I’ve had my blink cameras for probably a year and a half and have a mixture of XT2 and indoor cameras. The field of vision and the quality of the picture and video requires me, on my size property, to have multiple cameras at multiple angles covering the same areas.
Given that motion is not triggered until someone is well within 10 feet of the camera walking through the line of sight, it would be very helpful to have multiple cameras trigger to record at the same time or at least in succession. I had that feature with my Arlo cameras and it was very beneficial.
Case in point, I have an oddly shaped front to my house where doors face different directions and when covering a carport I have three out there to capture front rear and side because one camera can see one vehicle but can’t see the other and vice versa. And the way that this system is designed for motion, I can’t cover a large area with one camera, even if it can see the entire area.
However I am supposing that there is a hardware or software limitation or that Amazon doesn’t want blink to have more features than the more expensive ring system.
Nonetheless it looks like this thread is probably a couple years old at this point with no feedback from the blink team. I’ve also been chastised on earlier threads by blink representatives or people in the community acting as such, that if we really wanted these higher end features then what would we be willing to pay extra for them?
These were not features on Arlo that were extra money. There was a subscription service for person detection and having more than X number cameras on the system, but this is probably the one feature I would really like to have that’s missing.
The one feature I did want but can live without was the ability for the sensor to capture more light because I had noticed that the infrared feature is a little hokey sometimes. The same amount of light can be on or off at a given location where a camera is stationary and the light never moves. But sometimes infrared will come on (no matter the intensity) when there’s plenty of light for the video to be in color and sometimes depending on the subject walking towards the camera if it was in color to begin with the infrared turns on.
Think about it like a baldheaded person walking towards the camera with a little bit of light reflecting of their head. The picture goes from color to infrared and black-and-white as soon as that person gets close enough to the camera.
But again I can live with that because that’s a hardware limitation but it would seem as easy as a software update to have one camera trigger another camera.
On the subject of IFTTT, I didn’t have much luck with android and even less luck with iOS. Location-based actions rarely seemed to work and I have not found a recipe that works with blink as of yet. In fact some recipes really need the blink Europe account and form of IFTTT. I have yet to successfully get that to work either.
But it would be outstanding if blink could add these features through software. I know they’ve moved on to the XT3 or what have you but there’s still plenty of XT2 cameras being used out there in the world. And I would be willing to pay a one time fee but I wouldn’t subscribe to a service on a monthly basis. If that was the case I would move over to ring or nest or perhaps even back to Arlo. I might even consider wise. They have super cheap and affordable good quality hardware from door locks to door and window sensors and smart plugs and super cheap smart bulbs that don’t require a hub. However they are scheduling system and software interface is not quite as intuitive as blink or Arlo or the others. But they do work well and have a few of these features blink Is missing.
But I believe that most of us are entrenched enough with the hardware that we don’t want to mix and match between companies using multiple apps and so forth. And nobody really wants to start over especially if you have 10 cameras and three sync modules.
Maybe if somebody posts on this thread after finding it in a Google search result every couple months blink will take notice.