The outdoor version shares the same appearance with the indoor camera, but instead of white color, it is in rugged black.
For outdoor placement purpose, the Blink XT offers 1080p video quality, higher than the indoor device’s 720p. The IP65 dust-proof camera is waner resistant, and the infrared night vision allows for motion detection around the house at night.
Just like the Blink indoor camera, the Blink XT functions wirelessly. With two regular lithium AAs batteries, the camera can operate for up to two years, according to the company.
Blink XT also supports Amazon Alexa, allowing users to start recording and set up scheduling with voice commands. Furthermore, if both indoor and outdoor devices are used, they can both be commanded via Alexa and be monitored from one single app and account.
A drawback of Blink XT is that it doesn’t work with cellular networks. Competitors like Canary Fex and Netgear Arlo offer network connectivity by partnering with telecoms such as Verizon and AT&T. Blink XT users have to put the camera within the range of the home Wi-Fi to stream the video.
Blink is a late entrant in the home security camera market. However, with its wireless feature, two-year battery life and relatively low price, the company has gained a foothold in the market.