I recently purchased the Blink XT 1 camera system and am loving it. It’s so easy and convenient. In testing it out the past couple of days, I found a couple areas that could benefit from some updated features and/or needs improvement.
MANUAL RECORDING OPTION
I know that Blink cameras automatically start recording clips when motion is detected, but it’d be great if there was an option to manually start recording a clip when in Live View.
It’d be great if my Blink XT took an automatic photo when movement was detected and included that image in the alert on my phone. That would mitigate having to go to the app and look at the Live View or recorded clips. Additionally, it’d be great if there was a manual screenshot/photo button in Live View to quickly and conveniently take screenshots of the stream (or of a recorded clip). Manual screenshots would then be saved to the clip roll and/or camera roll on the phone.
SENDING VIDEOS THROUGH iMessage ON iPhone
This has been a tremendous problem so far. I am completely unable to send a Blink video clip through iMessage- either through the Blink app or through the camera roll on my phone with a saved/downloaded clip. It simply will not send the message if a Blink clip is attached to it. I’m not sure why, but I’ve tried several times with various clips with the same result every time- it simply will not send.
ABILITY TO ACCESS BLINK ON A COMPUTER
I was pretty shocked when I found out that I wasn’t able to view my Blink camera through their website, let alone my Blink account! The account you make through your phone and on their website are two separate things. This seems like an absolute no-brainer, but have the same features and functionality that are on the Blink App available online.
Other than those suggestions, everything else is working perfectly. I couldn’t be happier with the camera, app, and functionality.