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Nest Cam Indoor

Wireless indoor security camera

25 Reviews | 2 questions - 4 answers

Overview

Our take on the Nest Cam Indoor

There are times when I need to see what's going on in the house: whether I'm on a week's vacation, at work for the day, or have left the pets alone in the house for a couple of hours. Fortunately, there's a solution. The Nest Cam Indoor makes it easy to check in at home using your smartphone, tablet or computer.

The Nest Wi-Vi camera lets you make sure loved ones are safe even when you're not at home.

The Nest Cam lets you make sure loved ones are safe even when you're not at home.

Quick and easy home security

There are times when I need to see what's going on in the house: whether I'm on a week's vacation, at work for the day, or have left the pets alone in the house for a couple of hours. Fortunately, there's a solution. The Nest Cam Indoor makes it easy to check in at home using your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Just plug in your camera and launch the Nest app on your phone and you'll be streaming video and receiving alerts in moments. The Nest Cam Indoor 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.

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

Subscription-based cloud storage

The Nest Cam Indoor streams live video, 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 per 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 Indoor 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:

  • wireless indoor security camera is easy to install and sync with other Nest devices
  • compatible with:
  • live-view footage from anywhere using your smartphone, tablet or laptop
  • 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 130° field of view
  • 3-megapixel sensor provides sharp, clear images
  • 8x pinch-to-zoom feature lets you focus on a specific part of a room using the touchscreen on your smartphone or tablet
  • dual-band radio makes a solid Wi-Fi® connection
  • get emails or push notifications instantly when motion and sound are detected
  • built-in mic and speaker allow two-way communication
  • camera switches to night vision mode automatically when a room gets dark
  • 10-foot USB cable and power adapter included
    • note: uses one 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)
  • 128-bit encryption happens inside the camera to provide security even on unsecured Wi-Fi networks
Advanced Features:
  • speed-search for a specific moment in a day's worth of video with Sightline
  • if you have more than one camera in a room, use Spaces to see all of them at once
  • free 3-hour snapshot history in the Nest app, so you can check and see if you missed anything
  • share password-protected live view from your camera
  • two-step authentication makes your Nest devices more secure
  • get a special Person Alert when Nest Cam Indoor detects a human presence
Dimensions and Warranty:

What's in the Box:

  • Nest Cam (black) Wi-Fi video camera with magnetic base
  • Wall bracket
  • 119" Micro USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB on other end)
  • AC adapter with USB port (DC output: 5V 2A)
  • 3 Self-tapping screws (length=3/4")
  • "Welcome Home" sheet
  • Ready.Set.Go sheet
  • Nest family brochure
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • Nest Cam warning sticker
Reviews

Nest Cam Indoor Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(25 Reviews)

Nest Cam Indoor

Crutchfield customer from Narragansett, RI on 12/6/2018

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Easy set up and use- like the voice feature

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Gustavo from Briarwood, NY on 3/20/2018

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Excellent producr

Pros: Get info even when you are not home

Cons: None

High Quality and Reliable Indoor Camera

Lance from Charlotte, NC on 9/12/2017

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We love our Nest camera. We plugged our camera into a kitchen outlet using a white Wasserstein AC Outlet Mount for a clean cordless look, and it captures all three entrances to our home. This gives us piece of mind when we are away or on vacation. Setup was a breeze with the Nest app. Picture quality is very good and motion detection is accurate. We loved the indoor camera so much that we also invested in the Nest Outdoor Camera.

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Guest from Patchogue, NY on 8/14/2017

Very good camera and functions as described. Easy set up and tie into iPhone.

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Nest Wi-Fi Video Camera

Christian from Mesa, AZ on 6/12/2017

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So far, the Nest Cam is working exactly as I expected. I have used it to keep an eye on my house while I was gone for a week, and have used it to confirm the antics of my cats when we aren't around. It is easy to blend into the decor so that it becomes hidden in plain sight. It took two people five days to find the camera even though they knew it was in the room!

Pros: Easy setup Responds quickly and consistently to movement Great form factor

Cons: It is on the expensive end for cameras Cloud service could be cheaper or have tiered levels of support

Nest Cam Indoor

Crutchfield customer from Lincoln, NE on 3/26/2017

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Awesome nanny cam / baby monitor. Good app. Camera is good quality, better than a typical baby monitor, but not mind blowing. Still, really love the features, & the 2-way communication.

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Crutchfield customer from New York, NY on 12/12/2016

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I got the camera promptly however had a bit of a problem setting it up. I ended up having to do it from my computer but only took an additional five minutes or so. I'm impressed with the quality and viewing angle. I love the notifications I get of sound or movement. Would definitely consider other Nest products.

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Greg from Reno, NV on 12/12/2016

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This nest cam is awesome I love it I give this cam 5 stars

Pros: Works grate when away

Cons: Don't like the cord plug it

Nest Cam Indoor

Steve from Hialeah, FL on 10/24/2016

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Great product overall. Had some issues with first setup but computer sets fixed all problems.

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Great upgrade!

Grant from Manorville, NY on 10/15/2016

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Bought this to replace an old Linksys cam. what a difference ! Viewing angle and clarity are great! The alerts work perfectly.

Pros: Viewing angle, clarity, ease of setup

Cons: None

Good Quality, bad motion detection

Daniel from MA on 9/15/2016

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The ease of set up, the app and the quality of the camera is excellent. I have it set up in a vacation house, with the intent being that the motion detector would allow me to monitor any potential intrusion and view what was happening when motion was detected. However, it gives me false motion alerts up to 20 times per day, for what I assume are issues related to sunlight, not motion.

Pros: ease of use, quality

Cons: value of the motion detection feature

Nest Cam

Anthony from St. John, VI on 9/3/2016

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Video quality is great! Nest Aware is a must and easy to use through the mobile app. Night vision quality is better than expected. I'm looking forward to the outdoor version

Pros: Overall video quality, size, ease of setup and build quality

Cons: Sound over microphone could be better but it's not terrible.

Nest Cam

Michael from San Antonio, TX on 8/1/2016

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Size and positioning possibility is the main advantage. Good quality video, but I prefer the Canary cam's app and video quality. Recorded audio seems to be at really low volume.

Pros: size, placement possibilities

Cons: app is so-so; sound is not picked up as well

Nest Cam Indoor

Crutchfield customer from Cutler Bay, FL on 7/14/2016

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Super nice camera.

Pros: Na

Cons: Na

Easy to set up and use

Ozge from Guttenberg, NJ on 6/26/2016

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I bought Nest cam for my baby's room. Its integration with iPhone and iPad was attractive. It took 30 seconds to set it up with the home wifi; and we started using it immediately. Image and sound quality is also good; great product for its price.

Pros: Easy to set up and use. iPhone and iPad apps.

Cons: None.

Works great out of the box

Russell from New York, NY on 5/29/2016

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Works straight out of the box. Easy to setup and great quality video. Alerts on movement very helpful as well as it is being used as a baby monitor.

Pros: - Portable - Easy to Setup - Good, heavy base - Extra long USB power cord makes it easy to setup anywhere

Cons: - Would prefer if the cord matched the device color (black) rather than white

Excellent, but a couple features are needed...

Keith from Annapolis, MD on 2/19/2016

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I recently purchased 3 Nest cams in order to monitor my elderly father while at work. Setup was simple, motion detection is great and the day/night video quality is outstanding. However, it would be nice to see all 3 cameras in a single window instead of having to open 3 tabs on my browser everyday and having to flip between them. Researching this online, it appears that Nest users have been asking for this feature for years, and the company has been unresponsive. I observed the same pattern a year ago when I was upgrading the two thermostats in my house, so I opted for the Ecobee thermostat over Nest, and I've not regretted it.

Pros: Excellent quality, easy to setup, 2-way voice ability

Cons: Somewhat pricey, Nest doesn't seem responsive to user requests, lack of control over notification frequency

Great upgrade

MikeS from Texas on 1/17/2016

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This camera is a big upgrade over my current camera system. The ability to hear sound and speak through the camera is a great feature. It's all about the features you would or wouldn't use and this one seems to have it all from pinch to zoom and the ability to change between 720p & 1080p.

Pros: Ability to hear sound and speak through the camera.

Cons: A little expensive for one camera.

Nest cam

RG from New Jersey on 12/25/2015

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This my fourth nestcam all work perfectly especially in low light; easy set up

Pros: low light camera

Cons: non so far

Awesome Little Cam

Crutchfield customer from California on 11/2/2015

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I work in the Audio Video Industry and there is nothing better out there for this price. We normally have systems starting $1000.00 and up for remote viewing.

Pros: Everything is top notch!!!

Cons: Software is buggy at times not the camera.

Nest Cam

BrianS from Texas on 9/30/2015

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Easy set up. No need to mount to wall. App works well and cameras provide very good detail. Ability to transmit voice is really nice. Crutchfield pre-purchase support was great. Recommended.

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Love it. Works great.

Crutchfield customer from Georgia on 8/30/2015

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Love it. Works great.

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Best Camera I've Used!

David O. from New York on 7/21/2015

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So easy to set-up and use! Web viewing is great except when your internet connection is too slow to support the Nest Cam's high resolution. Also interfaces well with the Nest App, and Nest Thermostat. Waiting for Nest to introduce more Smart Home products.

Pros: Easy to set up, attractive, works great with Nest Thermostat.

Cons: Expensive (but worth it)

Best WiFi Camera

Crutchfield customer from Dallas, TX on 7/6/2015

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We have tried several brands of WiFi cameras (Motorola, Samsung, etc.) only to take them back because they stunk and were expensive. The Nest cam is awesome, easy to setup and use, and made out of some sort of metal alloy and is thus strong. I'm sold on Google home products.

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Glitchy, but good video quality

Beegee from Los Angeles, CA on 7/6/2015

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Not as perfect as the dropcam pro. A bit glitchy and needs some work.

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Product Research

Features

Overview: Nest Cam is a small, Wi-Fi-capable camera that can help you keep an eye on your home or office. It can securely stream live 1080p Full HD video to your computer, or to an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. 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 Protect Smoke and CO alarm and the Nest Thermostat. The Nest Cam has a magnetic base, and comes with a 10' Micro USB cable, AC adapter, and a wall-mount bracket.

Installing: Nest Cam is mounted to a 2-7/8" diameter magnetic base. On the base, the camera can be tilted up to 180°. The camera and base can be placed on a shelf or tabletop, or wall mounted using the included bracket. You can also remove the base and mount the camera to a tripod or other standard 1/4" camera mount. Nest Cam is powered by the supplied AC adapter (5V 2A) and 10' Micro USB cable. The camera is designed to operate with 802.11b/g/n networks on 2.4 GHz frequency bands.

Nest App: You can view streaming video from your Nest Cam on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device through the free Nest App. The app is compatible with Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) running iOS 8 or later. It is also compatible with all Samsung devices running Android 4.0.3 or later, and LG Nexus 5.

Nest Aware: Nest Cam lets you view live streaming on your computer or mobile device. The optional Nest Aware service with Video History lets you save the past 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. As of September 2015, monthly rates start at $10 per month for 10 days of video and $30 per month for 30 days.

Works With Nest: When Nest Cam 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 Cams 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.

Activity Alerts: Nest Cam 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 is offline, an alert is sent to your mobile device (through the Nest App), or to your Nest Cam account.

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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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I have two of these cameras at home and plan to swap out the cameras currently in use at my office. The quality is far superior and the communication through the app is incredible. [ Christopher  Nov 26, 2018 ]
To monitor my dog in her crate. [ Satoshi  Jun 08, 2018 ]
I have other Nest products and love they way they integrate with each other. Also, the setup and installation has always been well designed and easy for the "average Joe" to do. The excellent promotional sale price Crutchfield was offering was icing on the cake. [ Stephen  Jun 07, 2018 ]
Happy with Nest thermostat [ stuart  May 19, 2018 ]
Already have 1 NEST cam setup as a "Nanny Cam / Baby Monitor" for our youngest child, now setting one up for the other 2 kids. Love the NEST cam. [ Samuel  Feb 23, 2018 ]
I've been looking for a good indoor camera. Also I already have a nest thermostat so adding this makes sense. It all hooks into the same app. Now my wife can watch our dog during the day! [ Joshua  Dec 19, 2017 ]
Reputation of product [ John  Nov 18, 2017 ]
Recommended from a friend as a baby monitor replacement that works great for traveling parents. [ JOSEPH  Aug 03, 2017 ]
I love my NEST thermostats and all reviews pointed to this being a good choice. I like that I already have a NEST account and am assuming set up will be as easy as the thermostat set up was. [ Suzanne  Jun 28, 2017 ]
Buying this for a baby monitor alternative. [ Samuel  Feb 28, 2017 ]
Reputation, popular brand, good software reviews! [ DAN R  Feb 12, 2017 ]
Security [ Travis  Nov 27, 2016 ]
Baby monitor [ Matthew  Nov 25, 2016 ]
I have one. Wanted another. [ William  Nov 24, 2016 ]
To keep an eye on pets . . . and teenage daughter. [ deb  Nov 23, 2016 ]
Excellent camera, I already have one and I am expanding my system. [ LUIS  Sep 01, 2016 ]
home security [ Daniel  Jul 22, 2016 ]
Highly rated review. The Nest interface (web access/mobile app) should be pretty slick. [ Keith  Feb 02, 2016 ]
Easiness to insrall [ Adam  Jan 24, 2016 ]
Had video and speaking ability. [ MICHAEL  Dec 26, 2015 ]

2 questions already asked

I don't think you have a way to authenticate your identity through the Nest. [ JAY  Jul 20, 2017 ]
You can buy an enclosure that's specifically made to conceal the units. Just do a web search on it, you'll find many of them. I have the alarm clock. [ JAY  Jun 13, 2017 ]
Professional installation I can send you a photo where I have one installed [ RODOLFO A  Jun 12, 2017 ]
Yes [ RODOLFO A  Jun 12, 2017 ]
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