Tech Digital Home Review: Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera

Review: Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera

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It’s time to review the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Camera.

Nest Cam IQ is a powerhouse of brains and brawn. Weatherproof. Tamper resistant. And seriously sharp. So it can help you find out about a break-in before it happens.

Good insight starts with incredible sight. Nest Cam IQ can detect a person up to 15 metres (50 feet) away, then alert you with a photo of who’s there. With Nest Aware, it can even recognise a familiar face.

The full specifications of the Cam IQ can be found here.

What’s in the box?

  • Nest Cam IQ outdoor camera
  • Wall plate
  • Outdoor power cable
  • Indoor power adapter
  • Hex key
  • Screws
  • Cable clips
  • Wall anchors
  • Installation Guide

A Closer Look

Final Thoughts

The Nest Cam IQ is a great little camera that does everything you want. It has a wide angled lens, night vision, is small, and is connected via Wi-Fi, and everything you need to get going, including wall mounting kit is included in the box.

The first thing you need to do is set up the camera and connect it to your home Wi-Fi network. Nest recommend you try the camera outside where you want to be installed before you drill through your walls just to make sure you can pick up your Wi-Fi signal, and this is a good idea.

Setting up the camera is very simple and takes very little time at all using the Nest app on your smartphone. And if you already have another Nest device installed it can connect to that and use it to speed up the install.

Once the camera is configured the next job is to fit it on the wall which is likely to need you to drill some holes in the wall. If you are confident in doing this then go for it, otherwise you can get a Nest professional to come and install it for you for a charge. In the case of this review we had a professional do it for us – he drilled the holes in the wall, ran the cable through, mounted the camera and positioned it all – all in less than an hour – a lot less!

The quality of the camera is brilliant – you can adjust it if you wish depending on how much bandwidth you want to use, but if you can, set it on maximum and you can even see leaves blowing in the wind! You can also have it record audio if you wish as well as pictures.

The camera also works at night and in low light and the picture quality in those situations is also excellent.

Everything you want to do is controlled and configured via the app, including setting up activity zones if you are only interesting in a certain part of what the camera is capturing. You can also configure schedules, set notifications, enable close-up tracking and more. You can also turn off, or on, the light ring around the camera. You might want to leave it on so that any potential thief would see it and move along.

In order to get the most from your Cam IQ you really need to get a Nest Aware subsciption. A Nest Aware subscription comes with 24/7 continuous recording for up to 30 days and costs around £4 per month per camera. Some of the features of the Cam IQ can only be used with the subscription, but to be honest if you are going to pay £329 for the camera then an extra £4 per month to get the full bells and whistles and 30 days of recordings is a no brainer.

If you are in the marker for a high quality outdoor security camera then you really need to pick up the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, you won’t regret it.

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera is available now priced around £329 without professional installation.

You can learn more from the Nest website.

Andrew Edneyhttp://moviesgamesandtech.com
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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