Amazon releases Blink Outdoor 4 security camera with person detection and improved image quality

After its existence leaked last month, Amazon has now announced the next generation of its Blink Outdoor security cameras. The new Blink Outdoor 4 retains many of the features customers have come to like about Blink cameras, like a two-year battery life on a pair of AA batteries, while also adding a few new capabilities, like on-camera person detection, improved image quality, and a wider field of view.

The new 4th generation of Blink Outdoor cameras are nearly identical in shape and size to the outgoing models. They’re still the same square size but are now a little thicker at 41mm compared to the older models, which were 31mm. Aesthetically, the biggest difference between the two models is the new placement of the camera lens in the upper left corner, instead of the center of the camera, and the flat black finish which replaced the glossy black on the old model. To spruce the aesthetics even more, Amazon is selling silicone skin covers in 8 colors.

Under the hood, the new cameras are supposed to come with improved image quality, such as better low-light sensitivity, although the camera resolution remains 1080p. What has changed is the field of view of these cameras, which increases from 110 degrees to 143 degrees. These are also using the latest version of Blink’s custom chips, which is what enables these cameras to go two years on a pair of AA batteries, although you must use the slightly more expensive lithium AA batteries (included) and not the more common alkaline batteries you probably already have laying around.

That new custom silicon also now enables on-device computer vision for person detection to reduce false alerts. This is the second Blink device, after the Blink Wired Floodlight Camera was released last year, to use the new chips and come with person detection. However, as with that new floodlight camera, you’ll need to pay for the option Blink Subscription Plan, which will run you $3 per month or $30 per year, to use person detection. Also new with the updated model is the ability to set dual motion zones.

A single Blink Outdoor 4 camera with a Sync Module 2, which is required for the cameras to work, will cost $119.99. If you already have a sync module, you can get the Blink Outdoor 4 Add-On camera for $109.99. Amazon also sells 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 camera systems which can drop the per-camera cost down to $79.99.

  1. Gary says:

    Very Expensive!!!!

  2. Bill says:

    Wifi range? Good for my gate 80 yards away?

  3. Brian says:

    If you have to contact Blink technical people don’t expect any help. They are incompetent and don’t understand questions like, “why can’t I log into my account with the correct ID and Password?”.

    • Jim says:

      The Blink people have rebooted my cameras and they’ve worked fine for 4 yrs.

    • Dave Orozco says:

      I’ve just learned their tech support guys are not helpful. They ask me to turn on ‘Blink Support Account Access’ and then never comment on what may cause the ‘problem’ I’m reporting except I’m looking at the wrong column of videos. It can’t be a system fault, it’s human error.

  4. Rolando Vargas says:

    I can not login to my account on my phone forget the password and I tried to change my password but it doesn’t let me

  5. Michael Sisk says:

    The solar panels when first came out was supposed to keep the batteries charged. They did nothing. The two batteries you buy will only last 6 months top. The cameras never stay connected so you have to reboot constantly. One out of 4 cameras was always down. After the second time being robbed and these worthless were down I gave them a reason to not work. I smashed them with a hammer. I good pure joy. I’ll throw away $400 on my term. DO NOT BUY THESE CAMERAS. YOU WILL BE SORRY

  6. Mike says:

    Alot of flakes from the competition leaving bs reviews here . Blink cameras work great.

  7. Barry says:

    I’ve had blink cameras around my property for 4 years. I currently have 14 cameras and 1 flood light working off 3 sync modules and just ordered 2 more cameras and another flood. Rarely change the batteries and they’ve worked great! Never had to call for support, so can’t comment on that.

  8. Jerry says:

    Blink is a rip-off with their monthly costs. Great little camera that is inexpensive until you count the monthly or yearly fees. You can spend hundreds of dollars over a five-year or ten year period.

  9. Bob Tomaszewski says:

    Blink cameras are #1.

  10. Roxann Cooper says:

    I’m completely shocked to read all these negative comments. I’ve had Blink cameras for years and never had an issue. I’ve still never had to change any batteries in any device. My newest camera is the tilt and I just love how I can scan the entire room at any given time. I’ve only had to call tech support once and that was only because I had changed my internet service and didn’t know how to change the password in the module. I called and received excellent service and help and was able to get the password changed with their guidance.

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