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  • Battery-powered, weather-resistant smart home security camera
  • Nest Cam can send you an alert when it spots a person or vehicle
  • See what you missed with 3 hours of free event video history
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Product Overview

The Nest Cam security camera is wire-free and weather resistant, so it goes almost anywhere you need it, outside or in. Know when something important happens at home with intelligent alerts and take action right from the Google Home app.1 And it’s easy to install yourself – no outlet or wires required. View live HD video, replay video recordings, talk to visitors, and more – all from the Google Home app. Nest Cam (battery) requires a free Google Account and is not compatible with the Nest app or the home.nest.com site.
  • Get alerts about the things that matter most. The Nest Cam home security camera will send you an alert when it spots movement, a person, or a vehicle.1 You can choose which alerts you get in the Google Home app.
  • Outdoors or indoors. Rain or shine. The Nest Cam security camera is weather resistant and wireless, so it’s designed to go almost anywhere, from the living room to the backyard.
  • Know what’s happening 24/7. Or go back in time. Check in anytime using the Google Home app or see what happened with 3 hours of free event video history.1 Add a Nest Aware subscription for up to 60 days of video history.2
  • Take action in an instant. If something happens, you can talk and listen through your security camera1 or call your local emergency service directly from the Google Home app.3
  • Install it yourself. It’s battery powered, so you don’t need to set it up near an outlet. And the magnetic mount makes installation effortless. Just set the camera and adjust.
  • Wi-Fi problems? Not a problem. If your Wi-Fi goes down or there’s a power outage, Nest Cam home security cameras will store up to an hour of recorded events so you can see what you missed.4
  • Accessories to customize your camera. Recharge your Nest Cam (battery) with the included 3.3-ft (1 m) charge cable and 7.5W adapter. Or for continuous power and 24/7 video recording outside, add a 16.4-ft (5 m) or 32.8-ft (10 m) weatherproof cable and power adapter (sold separately).
  • Battery life will depend on factors including activity, temperature, and camera settings that you select. You can extend the battery life of your camera by adjusting video quality, length of video clips, time between recorded events, and using activity zones to monitor specific areas. Here are some typical scenarios. Busy: About 1 month battery life (About 25 - 30 recorded events per day) Typical: About 2.5 months battery life (About 13 - 16 recorded events per day) Quiet: About 6 months battery life (about 2 - 5 recorded events per day).
  • Disclaimers: 1.Some features, including mobile notifications, remote control, video streaming, and video recording, require working internet and Wi-Fi. 2.Nest Aware subscription sold separately. 3.The 911 emergency feature requires Nest Aware subscription (sold separately). This feature is dependent upon network connectivity and other factors, and may not be available in all areas. Wireless devices may not be reliable for emergency communications. The 911 feature will connect you with the 911 call center covering the home address you provide during setup of this feature. 4.Learn more at g.co/nest/cam-mem.

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Product Depth (in.)
3.26 in
Product Height (in.)
3.26 in
Product Width (in.)
3.26 in


Camera Connection
Wireless Cameras
Camera Product Type
Camera Resolution
1080 TVL
Camera Technology
Camera Type
2-Way Audio,Night Vision,Weather Resistant
Field of View
130 Degrees
Image Sensor Type
Night Vision Distance (ft.)
Number of Cameras Included
Pack Size
Power Options
Product Weight (lb.)
0.877 lb
Recording Storage
Video Signal

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
1 year limited warranty

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.2
    out of 216 reviews
  • 84% recommend this product
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Stay away from this product. Unreliable
Expensive and unreliable. Why pay this much for a 1080p camera in 2021?? This camera missed a lot of motion in low light when i would rely on it the most to record motion while i am sleeping. Wyze camera for $35 is a better deal than this Google camera.
Response from Nest SupportDec 1, 2021
Hi Nerio, thanks for sharing your experience. We’re sorry to hear that Nest Cam (Battery) didn’t meet your expectations.

Your Nest Cam (battery) can accommodate up to 10 days of continuous video recording (CVR) and 24/7 video history if hardwired to power, and subscribed to Nest Aware Plus ($12 a month for all your cameras, speakers, and displays on the same home structure).

Motion detection for your Nest Cam (Battery) can be affected by changes in the light level, and shadows moving across the frame like when a cloud moves in front of the sun. This also includes other movements within the camera's field of view like trees or bushes swaying. Night Vision video quality can be affected by internet speed and other issues, but most Night Vision specific issues are caused by the camera’s infrared light that reflects off a surface near the camera, like a shelf, window, window screen, or wall. Here are some recommended steps that may be helpful with the issue:
- Clean the lens with a soft cloth that’s made for cleaning optics. Dust, thumbprints, and dirt can cause poor image quality.
- Turn your camera so that any nearby surfaces or objects (like a wall) are out of view.
- Use the Google Home app to Zoom and Enhance and crop out surfaces or objects that may be the cause of the glare.
- If a bright white shape along the edge appears while everything else is too dark, there might be a surface that’s too close in your camera’s view (like a wall). Angle your camera so the surface stays out of view.
- Move nearby objects that may reflect the infrared light.

Your feedback is important to us, and we’d like to help you the best way possible. If you have a Nest Aware subscription, but don't record motion as expected, we suggest you contact our support team. We’d be more than happy to assist you here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/gethelp Nest
    Google screwed it up again
    Google decided that this Nest branded product shouldn't work with the 'Nest' app or the 'Nest' website. Instead, you can only use the Google Home app and it's janky interface to view or manage the device.
    Response from Nest SupportNov 30, 2021
    Hi Lionheart4G, we appreciate your feedback. We apologize if the Google Home app didn't quite meet your expectations.

    We understand that you have enjoyed using the Nest app with your Nest cameras. However, our priority with this launch was building a complete experience for our new cameras and doorbell in the Google Home app. We wanted to make the Google Home app as the one place you can control all your favorite Nest and other smart home devices with the Google Assistant. The new Nest Cameras and doorbells are exclusive to the Home app because we wanted to create an integrated experience with other Google Nest speakers and displays. Here are some benefits you can get by using the Google Home app with your Nest Cam (Battery):
    - Automatic security protections such as Suspicious activity detection, 2-Step Verification and Security Checkup.
    - Your Google Nest devices and services will work together. For example, if you have a Nest Cam and a Nest Hub, just say, "Hey Google, show me the backyard camera” to cast your camera stream to your display without any additional setup.
    - One account to sign into both the Nest and Google Home apps.
    - Your homes and home members will be aligned across the Nest and Google Home apps.

    If you're willing to try, you may transfer your old Nest cameras to the Google Home app. Check out this help article for more information: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9893532

    Our support team would be happy to address any concerns you may have on Nest Cam (Battery). You´re always welcome to contact our support team here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/gethelp Nest
      Safe and simple
      [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Our new Nest Cam makes us feel so safe. It was such an easy wire free installation. Works wonderfully and you can see very clearly.Get phone alerts and it has HD with Night Vision.We can check in on our home to see what are dogs or children are doing. It provides security even if it rains. The Nest Cam can be put inside your home or outside your home, whichever you prefer. To set it up- plug into outlet, get the google home app, tap + to add your camera. What it all comes with is Nest Cam, magnetic plate, wall plate, screws and anchors, a charge cable and power adapter. If you need assistance with installation , or need an accessory, there is a toll free number you can call and they will walk you through it. We love it and will recommend this product to all of our friends and family.
        • Recommended
        Nice "Set It and Forget It Cam" with Some Caveats
        [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] A big fan of Google products and how simple they are to use, I had an opportunity to pick up a Google Nest Indoor/Outdoor battery cam. Hardware (the cam and what’s in the box): You get Snow white Nest cam (cam and magnetic plate adjoined), a quick-start guide, a proprietary charging cable (USB A to proprietary end), a charging brick, mounting bracket, two drywall sinkers, and two screws. I unboxed the cam and plugged it in. An LED indicator turned blue and a chime rang on the cam, indicating it was getting power and charging (charging completed in about 50 min, as indicated in the Home app). I went to the Home app. I already had the app configured with a Nest thermometer. So, I clicked the “+” icon, selected “Set up device,” tapped “New device,” and selected my location. The app searched for devices. It couldn’t find the camera automatically. I selected “Camera” in the “What are you setting up?” screen. I selected “Nest Cam (battery)” and scanned the device’s QR code when prompted. The app found the camera. I tapped “Continue.” Agreed to the arbitration agreement. Acknowledged that i understood the usage (especially that the cam a) works best between -4 degree to 104 degrees Fahrenheit temps, b) needs to be installed in a well-ventilated area, c) needs the provided cable and charger to charge, and (very important) d) is weather resistant (at an IP 54 rating) but NOT completely waterproof/weatherproof). I agreed to the privacy guidelines and to share Nest cam stats and crash reports with Google. I read the rest of the instructions and selected where I’d be placing the cam (i.e., indoors, in a bay window pointed to a blind spot on my front porch that leads to a door to our garage). The Home app did the rest, including device setups and automatically connecting to my home Wi-Fi. I got the “All set” in-app notification and the cam chimed to confirm that it was good to go. In the app, I set a location. I then selected a mount (for now “Unofficial mount or stand accessory” a mini tripod to mount the cam until I can get a different mount. It’s pretty apparent that the power cable was designed for a mount other than a camera mount, as it can be interesting trying to keep the charging cable connected when using a low profile cam mount. With that selection made, I was then able to use the app view finder to see what the cam saw and reposition the cam. The app stepped me through a short tutorial. It then asked me if I wanted to enable video recording (the cam comes with 3 hours of event video history). The app let me adjust my mic settings (since it’s currently indoors, I have mic and audio recording off). I skipped the free Nest trial to see what it does without a subscription. I also decided not to sign up for hardware and product emails. The app noted that it was getting the cam ready and indicated when it was all set. From start to finish, setup took about 10 minutes (without installing the mounting bracket). Here, add another five minutes. Mounting will be that easy... if you are even only somewhat handy with a drill and screwdriver. After initial setup, I played around in the Nest app. It’s easy to configure, easy to use, and very customizable. I can see how battery power could last 7 months... or a day or four, depending on what you enable/disable and how you set the cam to record events. Don’t worry, if you play around too much and forget the OOB settings, there’s a return to default settings option. After playing around in the app to see what the cam can do, the cam offers 1080P resolution, night vision, and 130 degree diagonal field of view, 6X zoom, and two-way communication (so you can hear and talk to someone). Google says that the battery life is about 1.5 months to 7 months (depending on the settings you use on the cam) and how often the cam records any events. Testing the cam on battery only, after a full charge and setting it up on the blind spot, my cam went from 100% to 62% in two days… but, there’s a reason for this, as you’ll see in a moment. As a result, I ended up connecting the charger full time (note, not a problem for me in my use case, the included charger is not weatherproof, at all… if you want continual power outside, you need to buy a separate weatherproof charger… my thought, at this price point, billed as an indoor/outdoor camera, the cam should’ve come with a weatherproof charger). So, range of motion… admittedly, at first (given I saw no pivot points on the base or the cam), I was dismayed that it seemed only to “point” straight from the base. I did a quick Google search on positioning the cam and found that it uses a VERY strong magnet to let you rotate the cam any way you want… ingenious, with a fairly significant fail point. The cam rests on a rubberized plate on the magnetic base to better ensure that the cam doesn’t rotate too easily. This same VERY strong magnet lets you adhere the cam to any metal surface to which the magnet will adhere (but, you should seriously consider using the included mounting bracket to ensure the cam doesn’t slide… oh, and JIC you’re wondering… aluminum isn’t magnetic… so, it won’t adhere to flashing ;) ). Now, the potential base fail point… the lack of a permanent connection to the base makes the cam pretty easy to steal if you place it in an easy-to-reach area. We live in a one-story rancher. We don’t have many areas that provide space that is a) protected from the elements (e.g. under an eve) and/or b) that isn’t easy to reach with a small step stool. So, without purchasing a separate anti-theft cam restraint, the individual looks up, sees the bright white 4-inch wide cam under an eve, reaches up, grabs the cam… yoink, cam gone. Granted, we have an image (for three hours on the basic Nest plan) but, we no longer have a cam... which is why I decided to install the cam indoors. Recording Experience: With the Home app (no Nest Aware Subscription), I was able to set activity zones and get motion and people, animal, and vehicle notifications -- all encrypted (as long as it’s on the cam or on Nest servers). I got the three-hour event history, by default. If you upgrade to Nest Aware, you get the previous as well as familiar face detection, sound alerts, and a 30-day event history. Upgrade to Nest Aware +, you get all the previous and a 60-day event history option. Now, please remember that I was recording indoors pointed through a window. Cameras don’t like that for a number of reasons… the glare/reflections (especially when night vision is enabled, talked about in a moment) results in a lot of false positives… which is likely why my battery went from 100% to 62% in two days. Daytime recording, image-wise, was perfect -- high res, full color and clear. I work from home and could observe the time between the event occurring (e.g., vehicle passing through the zones i created) and when I received a notification through the Home app. Notification lag was about 5-10 minutes from event to phone notification. This was fairly reasonable, as there are a lot of variables involved in getting an image from the cam, to your wifi network, to Google’s servers/the web interface, back to your phone (depending on your phone’s web connection -- e.g., mobile network or other wifi connection). My biggest gripe is the OOB three-hour recording window/event history. I really think you should get 24 hours (or at least 12, given people sleep at night, generally) with the base subscription. Three hours just isn’t enough. Night-time recording was black and white and clear. The cam is in a bay window in our family room. It points through the window to the garage. When it’s dark out, and we have lights on in the family room, that light reflects off the window back at the cam. When we move in the room, the windows pick up our movement, the cam sees the reflection and thinks there’s a person outside. That’s reasonable and goes away as an issue once we go to bed and all lights in the living room are turned off. After that, the cam worked as expected (based on using the live views from my phone). Thankfully, we’ve never had an issue there with break-ins or anything else. So, there is thankfully no night movement in that area at night… but, I wanted it covered for peace of mind (in three-hours spurts at least, ugg). Okay, summing things up… is this cam worth purchasing? There are a lot of variables. Where do you plan to install the cam… indoor or outdoor? In an easily accessible place or not? Under an eve, protected from the elements or not? If you expect a lot of movement (events that trigger the cam to go active a lot) will there or won’t there be a dedicated electrical outlet or other power source… e.g., solar to A/C? Does the location have a strong network/Wi-Fi signal? For indoor use as a straight security/monitoring cam, it’s good to go and has everything you need (within a three-hour, very limited event window). It’s apparent that Google wants to give you a taste of what the cam can do and expects that you’ll upgrade to Nest + to be able to record events and review them outside that three-hour window. If outdoors, well, like most Wi-Fi cams, you have the considerations above and have to think about whether to get an anti-theft mount, to lessen the chance that someone will steal your anti-theft camera from its magnetic mount, and you’ll likely need to buy a separate outdoor weatherproof power cable (for what’s deemed an indoor/outdoor cam?). For my specific purpose, used as a monitoring cam that I can hit from anywhere in the world with network access, I believe the camera does its job (as a “set it and forget it'' cam) and is a solid four-star purchase. The app compliments the cam nicely, is easy to configure, highly customizable, and easy to use. But, as is the case with most items, your mileage may vary based on your specific intended use, environment, and expectations.
          • Recommended
          Great Quality Video
          [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] We are really liking having this smart camera. I like the added security. I thought we’d see people lurking around It house at night but so far we’ve only found out that we have a skunk. This new piece of information is helpful since we have a dog. We also caught a pretty serious accident on camera. Everyone on scene blamed the accident on one of the drivers, but our cam caught that both drivers were speeding and both ran their respective stop signs. I was able to create a link (we have the membership) to the video and create a 45 second clip that I emailed to the police. Also of note-the cam’s mic caught all the sound coming from the people in their cars even though they were way out on the street. The quality of the video is outstanding and the zoom in feature is really helpful. One camera catches our entire front yard too. Definitely recommended!
            • Recommended
            Very Nice but...
            The Google Nest Cam (Battery) - Indoor and Outdoor Wireless Smart Home Security Camera - 2 Pack are some of the best cameras available today. The images day and night are really good. The mount is unique, as it is magnetic, allowing great flexibility when positioning. The mounting plate attaches to your wall with 2 screws, then the magnetic base attaches to the mount plate with 1/4 turn. The 2 cameras ship with one charger that is not meant for outside use. The battery in the camera allows it to go to sleep until it detects motion, then it wakes up and records. There are optional outdoor power supply/cable assemblies that allow you to power the camera full time, which enables 24 hour recording to the cloud if you have a Nest aware account. I purchased 2 of these cables. These cameras have AI built-in, and will learn and recognize familiar faces, and knows the difference between animals, people, vehicles and packages. This feature works great. My only complaint is the app integration. I have 2 Nest doorbell cameras and now these 2 outdoor cameras. The doorbell cameras appear in the Nest app, but these 2 do not. To access these you need to use the Google Home app. All 4 cameras are available in the Google Home app, but the Nest app is better as it allows web browser access from a PC. These new cameras are only viewable on a phone! I wish I had known that before committing to these, as this is a big step backwards. I'm not sure what Google was thinking. Very nice cameras if you can deal with the app downgrade. Perhaps they will enhance the Home app with browser access one day.
            • Recommended
            2 people found this helpful
            Excellent camera
            This Nest Cam two pack is a great addition to your house. This is my third and fourth Nest camera and the quality is amazing. Now with these battery cameras is even easier to set up and use anywhere inside or outside the house. You can get alerts, motion detection and 3 hours of recorded events. If you want more you need to sign up for Nest Aware at an additional cost but highly recommend it. Installation was easy, follow instructions on Google Home app and you will be set in no time. The quality of video is incredible. The camera is weather resistant, if you plan to use it all the time get the weatherproof power cable. With this camera you can get alerts on motion, cars, persons, and sounds. Highly recommend this camera.
            • Recommended
            A functional Compact security/monitoring camera
            [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Pros 1. It is extremely easy to set up. 2. It merges with an existing google account which most people have these days. 3. The magnetic mount is handy and avoids complex installation. 4. The app is very intuitive and easy to connect with the camera. The clarity of the picture is very good. 5. It is weather sealed, so it should take the abuse of outdoor installation. 6. The camera itself is small and doesn’t grab attention. 7. The wifi reception is very good for a long range. The only con I can think of is a lack of removable battery, which means that once the camera runs out of battery, you need to physically take the camera and charge it.
              • Recommended
              Makes me feel safe!
              [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Setting it up was super easy!! The video quality is good on this nest cam, day and night and sound quality is great. The battery life seems good so far. Magnetic connection is strong and the magnetic mount makes it easy when it comes to charging. Love that this can be used indoor or outdoors. Overall I'm not sure if I prefer the wired vs the battery camera. If you are looking for easy installation this is it!! Security cameras are a mist now days and love being able to check in anytime.
                • Recommended
                Very easy to install and setup! Video quality is excellent!
                The battery powered Google Nest Cam is a weather-proof WiFi enabled camera that can be mounted outside or used inside your home. It comes with a super strong magnetic base plate that enables you to position the camera at almost any angle when mounting it on a wall or ceiling Installation is simple and fast. Literally 2 screws! The Nest Cam can be mounted on almost any kind of surface. You can mount the camera mag base in a horizontal or vertical position. Setting up the camera using the Google Home app was very simple. Every install step is covered. Another very cool feature of the app is that during the set process you are offered several helpful tips when it came to mounting the camera on the wall, as well as being asked to select how the camera behaves when you’re away or at home! The batteries last a long time. I've had my cams up for about 2 weeks and I am at 55% & 34%. The difference is due to one of the cams is in a very active area. That being said. You can create an "active zone" and cut out things like passing cars. Recharging is quick with the included magnetic charging cord. The Google Nest Cams have the option to be hardwired by purchasing a cable If that's what you want to do. You will get almost instantaneous notifications to your phone or Nest Hub when the camera sees something. Adding to the Google Home app was easy and viewing your cameras through the Google Home app is easy. It has a 130-degree field of view and you get amazing detail especially the night video. As well as letting you view the events in real time, the Nest Cam will also store video clips for up to three hours after they’ve been recorded. You can review them, and if you pair the cameras with a Nest Aware subscription you’ll be able to view the footage for up to 60 days after they’ve been captured. Nest Aware also has the Familiar Face feature, that lets you to assign names to people detected by the camera, and get an alert each time they appear in the camera's field of view. This feature works seamlessly with the Nest Hub Max, Google Home and Google Assistant! Google's Nest Cams are high quality and work beautifully. I can whole-hardheartedly recommend them!
                • Recommended
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