Blink XT2 Wire-free Camera vs Amcrest vs Arlo

Amazon with Blink XT2 wire-free camera products launched into the market could be a huge impact on popular wire-free camera vendors such as Netgear Arlo, which is a pioneer of wire-free cameras, and also other market players who release similar cameras such as Amcrest.

Why? Because Amazon sells this wire-free camera model at a much cheaper price compared to Arlo or Amcrest. Of course there are technical advantages and disadvantages to this product launched by Amazon (Blink Xt2) which we will discuss below, but customers who are more looking at the lower price will certainly glance at Blink compared to Arlo or Amcrest.

Blink by Amazon - wire-free camera
Blink by Amazon – wire-free camera

Blink XT2

Blink XT2 wireless home security system is a wire-free camera system powered by two AA metal lithium batteries that can last up to two years, cloud storage free and no contract no wire.

The slogan they offer is very interesting considering that similar products like Arlo and Amcrest are sold at a much higher price. If all the features offered by Arlo or Amcrest can be met or at least close to what is offered by Amazon with Blink Xt2, it is not impossible that customers who are looking for wire-free cameras will enthusiastically accept this product.

Blink Vs Arlo vs Amcrest

To see a clearer picture of the differences and similarities (if any) of this Amazon Blink Xt2 product compared to Arlo and Amcrest, the two tables below help you see the comparison of the three products in the form of a spec comparison table. Table 1 shows you spec comparison between Blink and Amcrest Smart home system, while table 2 shows you spec comparison between Blink and Arlo Pro 3.

I took the Arlo Pro 3 for comparison instead of comparing with Arlo Ultra 4k wire-free camera system which the resolution is 4 times as high resolution as standard 1080p resolution.

Amcrest wire-free camera system
Amcrest wire-free camera system

Camera resolution

Blink resolution feature is designed with 1080p @ 30 fps, compare with Amcrest which has the same resolution but only up to @ 20 fps. While Arlo Pro 3 provides twice the resolution compared to Blink and Amcrest, but the video speed is only up to 15 fps. @ 30 fps video speed provides real time image speed, while with 15 fps of course the video motion is less than perfect.

One of Arlo’s support guys said that Arlo with battery powered might not be driven up to @ 30 fps except with a power plug in. Compare with Blink’s promise that with Lithium battery powered can provide speed up to 30 fps @1080p.

Arlo Pro 3 wire-free camera
Arlo Pro 3 wire-free 2k camera

Battery

The durability of Blink’s battery which under certain conditions can last up to 2 years is certainly very promising even though it is not rechargeable battery as offered by Arlo and Amcrest that the battery can only last up to 6 months.

Of course, a single-use battery is one of Blink’s weaknesses, but it can last up to 2 years is an advantage. The first generation of Arlo also uses a disposable battery which is then in its successor models using a rechargeable battery.

Color Night Vision

If you expect to be able to get night vision in color, then Blink doesn’t support that, only standard night vision which is generally recorded in black and white like Amcrest. On the other hand Arlo Pro 3 which is equipped with spotlight certainly has added value, so that it can provide additional illumination within the frame so that it can provide color night vision. Amcrest also released a wire-free camera (Amcrest ACD2W) with spotlight but did not provide color night vision features. See also popular security camera with spotlight.

On the other hand, most new products offered by Lorex support Color Night Vision with its CNV technology. See also various models of Amcrest vs Lorex POE cameras.

Take a look at the following two spec comparison tables.

Table 1 Blink vs Amcret

Model Blink XT2 Amcrest wifi home system
System kit 1pc  XT2 cameras and synch module 1pc Amcrest wire-free camera plus base station
Camera resolution 1080p @30 fps 1080p @20 fps
Field of view angle 110 degree 110 degree
Night vision PIR sensor with IR LED   IR LED with distance up to 16ft (5m)
Power Two AA 1.5V Lithium batteries – non rechargeable battery   Rechargeable battery, last up to 6 months in a single charge
Processor Immedia Proprietary – AC1002B, 4 cores / 200MHz Unspecified
Cloud storage Free cloud storage, no monthly contract free 1-Year subscription to Amcrest Smart Home Cloud
Audio Two way audio with built-in Mic and speaker built-in microphone and speaker for two way audio
Ingress rated IP65 weather resistant IP65 weather proof
Price $80.00 $199.99

Table 2 Blink vs Arlo

Model Blink XT2 Arlo Pro 3
System kit 1pc  XT2 cameras and synch module 1pc Arlo Pro 3 (Arlo base station sold separately) with bright spotlight and built-in smart siren
Camera resolution 1080p @30 fps 2k HDR  @15 fps
Field of view angle 110 degree 160 degree diagonal with 12x digital zoom
Night vision PIR sensor with IR LED   1pcs High powered 850nm IR LED – color night vision
Power Two AA 1.5V Lithium batteries – non rechargeable battery   Rechargeable batteries ~3-6 months
Processor Immedia Proprietary – AC1002B, 4 cores / 200MHz Unspecified
Cloud storage Free cloud storage, no monthly contract 3 months Arlo smart service and 30 days rolling cloud storage
Audio Two way audio with built-in Mic and speaker Full duplex two way audio with built-in Mic and speaker
Ingress rated IP65 weather resistant Unspecified
Price $80.00 $169.00  (add on camera, need smart hub base station)

For 5pcs of Blink XT2 cameras with the synch hub, this modul is tagged with the price around $380, compared with Arlo Pro 3 single add-on camera is tagged around $170 and you need to purchase separate Arlo Smart base station.

Click the following product link to learn more spec details and shop in Amazon.

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