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Want to keep tabs on a mischievous pet when you’re away? Or add more muscle to your existing home or business security system? Or maybe you are just looking for a way to visually see when your teens walk through the door after school and talk to them about their day. The Wi-Fi-enabled Nest Cam (formerly Dropcam) can do all that and more. It’s a popular choice among the growing number of consumers installing Internet Protocol (IP) cameras in their homes. You can read more about how Nest Cam compares against some of the best WiFi video monitoring cameras but first let’s get into the nitty gritty with this plug and play security camera.
- All glass lens records 1080p with HD video, giving you exceptional video resolution
- 130 degree field of view captures an entire room, eliminating the need for motorized pan and tilt functions
- High sensitivity camera sensor allows for better image quality, even in low-light
- Exceptional 8x zoom and enhance features in live video feed
- 3 megapixel image sensor
- 2.4 and 5GHz frequencies to stream
- $199 (MSRP)
- 30-day money back guarantee
- 2 year limited warranty
- Cloud recording (optional): $100/year for 10 day video history or $300/year for 30 day video history
What Happened to Dropcam?
In mid-2014, Dropcam was acquired by Google-owned Nest Labs, Inc., a home automation company, for a hefty $555 million. Nest is known for its Wi-Fi enabled, sensor-driven products that are easily programmable and learn on their own. What does this mean for Drop Cam? Nest has gradually been removing all Dropcam items and replacing them with Nest branded devices. So you may have heard of the Dropcam Pro, but Nest is no longer selling that camera and it has since been replaced with the Nest Cam. The Dropcam Pro and the Nest Cam are pretty much the same thing. The Nest Cam just has a smaller stand. However consumers are very displeased with the Nest Cam so far so maybe they changed more than it appears on the surface. Nearly 1/3 of the reviews on Amazon are 1 star and it doesn’t look to live up to the Dropcam Pro’s reputation.
Consumers Weigh In
What are real users saying about Nest Cam? Here’s a sampling of customer reviews from around the web.
I love my Nest Cam. It came in very handy when my 88 year old dad was here visiting. When we were at work, I was able to check on him and converse with him through the Next Cam, as we do not have home phones. It made me feel better that I was able to see him and talk to him should a problem arise. I love the clear picture and easy set up. I also love the fact that it was added to my Nest app without any problems so I have all my Nest products in one place. -Alicia G., Amazon 8/12/2015
With its crystal clear 130 degree wide angle viewing, this NestCam was the perfect choice. We only needed one (well placed) camera to provide security for a large indoor area. Installation and intregation to a larger Home Automation project was simple and very quick. While it may be a bit pricey, so far it is worth it. -JustAnotherConsumer, Best Buy 8/19/2015
Held off getting the Dropcam Pro, for this. Unfortunately not worth the wait. Some things to be aware of:
1. No way to fine tune motion detection
2. No geofencing, so always on and recording unless manually turn on and off
3. Terrible lag and takes forever to connect at times through app -Sak, Amazon 6/24/2015
So much time wasted on setup. I’ve tried 2 different emails, a Mac, An S6 Android, Windows 7 PC- all which do not receive their silly email verification. Get your act together! At $200 I expect better. Returning dud tomorrow. -theclone19, Best Buy 7/25/2015
A ‘Big Brother’ to watch over your kids
It may be an Orwellian nightmare for your kids, but you can gain much-needed peace of mind by having watchful eyes over your children when you’re not at home. This short video (too fun not to share!) sums it up with the younger bunch — just think of the possibilities with your teens when you’re out of town! (FYI, this video was taken via the Dropcam Pro, but it’s too funny not to share and it still applies to the Nest Cam). Enjoy!
How To Hide Nest Cam?
Since your camera has to be plugged into an outlet and has a large lens it can be difficult to hide a Nest Cam. There’s a company that actually specializes in how to hide a Dropcam (which will also work for Nest Cam), Dropcessories. You can hide Nest Cam with DropCessories’ alarm clock, tissue box, teddy bear, plant and more. The options may amaze and delight you!
Stiff competition on the horizon?
Nest Cam is likely to face even stiffer competition in the years to come. According to a 2014 report by Transparency Market Research, the video surveillance market, which includes plug and play IP monitoring cameras, will experience an estimated 19.1% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2019. The good news for consumers? In the near future there will be even more and better cameras to choose from. And if Nest wants its camera to stay a leading video monitoring product, the company will have to continually improve its tech features. We’re certainly keeping an eye on the industry!
We’d love to hear your experiences with Nest Cam. Be sure not to leave out any funny or wish-you-hadn’t-seen-that stories of the footage you’ve captured!