Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) FAQ

What are Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen)? What do they do?

Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) cameras are the next generation of cameras. Customers will receive the benefits of a wire-free camera, two-year battery life, IR night vision, 1080p HD video, advanced motion detection, and two-way audio.

Both cameras are compatible with Blink’s enhanced Local Storage options where you can choose to backup videos to a USB storage drive (sold separately).

What is the difference between Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen)?

Blink Indoor (3rd Gen) does not have the same weatherproofing features as the Blink Outdoor camera. Blink Outdoor boasts an IP65 weather resistance rating. Additionally, Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) are compatible with a new battery expansion pack that doubles operating life (sold separately).

What is new about Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) cameras compared to the XT2 and the Blink Indoor Camera?

Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) cameras feature Privacy Zones and additional storage options to save your motion clips locally on a USB flash drive (sold separately) or to the cloud with advanced features.

How does local storage work?

As an alternative to the subscription-based cloud storage, customers can enable local storage with no monthly fee to save videos from up to 10 cameras to the storage hub included with Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) systems by inserting a USB flash drive (sold separately).

Can both local storage and a subscription be used?

Yes, customers can use both forms of storage. The subscription offers cloud based storage that is visible in the Blink app, and Clip backups save to the USB flash drive. Learn more about the latest subscription details and options.

What do Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) cameras integrate with?

Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) cameras integrate with all Alexa-enabled products including Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV, and Fire Tablet. Skills include arming and disarming, activating a live stream, playing the latest motion clip, and when available, will include sound detection via Alexa Guard to trigger camera recording, and motion announcements right from your Alexa-enabled device. 

Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) cameras will not support Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant at launch but we are continuously evaluating integration opportunities.

Do Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) cameras require a hub?

Yes, we call it a Sync Module. Each Sync Module manages a system and can have up to ten devices attached. The Sync Module 2 adds local storage features for Blink Indoor (3rd Gen), Outdoor, and Mini cameras.

Can I add Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) cameras to my existing Blink system?

Yes. Plus, if adding Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) cameras to an existing Blink system that has been activated on or before April 15, 2020, your existing free cloud storage does not expire. Systems activated after April 15, 2020 can receive motion alerts and enter Live View for free, with the option to purchase a cloud storage subscription to view stored clips in the Blink app. Newer Sync Module products offer features like local storage and subscription enhancements like Photo Capture.

What is Photo Capture?

On an eligible camera, Photo Capture takes a thumbnail every hour, then once a day and assembles them into a short clip that you can view in the Blink app. If a motion alert or Live View event occurs, the hourly photos taken up to that point are assembled into a clip, and the hourly photos begin again after the event is complete. Eligible cameras are only Blink Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen).

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