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Wyze Cam Outdoor vs. Blink Outdoor: Which should you buy?

Wyze Cam Outdoor 1
Wyze Cam Outdoor 1 (Image credit: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central)

Wyze Cam Outdoor

Wyze Cam Outdoor Starter Bundle Render

The Wyze Outdoor Cam builds on Wyze's popular Cam and Cam Pan and takes those lessons outdoors. It's easy to set up, you can connect it to your Alexa devices, and you get up to 64GB of local storage in addition to a free, rolling 14-day cloud backup.

Wyze Cam Outdoor

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On-device and on-hub local storage options
Free rolling 14-day cloud storage
IP65 weather-resistance
Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Shorter battery life than Blink Outdoor
Included base station is required to operate
Integration with Wyze Band is spotty

Blink Outdoor Camera Render

The Blink Outdoor is part of a refreshed lineup that fine-tunes the lessons learned on the Blink XT2 and applies them to purpose-built indoor and outdoor models. Its already impressive battery life can be doubled to four years with an expansion pack, and there is even an option for local storage through its included hub.

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Impressive battery life
Local storage available through included Blink Sync Module 2
Weather-resistant
Strong Alexa support
Only records when motion is detected
Doesn't work with the Google Home ecosystem
Included base station is required to operate

When you look at the Wyze Cam Outdoor vs. Blink Outdoor camera, you're considering two of the best values in home security technology. Both come in at under $100 with hubs, have limited free cloud storage, and local storage options have incredible battery life. So just what sets them apart, and why would you choose one over the other? Let's get into those questions now.

These two tiny outdoor security cameras have so much in common that you might just think they're related. Some of the differences between the two are minor or even superficial, but there are a couple of reasons why you might want to pick one over the other. Specifically, those reasons come down to overall battery life and smart assistant compatibility.

Wyze Cam OutdoorBlink Outdoor
Dimensions2.3 x 2.3 x 2.8 inches2.8 x 2.8 x 1.4 inches
Weight9.8 oz / 277 g1.7 oz / 48 g
Temperature range-4ºF to 120ºF-4ºF to 113ºF
ColorsWhiteBlack
Field of view (FOV)110º110º diagonal
Frames per second (FPS)Up to 20Up to 30
Resolution1080p HD1080p HD
Battery lifeBuilt-in; lasts 3-6 months on a chargeUp to 2 years on 2 AA batteries (included); upcoming option for separate Battery Extender that runs on 4 AA batteries for up to 4 years
Audio2-way with speaker2-way with speaker
Cloud storageFree 14-day storage; no subscription requiredFree through 2020, then $3/month per camera or $10/month for unlimited cameras
Local storageYes, up to 32GB via microSD card on both camera and base stationYes, up to 64GB using the included Blink Sync Module 2
Motion detectionYesYes
Privacy zonesYesYes
Weather resistanceIP65Yes; Amazon doesn't give a specific rating
Smart home compatibilityAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTTAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT

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Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central (Image credit: Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central)

As we mentioned, these two camera systems have a lot in common. Even though the Wyze Cam Outdoor is shaped like a cube and the Blink Outdoor like a square, their dimensions on two of the three axes are nearly the same. They can also operate in nearly identical temperature ranges (the Wyze Cam Outdoor technically wins out here on the upper end). Both have a wide 110-degree field of views, though the Blink Outdoor's is diagonal.

Both cameras record at 1080p, both are capable of two-way audio, motion detection, and custom privacy zones, and both have a degree of weather-resistance, limited free cloud storage, along with local and on-device storage.

Blink Outdoor Camera Hero

Source: Blink (Image credit: Source: Blink)

With so many similarities, you might be more confused than ever as to which device to buy. If that's the case, consider the areas in which these two security cameras differ.

While these are largely cosmetic differences, it's worth noting the Wyze Cam Outdoor is only available in white, while the Blink Outdoor is only available in black. That won't matter much for most people, but if it's important to you that your security camera blend in (or stick out), you'll want to consider which best matches your home's decor. The Wyze Cam Outdoor weighs also significantly more than the Blink Outdoor, though it comes with a mount, so that shouldn't really make too much of a difference in your decision process.

Both cameras sport amazing battery life, though the Blink Outdoor wins this contest by a wide margin. It can last up to two years with its two AA batteries (which are included), and you can even purchase an expansion pack to double that up to four years. The Wyze Cam Outdoor has a respectable 3-6-month battery life thanks to a built-in battery, and you can recharge it in just a few hours through a Micro-USB cable.

Both of these devices work great with Alexa and Amazon Echo and Fire products, though only the Wyze works with the Google Assistant. If you have a Nest Hub/Max or similar product, you're going to want to skip the Blink Outdoor.

Finally, we come to the price. While each camera comes in under that $100 price point, the Wyze Cam Outdoor is significantly cheaper than the Blink Outdoor. If you pre-order from Wyze's website, you can get the bundle with the included hub for just $50, and even at retailers like Home Depot, the package is $70. The Blink Outdoor, on the other hand, comes in at $90. Blink does win in bulk, though, as you can purchase it in packs up to five, whereas the Wyze Cam Outdoor only has individual supplemental units for sale.

Wyze Cam Outdoor Fifteen

Source: Wyze (Image credit: Source: Wyze)

While you can't really go wrong with either outdoor security camera, I think the best choice for most people will be the Wyze Cam Outdoor. It offers nearly identical functionality and multi-smart assistant compatibility, for much less the Blink Outdoor camera. However, if you need an affordable smart outdoor camera right now and are comfortable in the Amazon ecosystem, the Blink Outdoor is the way to go.

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.