Nest Cam Review: Is This the Future of Home Security?
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Earlier this year – I started shopping around for a home security camera so I could keep an eye out my house.
After considering several options, I landed on the Nest Cam and bought two units – one for the front of our house, and one for the back.
If you’re not familiar with Nest, this is a company (owned by Google) that offers some pretty innovative products to help equip your home with cutting edge “smart” capabilities that look good, work well and are surprisingly easy to use.
Perhaps their most well-known, flagship product is the Nest Thermostat, but in recent years, they’ve added some other items to their lineup, including the Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera, Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera, Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm, and their software also works with number of other third party products that can be integrated with the Nest App.
I had heard good things about the Nest Cam (namely it’s high-res, wide-angle image, night vision capabilities, and weatherproof housing), so it seemed like a good opportunity to order a couple of units and put them to work.
How It Works:
For the most part, this camera has been a joy to use. Everything from installation to integration with my phone has been fairly easy.
The video above shows a closer look at the highlights and what the experience has been like so far.
As you can see – it’s a pretty cool piece of technology, and a pretty solid option if you’re looking for a better way to keep an eye on your property.
What I Like:
There’s a lot to like about this camera. Here’s the full list (also covered in the video above):
– Overall, the camera is very well-made, and has an impressive number of features and capabilities
– A nice, clear, 1080 high resolution image
– Wide angle lens to capture a BIG field of view
– Relatively easy to install
– Looks pretty cool (especially with the Nest Skins)
– Weather proof
– Nest App makes it very easy to see your camera feed anywhere you have an internet connection
– Notification system is very cool, and easy to turn off if it gets annoying
– Great audio capabilities – for listening and speaking through the camera
What I Don’t Like:
– The Nest Aware comes with a free 30-day trial, but it isn’t free forever, and the ongoing cost is a little annoying.
– Given how small today’s phone camera’s are, it seems like the Nest Cam could stand to be a bit smaller (and I would predict that it probably will be in the next generation of Nest Cams)
– During the installation process, I didn’t like drilling holes through the vinyl siding of my house. It would be nice to have an adhesive options to “stick” the camera onto vinyl siding.
– The fact that Nest will always come out with a newer, cooler version of this camera eventually (and when they do, my version will feel like it’s obsolete). Case in point – the Nest Thermostat has already had 4 different generations released as of 2017.
I will admit that for most of my “negative” comments above, I can’t fault Nest too heavily, because there’s nothing wrong with charging money for ongoing cloud-based service (Nest Aware), or coming out with newer versions of this product as camera technology continues to evolve.
Overall, I think if you’re looking for a home security camera that will do a more-than-sufficient job of everything a security camera is supposed to do, you won’t be disappointed with the Nest Cam Outdoor.
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