the Blink Outdoor Camera and scan the QR code. Then, insert the plug from the Floodlight mount into the Blink Outdoor Camera USB-A port and follow the instructions in the Blink app. This will help sync the camera with the floodlight mount. Once connected, you can unplug the camera, place the backside of the camera back onto the camera, and reconnect the camera to the floodlight mount.
Ensure that the mounting surface is strong enough to support the camera's weight.
If you are mounting the camera on an exterior wall, make sure that the wall is made of sturdy material, such as brick or concrete.
If you are mounting the camera on a ceiling or underneath an awning, make sure the ceiling is made of sturdy material, such as drywall or plywood.
The Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera can be integrated with several smart home systems. Since Amazon owns the company, Blink Floodlight Camera works with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, including Amazon Echo Show (all models), Amazon Echo Spot, Amazon Fire Tablets (all models), Amazon Fire TV Editions (1st and 2nd Gen, Element 4k, Toshiba 4k & HD, Insignia 4k & HD), Amazon Fire TV Stick and Amazon Fire TV Cube. It also works with non-screen Alexa devices like all models of Echo, Echo Dot (2nd, 3rd, and 4th Gen), Echo Plus (2nd and 3rd Gen), and Echo Studio (2nd and 3rd Gen). Blink devices are also compatible with If This Than That (IFTTT). Users can visit the IFTTT site, check out the already-created applets, or create their own.
Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera is not compatible with Google Assistant-enabled devices. It also does not work with Samsung SmartThings or other smart home platforms. That being said, a user can customize a Blink Outdoor Floodlight camera to work with another smart home platform, but this requires a sophisticated setup and a professional. For instance, the specific steps for integrating a Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera with a smart home system will vary depending on the system you are using. If you are using Control4 or Creston, these smart home systems will do the integration for you. However, if you want to try to do this yourself, you will need to provide the smart home system with the following information:
The IP address of your Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera
The username and password for your Blink Home Monitor account
Once you have provided the smart home system with this information, you should be able to control your Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera using the system's app, or voice commands if they also have connected Amazon Alexa to the platform.
For example, suppose you have integrated your Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera with Amazon Alexa. In that case, you can use voice commands to arm or disarm the camera, turn on the lights, or view live video from the camera.
Whether you are connected to an Amazon Alexa-enabled device or a custom smart home platform, here are some of the things you can do with your Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera when integrated with a smart home system:
Arm or disarm the camera using voice commands or through the system's app.
Turn on the lights using voice commands or through the system's app.
View live video from the camera using voice commands or through the system's app.
Receive notifications when the camera detects motion or sound.
Create automations that trigger actions on the camera, such as turning on the lights or sending you a notification.
How did the Blink outdoor Floodlight Camera perform?
We have been testing the Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera for several months, and it has done an excellent job. The setup was a little challenging. We had difficulties connecting the camera to the cable on the floodlight mount. The USB-A plug was not connecting correctly to the camera and could not sync with the floodlight unit. We had to take the camera's backside off to plug in the cord and connect the two devices to the Blink app. Once we got this figured out, the camera worked well.
As for the performance of the camera, the video quality is good. You can pin the screen on your mobile device to zoom in on objects or people. The color day video was nice, and the night vision was clear. The Field of View is small compared to other floodlight cameras, like Ring's Floodlight Cam (140 degrees) or Google Nest Camera with Floodlight (130 degrees). The lighting on the camera is not as bright as the lights we have tested on other Floodlight cameras. For instance, the Lorex 2K Wired Floodlight Security Camera comes with 2400 lumens, while the Blink floodlight cam has only 700 lumens. So, if you are looking for a bright light and a security camera, you might be disappointed by Blink's floodlight's performance.
Daytime view from the Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera in the Blink appGearBrain
Night vision from the Blink AppGearBrain
We also found during testing the motion detection for the Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera was not as far as other floodlight cameras we have tested. When we stood 10 feet in front of the camera, the motion detection would activate, and we would get an alert. Also, at night, the lights would go on when we came into range. However, when we went into the Blink app, adjusted the motion sensitivity, and created activity zones, the alerts started coming from motion detected further than 10 feet.
This Blink outdoor camera is battery-powered like the other Blink indoor and outdoor cameras. One thing you must remember with this floodlight cam is that you need long-lasting batteries for the floodlights and the outdoor camera. We have been using the Blink Floodlight camera for a few months, and the battery levels are still showing okay. So, I'm not sure how long they will last, but you can say at least three months for now.
The light on the Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera was not as bright as other smart floodlight camerasGearBrain
As for the subscription plans, Blink's two plans are similar to what we have seen in other smart security cameras that offer video cloud storage. $3 a month for one camera or $10 per month ($100 for the. year) seems to be the typical cost for these video storage plans. We know Ring charges $3.99 monthly for one camera and $10 per month for unlimited video could storage. Blink's plan is unique because it offers a 30-day free trial, while most manufacturers offer a one-day or seven-day free trial. Also, Blink offers local storage via Sync Module 2, which comes with the Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera. Connect a USB drive to the Sync Module 2, and you can store up to 256 GB of videos. This is a nice feature if you don't want to subscribe to a video cloud storage plan.
But the best feature of the Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera is the price. For $139.98 for one camera or $219.98 for two floodlight cameras, users can get a good DIY smart outdoor security camera system with lighting to keep their backyard or driveway safe and secure. Ring's Floodlight camera starts at $200 for just one floodlight camera, and that's for their wired-powered camera—something for you to think about when buying a smart outdoor floodlight camera.
Suppose you're in the market for an outdoor floodlight camera with the best possible video quality (2K or better video resolution or color night vision), a long battery life, or have a large home or a long driveway and need a wide field of view. In that case, you may consider another floodlight camera with a wider field of view. However, If you're looking for a floodlight camera to help you deter crime, the Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera is a good option. It has motion detection, which you can set up to receive alerts. And if you use the Blink Floodlight with 4th Gen Outdoor Camera instead of the 3rd Gen, you will be able to set up person detection in the app.
Overall, the Blink Outdoor Floodlight Camera is a good option for those looking for a wire-free, battery-powered floodlight camera with basic features. And it is affordable and weatherproof, so you can use it year-round.