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When it comes to smart cameras, there are so many features that make a camera stand out. Perhaps you want a wireless camera for easy installation or are looking for live streaming, continuous recording or cloud storage? It is the small details that matter when selecting a product family like Nest vs Blink.

In this resource, both brands go head to head as we take a look at their latest home surveillance devices. In our analysis we focus on resolution, power, installation, storage space, smart integrations, and other features of these two rival brands.

Who is the ultimate winner, Nest or Blink? Let’s dive in and find out.

Outdoor Security Camera Head to Head

Outdoor Security Camera – Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera vs Blink XT2 Outdoor Smart Security Camera

8.6

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

Continuous recording

Model(s): Nest Cam

The Nest Outdoor Camera is ideal for both day and night surveillance of your home. It has the standard resolution for outdoor entry-level cameras at 1080p.
The camera is also packed with 8 infrared LEDs that give detailed black and white images at night. It is also built to withstand wind, moisture, and dust. You can use it in or outside your house. And since it is powered by AC power, it should be installed close to a power outlet.

Pros

  • Two-way audio allows remote communication with your family at home
  • Wide viewing angle allows complete coverage
  • 24/7 recording ensures no event is missed

Cons

  • Requires a subscription for personal identification
  • Lacks a local storage option
8.5

Blink XT2 Outdoor Smart Security Camera

Long-lasting battery
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Model(s): XT2

The Blink XT2 Outdoor Security Camera is a versatile entry-level home monitoring camera. Along with its weatherproof make, this camera has a huge battery that can go for two years under normal use. Its daytime video resolution is 1080p. Plus, it is packed with infrared LEDs for clear night vision.
Although the camera doesn’t support local storage, it covers up for this by providing free cloud storage. And you can enjoy smart hands-free control of your cameras using Amazon’s Alexa.

Pros

  • Free cloud storage
  • 1080p day video resolution and invisible infrared for night vision
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa

Cons

  • Lacks continuous recording

Design, Resolution & Field of View

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
8.8
Blink XT2 Outdoor Smart Security Camera
8.6

Both the Blink XT2 camera and Nest Outdoor Cam are simple cameras, ideal for indoor and outdoor home surveillance. The cameras are built for all-year-round use and can withstand all the weather elements including dust, moisture, and draft.

The day time resolution for both outdoor cameras is 1080p, which is the acceptable rating for an outdoor camera. Images are clear and bright.  And although both the Blink and Nest cameras have a lot of things in common, each has its unique features.

The Nest camera is white while the Blink camera is black. The Nest outdoor camera offers better coverage. It has a 130 degrees viewing angle while the Blink XT2 comes in with a narrower angle of 110 degrees.

The Nest Camera takes the winning spot for its slightly broader field of view.

Power, Installation, Storage, and Streaming

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
8.6
Blink XT2 Outdoor Smart Security Camera
8.7

If you are looking for a camera that has almost zero maintenance costs, the Nest Cam is worth considering. It is a wired camera that runs on AC power. On the flip side, it needs to be mounted close to a power source.

Blink XT2 is also a great outdoor camera choice. Although the camera is powered by non-rechargeable batteries, it has impressive battery life. Its batteries can last for a whopping two years.

Another important feature you must consider when shopping for a basic home surveillance camera is its installation. It should be easy, fast, and secure.

Both the Nest and Blink outdoor cameras are easy to install. The Nest camera can be attached to a metal base using its magnetic base. But, the camera must be placed close to a power socket. Here, the Blink XT2 wins for its installation versatility. Being a wireless camera, it can be installed almost anywhere within your home.

Another win for the Blink XT2 is that it comes with 7200 seconds of free cloud storage. Once the storage space is used up, the old video recordings are overwritten by new footage. On the downside, the storage space is not upgradeable. Nest, on the other hand, requires that you subscribe to Nest Aware to store your footage of up to 60 days on the cloud.

Night Vision, Motion & Audio Detection

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
8.6
Blink XT2 Outdoor Smart Security Camera
8.4

The Nest Camera is wired and provides 24/7 recording. Blink XT2, like other battery-powered options, only records footage when an event is detected.

The motion and audio detection features of these two cameras are also great. You will receive push alerts on your phone every time motion is detected. Additionally, one can also set activity zones, which are areas that you’d like the camera to focus on. Motion detection zones help to reduce false motion alerts.

The night vision for both outdoor cameras is also excellent. Its cameras are packed with infrared rays to give outstanding black and night images. As the cameras have a built-in mic and speaker, you can talk and listen to the people (or pets) back at home. Or you can talk to the intruders to alert them that someone is watching them.

The Nest Outdoor Camera takes the lead for its continuous motion recording feature.

Smart Integration & Smartphone App

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
8.5
Blink XT2 Outdoor Smart Security Camera
8.5

For remote operations of your security camera, you’ll need either the Nest App or Blink Home app. These apps are compatible with Android and iPhones alike. The smartphone app allows you to stream live events in the comfort of your office. The mobile interfaces for both applications are quite user friendly.

You can use the app to access video recordings stored on the cloud or to customize your camera’s activity zones. Both the Blink XT2 and Nest Outdoor cameras work well with Amazon Alexa for voice control. None of the two cameras offers over-the-top smart integration features. Neither of the two cameras has superior smart integration features.

Technical Comparison – Nest vs Blink

Nest Outdoor CamBlink XT2
Field of view130 degrees110 degrees diagonal
InstallationWiredWireless
Continuous recordingYesNo
Available ColorsWhiteBlack
AudioTwo-way talk with noise cancellationTwo-way audio and speaker output
Video, Resolution1080p HD1080p HD
PowerWired to A/CNon-rechargeable battery
StorageSubscription is neededFree cloud storage
Smart IntegrationWorks with Alexa and Google AssistantWorks with Alexa
Sources: smarthome.com, blinkforhome.com

The Verdict

8.6

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

Continuous recording

Model(s): Nest Cam

The Nest Outdoor Camera is ideal for both day and night surveillance of your home. It has the standard resolution for outdoor entry-level cameras at 1080p.
The camera is also packed with 8 infrared LEDs that give detailed black and white images at night. It is also built to withstand wind, moisture, and dust. You can use it in or outside your house. And since it is powered by AC power, it should be installed close to a power outlet.

Pros

  • Two-way audio allows remote communication with your family at home
  • Wide viewing angle allows complete coverage
  • 24/7 recording ensures no event is missed

Cons

  • Requires a subscription for personal identification
  • Lacks a local storage option
8.5

Blink XT2 Outdoor Smart Security Camera

Long-lasting battery
vs

Model(s): XT2

The Blink XT2 Outdoor Security Camera is a versatile entry-level home monitoring camera. Along with its weatherproof make, this camera has a huge battery that can go for two years under normal use. Its daytime video resolution is 1080p. Plus, it is packed with infrared LEDs for clear night vision.
Although the camera doesn’t support local storage, it covers up for this by providing free cloud storage. And you can enjoy smart hands-free control of your cameras using Amazon’s Alexa.

Pros

  • Free cloud storage
  • 1080p day video resolution and invisible infrared for night vision
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa

Cons

  • Lacks continuous recording

Indoor Camera Head to Head

Indoor Camera – Nest Cam IQ Indoor vs Blink Mini

8.7

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

24/7 recording

Model(s): Nest Cam IQ Indoor

The Nest Cam IQ is a powerful indoor camera. Its installation is simple and you do not need the help of an electrician. On top of that, it has a broad 130 degrees viewing angle. The camera is packed with a 4k sensor that enhances images whenever there is motion. And you can zoom images up to 12 times to catch all the details.
Another amazing feature that users love is the live recording. The camera can also differentiate people from other objects. Additionally, it keeps a memory of familiar faces to minimize false alerts.

Pros

  • Familiar faces and person recognition
  • 24/7 recording to capture all the events
  • Wide viewing angle for complete coverage

Cons

  • No local storage option
  • Monthly subscription costs can add up over time
8.5

Blink Mini

Compact and ultra-light
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Model(s): Blink Mini

The Blink mini is a compact, lightweight white indoor camera. It measures 2 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches and weighs a mere 1.7 ounces.
Like most other indoor cameras, it is wired and needs to be installed close to a power outlet. It has a decent 110 degrees (diagonal) viewing angle. Daytime video resolution is 1080p while images at night are recorded using invisible infrared LEDs. What’s more, the camera provides optional local storage to store your video recordings.

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Two-way communication
  • Invisible infrared LEDs for decent night vision

Cons

  • No free cloud storage common in most of its other cameras
  • Live streaming isn’t supported

Design, Resolution, and Field of View

Nest Cam IQ Indoor
8.6
Blink Mini
8.5

The Blink and Nest indoor cameras have a few things in common. First, they have a day time video resolution of 1080p. The images are decent and detailed. The minimalist design ensures that the cameras can fit well and almost inconspicuously in any interior.

One of their main differences is in their field of view. The Nest Cam Indoor has a broad 130 degrees viewing angle. On the other hand, the Blink mini has a 110 degrees field of view. However, the Blink mini’s 110 degrees viewing angle still works perfectly in most indoor spaces.

Comparing resolution and the field of view of these cameras, the Nest Indoor Cam is the top in class. Other than its broader field of view, its cameras have a built-in 4K sensor. The 4K sensor activates automatically and focuses on objects when motion is sensed. Its images are also better and more detailed than those of the Blink mini camera. 

Power, Installation, Storage, and Streaming

Nest Cam IQ Indoor
8.6
Blink Mini
8.5

Tired of having to replace the batteries of your camera now and then? With the Nest and Blink indoor cameras, this shouldn’t be something to worry about. Both cameras are wired and must be plugged into an AC power outlet to function.

Installation of both the Nest and Blink mini camera is a breeze. You do not require professional help. Simply download the cameras’ respective smartphone app and follow the given guide. Next, follow the provided guidelines to install and set up your camera.

Unlike many Blink cameras, the Blink doesn’t offer free cloud storage. In both cameras, you’ll need to pay for a monthly or yearly subscription. The Nest Cam also offers a 10-day subscription option.

The Nest Camera also provides live streaming with three hours of review history. You’ll enjoy non-stop recording to ensure no event is missed out. And you can access live footage remotely from the comfort of your phone.

Also, although the Blink Mini doesn’t support local storage at the moment, it is set to soon roll out local storage that you can buy separately.

Night Vision, Motion Detection, & Audio

Nest Cam IQ Indoor
8.6
Blink Mini
8.5

With two built-in speakers and a mic, both Nest and Blink indoor cameras support two-way remote conversations. You can use your smartphone app to communicate with your pets or family members back home when you are away from home.

However, the quality of the Nest Indoor Cameras two-way talk is better than that of the Blink indoor camera. Several users noted a slight lag during their conversation. But the speakers are audible and crisp.

Their motion and audio sensing capabilities are decent too. You can set your camera to only give alerts when movement is detected in a specific area.  Night vision is also great. The cameras use invisible infrared rays to give clear black and white images even in the darkest hours of the night.

Smart Integrations and Smartphone App

Nest Cam IQ Indoor
8.6
Blink Mini
8.5

Smart cameras are made to give you ultimate convenience.  And the smarter the camera is, the better the experience.

To begin with, both the Nest Cam and Blink mini cameras come with free Android and iOS apps (depending on your phone’s OS). But you will need to create an account, if you do not have one already.

With the phone app, you can access your recorded clips, set motion detection zones, hold two-way talks, and more.  Nest offers upgrade options via which you can store video recordings of up to 60 days. Plus, with the subscription, you’ll get more customization options. Your camera can also recognize familiar faces.

The Nest Cam also offers better smart integrations compared to Blink Mini. Blink is only compatible with Alexa. On the other hand, Nest Cam indoor works with Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, Google Assistant, and SmartThings.

Technical Comparison – Nest vs Blink

Nest Cam IQ IndoorBlink Mini
Video Resolution1080p1080p
Smart IntegrationAmazon Alexa, Nest App, SmartThings, IFTTT, and Google AssistantAmazon Alexa and Blink Home App
Field of View130 degrees110 degrees
Local StorageAbsentBought separately
Cloud storageRequires a subscriptionRequires a subscription
Dimensions4.9 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches2 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches
PowerStandard power outletStandard power outlet
ColorsWhite and blackWhite
Geo-fencingYesNo
AudioTwo-way recording and speakerTwo-way recording and speaker
Night VisionInfrared night visionInfrared night vision
Source: smarthome.com, blinkforhome.com

The Verdict

8.7

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

24/7 recording

Model(s): Nest Cam IQ Indoor

The Nest Cam IQ is a powerful indoor camera. Its installation is simple and you do not need the help of an electrician. On top of that, it has a broad 130 degrees viewing angle. The camera is packed with a 4k sensor that enhances images whenever there is motion. And you can zoom images up to 12 times to catch all the details.
Another amazing feature that users love is the live recording. The camera can also differentiate people from other objects. Additionally, it keeps a memory of familiar faces to minimize false alerts.

Pros

  • Familiar faces and person recognition
  • 24/7 recording to capture all the events
  • Wide viewing angle for complete coverage

Cons

  • No local storage option
  • Monthly subscription costs can add up over time
8.5

Blink Mini

Compact and ultra-light
vs

Model(s): Blink Mini

The Blink mini is a compact, lightweight white indoor camera. It measures 2 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches and weighs a mere 1.7 ounces.
Like most other indoor cameras, it is wired and needs to be installed close to a power outlet. It has a decent 110 degrees (diagonal) viewing angle. Daytime video resolution is 1080p while images at night are recorded using invisible infrared LEDs. What’s more, the camera provides optional local storage to store your video recordings.

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Two-way communication
  • Invisible infrared LEDs for decent night vision

Cons

  • No free cloud storage common in most of its other cameras
  • Live streaming isn’t supported

Kits & Protection Plans Head to Head

Kits & Protection Plans – Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack vs Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System

Model(s): Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack

Now introducing a powerful alarm system that is made with the user in mind. The Nest Alarm System has two Nest Detect Monitors, two Nest Tags, one Quick Start Card, and one Nest Guard. These components work together to ensure your home is monitored round the clock.
The system is also easy to set up and use. You can either use the Nest Tag, insert the system’s password, or your smartphone app to arm or disarm the system. Push alerts are sent to your phone in case you leave the system unarmed.

Pros

  • Sleek and easy to set up
  • Works with Google Assistant
  • Optional professional surveillance

Cons

  • Notifications could have been louder
8.3

Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System

Impressive battery life
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Model(s): Blink Indoor Camera System

The Blink Indoor Camera System is available in either one, two, three, or five cameras. It is ideal for home monitoring since you can add as few or as many cameras as needed.
This is a wire-free system that can be installed almost anywhere in your home. It relies on non-rechargeable AA 15v lithium batteries to operate. But the batteries have an impressive battery that can last for approximately two years. The Blink Protection Kit is a no-obligation security system. On top of that, it comes with free cloud storage.

Pros

  • Non-rechargeable batteries that can go for up to 24 months
  • Free cloud storage
  • Wireless design

Cons

  • Cloud storage could have been expandable

Design, Resolution, and Field of View

Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack
8.5
Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System
8.5

The Nest Alarm system comprises a Nest Detect, Nest Guard, and a Nest Tag. The Nest Guard has a keypad, two motion sensors, and an alarm. This Alarm system also comes with Nest Detect sensors that can be used on doors and windows too. A keypad allows you to enter a password to arm or disarm the system and you can also use the Nest tags provided to arm or disarm your system

On the other hand, the Blink camera system comes in one, two, three, or five camera systems. Its cameras have 720 HD daytime video resolution and decent night vision too. The viewing angle of these cameras is also great at 110 degrees.

Power, Installation, Storage, and Streaming

Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack
8.7
Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System
8.7

Both the Nest Alarm and Blink Security Cameras are wire-free. Their installation is versatile and they can be placed almost anywhere in your interior. You only need to ensure there is enough network coverage.

Another common feature of these two protection kits is that they are battery-powered. Blinks batteries are non-rechargeable while Nest has rechargeable batteries. But although Blink Security cameras are non-rechargeable, they have long battery life and can go for up to a whopping two years.

As Blink is a camera system while Nest is an alarm system, their functionalities are different. The Blink Camera has free cloud storage to store your videos and you can stream live to see what is happening. Nest, on the other hand, notifies you when someone opens your doors or windows.

The live streaming mode of the Blink System could be better with a few improvements. Occasional and somewhat annoying pop-ups appear 20 seconds into the live view mode asking whether you want to continue watching.

Night Vision, Motion Detection, & Audio

Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack
8.4
Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System
8.1

Nest’s motion sensors alert you when movement is sensed within their range. Their motion sensitivity is set within a 10 feet radius and 90 degrees angle of view. Whenever motion is detected, including the opening a built-in 85dB siren will ring automatically. Instant push alerts are also sent to your phone and you can choose to call for help.

The Blink camera systems also have built-in motion sensors. Short video clips are recorded and stored on provided free cloud storage when motion is detected. But instead of the recommended invisible infrared rays, the camera uses a bright beam of light to illuminate at night. This flash is necessary for the camera’s night recording but will announce to any intruder that there’s a hidden camera.

On the downside, the Blink Security Camera System doesn’t support a two-way conversation.

Smart Integrations and Smartphone App

Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack
8.8
Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System
8.5

Want to operate your protection kits hands-free? Both the Nest and Blink protection kits can be integrated with Amazon Alexa. You can control the two systems using your voice via your Alexa-enabled devices. And you can also integrate them with your other smart home device.

Also, each kit comes with free downloadable smartphone apps for remote control. But what stands out about the Nest app is more customization options. A customizable delay timer lets you set the preferred duration your siren should wait after motion is detected. This is ample time to disarm the arm in case it is activated by mistake.

The Blink app is not upgradeable and has no monthly subscriptions.

Technical Comparison – Nest vs Blink

Nest Alarm System Starter PackBlink Indoor Home Security Camera System
Field of ViewN/A110 degrees
PowerRechargeable batteriesTwo non-rechargeable AA Lithium batteries
Cloud StorageN/AFree
Smart IntegrationAmazon Alexa and Google HomeAmazon Alexa
InstallationWirelessWireless
SensorsMotion and audioMotion
Night VisionN/AVisible white bright LED
Video ResolutionN/A720 HD
Sources: smarthome.com, amazon.com

The Verdict

Model(s): Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack

Now introducing a powerful alarm system that is made with the user in mind. The Nest Alarm System has two Nest Detect Monitors, two Nest Tags, one Quick Start Card, and one Nest Guard. These components work together to ensure your home is monitored round the clock.
The system is also easy to set up and use. You can either use the Nest Tag, insert the system’s password, or your smartphone app to arm or disarm the system. Push alerts are sent to your phone in case you leave the system unarmed.

Pros

  • Sleek and easy to set up
  • Works with Google Assistant
  • Optional professional surveillance

Cons

  • Notifications could have been louder
8.3

Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System

Impressive battery life
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Model(s): Blink Indoor Camera System

The Blink Indoor Camera System is available in either one, two, three, or five cameras. It is ideal for home monitoring since you can add as few or as many cameras as needed.
This is a wire-free system that can be installed almost anywhere in your home. It relies on non-rechargeable AA 15v lithium batteries to operate. But the batteries have an impressive battery that can last for approximately two years. The Blink Protection Kit is a no-obligation security system. On top of that, it comes with free cloud storage.

Pros

  • Non-rechargeable batteries that can go for up to 24 months
  • Free cloud storage
  • Wireless design

Cons

  • Cloud storage could have been expandable

Nest vs Blink Conclusion

When it comes to performance, each brand has its pros and cons. Blink has a bigger battery but Nest’s batteries are often rechargeable. Blink offers free cloud storage but the storage space is not upgradeable. On the other hand, you’ll have to pay for Nest’s cloud storage but it is upgradeable to up to 60 days.

Blink is a perfect no-attachments basic level security camera system.  But while Nest offers many more features, you’ll need to pay a subscription to unlock these extra features. What is your experience with Nest vs Blink systems? Which one would you prefer and why? Please leave your comments in the section below!

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