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.