Amazon only recently unveiled its updated Blink XT2 home security cameras (opens in new tab), and they're already available at a discount. Right now, you can snag the 1-camera kit for $79.99 (opens in new tab) at a 20% discount, or save up to 22% on options like the 2-camera kit down to $139.99 (opens in new tab). The best part about the Blink lineup of cameras, though, is that they don't require a monthly subscription and allow you to store hundreds of clips for up to a year for free.
Building upon the features of last year's well-received Blink XT camera (opens in new tab), the Blink XT2 offers extended battery life that will keep it powered for two years on just two AA batteries. And just like the original model, it's designed to be 100% wire-free and weather-proof so you can use it anywhere you'd like — whether that be indoors or outdoors. The Blink XT2 records in 1080p HD and features two-way audio, giving you the ability to talk with anyone on the other side of the camera using the Blink Home Monitor app on your phone. That could mean chatting with your family or even reminding your dog to stay out of the garbage.
Unlike many other smart security cameras, the Blink XT2 requires no monthly fees and even offers free cloud storage for clips for a year. Considering that most other camera makers usually only let you store your clips for 30 days without paying, that's a huge deal that could save you a ton of money going forward.
The XT2 also offers enhanced motion detection which is customizable to help reduce false alerts, as well as compatibility with Amazon Alexa, allowing you to view its livestream on an Echo Spot (opens in new tab), Echo Show (opens in new tab), or Fire TV (opens in new tab) by simply asking Alexa to show you the camera's livestream.
Buying any of the camera kits will get you a Blink Sync Module that acts as the central hub. Homes which already have the Blink Sync Module set up can choose to purchase a single add-on camera for $69.99 (opens in new tab) right now. Both the Blink XT and XT2 use the same sync module hub so you can mix and match the two generations.
Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.
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