Nest Cam IQ

A Home Security Camera System From the Makers of the Nest Thermostat.

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The Nest Cam IQ comes in two versions, one for indoor and one for outdoor use. Both are security cameras designed to provide smart monitoring of areas. And, both are packed with interesting features. Though a bit more costly than other types of home security cameras, for some, these are an excellent choice overall.

  • Custom person alert service available
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Feature packed system
  • Fast reaction time and alert time
  • Good quality images
  • Highly durable and weatherproof

  • Can be a bit tricky to install
  • Higher priced than other products


The Nest Cam IQ is designed to be a smart home security camera, and many of its features make that possible. The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor version is designed to be highly durable in even tough wind and wet conditions. It has excellent detection ability allowing for early warning of approaching individuals. It also recognizes familiar faces.  The Nest Cam IQ is also very versatile with just as many key features. It allows individuals to place it just about anywhere to gain insight into what’s happening when they are not home.

Features and Technology

What makes the Nest Cam IQ Indoor and Outdoor systems so beneficial and unique from other products is their high-powered processing. These are a smarter version of a smart home camera, which you can tell from many of its overall features.


The Nest Cam IQ features a 6-core processor. This allows the system to work quickly to provide fast alerts. It also has Google Assistant built into it and works well with Alexa. This allows users to really make this system work for them.

Nest Aware

It’s possible to purchase Nest Aware, a secondary subscription service that allows the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor and Indoor cameras to work even better. This feature allows the system to recognize faces of those it spots. You’ll program it in advance to ensure it is providing the most up to date information. This allows the system to tell you who is there (or even to not send alerts if the person is friendly).

High-Quality Images

The Nest Cam IQ features Supersight, as the company calls it. That equates to a 4K sensor. It creates very sharp images. Close-up tracking view and 1080p HD also enhances the overall image quality. Another key reason for these quality images is the daytime HDR that’s included. The Nest Cam IQ indoor model combines the infrared LEDs and HDR to light up the entire room when its dark. Supersight also works to allow zooming in to identify someone across the space, while still providing a full view.

Speaker Systems

The system also includes a 3-way microphone array and a speaker. The speaker allows individuals to scare off anyone as they approach, long before they reach the home. The speaker is seven times more powerful than other systems comparable to the Nest. It also offers noise and echo suppression.

Snapshot History

An add-on feature allows users to tap into continuous recording. Nest Aware allows for this 24/7 recording option. The system allows for a three-hour snapshot history to be displayed as well through the Nest app.

Ease of Use

Overall, once in place, the Nest Cam IQ is easy to use. It is a wired system, which can mean a slightly more difficult setup than others. It uses a plug-in adapter for power. It also uses Wi-Fi for connectivity. The mobile app is intuitive but also very simplistic to set up and access. Individuals will find alerts to be fast – often faster than other systems.

Customer Service

The Nest Cam IQ (both indoor and outdoor) are moderately challenging to install (due simply to the setup process), but customer service is acceptable in most cases. Some people reported having challenges setting the system up using their router and found customer service less-than-desirable in solving the problem. However, the company is responsive. The company has a low Better Business Bureau rating due to some failure to respond concerns.


The Nest Cam IQ cameras are more expensive than some of the competition. However, the company does offer discounts and special savings options. The Nest Cam IQ Indoor with Google Home Hub, for example, combines these two tools for a significant cost savings of $348. Other options are available. The Nest Cam IQ Indoor is priced at $299 alone. The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is priced at $199 at normal pricing. It is possible to purchase additional cameras at discounted prices (two, four, and six-pack options are available). Nest Aware is an additional fee. Individuals can choose between three subscription options, a five-day video history version for $5 a month or $50 a year, a 10-day video history for $10 a month or $100 for the year, and a 30-day video history at $30 a month or $300 for the year.


Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

The outdoor camera is 5 inches by 3.7 inches by 3.7 inches and comes with a 25-foot cable. The camera is a 1/2.5-inch, 8-megapixel camera with a 4K color sensor and 12 x digital zoom and enhance. It also provides close-up tracking view. The video provides up to 1080p at 30 frames per second with H.264 encoding and HDR. The field of view is 130 degrees diagonal. Other key features include a high-quality speaker and three-microphone array, a status light and RGB light ring, and high-power 850 nm infrared LEDs for night vision.

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

The indoor camera measures 4.9 inches by 2.9 inches and comes with a 10-foot cable. 1/2.5-inch, 8-megapixel camera with a 4k color sensor and 12 x digital zoom and enhance with close-up tracking view. The video provides up to 1080p at 30 frames per second with H.264 encoding and HDR. It also offers a 130-degree diagonal field of view and high-power infrared LEDs with IR cut filter for night vision. It comes with a high-quality speaker, 3-microphone array, LED status light and LED light ring.


For those seeking a truly smart home security camera able to react, record, and send alerts in seconds that are high in quality, the Nest Cam IQ models are ideal. They do cost a bit more than other products, which can make them out of line for some. However, overall, this is an excellent investment.

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