Amazon’s other brand of security cameras, Blink, has a new $ 35 Mini Blink Camera for you. It is inexpensive, easy to use and contains all the basics you need for a simple indoor camera. If it sounds a lot like Wyze’s business model, you won’t go wrong. But the two cameras have their differences.
The Blink Mini is a series of firsts for the Blink brand. It is the first wired camera offered by Blink, the first at less than $ 40, the first to offer 1080p video and the first to charge a cloud subscription.
For $ 35, you get a lot, however. In addition to 1080p resolution, the camera acts as a two-way radio, you also get highly adjustable (and optional) support, and you can pair with Alexa screens (like the Echo Show) to stream your video.
All of this is very similar to $ 25 Wyze Cam, which synchronizes at 1080p, includes a two-way radio and even an adjustable stand. The stand is however different. You can remove the holder from the Blink Mini while the Wyze Cam holder is permanent.
You will also find differences in storage. Wyze offers free 14-second cloud storage of 12-second video, an optional subscription for 14-day continuous capture, and a microSD card slot for local storage.
The Blink Mini, on the other hand, is a little more expensive. Until the end of 2020, you get free cloud storage, but after that it will cost $ 3 per month per camera or $ 10 for an unlimited number of cameras. You get 60 days of storage, a significant step up from Wyze’s 14-day supply. However, you cannot use a microSD card for local recording. Instead, you will have to purchase the Flash synchronization module 2 when it comes out later this year.
The Blink Mini and the Wyze Cam offer comparable functionality for a similar price. We haven’t gone ahead yet with the Blink Mini, but the choice may come down to the company you trust the most, and how much you care about minor differences in price and features.
You can pre-order the Blink Mini now, and it will be available on April 15, 2020.