The $349/£329 Nest Cam IQ Out of doors (roughly AU$450, transformed) is a weatherproof residence safety digital camera with robust efficiency, however its excessive worth will scare lots of people away. 

You may view a reside video feed out of your cellphone or pc and obtain alerts when there’s movement or a loud sound. Along with its crisp 1080p HD decision and responsive alerts, the IQ Out of doors comes with free individual alerts and 12x digital zoom courtesy of a 4K picture sensor. Of us who subscribe to the Nest Conscious service also can create a facial recognition database of family and friends members to obtain customized individual alerts when the digital camera sees “Chris,” “Ashlee” or anybody else they add.

The Nest Cam IQ Out of doors additionally has the advantage of working alongside different Nest units, so when you’ve got Nest thermostats, a Whats up doorbell, or anything from the Google model, you’ll be able to view all of it from the identical app. The IQ Out of doors additionally works seamlessly with Alexa and Google Assistant.

However $349 is arguably too costly for this DIY safety digital camera, so you could make certain you may make use of the 4K sensor and the IQ Out of doors’s different high-end options before you purchase.

Simply how good is the IQ Out of doors?

The Nest Cam IQ Out of doors seems to be similar to the $200/£150 Nest Cam Out of doors digital camera — each are white, plug-in weatherproof cameras you mount to an exterior wall or ceiling with the included hardware. The primary variations as a substitute cope with the IQ Out of doors’s free individual alerts and the elective, subscription-based facial recognition by way of Nest Conscious that prices $5 a month. The Nest Cam Out of doors has no facial recognition functionality, and presents individual alerts solely by way of the identical $5 month-to-month subscription. 

The IQ Out of doors’s 4K picture sensor is a big distinction, too, because it permits for a 12x digital zoom and a free function Nest calls “Supersight.” Supersight robotically zooms in on individuals so you’ll be able to extra rapidly determine who’s there and what they’re doing. You may disable this function within the app if it annoys you. 

Supersight is helpful to an extent, for quick, close-up glances at a scene. On the identical time, Nest’s 1080p high-definition decision is lots crisp sufficient in each testing state of affairs I’ve come throughout. Take the under screenshot of our multimedia producer, Chris, for example. Within the bigger display, you are seeing Supersight at work, zooming in on him as he is strolling across the IQ Out of doors. However within the usually zoomed display within the backside left nook, I might nonetheless clearly make out that it was Chris and what he was doing. 

Supersight does make it simpler to see objects extra rapidly. In a single individual alert, somebody walked by the digital camera carrying a brush. Later, the identical individual carried a leaf blower inside vary of the digital camera. In each instances, he finally walked shut sufficient to the digital camera for me to see the broom and the blower in common zoom mode, however Supersight made it doable to see them sooner.  

Happily, I did not discover any adjustments to the video’s loading time or every other apparent bandwidth points because of Supersight and the IQ Out of doors’s 4K sensor. 

The app robotically zoomed in on Chris whereas he was taking footage of the digital camera. You may see the total zoomed-out view within the small window within the backside left nook.

Screenshot by Megan Wollerton/Proinertech

Take a look at the comparability chart to see how the IQ compares with the Nest Cam Out of doors, the Netatmo Presence and the Netgear Arlo Go:

Evaluating outside safety cameras

Nest Cam IQ Out of doors

Nest Cam Out of doors

Netgear Arlo Go

Netatmo Presence

Value

$349

$200

$400

$300

Shade end

White

White

White

Black

Weatherproof

Out of doors

Out of doors

Indoor/outside

Out of doors

Connection kind

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Mobile

Wi-Fi

Energy supply

Plug-in adapter

Plug-in adapter

Rechargeable battery

Hardwired

Decision

1080p HD

1080p HD

720p HD

1080p HD

Livestreaming

Sure

Sure

Sure

Sure

Steady recording

Sure, with Nest Conscious

Sure, with Nest Conscious

No

No

Cloud storage

Sure, free three-hour picture historical past; elective Nest Conscious subscription service beginning at $5 per thirty days

Sure, free three-hour picture historical past; elective Nest Conscious subscription service beginning at $5 per thirty days

Sure, free 7-day video clip historical past; elective subscription plan beginning at $10 per thirty days

No

Native storage

No

No

Sure (microSD card, not included)

Inside microSD card

Cellular app

Sure

Sure

Sure

Sure

Internet app

Sure

Sure

Sure

Sure

Evening imaginative and prescient

Sure

Sure

Sure

Sure

Alerts

Movement, sound, individual, facial recognition (with Nest Conscious)

Movement, sound, individual (with Nest Conscious)

Movement and sound

Movement, individual, automotive or animal

Exercise zones

Sure, with Nest Conscious

Sure, with Nest Conscious

No

Sure

Third-party integrations

Amazon Alexa; Google Assistant; IFTTT

Amazon Alexa; Google Assistant; IFTTT

Amazon Alexa; Google Assistant; IFTTT

Apple HomeKit, IFTTT

I have not examined every other wall-mounted Wi-Fi outside cameras that price as a lot because the Nest Cam IQ Out of doors, which makes direct comparisons considerably troublesome. The Netgear Arlo Go and the Netatmo Presence come the closest each when it comes to pricing and options. 

The Arlo Go by Netgear is an outside LTE digital camera. So as a substitute of connecting over Wi-Fi, this one depends on a subscription to a mobile service. The Arlo Go can also be battery-powered, so like Netgear’s different indoor/outside Arlo cameras the Go would not must be tethered to an influence adapter. That definitely units it aside from the IQ Out of doors, however they share the identical third-party integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant, in addition to cloud subscription companies. The Netatmo Presence digital camera replaces an current wired outside gentle fixture. It does join over Wi-Fi and supply individual alerts, nevertheless it works with Apple’s good residence platform, HomeKit, somewhat than Alexa or Google Assistant. 

The $180 Logitech Circle 2 wired safety digital camera beats all of them, although, because it’s appropriate with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant.

The identical view in daylight and at night time.

Screenshots by Megan Wollerton/Proinertech

Setup and past

By way of setup and set up, the Nest Cam IQ Out of doors was principally easy. As with different Nest merchandise, you obtain the Nest app and create an account, or check in along with your current one, and observe the detailed step-by-step tutorial. Remember to take a look at the standard of your Wi-Fi community wherever you intend to put in your digital camera, since you do not need to drill holes in your wall solely to comprehend that you could spend money on a Wi-Fi extender. 

You additionally want to consider the way you need to set up your digital camera. You may’t set the IQ Out of doors on a picnic desk in your again deck railing and name it a day — it would not have a typical digital camera base. As an alternative, it comes with mounting brackets designed to allow you to connect it to a ceiling or a wall. Nest’s directions counsel that you just drill a gap by way of a wall so that you could feed the ability adapter from an inside outlet. Its set up information particularly says, “Nest Cam IQ Out of doors has a 25 foot (7.5 m) outdoor-rated energy cable that’s designed to be simply routed by way of or alongside a wall to an indoor energy outlet.”

As a result of I put in this digital camera briefly for testing functions, I did not drill holes by way of any partitions. I as a substitute fed the twine straight down from the digital camera to an outside outlet, which labored nicely for me, however is not beneficial. You possibly can all the time feed the twine by way of a door to an inside outlet, however that is not as “finished-looking” and also you threat tripping over the cable if it is not secured nicely sufficient. Happily, your buy does embrace cable clips if you wish to make certain the cable would not transfer round. 

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