Google Nest Cam: A Smart Move for Indoor and Outdoor Security

Google Nest Cam (battery) for indoor & outdoor review

Google Nest Cam (battery) indoor and outdoor

Google Nest Cam (battery) Indoor and Outdoor (Image credit:

Section Highlights
Unveiling the Google Nest Cam Versatile for both indoor/outdoor; robust design.
First Impressions Heavy, strong build; one-color, noticeable design.
Navigating the Specs 1080p HD, night vision; impressive battery range.
Examining the Features Free object detection; enhanced options with Nest Aware.
Pricing and Comparisons Pricier than competitors; stands out in the Nest ecosystem.
Final Verdict Ensures security with encrypted videos; Nest-centric appeal.
FAQ Addresses key concerns and clarifies product details.
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In this review, we delve into Google’s versatile security solution, the Google Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery). With its hefty build and robust features, this camera, designed for both indoor and outdoor use, offers 1080p HD video, night vision, two-way audio, and a 130-degree field of view. Its battery life spans from 1.5 to 7 months, and its advanced detection capabilities come as part of the free features, with enhanced options available through the Nest Aware subscription. Although the camera’s larger size may not blend inconspicuously into your decor, and its cost might be higher than its competitors, the Nest Cam guarantees security with encrypted video footage. All in all, it presents a compelling option for those heavily invested in the Nest ecosystem.

If you’re looking for other similar home security camera systems, the Wyze V3 Cam is a great competitor for indoor and outdoor surveillance. If you are looking for indoor cameras, then take a look at the Simplicam, Roku Indoor Camera, Blink Mini Camera and the Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera.


Google is no stranger to smart home security, and their newest addition, the Google Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery), stands as a testament to their prowess. But is it a smart move for indoor and outdoor security? This Google Nest Cam review seeks to answer that question.

Indoor and outdoor home surveillance video camera

Indoor and Outdoor Home Surveillance Video Camera (Image credit: Mias’s Best)

Unveiling the Google Nest Cam

As its name suggests, the Google Nest Cam can function as both an indoor and outdoor camera, giving you flexibility and control. Coming in a sleek, modern design, it fits effortlessly into any home setting. However, its robust weight of 14.04 oz (398 g) belies its compact size. The Nest Cam boasts dimensions of 3.27 inches in length and width and a sturdy, magnetic wall mount.

Google Nest Cam with magnetic wall mounting

Google Nest Cam with magnetic wall mounting (Image credit:

The Google Nest Cam outdoor, with its robust build and substantial weight, can withstand the elements to a degree, thanks to an IP54 weather resistance rating. However, the Nest Cam isn’t entirely weatherproof, suggesting the need for a somewhat shielded outdoor installation.


First Impressions and Navigating the Specs

The device excels in its video capabilities. Offering a 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second, this camera ensures clear and crisp footage. It also features High Dynamic Range (HDR) and night vision that illuminates up to 15 feet, assuring you won’t miss any vital detail, day or night. A wide 135° diagonal field of view helps keep a larger area under surveillance.

Wide diagonal field of view

Wide 135° diagonal field of view for larger area under sureveillance (Image credit: Mia’s Best)

What sets the Google Nest Cam apart is its impressive battery life. Depending on the selected battery settings and frequency of events recorded, the Google Nest Cam battery life can range from one and a half to seven months. This feature alone sets it apart in the smart camera market.

Drawing of battery

Several months of  cam battery life with Google Nest Cam (Image credit: Mia’s Best)

However, for users who prefer a wired setup, the camera does offer the option to be wired, although the required weatherproof cable is sold separately.

Examining the Features

Now, let’s talk about the smart features. With a new machine learning chip, the Google Nest Cam (battery) can alert you to motion, people, animals, and vehicles, providing a three-hour event history. This means you’ll have access to any recorded events in the last three hours – a major step forward for Google, who now provides more features for free without requiring a Nest Aware subscription.

Google Nest Cam Recording Mobile Phone App

Capture everyting in Google Nest Cam App for Android and IOS (Image credit:

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Pricing and Comparisons

The Google Nest Cam (Battery) extends an offer to upgrade to Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus for $6 and $12 a month, respectively. These upgrades provide added features like familiar face detection, sound alerts, the ability to call 911 from the Google Home app, and extended video history, among other benefits.

Google Nest Cam Subscription Features

Google Nest Cam Subscription Features (Image credit:

Given its specifications and price point of $180, the Google Nest Cam may face stiff competition. Despite this, it holds its own with its blend of smart features, impressive battery life, and the backing of a trusted brand.

Final Verdict

All in all, the Google Nest Cam wireless security system could be an excellent addition to your home. It functions well, integrates seamlessly with Google Home, and offers a range of features that meet most users’ security needs.

Home Security Surveillance

Seamlessly integration with Google Nest Cam Home Surveillance System (Image credit: Mia’s Best)

So, whether you’re a die-hard fan of Google products or simply in the market for a reliable indoor/outdoor security camera, the Google Nest Cam could be the smart move you’ve been waiting for.

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Yes, the Google Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery) can be used both indoors and outdoors. It has an IP54 weather resistance rating that makes it suitable for outdoor use, though it is recommended to place it in a somewhat shielded location.

The battery life of the Google Nest Cam varies depending on the selected battery settings and frequency of events recorded. It can last anywhere from one and a half to seven months.

The Google Nest Cam connects to the internet via Wi-Fi. For optimal performance, it is recommended to have an internet connection with at least 2 Mbps upload speed per camera.

Yes, there are. Google offers Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus subscriptions for $6 and $12 a month, respectively. These offer added features such as familiar face detection, sound alerts, and extended video history.

The Google Nest Cam boasts a 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and night vision that illuminates up to 15 feet. It also has a wide 135° diagonal field of view, ensuring that a large area remains under surveillance.


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