CNET First Look
The battery-powered Blink camera doesn't go the distanceImmedia's $79 Blink security camera is missing too many features to compete today's top DIY models.
[MUSIC] We first caught wind of this blink security camera by startup in media on Kickstarter back in July of 2014. Back then it promised a lot of cool things. It costs just 79 bucks for this camera, plus the required think module that goes with it. It also is battery powered and it has free cloud storage. Back then that was kind of a revolutionary line up of features, but now about a year and half later it's kind of falling behind the curve, There are a ton of other camera's out there today that are budget friendly, that offer free cloud storage, and have a lot more features then this model. The one thing that sets blink apart is that it combines battery powered Plus free cloud storage, plus budget-friendly. But when you take all of the other things into consideration, it really, really falls short in comparison to today's competition. Take the Netgear Arlo, this is a 720p battery-powered indoor-outdoor camera. Camera with a ton of features. This one is indoor only and it doesn't actually do all that much. You can't do in app rules, it doesn't work with If, you can't record on demand, and it doesn't have two way talk. So these are all things that [UNKNOWN] says is adding to this camera in the future. But today it just really isn't worth it. [SOUND]