Nest Cam Outdoor Review: Protection Rain or Shine?

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Nest Cam Outdoor on side of houseNest has been a big player in the home security and automation field for some time now with their popular Nest Cam. After a lot of demand from its consumers, the company released the outdoor Nest camera for homeowners to protect the exterior of their property. With the addition of the Nest Cam Outdoor, Nest helps you video monitor the inside and outside of your home as well as control the temperature and alert you of smoke and carbon monoxide (that is, if you choose to purchase each of Nest’s products). In this Nest outdoor camera review, we’re going to discuss the key features, pros, cons, pricing and more to help you make a more informed purchase decision.

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Nest Cam

4.25 / 5
Nest Cam
Field of View 5.0
Audio 5.0
Remote Viewing/Streaming 4.5
Price 3.0
Recording 3.5
Tech Support 4.5


  • Live streaming video to computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Mobile apps send push notifications
  • Two-way audio communication with built-in microphone and speaker
  • On/Off programming to coordinate with your schedule
  • Motion detection
  • 24/7 continuous recording
  • Eight infrared LEDs for night vision
  • Syncs with Nest Learning Thermostat and Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • 24/7 customer support via phone & email
  • Weatherproof


  • No local video storage
  • Must be plugged into a wall outlet
  • Recording is an extra charge
  • Can’t withstand extreme winters

Key Features

Nest Came Outdoor

  • 1080p HD video
  • 130° field of view
  • Operating temperature: –4° to 104°F
  • 2-year limited warranty
  • 8x digital zoom


Cloud Recording

Below is the pricing for cloud recording for one camera. Cloud recording is optional, but without it, the camera and app only show you what is occurring in real-time. So if something happens while you’re not watching, you have no way of seeing what took place. We recommend signing up for Nest Aware cloud recording to get full use out of this camera.

  • Nest Aware: $60/year for 30 days of event video history
  • Nest Aware Plus: $120/year for 60 days of event video history + 10 days of 24/7 video history

What Do Customers Think of Nest Cam Outdoors?

Overall customers seem pleased with the Nest Cam Outdoor. Customers like how easy it is to install and how well the app performs. The biggest complaint is that there is a recurring monthly or yearly fee for cloud storage recording. Read below for real customer Nest Cam Outdoor reviews.

Positive Nest Outdoor Reviews

We had been waiting for an outdoor version of a Nest camera for some time and were not disappointed. Easy setup with excellent video. The apps and other software behind it out perform that of competing cameras we have purchased. The only bother we encountered came in switching the camera from one wifi network to another – a few too many steps. – MCHTally, Best Buy 9/21/2017

Great…Great…Great. I have two of these and they are the best outside camera out there. Easy to set up and a free 30 day trial on video but is free live all the time – Hawthorn 3/3/2017, Target

Negative Nest Outdoor Reviews

If you think you are going to have live surveillance without purchasing the monthly surveillance plan, then think again. What you actually get is a snap shot of some activity that gives you very little information. For instance, you will get a snapshot of a car that enters the activity zone but it will NOT provide any other activity that happens after the initial snapshot. You won’t know if someone exited the car and/or breached your zone without purchasing a plan. – ConnieB, Best Buy 1/2/2017

This is my 3rd Nest product; I also have the Nest thermostat and Nest protect. Based on those products, I bought the outdoor cam. Be aware that some of the features of the camera are not available unless you subscribe to the Nest surveillance plan (e.g. activity zones, activity notifications). That’s pretty annoying considering how much the camera costs. Also be sure to check your WiFi signal. Half of the install time was spent checking the signal. First we had to move the modem and the router. Then the location of the camera was dictated by the ability of the camera to get a signal. – Wimpy lashes, Target 3/20/2017

How to Install the Nest Cam Outdoor

This video shows you how to install your outdoor Nest Cam step by step.

Capturing Hidden Moments on Camera

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Some of the craziest things can be caught by a security camera. Take a look at this article to see some of the craziest things caught on video. How can you ensure your deliveries are arriving to your home properly? And what if someone does break into your home? With the use of Nest Cam Outdoor, you can monitor the exterior of your house.

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About The Author:

Kimberly is our home security expert, and has been researching and writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what's happening behind the scenes.

In 2018, she had her first child, and that opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing products and services.

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Bill P
June 14, 2017 2:17 pm

FINALLY they come out with an outdoor cam, about time Nest!