Your first line of defense. Nest Cam IQ is a powerhouse of brains and brawn. Weatherproof. Tamper-resistant. And seriously sharp. So it can help you know about a break-in before it happens.
Person alerts, smart enough to tell a person from a thing, then alert you
Supersight, with 4K sensor, HDR, close-up tracking and 12 x digital zoom and enhance
HD talk and listen, so unwelcome visitors will hear you loud and clear
24/7 live video. See a 130° view in 1080p HD, day or night
3-hour snapshot history miss an alert review photos from the last 3-hours in the Nest app
Robust design, weatherproof IP66 rating and tamper-resistant design
Don't miss a thing with the new Nest Aware. Subscriptions start at just $6 a month for all your Nest cameras, speakers, and displays. Get more video history and new intelligent alerts. *Includes all Nest cameras, speakers, and displays in the same home.
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out of 148 reviews
70% recommend this product
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May 2, 2021
I already have numerous cameras, by numerous brands. None, so far, is perfect. I bought this wh...
I already have numerous cameras, by numerous brands. None, so far, is perfect. I bought this while Home Depot was Clearancing the In-Store inventory. It was a deep discount, but still expensive.
Positives ... like all my other cameras that are wired for power (i.e. not battery), they have better and more consistent signal strength. Checking the camera Live, loads faster and more reliable. The sound and pic are great.
Negatives ... only good as a monitor, without a subscription. They recently changed their subscription to include all cameras; which would be great if all my cameras were Nest, but for one camera, it is too expensive.
Worth noting ... It is heavy. Wired for power, but not signal (it is WiFi, not PoE). 30 Day Free Trial of subscription.
Suggestion ... Nest needs to decide if they want to make the money off the hardware or subscription. Right now, one camera is very expensive and the subscription for one is too. If you really need a subscription to benefit from this camera, then Nest should offer a Trade-In, for Customers who are upgrading.
Recommendation ... only buy this if you need a lot of cameras, or plan on it being your only system. I would return mine, if I had not already spent an afternoon pulling wire and mounting.
Conclusion ... If I could buy more, at the Clearance price, I would and then subscribe, but for now, it is a White Elephant on the front of my house.
Response from Nest SupportMay 16, 2021
Hi thedogscar, thanks for sharing a review. We’re sorry to hear that your Nest Cam IQ Outdoor didn't meet expectations.
Nest Aware is a paid subscription service you can use with your Nest products to help keep you informed about important events at your home. With a Nest Aware subscription, your Nest camera stores video securely to the Nest cloud so you can access it anytime, anywhere. Depending on which Nest Aware subscription you have, your camera can record event-based video history for up to 60 days so you only get video clips of important activity your camera detects. Without a Nest Aware subscription, you can still view live camera feed and can go back and view snapshots of events up to 3 hours in the past. Find out more details about the Nest Aware plans here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9233159
We're always working to understand our customers' needs and expectations so that we can improve our products and offer more options. If you have any questions or concerns about your Google Nest products, we'd be happy to help here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/gethelp
2 people found this helpful
Dec 6, 2020
excellent resolution and sound detection/accuracy. you don't know what you're missing until you get quality stuff. highly recommend these over any other current competing brands. I just hope google continues to expand and grow the nest product line
Mar 10, 2020
Best Cameras I've you've by far!
I already had an indoor iq cam for a few weeks now, we liked it so much we decided to try the outdoor variant and yet again we were blown away by the quality overall.. We had a small issue with our indoor cameras power supply. I called customer service and they sent us a replacement free of charge. no questions asked, no proof of purchase required.. I've never been given such good customer service.. If your on the fence about the high price, I'd say go for it.. I'm glad I did!
Oct 6, 2018
Decided on this instead of doorbell camera. Happy I did, because I have more capability and can ...
Decided on this instead of doorbell camera. Happy I did, because I have more capability and can receive notifications without doorbell being depressed. Overcame concern of camera being stolen by mounting out of reach on ceiling of front covered porch. Only drawback to that is facial recognition would work optimally if camera closer to head-level.
Pros: Nicely made, easy install, good resolution picture, tracking and zoom for facial recognition works well, you can set up notification zones and so discriminate in notifications, notifications (facial recognition for people, sounds or motion) speaker and microphone communications work well, night-vision is good.
Cons: Expensive, need to do a good bit of on-line reading to get familiar with full capabilities. With subscription to "Nest Aware", it does offer facial recognition, but it's not capable of notifying you based on a known face (meaning you can train it to recognize "Joe", but you can't selectively make the software give you notifications for just "Joe"). You will have to pay a monthly fee for "Nest Aware" to review any recording more than 3 hours back.
4 people found this helpful
Sep 13, 2018
Not only is this the most expensive camera on the market, it works the worst. :( I've had two of...
Not only is this the most expensive camera on the market, it works the worst. :( I've had two of these camera for about 6 months. No matter what network it's connected to, or how close it is to the WIFI point, it disconnects during the day, just for a few seconds. The problem with this is that it makes it impossible with their system to make clips or time-lapses that contain that time. Which for a security camera, being able to download evidence is very important. With this camera you cannot, which makes it worthless.
I've reported this three times to Nest support who routinely spend two hours walking me through the exact same steps that do not solve the problem. It's been escalated to an "engineer" however, they do not return calls or follow-up, so 6 months later, the camera is still broken and an engineer has never reached out or closed the ticket.
Stay far far away from Nest cameras. They do not support them, and they do not work correctly.
Response from Nest SupportSep 14, 2018
We're sorry to hear about these issues you've experienced with your Nest Cams. If you're experiencing offline issues around the same time everyday, this can be caused by wireless interference either by other electronics in your home, or from nearby networks that might be broadcasting on the same or an overlapping network channel.
Feel free to reach out to us through any of our support channels if you'd like us to look into this in more detail with you.
12 people found this helpful
Sep 29, 2021
We have purchased 6 cameras, of which, 3 are the IQ outdoor and while it looks good at first glance, if you try to zoom in or see the license plate of a slow moving car that is 20 feet away, you can't even make out the state. It becomes like an 80s video game. Hands down the worst resolution. Lots of money for terrible picture quality.
Response from Nest SupportOct 2, 2021
Hi Quinton, thanks for taking the time to leave a review, and we appreciate you for investing high on Nest cameras. We’re sorry to learn of your poor experience with the picture quality and resolution of your Nest Cams IQ Outdoor.
You can adjust your cameras’ video quality that may improve the resolution. The higher the video quality setting you choose, the sharper and more detailed your footage can be, but it also uses more of your internet bandwidth. This setting lets you pick the maximum video quality for your cameras. No matter which level you choose, your camera will automatically adjust its resolution and compression according to how much bandwidth is available. You may check this link to learn more: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9218596
Also, the Nest app has a digital zoom-and-pan feature, which lets you crop out what you don’t want to see, and focus on what’s important. You can use the Nest app to digitally zoom up to 8 times. You can also tell your cameras to stay zoomed-in on a particular spot all the time. With Enhance, you can change the scene that your camera’s looking at. Enhance keeps your camera zoomed in all the time, even when you’re not watching video. Because your camera focuses its entire sensor on the area you’ve zoomed in on, Enhance can show more detail. This might help: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9251364
We’re always here to help improve your experience. You may reach out to us anytime for any concerns around the performance and features of your Nest Cams, using this link: https://support.google.com/googlenest/gethelp
Nov 26, 2020
Absolutely amazing! It knows all of my family already....
Absolutely amazing! It knows all of my family already. Only alerts me when a stranger approaches.
Nest Cam IQ Indoor - Full HD Wired Smart Home Security Camera
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