Nest wants your home security camera to recognize you

Toby Manning
May 31, 2017

Instead of just showing you what's happening, Nest Cam IQ is smart enough to differentiate between a person and your cat and can alert you accordingly - with no subscription required.

Here is how the Nest Cam IQ compares to the Nest Cam Indoor to help you work out which could be the better fit for your home.

The latest home security camera from Nest is ready to show off some serious smarts. After years of dormancy and Fadell's departure in 2016, Nest has once again risen with a new intelligent indoor monitoring camera called the Nest Cam IQ.

At its heart sits a 4K image sensor with built-in HDR.

The camera can track people as they walk around the room. Bluetooth LE is also supported, and the Nest Cam IQ is Thread-ready, too. The demonstration we saw was impressive, with an intruder's face extremely clear and easy to make out when zoomed into. Factor in Nest's clever - and surprisingly effective - enhancement algorithms, and you get a 12x digital zoom that doesn't degrade into useless pixelation even when you're up close. These LEDs should prove to give better coverage, and they're less visible to the human eye, so you shouldn't be able to see them when they're turned on.

Nest is adding a third camera to its lineup, after the Nest Cam and Nest Cam Outdoor. I half-think some people could use this camera as a fallback vlogging tool.

You can then access a picture-in-a-picture feed of your home, which includes a full view of the room, as well as a close-up view of whoever is in it.

At any time you can make the thumbnail full-screen to view as normal. These new alerts will also be made available to existing Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor customers with a Nest Aware subscription.

Until now, Nest's Person Alerts were only available with a Nest Aware subscription, but that's not necessary with the Nest Cam IQ. This is something we've seen already with the Netatmo Welcome. This feature can distinguish between people, pets and objects (like a flapping curtain), but on the previous cameras it's available only to Nest Aware subscribers.

Video captured by the Nest Cam IQ is encrypted using 128-bit AES with a TLS/SSL secure connection before it's streamed or stored.

Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor will continue to be available for $199 USA, €199 EU/£159 United Kingdom on www.nest.com and retailers in countries around the world where Nest products are sold.

Intelligent audio alerts notify you about things that the camera can't see, including a person talking or dog barking. Its speakers are also seven times as powerful as the original Nest Cam. In addition to those two features, Nest Aware includes longer video storage, timelapses, and more.

The base has a standard thread mount.

The downside of all of this new technology is the price: £299.

The Nest Cam Indoor has a less streamlined design to its successor. Does that make the IQ worth it? Alphabet's connected camera manufacturer is also planning to open pre-orders for the device in more European countries, including Germany, Spain, Italy, and Austria, with the firm saying that consumers in those markets will have the option of ordering the Next Cam IQ from June 13.

Over at the back of the camera, there's a notable speaker grille that can loudly alert and scare off intruders, and can act as a microphone with noise cancellation for a clearer sound.

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