Nest Cam: A Review of the Best Selling Home Security Camera

Nest Cam Security Camera
The Nest Security Camera

Overview Of the Nest Cam Security Camera

The Nest Cam security camera is currently the most popular remote home monitoring system with easy do-it-yourself installation. It has easily overtaken and improved upon the Dropcam Pro after Amazon bought out this brand.

This camera provides continuous live streaming directly through your internet connection. You can access the Nest Cam 24 hours a day through a smartphone application that comes with the camera (available for both iOS and Android).

What Users Like About the Camera

Reviewers rave about the quality of the image. The Nest Cam uses a 100 percent pure glass lens that provides a crystal clear, high resolution (1080p) 130-degree panoramic view. The cam also has an impressive night vision mode that allows you to see a very clear image of an entire room in total darkness. The smartphone app can pan and zoom the image remotely, thus revealing even more detail than a stationary image normally would (this does not physically move the camera).

You can customize motion detection alerts and sound alerts via your cell phone. The Nest Cam uses advanced technology to distinguish between background noise (like traffic noise or wind rustling through the trees outside) and foreground noise (like a window break-in or baby crying). It also distinguishes between background movement (like tree branches swaying outside a window) and foreground movement (like a cat jumping on your couch).

The base of the video camera makes the set-up highly flexible and easy. It can sit the cam on a flat tabletop and the neck swivels into the exact position you want. The home security protection device also has a strong magnetic ring on the base so you can easily attach it to a metal object such as a file cabinet or refrigerator. A wall mount allows it to be easily attached to a standard tripod mount.

What Users Don’t Like

The one significant downside that users have noted is you can only receive up to one sound alert or motion alert every thirty minutes. However, the continuous recording stays in the cloud if you are subscribed to Nest Aware.

The Nest Cam does not provide local storage of video and sound. Both can be stored in the cloud using the “Nest Aware” service for a nominal fee of only $10 per month. When you purchase the cam, you get a 30 day free trial period to try out this service. You can add additional cams to the service for $5 each per month.

How to use the Nest Cam

The remote video surveillance camera is far more than a security cam detecting burglars, vandals, trespassers, and other unwanted intruders (like the neighbor’s cat digging up your flowers or the rabbit who is getting past your garden fence somehow). It can help you monitor your children, elderly family members, pets, bird feeders, and farm animals (you could determine how predators are getting your chickens). You can also check up on babysitters, pet sitters, dog walkers, nosy neighbors, handymen, service people, and deliveries.

Not only can you see what’s happening remotely, but you can also listen in and even speak directly to the people and animals in the room. For example, you could remotely comfort your cat or dog during a thunderstorm or verbally tell them to stop scratching your furniture. The home security monitoring tool will even allow you to regulate your thermostat remotely when integrated with the Nest Thermostat, which must be purchased separately.

How Much Does the Nest Cam Cost?

The Nest Cam is priced to fit almost any budget. It can be purchased for just under two hundred dollars, usually with an exact price tag of $199.99. If you search the internet for “nest cam discount code,” you can often find coupons for up to $100 off. Even if you can’t find a half-price promotional coupon, you can almost always find one for ten to thirty percent off. You can also save significant money, about $100, if you buy a three-pack. Once you learn how well the video surveillance device works,  you’ll want to protect other areas of your home. Buying in bulk makes great sense.

Where To Buy the Equipment

The Nest Cam security camera can be purchased at many retail stores and online outlets. These include Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Amazon, the Google Store, the Apple Store, and the company’s own online store. Most online outlets that sell the Cam security camera offer free shipping.

Also, you can also find both new and used Cams on eBay. For some people, the best place to buy the video surveillance device will be from a retail outlet. A good example is Best Buy, where you can check out the demo they have set up. However, you can often find a better price if you search for discount codes and buy online.

Parts and Accessories

There are several accessories you can purchase separately. The Nest Thermostat allows you to regulate your thermostat remotely. There is a smoke and carbon monoxide detector that will work in conjunction with your video security monitoring system  and send you alerts if a problem is detected. Weatherproof outdoor enclosures are also available which come with a heat sink to cool down your cam in hot weather.

These can be used not only for security (like who is stealing your newspaper, mail, or delivery packages). Also, for things such as seeing what wildlife may be visiting your property, which owl species are hooting at night, determining how the bears are getting into your garbage at night, or watching a bird feeder remotely. You can also buy longer USB power cables or various types of extended mounting arms if you need them.

The security camera has become the gold standard for internet-connected DIY home security and home monitoring systems. In fact, it is currently the #1 best seller on Amazon in the category of remote home monitoring systems with more than 1700 reviews. It is also highly affordable on almost any budget.

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions or comments, please post a message below. Also, learn about the Nest Secure Alarm System and other Home Security Systems.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at


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