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The Nest Cameras offer a wide range of options for you to choose from, but it isn’t the only option on the market. The nest is a reliable company with some of the leading products in the smart home sector including its security cameras. The company offers the Nest Cam IQ and the Nest Cam (for both indoor and outdoor use). These cameras offer key features such as 24/7 live video, 1080p HD video quality, 3-hour snapshot history, and smartphone alerts.

The Nest Cam compares well to a number of other competitor products. Before you choose which, one is right for your home, consider what your goals are. Take a closer look at these products. Each one is a bit different, but all are reliable companies with quality products to offer.

1. Arlo

Arlo and Nest Cam work very well, across the board. These are two of the highest rated security camera options on the market. Both cameras offer WiFi connectivity with audio. They also offer motion sensing technology, smartphone alerts, and night vision. Both also offer a field of view of 130 degrees. Both companies offer an indoor and an outdoor version. Both cameras allow for do-it-yourself installation, though the Arlo Pro may require more advanced installation.

In terms of pricing, you are likely to find a significant difference here. The Nest Cam prices range from $129 to $229. By comparison, the Arlo cameras range in price from $214 to $482. There is a lot of flexibility in the product packages here, though.

When considering overall functionality, both products are reliable. Some users find the construction of the Nest Cam a bit better and more of a traditional security camera compared with the Arlo version. However, Nest Aware is a must have for most users as it provides for lookback features – after all, you want to know who was at your door a week later. Arlo Pro comes with a lookback feature. Arlo offers free cloud storage for seven days while Nest provides for up to three hours of storage.

With Arlo, you can connect it to Stringify, Telguard, SmartThings from Samsung, and IFTTT. Nest Cam works with Google Home, Philips products, Lifx, Yale locks, Vivint and other solutions.

2. Blink

Though a bit lesser known than other types of security cameras, Blink offers some key benefits. These are good-looking cameras that offer free data storage, a wireless design, and an easy to use design. When it comes to storing video, Blink provides users with two hours of free storage.

However, Blink offers a few limitations when compared to Nest. It does not offer two-way audio communication like Nest does. While Nest provides three free hours of cloud storage in its base models (remember you can upgrade this for an additional cost), Blink only allows you to store up to two hours of footage. Blink’s cameras have some limitations. The indoor model does not offer night vision like Nest does. And, it does not pan or zoom, which can be limiting to some.

When it comes to smart home integrations, Blink works with IFTTT, which allows it to work with other smart-home services. It also is Amazon Alexa-enabled. As noted, Nest Cam works with Google Home, Philips products, Lifx, Yale locks, Vivint and others. For costs, Blink systems start at a lower price than Nest at just $99. There are no monthly subscriptions with Blink (there are with Nest for Nest Aware).

3. Zmodo

Zmodo can compare to Nest Cam as well. This company’s products range widely (there are several cameras you can select from giving you more opportunity to find the style you need). The Zmodo ZP cameras are typically rated well compared to the Nest Outdoor Cam. The cameras themselves are well-designed, though some people report that some of the Zmodo cameras are less durable than others.

Zmodo’s cameras offer 720p or better video quality, though Nest Cam offers 1080p HD, which is a better product overall. Nest also allows you to zoom. Both companies offer night vision on their cameras, with both offering a very good level of quality – Zmodo offers 24 LEDs for infrared night vision while Nest Cam features 8 LEDs.

Both systems provide motion alerts. They allow for daytime viewing and monitoring in real time. With Zmodo, you can check out stored alert clips for up to 36 hours, or you can download them to your computer using an app. There is no charge for this. Both products allow you to set the range for your field of view.

For integrations, Zmodo Beam allows for the camera to connect to Zmodo smart products through the app. You can also use Zmodo with Alexa-enabled tools such as the Echo Show and Spot. The company also added Google Assistant connectivity to its products as well.  Also, take into consideration costs. Zmodo cameras start at just $40 (for non-connected versions), and prices are typically around $180 for their home security cameras. Prices rise as packages increase.