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A Guide to Google Nest Cam: Plans, Packages, Subscriptions, Bundles, and More

Considering Google Nest cameras and doorbells? We cover the devices, the subscriptions, and the packages to help you make the best choice for your smart home.

It wasn’t too long ago that the only way you could keep proper track of what was going on in and around your home or business was to either be present or rely on a neighbor. No more. Google Nest Cam and products like it have made it possible to see in and around your space with precision, 24 hours a day. Utilizing built-in intelligence, today’s Google Nest cameras and doorbells can not only detect motion and record video, they can also utilize facial recognition to send you customized alerts regarding specific people, vehicles, and animals in and around your property.

If you’re considering adding a Google Nest Cam to your smart home or smart security setup, here is what you need to know.

Types of Google Nest Cams

The first Nest Cam was introduced in 2015 and featured 1080p video resolution, night vision, a rotating and magnetic stand, sound and motion alerts, two-way talk, and optional Nest Aware services. Since that time, technology, pricing, and options have improved. Here are the Google Nest Cams available now.

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

The only camera in the IQ series left standing (Google announced they’d quit making the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor earlier this year), the Nest Cam IQ Indoor has the heftiest specs in the current Google Nest Camera universe, including Familiar Face alerts, 24-hour live streaming, 1080p HD video resolution with a 130 degree field of view with 12X digital zoom, a 4K sensor, two-way audio that actually allows for real in-time communication, and excellent night vision.

It also has Google Assistant built in and a three-hour snapshot history that allows users to review events in the Nest app even if an alert is missed.

It’s priced at $299.

Nest Cam (battery)

It looks a lot like the Nest Cam IQ Indoors, but this model can be used indoors and outdoors, and it can be wired or powered via a battery which gives users a lot more placement options. How good is the battery? According to a review at The Verge, the internal battery can power the Nest camera for up to three months with “typical usage.”

Video resolution on the Nest Cam (battery) is 1080p with HDR, and the digital zoom is 6X. It’s weather-resistant (not weatherproof like the IQ models), and its magnetic mounting base has been designed and tested to withstand storm level winds.

As for storage, the Nest Cam includes event history of up to three hours without a subscription and boasts internal storage capabilities of nearly an hour of event clips — which translates into about a week of events — should WiFi go down.

Software considerations to be aware of: Unlike the IQs, neither Google Nest Cam (battery) or (wired) include audio detection or zoom tracking. You also won’t find an Alexa integration.

It’s priced at $179.99.

Google Nest Cam (wired)

The Google Nest Cam (wired) is smaller and less expensive than the Google Nest Cam (battery), but it offers the same camera specifications — 1080p with HDR video resolution and 6X digital zoom — and it also offers the same on-device intelligence features. As the name suggests, it has to be plugged in to work.

Designed and intended for indoor use only, the Google Nest Cam (wired) also offers on-device storage for when WiFi fails.

It’s priced at $99.99.

Nest Cam with Floodlight

This wired Google Nest Cam with Floodlight comes with two floodlights and one camera that activate when movement or sound is detected. The camera features a video resolution of 1080p with full HD and 130 degree field of view. It has excellent night vision that can show clear video up to 20 feet. It can work with Google Assistant, but Google Assistant is not built-in like with the IQ series. It also includes two-way audio.

It’s priced at $279.99.

Nest Doorbell (wired) and Nest Doorbell (battery)

Both the Nest Doorbell (wired) (formerly known as the Nest Hello) and the Nest Doorbell (battery) make great companion Nest cameras and doorbells for anyone already inside the Google Smart Home ecosystem or looking to enter it. They both continuously record and stream 24 hours a day in HDR at a resolution of 1600 X 1200. (Lower resolution settings can be utilized for users with ISP data caps). The 145-degree viewing angle, infrared night vision, and 4:3 aspect ratio allow for a broad, clear view any time, day or night. Two-way audio allows for easy communication no matter where you are.

Nest Doorbell is also intelligent enough to tell the difference between people, animals, vehicles, and moving objects, so users tend to only receive notifications that are actually necessary. Both integrate with Google Assistant and Alexa, too.

They’re priced at $179.99.

Nest Cam Packages and Bundles

Always check the Google Store for packages and bundles when you’re finally ready to make a Nest Cam purchase. You’ll often find packages and bundling that make sense and will save you money. Here are some examples of current Nest Cam packages:

Front Door Monitoring Package

The Front Door Monitoring Package provides everything needed to monitor the front door of a home or business with the Nest Hub (2nd gen) and the Nest Doorbell (battery). Priced competitively at $249.98, which is $30 less than if the Nest Hub (2nd gen) and the Nest Doorbell (battery) were purchased separately.

Outdoor Monitoring Package

For visibility that isn’t limited to the front door, the Outdoor Monitoring Package is perfect. With the Nest Hub (2nd gen) and Nest Cam (battery), you can decide where you want to set up outside surveillance for just $249.98 — a savings of $30. Add another Nest Cam (battery) or three or four to gain even more 24-hour visibility around your property.

Total Security Package

The Total Security Package includes both a Nest Doorbell (battery) and a Nest Cam (battery), but instead of the Nest Hub (2nd gen), it includes the Nest Hub Max. The main advantages of the Nest Hub Max over the Nest Hub (2nd gen) are its display size — 10 inches versus seven inches; its 2.1 speaker arrangement and the resulting full spectrum sound, and its camera, which allows you to see into the room the Nest Hub Max is in via your smart device — something that isn’t possible with the Nest Hub (2nd gen). This package is priced at $523.98, an overall savings of $65.

Nest Cam Subscriptions and Plans: Nest Aware

To get the most out of most out of Google Home devices, including the different Google Nest Cams and Google Nest Doorbells, a subscription to Nest Aware is recommended. Here’s a breakdown of the subscription services offered and what you’ll get with each one:

Nest Aware (1st gen)

With first generation Google Nest Cams and devices, you’ll most likely need a per camera subscription, and you’ll need to choose between a 5-day, 24/7 video history; a 10-day, 24/7 video history; and a 30-day 24/7 video history.
  • One camera.
    • 5-day: $5/month or $50/year
    • 10-day: $10/month or $100/year
    • 30-day: $30/month or $300/year
  • Two cameras.
    • 5-day: $8/month or $80/year
    • 10-day: $15/month or $150/year
    • 30-day: $45/month or $450/year
  • Three cameras.
    • 5-day: $11/month or $110/year
    • 10-day: $20/month or $200/year
    • 30-day: $60/month or $600/year

Nest Aware (2nd gen)

Users of second generation Google Nest and Google Home devices, including Nest Cams and Nest Doorbells can choose between Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus for all devices — no per camera or per device charge. They can also choose to forego the Nest Aware subscription entirely and just rely on the storage available on second generation devices.

For Nest Aware, the subscription is $6/month or $60/year. For Nest Aware Plus, the subscription is $12/month or $120/year. So what’s the difference between Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus?

Nest Aware Subscription

A basic Nest Aware subscription covers all your second generation Nest cameras, doorbells, hubs/displays, and speakers. It includes:
  • 30 day video event history
  • Intelligent alerts like Familiar faces, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, or glass breaking
  • e911

Nest Aware Plus Subscription

A Nest Aware Plus Subscription also covers all second generation Nest cameras, doorbells, hubs/displays, and speakers. In addition, it also includes: 60 day video event history 24/7 video history for up to 10 days As with all smart home technologies, it’s important to make sure you have an Internet package that can keep up with your data needs. Not sure if the one you have is good enough? We can help.
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