Blink security cameras have plenty of different settings that allow you to modify video quality settings, motion detection, night vision, and more.
Let’s look at the best settings for Blink cameras that you should use.
Getting The Most Out Of Your Blink Camera Settings
When you get your new Blink camera, you want to get the most out of it to get the most bang for your buck.
Blink cameras have a wide range of different settings that you can control. Right out of the box, the cameras work great with all the default settings, but why not tweak some things and make it a lot better?
Naming Your Camera
When you set up your camera, you are prompted to give it a name of your choice. I always recommend giving a very specific name so that you know what camera it is with a glance.
For example, if you have a camera at your front door, name it “Front Door Camera.” If you have a second camera in the backyard, call it “Backyard Camera.”
I know it sounds obvious, but many people fail to do this and waste a lot of time figuring out which cameras are doing what. So take 30 seconds and give the names of your cameras that make sense to you. It will save you a ton of time in the long run.
An activity zone is an area that you can manually define as a motion trigger zone for your security camera. This is useful when you exclude certain parts of your environment from triggering a recording.
For example, if you want to record everything in your backyard but don’t want the motion detected from a flag fluttering in the wind. A flag will set up motion detection with every wind gust. You can set up a zone for the front yard and exclude the flag from the activity zone.
This helps eliminate false motion triggers and helps increase battery life.
Motion Detection Sensitivity Settings
Motion detection sensitivity level determines how much movement is needed to trigger the camera to start recording.
Setting it too high can mean the camera gets triggered too quickly from swaying trees or bushes in the wind.
I like to put this setting right in the middle of the slider, but you may want to experiment with it to get the correct settings for your environment.
Retrigger time is the amount of time that passes between recorded video clips. The range that Blink allows is between 10 seconds and one minute.
I would recommend setting it to 10 seconds. This gives you the best chance of getting something on video without missing it. If you set it too high, there is a chance of missing the event due to a slight delay between when the camera detects movement and when it records the video of the event.
The clip length setting sets the number of seconds that the camera will record after it gets motion triggered.
I prefer a decent amount of time to get enough video to determine what is happening – around 20 seconds or so. However, it is essential to note that the longer time frame will cause the battery life to be shorter.
In addition, to help prolong your battery with a more extended clip length setting, be sure to turn on the “End Clip Early If Motion Stops” option.
Night Vision Settings
Blink cameras have built-in night vision, which works very well by setting it to “Auto” mode and letting the camera take care of it.
You may have to play around with the IR intensity setting a bit, but try the medium first and go from there.
I wrote another entire article on Blink camera’s night vision settings here.
There are only a couple of different things that you can do with the Blink audio settings. Turn it off or on and set the speaker volume.
I would recommend turning the volume in the speaker down a bit because setting it at max value can cause some distortion in the audio.
There are three video quality settings:
- Saver – 480p resolution
- Standard – 720p resolution
- Best – 1080p resolution
I recommend setting it to “Best” for best quality, but know that this takes more battery power when recording.
Other Things To Consider
One other thing that Blink allows you to do is scheduling specific blocks of time where the camera can be disabled.
An excellent example of when this is useful is if you have your kids playing in the backyard after school every day. You can easily schedule that time to automatically turn off motion detection so that the kids don’t accidentally trigger a recording when they play ball or ride their bikes around the yard.
When installing your camera, you will need to ensure that you are putting it in place with a good wifi signal from your internet router. This will allow you to access and control your camera remotely.
If your wifi signal is too weak, you will have problems accessing and controlling your camera remotely and viewing any recordings you may have captured while away from home.
Best Position To Set Up A Blink Security Camera
Mounting your camera takes some planning as well. Your placement should allow you to get a good view of what you are trying to capture but also be out of the way and not easily tampered with by intruders. Here are some quick tips for each type of camera:
Blink XT2 Or Blink Outdoor Camera Placement
These cameras are designed to be mounted outdoors, so they should be mounted in a location where they won’t be tampered with by intruders such as thieves or vandals.
Also, mounting these cameras near a wall or a tree can sometimes cause shadows that will block the camera lens from getting a clear view. Try to avoid this if possible. Some good locations for these cameras are the backyard, the front porch, on the side of the house, or even on the roof. You can even mount these cameras on your RV or boat!
Look at our Blink outdoor camera review here as well.
Blink Indoor Camera Placement
These cameras are designed to be mounted indoors, so they should be mounted in a location where they won’t be easily tampered with.
Also, mounting these cameras near a window can often cause glare on the lens, making it difficult to get a good view of the room/area being recorded. Try to avoid this if possible. Some good locations for these cameras are: in a bedroom, in the office, in the garage, or even in the baby’s nursery.
They are small and can be placed anywhere in your house without much issue. Most homeowners put them on a shelf or in a cabinet where they can easily see what is happening in the room/area they are monitoring.
Blink Mini Camera Placement
These cameras are tiny, so you can easily hide them almost anywhere. They are very discreet and won’t draw any attention to themselves at all. I recommend putting them in locations where you know they will get a lot of use, such as in the kitchen, living room, or even the hallways in your home.
Please don’t put these cameras out in plain sight where people can easily see them, though, because doing so will only draw attention to them. This is more of a security/surveillance camera than a nanny cam. If the intruder knows a security camera is in the house, they might try to remove it or at least tamper with it.
Blink cameras are straightforward to set up, and the settings available are simple to navigate through and change on the fly if needed. They give you great peace of mind knowing that you can check in on your family anytime and know that they are safe and secure when you are away at work or on vacation. I highly recommend them.