The Blink Outdoor Security Camera takes its cue from the XT2, only now you have to pay for cloud storage.
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I like the $100 Blink Outdoor and recommend it if you don’t already have a Blink system — and if you’re looking for a reliable, versatile outdoor camera with a long-lasting battery that doesn’t cost a fortune. That said, the last-gen Blink XT2 also cost $100 and had free cloud storage, unlike the new Blink Outdoor, which is moving over to Amazon’s Ring camera cloud model via a new Blink Subscription Plan.
Blink Outdoor Security Camera
- The one-camera kit costs $100
- You have to pay for cloud storage
Customers do get a free trial of the Blink Subscription Plan through 2020, but after that, you have to decide if you want to only receive alerts and view the live feed — or if you’re fine forking over the cloud service fee to review saved clips, which will start at $3 per month.