Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

Nest Cam Outdoor Security CameraThe release of the Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera was highly anticipated, to put it mildly. People wondered what it would look like and how it would be.

Nest had previously released some incredible indoor cameras that received rave reviews and sold quite well. They where pretty much the best in their field.

So everyone want to know what this brand new outdoor Camera has to offer. So will it measure up to high expectations, or will turn out to be a dud? This article will help you in finding it out.

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PROS

  • Great night vision
  • Easy set-up
  • 1080p
  • Outstanding images
  • View live footage
  • Snapshots of events over three hours
  • Great weatherproof build

CONS

  • 25-foot cord
  • You have to pay for the extra features

Set-Up

This starts with a major disappointment. You only get 25 feet worth of cord. compared to 60 feet on a four-camera system in this price range. But if you haven’t had to buy an extension the set-up is pretty easy.

You just place the camera wherever you want, hook it up to an outdoor power source, and wait for the system to recognize it.

You even get a magnet to go with it, so drilling won’t be needed to mount. The entire set-up can be done in 10 minutes.

Pictures

While the 25-foot cord is a big letdown, fortunately the images are outstanding. These are the kind of 1080p images you invite friends over to the house to see. That’s how good they are. There are no distortions, and lot’s a detail.

Night vision

The night vision is impressive; you can get up to 80 feet of that/ It’s as clear as vision in the daytime too. And, with a 1080p camera with a wide angled 130-degree lens we’re talking big visuals with lots to see.

Notifications

You get a text message whenever an event happens at your house. Now this could be any event from a bird flying past setting off the alarm to an actual person at the house. You’ll also receive a picture of the event so you know what it is.

Many people like this kind of notification better than just plain text because they save you the time of going online to find out exactly what happened.

Mobile connectivity

Another outstanding feature in this system is its mobile connectivity. You can go online and see live pictures of your home in great detail — no matter where you are in the world, as long as you have the Internet. You can also do many other things such as fast-forward, rewind, pause and stop. You can even view photos of the last three hours if you wanted. This is kind of like a min-movie. A montage of events over those three hours.

This would be great in event of a burglary because you will have everything the police need to build a case. This is even better than this is that you can speak live to the house.

The “extras” for a monthly fee — are they worth it?

The not-so-great thing about this system, though, is that they’ve held back certain features so that they can sell them to you as extras. They’re not really worth it either, and definitely not for the $30 monthly that Nest is charging. Here’s a full list of what you get with a monthly subscription.

1. 30 days 24/7 recording space online. You’d be better off with getting a 1 TB hard drive for only $40.

2. Person alerts. If the camera sees a person approaching the house then you’ll get a person alert, with a video by text and email. This is good but you already get alerts and these just cut out the false alarms. You don’t get that many false alarms anyway because of the heat sensor, so there’s no point in including this feature.

3. You can also speed through days of video quickly as Nest Aware edits all the footage for you into a little group of all the events. This could be very useful and not just for home security purposes.

You wouldn’t be the first person to shoot family events on a security Camera.

The time lapse footage and the ability to create clips would make special memories out of family gatherings. But is it worth $30 a month though?

4. You can also highlight specific areas of the house that you feel are most at risk and have the camera pay close attention to these. You only ask yourself how much peace of mind is worth.

Conclusion

This is a great camera and one that’s well worth the money but only if you don’t choose the monthly subscription. Without the monthly subscription it’s tremendous value for money.

The pictures are excellent — 1080p with some fantastic color technology producing immense detail. The Mobile connectivity you already get for free with the Camera is better than most on the market.

Don’t opt into the pay monthly plan. Nest really screwed up by offering this monthly subscription for features that aren’t worth the money and their website deliberately misleads buyers.  So avoid the subscription plan — it’s clear that Nest simply wants to make more profit here.

Overall, Nest has a great cam at an affordable price, and is well worth buying as long as you don’t fall under the company’s spell that will lead you to subscribe to the unnecessary extras.