Arlo Q v Blink XT2 Security Cameras Compared

They both look like pretty awesome indoor security cameras, right? But, if you were to compare the Arlo Q with the Blink XT2, which one would come out on top?

In the post, we are going to take a look at both cameras, to help you decide which one is best for your situation.

Spoiler alert – one of them is an indoor AND outdoor camera. Ok, it is the Blink XT2, but don’t let that put you off reason the rest!

Let’s kick this post off with a good old-fashioned table to compare the Arlo Q v the Blink XT2 security cameras…

Arlo Q v Blink XT2 Compared

Arlo QBlink XT2
 
Arlo Q – Wired, 1080p HD Security Camera | Night vision, Indoor only, 2-Way Audio | Cloud Storage Included | Works with Alexa
Blink XT2 Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera with cloud storage included, 2-way audio, 2-year battery life – 1 camera kit
PriceView On AmazonView On Amazon
Waterproof RatingNo Yes – IP65
Camera1080P – 130-Degree 1080P – 110-Degree
Night VisionYesYes
Digital Zoom 8xNo
Integration *********
2-Way AudioYesYes
Cloud StorageYesYes
Warranty1-Year1-Year

Price

Arlo Q

The Arlo Q has a slightly higher price compared to the Blink XT2, so it is the most expensive out of the two. Having said that, the difference is not huge

Blink XT2

This Blink camera price is slightly lower than the Arlo, but not by a great deal. The difference is not enough for me to be concerned about.

Blink XT2 has a lower purchase price which is advantageous if you are working on a budget.


Waterproof Rating

Arlo Q

This camera was built for the indoor environment only; therefore, it is not certified for any kind of water or resistance.

Additionally, you should install the camera far away from any densely humid areas or splash hazards, e.g. sinks and showers as this would damage the device.

Blink XT2

On the other hand, the Blink XT2 is IP65 water resistance rated. This means it is able to protect itself from water jets with minimal pressure for a duration of time.

That rating will give you a great deal of confidence if you need to place the Blink XT2 outdoors.


Camera Quality

Arlo Q

The images on this device are sharp and are up to 1080p HD resolution. The image quality could also be altered to 720p, 480p, 360p, and even 240p depending on your preference.

The camera offers a wonderful 130-degree field of view that is good at capturing a lot of details without the need to move the camera.

Blink XT2

This camera also offers a full 1080 HD resolution. It also offers a camera frame rate of up to 30 frames per second for those smooth videos.

The viewing angle on the particular device is 110-degrees which is slightly narrower than the Arlo Q.


Night Vision

Arlo Q

The Arlo Q offers excellent night vision that enables you to see what’s happening even in complete darkness. This can be noticed by night vision LED’S which turn on dimly in the dark.

As with most cameras, night vision mode kicks in automatically when it detects low light.

Blink XT2

This device also offers a wonderful night vision with crisp recordings. Night vision in this particular model is enabled by an infrared light emitter that is found on the lower part of the face of the device.

Night vision control can either be turned to the on/off option or be set to automatic for convenience. The infrared sensitivity on the camera could also be set to low, medium or high sensitivity depending on your preference.


Digital Zoom

Arlo Q

Arlo Q offers a digital zoom of up to 8x.

Images at this amount of zoom are quite clear in a well-lit environment. It is, however, to note that a little image noise may be experienced at the maximum zoom.

A bit of graining on the objects in the image may be observed hence it is advisable to bring the camera next to the area you want to monitor and only zoom when it is necessary.

Blink XT2

Blink XT2 also offers digital zoom but hasn’t been officially stated of up to how much.

The image quality, however, after the zoom is of decent quality and you can easily recognize objects, people and items like car number plates without a struggle.


Battery life

Arlo Q

Arlo Q runs on USB power that is provided by the same 10-foot cord that is provided in the box through a socket. The cord is quite long, which provides connections to areas where a power source may not be available.

The unit comes with a cable management spot for a clean set up. A power adapter is also included in the box.

Blink XT2

This device is powered by two AA batteries that come with the package, which gives an impressive two years of battery life.

It does, however, come with a USB cord and adapter if you want a direct power source.

The battery life can be shortened if you set it to its maximum resolution or increase the motion sensitivity to its maximum.


Accessories

Arlo Q

This product has several accessories that include Echo Show and an Echo Dot. Echo Show is a vibrant tablet-sized HD screen that integrates with Alexa which is a voice assistant that enables you to issue instructions by just your voice.

You could be able to video output on this. Echo Dot is a speaker with a microphone that you could use to switch your cameras on or off.

Blink XT2

Being a product from the Amazon company, it integrates seamlessly with other Amazon products like the Echo show 5 and 8 which you could issue voice commands that would enable you to view the output of one camera at one particular time.


Integration

Arlo Q

It integrates with a wide range of ecosystems like Amazon Alexa, Google, and If This Then That (IFTTT).

Its greatest integration is with IFTTT because it gives you a variety of other features like switching on your lights when it senses motion or sound.

Blink XT2

It also integrates with Amazon Alexa enabling voice commands like motion clips, viewing of your live streams and even disarming or arming your surveillance system by just your voice.

This is, however, only enabled through some selected Alexa devices. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with other ecosystems like Google or Apple.


2-Way Audio

Arlo Q

This unit has a microphone and a speaker built into it to enable communication between two people in separate rooms who are standing next to the camera. This is particularly useful for speaking to delivery guys and guests at your front door.

The audio is pretty responsive too. Some cameras take a while to play the audio, but the Arlo is quick enough.

You can turn off both the microphone and the speaker if you want to.

Blink XT2

This unit also has two-way audio and is as equally clear for communication between you and the person that you need to communicate with.

Again, the Blink XT2 has quick audio!

In the mobile app, you also have the option of adjusting the volume of the audio depending on whether it is too loud or not loud enough for you.


Storage

Arlo Q

You will get up to a week free of cloud storage that you will be able to download, view and even share at no additional cost making this option very cost-effective. It makes up for the slightly higher price tag associated with the Arlo Q.

This is, however, the basic option. You will have to upgrade to a payment option if you would like more hours of video memory or have installed more cameras.

Blink XT2

The Blink also works with free cloud storage but you can also download it to local storage if you wish to do so.

You will also be able to view your footage up to a year if you store it in the cloud.


Conclusion

When comparing the Arlo Q v Blink XT2, there is not a great deal of difference. Both have excellent built quality, are easy to install and have great image quality.

The Arlo Q is slightly more expensive, but the cloud storage makes up for it. If you want a camera that you can put outdoors too, then opt for the Blink XT2.

In terms of functionality, and quality, these two cameras are very much in the same place.

It all boils down to their price point and whether you are doing an outdoor or indoor installation.

Whichever one you pick either Arlo Q v Blink XT2, rest assures that you have all angles covered.

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