At 1080p, Nest Cam requires 800 to 2,000 Kbps of upload bandwidth while streaming video. Cameras will use more bandwidth to stream video when there is more movement in a scene.
If you have older, stream-driven ADSL then it may be hard to get 1080p streaming because that is up to 2Mbps. NBN users will have no issues. Still set the bandwidth the Auto and it looks after everything.
You can schedule your camera to turn off and on again up to 32 times per week.
Unless you have Nest Aware option, activity is saved for a rolling five days as a series of short clips on your device.
In all the app is all you need for basic operation.
Nest Aware – ongoing subscription
All the neat stuff happens here – damn. But to be fair, it needs the power of the AI Nest cloud to do that.
If you subscribe to Nest Aware, your camera will stream all video to the cloud for secure off-site storage. The video-quality setting.
Unlike most camera’s it will continuously record/stream 24/7 for up to 30 days to the cloud. Most other services only record clips and can lose detail.
The cloud can learn to recognise a person (or persons) or pets – familiar face detection and unfamiliar face detection and send intelligent alerts.
It also allows you to set activity zones and guessing that it leverages Google’s massive AI capabilities for future enhancements.
GadgetGuy’s take: Nesting instincts take over
This is a Google product from its design and appearance to its dependence on AI cloud underpinnings.
Nest Cam IQ is interesting, but unless you need Google Assistant, I think it is a tad expensive. Still, as an all-in-one device, it has its place. 1080p video quality is perfect for this, and on good Wi-Fi/Internet its two-way talk is the best I have seen. Note that it does not do everything the Google Home Speaker can do.
The Nest Cam Indoor is all that you need if you have Google Assistant (Doesn’t everyone?).
Nest Cam Outdoors is a well thought out design, and I love the power supply flexibility.