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Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera

Wireless outdoor security camera (2 pack)

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Our take on the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera

This two-pack of Nest Cam IQ Outdoor cameras provides two weatherproof units, so you can get a clear picture of what's going on outside your home or business. The camera's 8-megapixel image sensor with HDR (high dynamic range) and 12X pinch-to-zoom capability give you a fantastic view. An array of infrared LED lights even lets you see in the dark.

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor camera lets you check in at home via a free app on your smartphone.

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor camera lets you check in at home via a free app on your smartphone.

Keep two sharp eyes on your home or business

This two-pack of Nest Cam IQ Outdoor cameras provides two weatherproof units, so you can get a clear picture of what's going on outside your home or business. The camera's 8-megapixel image sensor with HDR (high dynamic range) and 12X pinch-to-zoom capability give you a fantastic view. An array of infrared LED lights even lets you see in the dark.

After you plug in the camera and launch the Nest app on your phone, you'll be streaming live video and receiving alerts in moments. The Nest Cam IQ is your eyes, ears and even your voice when you're away from home — each camera has a microphone and speaker built in, so you can verbally check in with kids, elderly parents or pets while you're at work. It can even recognize faces.

Note: The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor uses the included USB cord for power, but communicates with your device wirelessly.

Subscription-based cloud storage

The camera streams live video 24/7, but you'll likely want to save clips for later review. Nest Aware offers subscription-based cloud storage packages that automatically archive a 5-day history ($5 per month or $50/year), 10-day history ($10/month or $100/year) or a 30-day history ($30/month or $300/year). Nest Aware also offers advanced services like person alerts, alert history, personalized alerts for different zones, and an ability to create time lapse videos to show changes throughout the day.

Part of your whole-home Nest system

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is compatible with other Nest home automation devices:

Your Nest devices work together to give you more control over home security. If your smoke detector sends you an alert while you're at work, you can turn on your Nest camera and assess the situation instantly, then use the camera's microphone and speakers to warn anyone who might be home. Even better, if your Nest Protect senses rising levels of carbon monoxide, your Nest Thermostat can automatically turn off your connected gas furnace.

Product Highlights:

  • two wireless outdoor security cameras are easy to install and sync with other Nest devices
  • compatible with:
  • get live-view footage from anywhere using your smartphone, tablet or laptop
  • 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) @ 30 fps
  • 130° field of view
  • powerful infrared LED lights let you see in the dark
  • see everything clearly with 8-megapixel imaging sensor and HDR (high dynamic range)
  • 12X pinch-to-zoom feature lets you focus on a specific part of a room using the touchscreen on your smartphone or tablet
  • automatically zoom in and track intruders
  • built-in dual-band Wi-Fi® for reliable network connections
  • get emails or push notifications instantly when motion and sound are detected
    • person alerts let you know when someone enters the room
  • built-in mic and speaker allow two-way communication
  • camera switches to night vision mode automatically when a room gets dark
  • note: uses included 25-foot USB cord for power, but communicates with your device wirelessly
  • set the camera to turn on and off based on time of day or your location
  • save and share footage with optional Nest Aware service (requires a monthly or yearly fee)
    • continuously record up to 30 days of video in the cloud
  • 128-bit encryption happens inside the camera to provide security even on unsecured Wi-Fi networks
  • free 3-hour snapshot history in the Nest app, so you can check and see if you missed anything
  • two-step authentication makes your Nest devices more secure
Dimensions and Warranty:

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Nest Cam IQ Outdoor cameras on base
  • 2 Wall plates (attached)
  • 2 Indoor AC power adapters (with USB-C port)
  • Two 25' Outdoor power cables (USB-C plugs on each end)
  • 2 Power cable straps (installed on cable)
  • 24 Self-tapping screws (length=1")
  • 24 Plastic wall anchors
  • 16 Cable clips
  • Installation Guide

Easy to install and integrates great with my other Nest products, thermostats and doorbell. Provides peace of mind when out of the office.

Mark, College Grove, TN


Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(13 Reviews)

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera

Crutchfield customer from Wentzville, MO on 1/5/2019

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Really like these cameras. Everything you need except a long drill bit is included. Clarity is perfect.



Well designed product

Mark from College Grove, TN on 10/14/2018

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Easy to install and integrates great with my other Nest products, thermostats and doorbell. Provides peace of mind when out of the office.

Pros: Installation, mobile app, video quality

Cons: Required annual service to make the best use of features. This is required by all competing products.

Good picture detail

Marty from Worthington, OH on 9/23/2018

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Relatively easy to set up and connect. The main problem was routing the wire along an outside wall in a metal conduit - cutting and affixing the conduit and progressing through three 90 degree turns was more difficult than actually setting up the Nest camera.

Pros: Easy electrical set up and connection to web

Cons: Depending on where you want to place the camera, it may be easy or harder to run the connection to a suitable electrical socket. If it seems too difficult for you, hire an installer.

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera

Dan from Ballston Lake, NY on 9/12/2018

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Only had the cameras for about a week so far. We have many other Nest products including other indoor/outdoor cameras, and indoor IQ cameras, thermostats, and smoke detectors. I love the Nest app and having everything all in one, as well as being able to control all devices from my phone. Here's a list of pros and cons I have observed so far. Pros: Little better picture quality than their older camera. The blacks at night are blacker so you can make out objects a little clearer. The sound to and from is better and louder. Auto Tracking is a nice feature. Nest customer service was nice and easy to deal with when I called about the cord tearing during install. Cons: The price increase over the older cameras. The camera is much larger than the older ones, like double the size making it a lot more noticeable and less "hidden". For the price of the camera the picture quality is just not that much better, especially on zoom. I figured zooming in on a face or license plate may be much clearer but it's still very distorted on zoom. More difficult to mount than the older magnetic base was, and harder to turn it to a better angle. The power cord is not very durable, ripped very easily while I was fishing the line along my siding with only my fingers no tools. Pictures included. Little disappointed in these cameras overall especially for the price of two. I guess we'll see how they do in the long run.



Crutchfeild service is loved by me!

Ephraim from New York, NY on 8/8/2018

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I'm a big believer in acknowledging superior service. I haven't used the cameras yet but I have little doubt they will be fantastic based on the many consistent great reviews on the net posted in every site. What I'm reviewing here is Crutchfeild service, as I've never been their customer before. The offered the best price (no tax) on the internet and also the faster shipping I could find including all the major retailers. To my surprise it arrived on time! Brand new! In a very cheerful box and securely packed box! Great job, a stand up company! I will most certainly be a repeat costumer. Thank you!



Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera

Josh from Granger, Indiana on 7/29/2018

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Easy install, and easy to set up. nest cameras are the best out there. The night vision on these are amazing.



Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera

Crutchfield customer from Concord, NC on 7/28/2018

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Great camera with good picture. Love the automatic tracking and zoom in features when a person is spotted.

Pros: Good picture and nice features.

Cons: High price

Excellent image

William from Yonkers, NY on 7/18/2018

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This is a great product. Works as advertised. App runs smooth. Image quality is great. The Supersight feature is awesome. Having continuous recording is awesome and with the new $5/month plan makes it affordable.

Pros: Great picture Continuos recording Facial recognition No loaf two way communication

Cons: Expensive

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera

Crutchfield customer from Pelham, NY on 7/16/2018

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Easy installation and flawless performance so far. I only wish the camera body was smaller.



Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera

Crutchfield customer from Commack, NY on 7/16/2018

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If your looking for at home security, look no further! I had Arlo and older cameras and this was is by far the best!!!



These Put the Awe In Awesome

Shane from Huntingtn Bch, CA on 6/29/2018

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Best security cams on the market without a doubt. Clear 24/7 recording. And often overlooked on products like these is the app and interface. No glitches, works flawlessly on android. Some other cams will only record the back of the head of the criminal that stole your stuff. That's what my doorbell does but it is not a nest doorbell. Go figure. So now I have nest cams recording my video doorbell so I can see the important stuff. Because on a police report there is not a section for the description of the back of the perpetrators head.

Pros: Clarity, facial recognition, App, 24/7 recording , night vision, Not Hackable like most others

Cons: Price (get what you pay for)

Best Indoor Wifi Camera Out There!

George from Omaha, NE on 5/14/2018

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High quality construction and packed with features. The interface is very user friendly for all levels of technical expertise.



The best there is

MATTHEW from Austin, TX on 4/1/2018

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Simple the best outdoor wifi cameras you can buy right now. They work better than others I've tried, in every single way.

Pros: Top notch image quality Very little lag Two-way audio works great in both directions Best in class software Easy installation

Cons: None


Hands-on research

Product Research


2-pack Overview: The Nest Cam IQ 2 pack (NC4200US) contains two small outdoor Wi-Fi cameras that can help you keep an eye on your home or office. Each Nest Cam IQ Outdoor comes with a 25' power cable, cable clips, and a secure wall mount with hardware. The cameras have the following dimensions: Diameter 3-13/16", Camera Depth 4", Camera with base 4-7/8", Weight (with base) 22.6 ounces.

Camera Overview: This IP66-rated weatherproof security camera can stream live 1080p Full HD video to your computer via Wi-Fi, or to an iPhone, iPad, or Android device via Bluetooth 4.0. Two-way audio lets you hear what's going on, and allows you to talk to persons through the camera. It works as a standalone home surveillance camera, or in conjunction with the Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Protect Smoke and CO alarm, and the Nest Thermostat.

High Definition Video: Nest Cam IQ Outdoor has an all-glass lens to give you the best image possible. It has a wide 130° angle of view, so you can see the entire area around your doors or windows. The camera is equipped with an 8-megapixel 4K color image sensor (1/2.5") to give you incredible detail day or night. Daytime HDR (high dynamic range) combines multiple 4K images to give you great images in the shadows, even on a bright day. In the Nest app, you can use the 12x digital zoom to get a closer look. The Enhance feature delivers extra-crisp details in places where you need it. If the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor sees a person, special algorithms automatically zoom in and follow their movements in the app (Tracking View).

Installing: Nest Cam IQ Outdoor mounts to a 2-3/4" diameter wall mount. The camera has an adjustable base, which allows you to position the camera at virtually any angle. It is recommended that the camera is mounted between 7' and 10' above the ground or floor, tilted downward. It should be close enough to see a person's face and to communicate with them through the camera. Nest Cam IQ Outdoor requires AC power from a nearby indoor power outlet. You may have to drill through your home's exterior wall to reach an indoor outlet. The camera streams audio and video via Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz, 5GHz), and should be mounted within range of your router. The included wall plate attaches to the exterior of your home via 4 screws (supplied). The camera base fits into the wall plate and twist-locks into place. A set screw (with included hex key) in the camera base secures the camera to the wall plate to prevent tampering.

Activity Alerts: Nest Cam IQ Outdoor can detect and alert you to either motion in your video or sound picked up by the microphone on the camera. When activity is detected, or if Nest Cam IQ is offline, an alert is sent to your mobile device (through the Nest App), or to your Nest Cam account.

Nest App: You can view streaming video from your Nest Cam IQ Outdoor on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device through the free Nest App. The app is compatible with the following:

  • iPhone, iPad, iPod touch: running iOS 9.0 or later
  • Apple Watch: watchOS 2.0 or later and iOS 9.0 or later
  • Apple TV: 4th gen or later with tvOS 10.0 or later
  • Android devices: 4.1 and up
  • Android Wear: 5.1.1 or later and Android 4.3 or later
  • Android TV: 5.0 or later
  • Browser: latest version of Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer
  • Windows: Windows 7 or later
  • Mac: OS X 10.9 or later

Nest Aware: Nest Cam IQ Outdoor lets you view live streaming on your computer or mobile device. You can check in anytime to see what's happening, and see photos of activity from the last three hours. The optional Nest Aware service with Video History lets you save the past 5, 10, or 30 days of video footage in the cloud for review at any time. The service can create a time lapse of an event, or of an entire day, that you can watch in 60 seconds. You can make and save clips to share with friends or family. Custom activity zones can be created to keep an eye on specific areas in your home. If your Nest Cam IQ Outdoor detects a dog barking, spots an unknown person, or detects a familiar face, you will get an intelligent alert on your devices. As of March 2018, Nest Aware rates are $5/month or $50/year for 5 days of video history, $10/month or $100/year for 10 days, or $30/month or $300/year for 30 days.

Works With Nest: When Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is added to a home network that includes Nest products, additional features are available. If the Nest Protect Smoke and CO Detector sounds an Emergency Alarm, all of the Nest Cams will turn on and start recording video automatically. The recording will continue for 1 hour, or until the Nest Protect senses that the smoke or carbon monoxide has subsided. When paired with a Nest Thermostat, the Nest Cam IQs in your home can be set to automatically turn on when you switch to the Away setting on the Thermostat. When you return, and manually set the Thermostat to the Home setting, the Nest Cams will automatically turn off. This feature does not work with Nest Thermostat's Auto-Away feature.

Camera Settings: Using the Nest App or your Nest Cam Account, you can change the following settings:

  • Camera On/Off: lets you turn the camera video streaming on or off
  • Status Light: turns the status light on or off
  • HD Video: turns HD video on or off (to save bandwidth)
  • Night Vision: activates ring of IR LEDs used for night vision. You can set to Auto, or manual on/off
  • Rotate Image: rotates the video 180° in case you have to invert and mount on the ceiling
  • Audio: turns the camera's microphone on or off
  • Microphone Sensitivity: if microphone is on, this slide control adjusts the mic's sensitivity
  • Camera Scheduling: allows you to set daily schedules for your camera to be on or off
  • Location Schedule: For iOS only, this setting allows you to turn the camera on or off using the location of your iPhone.
  • Nest Cam CVR: lets you see your current CVR (cloud video recording) subscription
  • Detect Motion Events: allows you to enable or disable the camera to detect motion events
  • Detect Sound Events: allows you to enable or disable the camera to detect sound events
  • Wi-Fi Network: indicated which Wi-Fi network your camera is connected to.
  • Deactivate The Camera: If you want to use the camera in a different Nest Cam account, sell or give away the camera, you must first deactivate it.

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Why did you buy this?

Recommended by a friend and also I have other nest products. [ Ali  Nov 19, 2018 ]
I have two other of the same camera - they are a very nice product [ Brad  Sep 27, 2018 ]
Recommended [ Christopher  Aug 08, 2018 ]
Top quality camera, image and weather protection [ Malaika  Jul 20, 2018 ]
I had a recent break in and needed a reliable outdoor camera providing high definition and face recognition and after reviwing the Nest IQ products I found the right match for my home security requirements. [ Giovanni  Jul 08, 2018 ]
Seems like a superior product. Love the 2 pack price [ Bradley  Jun 05, 2018 ]
Wireless, 1080 dp, and intelligent scan [ Ronald  May 28, 2018 ]
Using all Nest products and presvious user of original cameras. Love the hidden wire option and more powerful sensor. [ Jeffrey  Apr 20, 2018 ]
Simply best Cam and you have stock in hand as show on your website [ Jinho  Apr 07, 2018 ]
Nest has a good reputation. [ Carlo  Apr 04, 2018 ]

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