You can initiate a conversation and access the camera’s footage from your phone.

By Christina Butan
Updated: May 09, 2019
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Home security is super important—from going to sleep to traveling for a few days, you always want to have peace of mind and make sure you and your loved ones are as safe as possible. If you haven’t invested in a security camera for your home yet, you might want consider doing so, especially with the release of Amazon’s newest wireless smart home camera, Blink XT2 (from $100; amazon.com).

The camera, from Amazon brand Blink Home Security, is an updated version of the first Blink Security Camera (which has over 2,000 five-star reviews) that was only functional for indoor use. The Blink XT2, on the other hand, can be used both indoors and outdoors. It features two-way audio for speaking to visitors and has customizable motion detection so you choose the areas of your home to receive activity alerts from. The device is also completely wireless, with a guaranteed two-year battery life, and it runs on two AA lithium batteries, which means you won’t need to special order any fancy batteries to replace them. And, like nearly all Amazon devices, it works with Alexa, so you can easily arm or disarm the camera through any Alexa-enabled devices you already have in your home.

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Setup for the Blink XT2 camera is incredibly easy: Just download the free Blink app on your phone or tablet and create an account, plug in and sync the camera’s module to your WiFi, insert batteries, and sync the camera. You can buy up to five cameras, starting at $100. And while the camera is currently available for preorder and ships on May 22, it’s already become the number one best-seller in Amazon’s home security category—definitely impressive for a new release!

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To buy: from $100; amazon.com.

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