We love Smart Home Tech so our first ever review is the latest indoor Camera from Google’s Nest, the Nest Cam iQ.
Nest Cam iQ £300 or €349
The Nest Cam iQ comes with a 8-megapixel (4K) colour sensor with 12x Digital Zoom capability with enhanced close-up tracking view. It can also record up to 1080p video in both day and night, yes it also has night vision too, and a field of view of 130 degrees. It also comes with a large rear speaker and built-in mic which is used for 2-way audio communication.
It is a Table Top camera which means that you can place it on any flat surface and plug it in and you are good to go. It has a very heavy base which aids stability and allows you to take full advantage of its range of motion.
With the new and vastly improved spec of the latest camera, you get a much higher resolution video and imaging and more processing power. This allows the camera to be much more intelligent about what is going on in your home. This new camera can be configured to recognize faces so it only alerts you when someone it doesn’t recognize comes in to your home. If someone unknown is seen by the camera it will zoom in and record, in 1080p, video and images of that person.
It is also clever enough to tell the difference between and object, a pet and a person so Fido will not be causing alerts in your home whilst chasing Socks the cat.
It comes with 3 microphones to listen for loud noises in your home, caused by intruders outside the cameras vision. As well as listening they are also used for noise cancelling e.g. background noise when you are using the 2-way communication function to remind your kids to take the dog for a walk.
Nest Aware is a subscription based cloud back up service for your images and videos. As default your camera comes with a limited 10 days of footage for free but each subsequent month with cost an extra £8 (£80 for the year).
This extra cost is essential if you want to get full functionality from your camera and if you want to see and manage video that is captured.
Build quality is excellent and the new facial recognition works very well indeed. The improved quality of video is impressive as well as the zoom function. With this extra detail, the accuracy of Alerting has improved but it does come at a price. £300 is a big jump from the standard £160 Nest Cam Indoor, especially if you take in to account the Nest Aware subscription, but if the extra quality and facial recognition is important to you then this should justify the extra spend.
- Facial recognition
- 12x Zoom
- High quality images
- Works with the complete Nest suite of products
- High Price
- Need Nest Aware Subscription for full functionality