Jaime Fraze https://www.safehome.org/author/jaime-fraze/
Nest Cam IQ indoor and outdoor, in box

Nest Cam IQ indoor and outdoor, in box

After months of speculation and anticipation, the verdict on Prime Day is finally in. Amazon will be continuing its annual sales blowout for Prime members and small businesses from June 21-22, 2021, according to our sources.

I know, we’re excited, too. But before getting too carried away, let’s also remember that Amazon still likes to keep things hush-hush in the weeks before the big day – especially when it comes to specific deals, discounts, and brand promotions.

Today, I'll explore the Prime Day offerings of Google Nest Cams, one of the strongest and smartest home security setups on the market. For Google smart home loyalists, it could turn out to be a prime (get it?) opportunity to build out a fully connected home with Google Nest products,1 so these devices are always on my radar when Prime Day rolls around.

Nest IQ Indoor Equipment

Nest IQ Indoor Equipment

If you’re not familiar with Nest, I took their cameras for a weeklong spin in our hands-on Google Nest Cam review. But in the meantime, let’s explore some of the deals, discounts, and special offers to expect from Nest Cams on Prime Day.

FYI: For more tips on building a smart home with security cameras, head over to our complete home automation guide.

Prime Day 2021: What to Expect

As with all Amazon Prime Days, the best deals tend to center around the products under Amazon’s label: Kindle e-readers, for example, as well as Ring Video Doorbells and Echo Dot smart speakers.

But … this is Amazon, after all. This is the e-commerce giant’s version of Black Friday, billed as a chance for small businesses to recoup their post-holiday losses.

With past Prime Day events as a guide, it’s safe to expect a wide swath of savings on non-Amazon products, too – even among a few of their closest competitors. Here’s lookin’ at you, Nest.

Nest Outdoor Cam

Nest Outdoor Cam

At the end of the day, few brands in home security come close to the five-star facial detection technology Google Nest Cams deliver. Of course, with all this top-shelf tech, you might have already started wondering: How much is this all going to cost?

Past Prime Day Deals on Nest Cams

While it’s too soon to narrow down a single Prime Day 2021 deal on Nest Cams just yet, it’s also very possible that Nest could use this time of pre-Prime Day suspense to introduce a new or upgraded camera – perhaps an all-new outdoor camera to replace the now-discontinued Google Nest Cam IQ Outdoor – but I can’t confirm a specific product release yet.

Again, it wouldn’t be the first time Nest or another high-end camera brand busted out some serious savings around Prime Day. In 2020, a Google Nest Indoor Camera slashed its original $129 price to $104 – a special for Prime Day that quickly sold out. That same year, you might recall an Arlo Pro 3 system I reviewed was marked down 30 percent for Prime Day. Like I said, there’s sure to be plenty of surprises.

Nest Indoor IQ Camera

Nest Indoor IQ Camera

Pricing on Nest Cams

There’s no getting around it: Nest Cams are expensive. With the most advanced of the lot, the Google Nest IQ Outdoor, retailing for $399, it’s natural to flinch; I did, too, at first.

There are some high-end Arlo camera systems that come close to this price, but by and large, it’s not too often that I find a single camera at the price point of a Nest Cam.

But we’re talking about some of the smartest home security technology available today. To me, that means you’re paying for more than brand prestige and rock-solid hardware; you’re also getting a product that will monitor your home effectively and efficiently.

FYI: We all know Google and Amazon don’t always play well in the sandbox. But that’s what’s great about Prime Day: Regardless of the brand, this shopping bonanza is always an ideal time to save money on lots of consumer tech, home security, and smart home gadgets.

Nest Cam - App View

Nest Cam – App View

Final Thoughts: Nest Cams and Prime Day

In any discussion about Nest Cams, I always make a point to note that these devices, with Google pulling the strings, really do take smart home security to another level entirely. And, like the best wireless cameras in the industry, you’ll also get smooth 1080p HD video with HDR, advanced motion and person detection, and a super-customizable mobile app.

As far as cost-savings, Nest Cams offer packages and bundles throughout the year so you can buy multiple cameras and devices as a system and save a few bucks. That’s a common practice you’ll find in this industry year-round, but I suggest paying particular attention to the bundle and package deals Nest Cams might be running as June 21 gets closer. It could be that Prime Day 2021 is the best time of the year to build your Google Nest smart home.