Nest Cam IQ Review : All Details, Google-owned Nest gained notoriety for its smart thermostat, but Google’s acquisition of Dropcam instantly catapulted Nest to the forefront of this product category. Nest has traditionally made very good cameras, and they come with a premium price tag to match. That’s still the case with the new Nest Cam IQ, which packs a 4K image sensor, new software smarts, and a $300 price tag. You could get two cameras from another maker for that price, and I think most people probably will. However, the Nest Cam IQ is leading the pack when it comes to facial recognition and image quality. This might be the camera you’ve been waiting for in terms of features, but it also might be far too expensive as a long-term commitment.
|Camera||4K sensor, 1080p output with HDR|
|Field of View||130-degrees|
|Night Vision||High-power infrared LEDs (940 nm), good for 15 feet|
|Audio||microphone (3), speaker|
|Power||AC adapter, USB Type-C|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz or 5GHz|
|Cloud storage||10-days ($10/mo), 31-days ($30/mo), no free storage|
|Video||Very clear video with up to 12x digital zoom and HDR. Very short delay for live streaming. Night vision has good range and contrast.|
|Audio||Three-microphone array offers very clear audio. Delay is short for live streaming. Speaker facing backward, but seems plenty loud.|
|Supersight||Automatically zooms in and tracks movement. Reliably follows people around the frame.|
|Setup||Barcode scanning to set up camera is quick and easy.|
|Facial recognition||The Cam IQ can tell not just if it sees a person, but whichperson.|
|App||Nest’s Android app is excellent. It’s easy to navigate to old clips, control your cameras, and download videos.|
|Secure||128-bit end-to-end encryption.|
|Cost||The camera is $300 and does very little without the minimum $10 monthly plan.|
|Facial recognition again||Too many false positives.|
|App again||It bugs me there’s no easy way to take a still photo.|
|Supersight again||Sometimes a little slow to respond. Tracking smaller objects is iffy.|
Nest Cam IQ Review : Design and setup
The Nest Cam IQ shares much of its design DNA with the Nest Outdoor Cam, which came out last year. The camera housing is bullet-shaped with a large flat face adorned with the camera and associated sensors. There’s also a glowing ring to show you the Nest Cam IQ status (it seems to only light during setup and if it’s disconnected).
The camera sits atop a tall stalk connected to the flat base. This helps the camera peek over obstacles if you choose to place it on a table. The stand is also adjustable to a greater degree than a lot of cameras. It can be placed on a high shelf and point downward to see the room below. The camera is powered by a USB Type-C cable, and there’s no internal battery. I’m disappointed about that because it is handy to grab a camera and set it in a different place for a couple hours. It makes sense when you consider how much this camera is trying to do, though. It would need a big battery to be useful for long, and that would add to the cost substantially. The camera is only for indoor use, too.
Nest Cam IQ Conclusion
The Nest Cam IQ is light years ahead of every other product on the market when it comes to fancy smart features like facial recognition and zoom control. Nest’s app is also excellent thanks to features like animated notifications and reliable home/away assist. However, the Cam IQ seems too prone to false positives when searching for faces. I suppose it’s better to be too sensitive than not sensitive enough, but still—getting a ping that someone is in your house is worrying.
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