New Nest Cam (2021): pre-orders, pricing, release date and more

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Along with a completely redesigned doorbell, Nest is also refreshing its entire camera lineup. Here’s your first look at the Nest Cam (indoor / outdoor), Nest Cam With Floodlight, and Nest Cam (wired).

The first and the last are actually two separate products, despite their almost identical names. The first Nest Cam at $ 179.99 is a battery-powered solution for indoor or outdoor locations. The second Nest Cam costs $ 99.99 and is an indoor wired camera only. The Nest Cam With Floodlight pairs the indoor / outdoor battery variant with two bright lights for an outdoor security solution for $ 279.99.

We’re about to break them all down, but first, a note on availability. The $ 179.99 Nest Cam is up for pre-order today, and its release date is set for August 24. The wired Nest Cam and Nest Cam With Floodlight are coming later – or, as Google says, “soon.” We’ll update this article once we hear about pre-orders and launch.

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At $ 179.99, the new Nest Cam positions itself as an indoor or outdoor camera that can really go anywhere. And it looks like the Nest Cam or the Nest Cam IQ – basically a cylindrical camera that attaches to a base or stand. Its face is a black front that features the camera and sensor and an LED indicator; the rest of the body is white – or, as Google calls it, Snow. It’s also made of plastic and made from 47% post-consumer recycled material. And like any outdoor product should be, it has an IP54 rating against water or snow. That way it can be in place all year round.

The star here is a 2-megapixel sensor that captures a wide 130-degree field of view. Like the new doorbell, Nest Cam supports HDR footage up to 1080p HD. This means that it must be a clear stream that can withstand direct sunlight in a way that will not erase the entire image. It also has night vision, thanks to some integrated infrared LEDs. Google says you’ll be able to see up to 20 feet with night vision turned on on the Nest Cam.

For communication, Nest Cam supports two-way audio through a built-in speaker and microphone. You will be able to access this feature in the “live view” of the Google Home app for Android or iOS. And the basic functionality of the Nest Cam – along with the other models announced – is getting a major improvement.

Nest Cam will support activity zones and smart people, vehicle and animal detection right out of the box. You won’t need to subscribe to Nest Aware to get them, and all video processing takes place on the device. Yes, Google contains a machine learning (ML) chip, which monitors the live feed for a potential object.

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If a dog or person enters the frame, they can identify who is in the frame and trigger the correct notification to send. Nest promises smarter notifications and differentiates itself from competitors who send out a plethora of notifications. It’s also a victory for privacy since everything is handled on the device and not shipped to the cloud.

You’ll need to upgrade to Nest Aware or Nest Aware Plus to detect familiar faces and increase video storage. All of these new cameras come with three hours of recorded event history. Nest Aware increases that to 60 days of recorded video event history, and Nest Aware Plus offers continuous video recording for up to 10 days. You’ll also need Nest Cam plugged in at all times.

Nest Cam has a built-in battery that will need to be recharged or plugged in at all times. Nest includes a 3.3-foot cable designed for indoor use. If you want to use the Nest Cam outdoors and always have it on, you’ll need to use a weatherproof cable or a separate power solution that Google will sell. Battery life will vary here, but Google offers some estimates. A Nest Cam that plays 20 to 25 events a day will last about a month and a half, while a Nest Cam that plays nine to 12 events is closer to three months. Those that only offer two to four events can last almost seven months.

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The Nest Cam with Floodlight is exactly what it looks like. It’s the same indoor or outdoor Nest Cam described above, but with a stand that includes two bright LEDs. You’re paying the extra for a durable stand that will securely hold the Nest Cam and the two circular LEDs that sit on either side.

At $ 279.99, it’s not a cheap projector solution and compares to the options of Ring (starting at $ 179.99) and Arlo’s Floodlight Pro 3 ($ 249.99). The goal here is that when the Nest Cam detects motion, it can also emit a bright light to increase video quality and potentially scare someone. It will feature the same intelligence out of the box and deliver the same video quality as the main Nest Cam.

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At $ 99, the Nest Cam will be the brand’s most affordable security camera and will replace the original Nest Cam. It now has a modern design that resembles the larger Nest Cam and comes in the form of a small circular build with a camera on the front and a wire coming out on the back, which either sits on a base or is attached. to a support.

It will deliver HDR video quality both in recorded events and when live streaming from the camera in the Google Home app. It is captured through a 135 degree field of view and also offers 6x digital zoom. And like its big brothers, it has an ML chip on the device that will allow smart notifications. We are especially excited to see how it works as a pet monitoring solution with the ability to detect animals like a dog or a cat. Out of the box, it’ll store three hours of recorded events, but you’ll need to upgrade to a Nest Aware plan for longer storage history.

Finally, the Nest Cam will also be available in a wood color option that pairs a sand color with a maple wood base. Yes, it is made of real wood. It will also be available in Fog, Linen or Snow. The Nest Cam will be available in the future for $ 99.99. The Basic Wood Edition will cost a bit more at $ 119.99 when it launches.

As far as the competition goes, we’re intrigued to see how the Nest Cam compares to the Blink Mini ($ 34.99; amazon.com) and the Ring Indoor Cam ($ 59.99; amazon.com). Both offer a similar set of features, but without those smart notifications. For that drop, however, you still get motion detections and cheaper price tags.

These three new additions to the Nest Cam line update an aging product family and introduce some new security cameras to respective buyers. They certainly offer a bit more value by not locking activity zones or smart notifications behind a paywall. The updated design language integrates with the larger family of Nest and Google devices, but the key point is deeper integration with the Google Home app. And if you’re in that ecosystem and have a home with a Nest hub or speaker, these might be your best bet for home monitoring.

The indoor and outdoor Nest Cam is for pre-order now for $ 179.99, while the Nest Cam With Floodlight and wired Nest Cam will be available in the coming weeks.

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