Which Google Nest Camera Is Right for You?

Nest Hello versus Nest Cam IQ versus Nest Cam

Googles Nest has a range of security camera options in its portfolio, from a video doorbell to indoor and outdoor options.

All Nest cameras have 1080p video, night vision, and 24/7 live video and offer three-hour snapshot history without a Nest Aware subscription.

Nest also has a number of other smart home devices like the Nest Hub Max and Nest Mini that work in addition to Nest cameras in the Google Home or Nest app. We also have an article comparing these on our website. This article specifically focuses on the Nest cameras available and their offerings so you can find out which ones are right for you and your home.

In this article we will focus on the following cameras:

  • Nest Cam Indoor: The entry point into Nest cameras. It does not have as many features as the Nest Cam IQ Indoor, but it is a great indoor security camera that does the job.

  • Nest Cam IQ Indoor: Quite expensive but has some great features, including built-in Google Assistant, live tracking, and familiar face recognition.

  • Nest Cam Outdoor: The introduction to the outdoor surveillance camera from Nest. Not as smart as the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, but still has lots of great features for its price.

  • Nest Cam IQ Outdoor: The most expensive Nest camera available. It offers the same features as the standard outdoor camera plus better night vision, better two-way recording, and familiar face detection and tracking.

  • Nest Hello: Nest's video doorbell has a wide field of view so it can act as both a video doorbell and a surveillance camera for the front of your home. It does not have all the features that the specific outdoor cameras have, but it might be enough for some.

Nest Cam Indoor

The Nest Indoor is the cheapest Nest security camera available. It is not quite as intelligent as the Nest Cam IQ (see below) but offers many features you would expect from a surveillance camera for indoor use would expect, including night vision and motion alarms.

The Nest Indoor also offers more placement flexibility than the Nest Cam IQ. You can place it on a flat surface, mount it on the wall, or attach it to something magnetic with the built-in magnet. However, it must be near an electrical outlet.

If you subscribe to Nest Aware, the Nest Indoor Camera can also distinguish between a person and something and set up activity zones for more personalized notifications.

The Nest Cam IQ Indoor was twice the price of the Nest Cam Indoor when it was first launched, but it has some extra features for that money, including Supersight, which uses the 4K sensor to track detected motion at close range.

There's also HD two-way calling, plus noise and echo cancellation, a more powerful speaker than the Nest Cam Indoor, and three microphones. The Nest Cam IQ Indoor also has the Google Assistant built into it so you can use it for a variety of tasks, such as: B. to control intelligent living room lights or to ask questions.

The distinction between a person and a thing is standard on the Nest Cam IQ Indoor. However, a Nest Aware subscription also provides familiar face recognition, so as you study it can tell you exactly who is in your living room if you have profiled.

Nest Cam outdoors

The Nest Cam Outdoor offers many of the features you would expect from an outdoor security camera, including night vision, weather resistance, and two-way conversation with a built-in speaker and microphone to speak to an intruder or just the postman.

Unlike Arlo cameras, the Nest Cam Outdoor uses AC power, so it is a little more complicated to install than just sticking it to the wall. However, this also means that you never need to recharge batteries.

As with the Nest Cam Indoor, when you subscribe to Nest Aware, the Nest Cam Outdoor makes a distinction between a person and a thing, so you can get more relevant alerts and set up activity zones, possibly by choosing the back gate or back door as the focus area.

Nest Cam IQ outdoors

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor has the same features as the Nest Cam Outdoor, but like the IQ Indoor model, it is smarter. With the IQ Outdoor you get better weather resistance as well as HD two-way talk and HDR.

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor also has a 4K sensor that can be used to track any detected movement at close range. Compared to the standard outdoor camera, better night vision is also possible on board.

As with the Nest Cam Indoor IQ, the Outdoor IQ includes human detection as standard. However, when you choose to subscribe to Nest Aware, you also get familiar facial recognition and activity zones.

Nest hello

The Nest Hello video doorbell is not the cheapest device, and it is not the easiest to install. However, it has numerous functions on board and thanks to its function, thanks to some functions, it can act as both a video doorbell and a surveillance camera for the outdoor area, with a wide field of view.

It doesn't have the same features as the Nest Cam outdoor models, and the picture quality isn't that good, but the Nest Hello is a great video doorbell that offers good two-way calls, a nice design, and pre-recorded responses for when you are away from home and can distinguish between person and thing by default.

With a Nest Aware subscription, Nest Hello has familiar facial recognition so over time it knows who's telling you when Grandma is at the door, and like other Nest cameras, you can set up activity zones for more targeted notifications.

So now you know what they all do, which one works best for you and your household? Which one will you chose?