Introducing the wireless, affordable Blink XT2 security camera

Google revealed the new Nest Hub Max at its annual developers conference this week, but Amazon isn’t about to let its competitor dominate smart home security headlines. Amazon just announced the Blink XT2, an affordable and low-maintenance indoor/outdoor security camera.

The Blink XT2 is an update on the Blink XT, a battery-operated wireless camera with competitive features like low price, good battery life and ease of installation. The Blink XT2 preserves those qualities and adds a few more features.

Key features & specifications of Amazon’s Blink XT2

Is Blink a good choice for your home security needs?

Based on the aforementioned features, the Blink XT2 and accompanying system could be a strong choice for buyers who make their home security choices based on affordability, ease of installation and a preference to self-monitor their cameras. Its Alexa integration would also appeal to Amazon Echo owners; you can view the camera’s livestream through Echo Spot, Echo Show or Fire TV.

Apart from the XT2, Blink offers indoor-only cameras, which are on sale now for $54.99 each. You can create a Blink system that integrates several cameras using one sync module.

If you’re looking for a home security system with 24/7 professional monitoring, then Blink isn’t enough. While Blink’s cameras might extend your eyes and ears, there’s no option to have somebody else looking out for you or respond to emergencies when you’re not available. For that kind of “always on” service, you’ll need to look at monitored home security systems. Top providers include ADT, Vivint, Frontpoint and SimpliSafe.

More smart home security technology from Amazon

Blink security cameras first hit the market in 2016 and Amazon bought the company in late 2018. Business Insider speculated that Blink’s novel processing chips, which are engineered to lower production costs and prolong battery life, is a big part of why the tech giant was attracted to the acquisition.

Amazon also owns Ring, a company with optional 24/7 monitoring that’s positioned as a more direct competitor to Google’s Nest brand. Amazon announced lots of sales on Ring products this week, perhaps as another answer to Google’s Nest announcements. If you’re looking for either Nest, Ring or Google products, this could be a good time to make purchases. Shop the current Ring sales: