ADT Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera Review

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Though we like Blue by ADT as as a simple DIY security system with a trustworthy parent company, the ADT Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera didn’t dazzle us.

It comes with night vision, two-way talk, motion detection, a siren, adjustable motion-detection ranges, and facial recognition—a volume of goodies we’ve come to expect from Blue.

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Compare Other Outdoor Wireless Cameras

Camera Price* Resolution Field of view Power source Night vision Learn more
ADT Blue Outdoor ADT Blue Outdoor $199.99 1080p 130° Battery Infrared View
Ring Spotlight Cam Ring Spotlight Cam $199.99 1080p 140° horizontal, 78° vertical Battery Infrared View
Arlo Pro 4 Arlo Pro 4 $199.99 2K 160° Battery, solar Color/infrared View
Blink Outdoor Blink Outdoor $99.99 1080p 110° Battery Infrared View


* price as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. Read full disclaimer.


Tech and equipment

When choosing a security camera, there are a lot of different factors to consider. Don’t let that worry you; we’ve done the research. Here’s what you need to know.

Video quality 

The ADT Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera’s video quality isn’t as good as it should be. The primary purpose of having a home security camera is to identify and record people who approach your home. If someone steals something out of your yard, and the video of their face is pixelated, that won’t help you much.

This ADT Blue device has the standard 1080p HD resolution found on many security cameras today. Its images tend to have great color, but they’re a bit fuzzier than we’d like.

Let’s talk night vision. The ADT Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera can “see” at night objects that are around 15 to 20 feet from the lens. The footage tends to be washed out and somewhat blurry, unfortunately. The images are also in black and white. You may be hard-pressed to identify intruders caught at night with this camera.


The ADT Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera stores its footage in the cloud for 24 hours. If you’d like a little more storage time, you can get an ADT cloud subscription for $2.99 per month. This will get you 60 days of cloud storage.

The camera also has an SD card slot for local storage, which we think is ideal. With local storage, you can decide how long you want to keep footage without paying any fees. It supports a micro-SD card of up to 128 GB. That’s about four days worth of videos. You can always switch out SD cards as they fill up if you need to.


Like Ring cameras, the ADT Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera uses a noise-cancelation feature to make two-way talk much easier to understand on both sides.

Facial recognition

The ADT Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera’s facial recognition uses AI to save images of your friends and family and sends ADT-app notifications when they approach your home.

While this feature sounds nifty, it doesn’t seem to work that well in real life. Users report that it has trouble identifying faces on a consistent basis, even at close range. Some customers have had success with it, so its accuracy may be due to where the camera is placed and how much light is around it.


The ADT Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera isn’t for those living in colder climates. It can withstand temperatures of 14° to 122°F. So if it falls below 14°F in your location, you’ll need to find a hardier home security camera for your smart home. It is water-resistant, though, and can operate well in climates that typically have 0% to 80% humidity.

Smart home compatibility

The ADT Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera plays well with home automation.  It’s compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT, so you have plenty of security system automation possibilities.

For example, you can set up a routine to turn on the smart lights in your living room when the camera motion sensor catches movement by your front door. You can only view video from your camera using the Blue by ADT app, though.


The ADT Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera can be used by itself or with other ADT Blue or LifeShield devices. Using the camera with other ADT Blue devices, as opposed to other brands, grants you the simplicity of using one app to monitor and control them all. If you do add a Blue or LifeShield security system to your home you’ll also have access to ADT monitoring services as well.

Battery life

The battery typically lasts around two to three months. This can vary depending on how often the camera is used. Some customers report that the batteries needed charging after only a few days.

This can be a pain because no one wants to add charging their security camera to their to-do list every few days or even every few weeks. ADT recommends purchasing the Blue Extender + Chime to make the battery last longer, so that may help.

If you live by a busy street or sidewalk, you can adjust the sensor’s range so that it won’t detect movement on the street or sidewalk. This will make the camera record less often, saving you some precious battery juice.



Like other ADT Blue equipment, installing the ADT Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera is easy and practically foolproof. If you can use a screwdriver, you can install this security camera.

How do I set up my ADT Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera?

  1. Disconnect the battery from the camera and charge it using the charging cable until the light on the battery turns green.
  2. Log into the Blue by ADT app on Android or iPhone.
  3. Select the camera.
  4. Name your camera.
  5. In your phone’s Wi-Fi settings be sure you’re using a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network, not a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network.
  6. Connect to your Wi-Fi by holding the QR code that comes up on the app in front of the camera. The camera’s light will blink blue while it scans the QR code.
  7. Place the battery back onto the camera and disconnect the charging cable.
  8. Use the screws that came with the camera to attach the mounting bracket to where you want to mount your camera.
  9. Place the bottom of the camera onto the mounting bracket and twist to secure it.

One hang-up during installation is that this camera only works with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks.

This means that if your phone is connected to your home’s 5 GHz Wi-Fi network, you won’t be able to finish the connecting-to-Wi-Fi step of the process. You’ll need to switch your phone over to 2.4 GHz in the Wi-Fi settings.


Customer service

We wanted to ask customer service a quick question, but unfortunately, they don’t offer live chat as one of their help options. You’ll need to email them or call their help line. Luckily, the support center on their website offers a lot of information that might answer your questions.



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