Which security camera system is the best?
Two of the biggest names in home security, Blink and Ring, are owned by retail giant Amazon.
But the companies cater to different markets, covering some of the best security cameras available today.
Blink’s product line is nowhere near as extensive as Ring’s. The company’s goal is to offer affordable, easy-to-use cameras designed for home use.
Ring, on the other hand, offers a wide variety of products, including security cameras, video doorbells, trackers, and more. Although the company offers more advanced features than Blink, the price of its products is higher.
What do both security camera systems offer?
Before pitting Blink against Ring in a head-to-head, it’s helpful to understand some key similarities that these popular smart security systems offer (in addition to being owned by Amazon.)
Blink and Ring home security cameras are designed to be DIY friendly. This means that you won’t need professional help to install your security camera.
None of the security camera systems require you to sign up for any payment plan or contract. However, both offer an option subscription service if you want the extra benefits. Blink’s basic plan starts from just $3 per month, just like Ring’s.
Additionally, Blink and Ring offer indoor and outdoor cameras, all of which can be accessed remotely through individual smartphone apps. With apps, you can view events, alerts, footage, and more.
At this point, it may seem like these companies offer pretty much the same products. Although the products have similarities, there are differences in features and capabilities.
Flashing against ringing: devices
Blink and Ring security cameras come in all shapes and sizes, including indoor and outdoor options.
Currently, Blink offers a plug-in indoor camera (Mini), a wireless outdoor camera (outdoor), and a wireless indoor camera (indoor). Although not technically another product, the company also sells a projector mount that can be used with the Blink Outdoor Security Camera.
You can use the Blink Home Monitor app to access all of your Blink products in one place. This extends to the video doorbell and solar mount.
Ring has an Indoor Cam, Indoor or outdoor camera (Stick Up Cam), an outdoor camera with lights (Spotlight Cam) and a floodlight camera (Floodlight Cam).
However, Ring offers many other additional products over Blink, from video doorbells to smart lighting to whole-home security systems and more.
Blink vs. Ring: Price
When looking to buy a security camera, price can be a tough stepping stone to conquer. On the one hand, users might be incentivized to buy a more expensive product on the pretext that it probably offers more features.
However, security cameras can be expensive, so an affordable alternative may be a more suitable option.
Blink was once known for its lowest prices, but since new products have been released and a greater variety of options, the company is slipping behind Ring faster than you might think.
Both offer 1080p video recording, night vision, two-way audio, and companion app monitoring.
Blink’s only wireless outdoor camera goes head-to-head with Ring’s Stick Up Cam, both priced at $99.99.
Essentially, if you’re looking to fill your home with indoor security cameras, Blink’s products will be the cheapest way to do it. If you compare that to how much it would cost to do the same thing with Ring, it’s a no-brainer.
Flashing versus ringing: features
When it comes to finding the best security cameras, certain features should not be compromised: video, audio, and night vision.
All Blink and Ring security cameras record in 1080p HD. This includes indoor and outdoor cameras. Both cameras produce photos at 1920×1080 resolution, which is sufficient for most general surveillance purposes. Some granular details can be hard to spot, but that’s enough for home security.
In terms of audio, both Blink and Ring support two-way talk, allowing voices and sounds to be heard clearly on recordings. Users can also speak through the cameras, which means people in sight can hear the speakerphone. These features come in handy for reassuring children, babies, and pets, as well as warning potential criminals.
The minor difference between Blink and Ring security cameras is night vision capabilities. Both companies offer infrared night vision on all products. However, Ring’s Floodlight Cam, Spotlight Cam (wired), and Stick Up Cam (wired) support color night vision.
Ring’s color night vision uses ambient light to create “false color”. It allows users to define finer details where low-light night vision cannot.
Blink vs. Ring: Storage
Storing video clips and photos is an important feature of security cameras because you may need to retrieve the information as evidence.
But before we get into the individual options for Blink and Ring, let’s take a look at their subscription plans.
Starting at $3 per month (per device), Blink and Ring users can access unlimited video history for up to 60 days. You can also record and share videos as part of Blink and Ring’s basic plans. Plus plans cost $10 per month and extend supported devices to all devices rather than just one. The plans also give users a 10% discount on Blink or Ring devices purchased from Amazon.
Ring’s Pro plan is unique to Ring and costs $20 per month. It opens up options for 24/7 professional monitoring, internet backup, and more security features.
If you want to use local storage, you can do so with Blink 2 Additional Sync Module, which costs $34.99. It is compatible with up to 10 Blink Indoor, Outdoor or Mini devices. However, you will need to purchase a USB flash drive (up to 256 GB) separately.
Ring, on the other hand, requires you to subscribe to the Ring Protect Plan for any form of local or cloud storage.
Blink vs. Ring: Smart Home integration
It’s probably no surprise that Blink and Ring security cameras are all compatible with Alexa. This means that if you have an Alexa product, like Amazon Echo, you can say something like “Alexa, show me my indoor camera on my Echo Show”.
Additionally, Ring cameras are also compatible with Google Assistant and Samsung SmartThings.
Ultimately, if you’re looking to turn your home into a smart home, Ring’s security camera and other products can create an integrated network, including smart locks, remote doors, lights, and more.
Flashing against ringing: applications
Smart devices rely on user-friendly applications. In order to get the most out of security cameras from Blink and Ring, you will need to download their relevant apps on your smartphone.
The Blink Home Monitor app lets you view real-time footage via live streaming from all connected Blink security cameras. In addition to this useful feature, users will receive alerts and notifications when the cameras detect motion.
Adjustments can be easily made to settings to customize motion sensitivity, zones, event clips, and more.
Ring’s Always Home app is a little more global since it connects to any Ring device, including the Ring alarm system. You can easily determine if your home is disarmed, assign multiple approved users, and view an event history.
Motion sensitivity can be adjusted to ignore pets, removing unnecessary notifications whenever your dog or cat walks through the yard.
Winner: Blink and Ring
And the winner is…
While Blink and Ring both dominate the home security camera market, each has its own pros and cons in different areas.
Blink is undoubtedly the cheaper option, especially if you want to further extend your home’s safety net.
But Ring’s range of devices, compatibility with other smart home integrations, and extensive features
The rise of the smart home has led to more affordable security systems. Now it’s easy and inexpensive to turn a “dumb” house into a secure smart home.
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