this is the nest cam IQ outdoor it is
one of the best outdoor security cameras that we've reviewed but if you're
considering buying one there's some things you need to know before you make
your decision the IQ outdoor is an updated version of nests outdoor
security camera the design is new so is the mount on the new mount the cable
comes out of the back and if you drill a hole in your wall you can run it
straight into your house and no one outside can see the cable it makes for a
much neater installation if you do need to run the cable though down this side
of your house then there are channels built in here for it also new the camera
now mechanically attaches to the mount the only way to get it out is with an
allen key the previous version used a magnet and that made it really easy to
put up but also really easy to steal the view from the camera out the front
there's a hundred and thirty degree field of view which is fairly standard
for a home security camera it has night vision which is pretty standard too and
two-way audio that means that when you're watching video from the camera
you can't just hear what's going on but if someone's there you can press the
button on your phone and you can talk to them as well and we'll broadcast out of
the camera video from the IQ outdoor is sharp and clear it is a 1080p
high-definition video image but that's not where the story ends with the video
in this camera inside here behind the lens is a 4k video imaging sensor that's
four times high-definition but it's important to
understand you are never gonna see that 4k image the 4k video is circulated
within the camera and used by the systems that look for movement and look
for things that are going on but because that 4k image data is so large Ness
doesn't send it up to their cloud what comes out of the back of the camera and
goes up to the cloud is a down converted high-definition video image it's still a
really good image it's one of the best we've seen but when you see 4k with this
don't be thinking that you can they be getting 4k video one of the other areas
where it is an advantage though is when you're setting up the camera and you see
the complete image that it's that it can see if you're not interested in
some of that you can usually do a digital zoom and just concentrate on
part of their area well if you've got a high-definition sensor in here and you
zoom in you're going to end up with less some high-definition because on this
you're starting with a 4k image when you zoom in until at least you get to a
quarter of that image you're going to be getting a high-definition video signal
coming out because it has all those extra pixels in there and all that extra
resolution so even when you zoom in you're gonna be getting a good image but
again that's only when you set it up that's when you tell the camera this is
the area I'm interested in one of the other really nice features of this is a
nest design service called super site now you have to have a subscription for
a super site but it's a pretty slick thing when the camera sees somebody it
attempts to zoom in to show you a close-up view of their face now going
back to what we're just saying that zoom in is on a high definition image and the
way the camera zooms in and the way it pans it almost looks like somebody's
controlling the camera for you and if you want you can press a button and go
back to full frame so that's super sight the other thing or one of the other
things that you get with the subscription is a facial recognition the
camera won't just alert you if somebody's there but once it's you've
trained it and it knows members of your family and your friends it will tell you
who's there or if it's a stranger so that subscription service not the
cheaper subscription service out there for a home security camera ten dollars a
month or a hundred dollars a year and that will get you ten days of storage
for your videos and there's also another option which is $30 a month 300 a year
for 30 days if you decide not to subscribe you don't get the super site
you don't get the facial recognition ness gives you three hours of video
storage which is not very much it's fine in the daytime if say you can alert on
your phone you're in a meeting and you can look at it 30 minutes later but at
nighttime say someone's in front of your house at 2:00 a.m. if you wake up at 6
a.m. it's gone it's deleted so if you have one of these cameras you're
probably going to end up with a subscription service so when you're
considering buying one factor the cost of the subscription service into your
decision this camera is reasonably expensive it's
349 dollars you can get 2 for 598 dollars but if we just thinking about
one of these 349 dollars if you have it for 4 years
you're more than doubling your investment in this system
so do your sums and make sure it's a figure that you're happy with one of the
other features of a nest is that it's always streaming to nest in the cloud
that's one of the reasons why the subscription service is so expensive and
it's a nice feature because it means that you've got video for the last 10 or
30 days always available to you in the cloud service even if the camera didn't
spot anything even if you didn't get an alert the video is there and you can go
back and look at it but it sends a lot of video Ness says that the minimum
internet speed for one of these is 2 megabits per second but you really don't
worry about that consider the amount of data it sends every month because most
home internet connections do have a data cap if you go over the data cap you're
either going to get slowed down or more than likely you're going to get charged
more money there are 4 quality settings in this camera in the lowest quality
setting the app tells you that the camera is going to try not to exceed a
hundred gigabytes of data transfer a month in the highest quality setting 400
gigabytes a month if you have two of these cameras at 800 gigabytes
I looked at my home internet connection and my data cap is at 500 gigabytes
after which they start charging me more money so if you're gonna buy one of
these or two of these or 3 or 4 check your home internet you might have to
upgrade that or you might end up paying extra money so factor all of that into
your decision as well that's really the big negative with this the price of the
camera and the subscription and the amount of data it uses which might force
you to get a better internet in the internet package from your provider more
expensive one but on the positive side the app is really good love the new
mount super side is really well done in a very useful feature and you get a
great image from the camera so that's what we think about the nest cam IQ
outdoor

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33 thoughts on “Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review | TechHive Review

  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Since we published this review, Nest has launched a new $5 per month subscription camera that makes the system slightly more competitive. Details here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L47o6yF05Q&t=123s

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    I have both the nest cam and arlo pro 2 and the nest definitely has better video quality and less lag time.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Not aware of bandwidth caps in the U.S – there is a new $5 plan now, also one could just turn off the camera whilst home.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Good review. I skipped this because it just uploads too much data.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Best clear review I’ve seen so far of this camera thank you

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    God knows why they don't have a hub storage thing u can buy instead of subscription . It's not hard now is it come on……. and you would sell loads of them !

    The fact they don't sell the alarm system in Europe aswell currently is a complete joke .
    I've waited 18 months now for it .
    Hive are way ahead on connectivity but the nest thermostst is just so much nicer .
    If nest pulled there finger out they could dominate the market .
    Crazy subscription prices will kill your market on cameras no matter how "good" the camera is . Sort out a DVR nest for gods sake . I would buy 3 iqs if u did

    Rock and a hard place .

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    This is the most/best detailed info on the IQ version I've found, TechHive. Thank you for posting this informative video. Definitely a helper. Kudos.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Nice review , very clear and concise.
    My son is learning to kite surf and he is always calling from school asking me if I am in the house and if I can see other kite surfers , or strong winds.
    What camera do you recommend so he can log from his phone and check the conditions, we live in-front of the beach so I can set it up at home pointing to the kite surfing spot.
    Thank you

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    I’d want option for local storage
    Eg streaming to a home drive
    No bandwidth unless I log on remotely to review

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Honestly this system costs a fortune to buy and to run, especially and I’m amazed that this reviewer hasn’t stressed it more robustly. Personally, I couldn’t care less what the mounting plate is like compared to the old one etc. The fact is, these cameras will usually exceed or seriously eat up anyone’s monthly data allowance from their ISP. If you do a search on the net, you’ll find loads of people seriously fed up with these….. often requiring changing ISP or updating and paying more to get a bigger allowance. One person with two cameras was using 400GB a month out of a monthly limit of 500gb. He reckoned it’s the same data usage as watching 59 movies on Netflix. The Nest doorbell is just as bad, using loads of monthly allowance.

    In addition to most probably having to pay more for WiFi, there’s the initial high purchase cost and then the monthly subscription PER CAMERA…..heavens above, imagine having three of them eating up data allowance and costing between £40 and £240 year PER CAMERA….. over 5 years, it would be cheaper to be burgled.

    I’ll give this one a miss. Looks like a massive headache to me. None of this mentioned in the review and who knows why a British reviewer feels the need to talk US dollars…….

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Why dollars???

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    What if someone comes With a mask and steal your $380 wireless camera? Then what?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    I am always a little miffed that none of you reviewing this camera, took the time to simply take shots of a license plate or lawn sign, at different distances, (5 feet. 10 feet. 20 feet. 30 feet. etc) with different cameras to really get a real more informed review on exactly how far a particular camera can see clearly. I wish people would actually review the lens capabilities of these cameras.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    I used this video as one of my research videos prior to purchasing Nest IQ and I really wish you mentioned that Nest IQ and doorbell has a 3-5 second alert delay!!! Per Nest's technical support "3-5 seconds is considered normal" There is no firmware, fix, or anything being done about this. Unless you don't mind real time notification this camera is a waste of money. This issue has been brought up multiple times in Nest forums but Nest is sweeping this under the rug and does not want the public to know about it. Even all the big TOP Youtube review guys don't mention this. So anyone reading this I hope you see this before deciding to go with Nest. You are welcome.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Great vid . Very informative and to the point.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    I love having the nest cameras, I don't care about the price…. after someone set my garage on fire and destroyed my brand new Camaro ill pay anything for security I can trust

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    that price though

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    ….WAYYY … TO COSTLY ! ….NEXT YEAR IT WILL BE …THE-SUPER-SHINNY CASH-CAM-3.
    …. FOR THAT REASON …I'M OUT!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Is it really so easy to steal?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Nest tell us the camera works at – 40 Celsius . Not sure , after 30 minutes Outside at 21 C there is no more connection. The signal is full ,the router is very close , I ve reset everything-nothing . I brought in the house , wormed up and reinstalled works again for 30 minutes .

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    So much good information thank you, a great video!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    I got rid of all my nest cameras is so stupid that you have to pay money too subscribers when you already paid for the product

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Quick Question. Can you set it up so when your home during the day it stops recording in order to save data? Then starts automatically on an evening or when you leave the house? Similar to the thermostat

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Verizon gave this to me for free so I am here looking at this video for information

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Excellent review. Thank you!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Hii, good job

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    If you're not recording, just using it to look live occasionally, does it still use so much data?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Great review, you have just put me off of it , I’m looking for 3 cameras , that’s a lot of data

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Did I miss the night vision?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    I own four around my home and they work well. The camera also zooms automatically when someone is walking in my driveway or elsewhere.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Was a very useful review … very clear, accurate and honest information. Thank you

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Can you set to only record when it detects motion?

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