Who’s in the garden? Are the kids doing their homework yet? Nest Cam is wire-free, so it goes almost anywhere, outside or in. It knows the difference between people, animals, and vehicles, so you can get the alerts that are important to you. Listen and speak through the camera right from the Google Home app. Check in anytime with 24/7 live view.* If you miss a notification, you can always go back and see what happened with 3 hours of free event video history.* And it’s easy to install yourself – no outlet or wires required. Nest Camera Battery requires the Google Home app and a Google Account – it’s not compatible with the Nest app or the home.nest.com site. *** Stand and cable sold separately
Before you buy, experience the Nest Hub’s benefits.
View live HD video, replay video recordings, talk to visitors, and more – all from the Google Home app. The Nest Cam (battery) requires a free Google Account and is not compatible with the Nest app or the Nest site.
Talk to who’s there, even when you're not.
If something happens, it alerts you, so you can decide to take action right from the Google Home app.* Talk and listen through the camera, and if you need some help, you can call your local emergency service directly from the app.*
Talk and Listen. Talk to who’s there, from anywhere.
Talk and listen to people through the built-in speaker and mic.* Tell your kids to stop running in the house, or say hello to your dog, just for fun.
Get alerts that matter to you.
Nest Cam shows you what’s happening at home, and alerts you when it spots a person, animal, or vehicle.* It can even recognize familiar faces and tell you who’s coming and going.**
See clearly in any light.
See key details in all kinds of light. HDR helps with bright, high-contrast sunlight, and night vision gives you a clear image even in low light and darkness.
Go back in time.
If you miss a notification, go back and see a recording over the last 3 hours with free event video history.** You can add a Nest Aware subscription to get up to 60 days of event video history.
If you’d like to add 10 days of 24/7 continuous video recording, you’ll need to plug your Nest Cam (battery) into an outlet for continuous power using one of the accessory cables and add a Nest Aware Plus subscription (both sold separately).
Protects your privacy.
Nest Cam uses encrypted video, two-step verification, and enhanced security through your Google Account to help protect your privacy. And a green LED light lets you know when the camera is processing or streaming video.
Wi-Fi problems? Not a problem.
If your Wi-Fi goes down or there’s a power outage, Nest Cam will automatically store up to one hour of recorded events. When things are up and running again, you’ll be able to see exactly what happened.
Install it yourself.
Wire-free installation is easy. You can put Nest Cam almost anywhere you want, outside or in. And since it’s battery powered, you don't need to install it near an outlet.
Outdoors or indoors. Rain or shine.
With no wires and a range of accessories, Nest Cam is designed to go almost anywhere. It’s battery powered and weather resistant. Put it on the exterior of your house to keep an eye on the yard. Or put it inside your home to check in on the dog or the kids.
Includes cable and power adapter to recharge.
Recharge your Nest Cam (battery) with the included 3.3-ft (1 m) charge cable and 7.5W adapter. If you would like to plug in your Nest Cam indoors for continuous power, an accessory stand with a built-in 10-ft (3 m) power cable is sold separately.
To install your Nest Cam outside and plug it into a weatherproof power outlet, you’ll need the 16-ft (5 m) or 33-ft (10 m) weatherproof cable and power adapter (sold separately).
Battery life will depend on factors including activity, temperature, and camera settings that you select. You can extend the battery life of your camera by adjusting video quality, length of video clips, time between recorded events, and using activity zones to monitor specific areas.
*Up to 3 hours recording. Learn more at g.co/nest/3hours. Camera is weather resistant. Some features, including mobile notifications, remote control, video streaming, and video recording, require working internet and Wi-Fi.
**Familiar face alerts require a Nest Aware subscription (sold separately). Not available in Nest Cams used in Illinois.
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I purchased this nest camera battery to replace another battery brand camera on the side of my house. I went into this knowing the new nest cam wouldn’t work with the Nest app and would have to use Google Home app to view it but having all cameras under one app is the end goal for myself.
The camera itself so far seems to be great. I’m already subscribed to the nest subscription so it’s great not needing onboard storage and everything is uploaded to the cloud. My nest cam is roughly 9’ above ground whereas google recommends approx 6.5’ but it’s had no issues picking up people in the zone I’ve created.
So far the battery has dropped 3% in just 24 hours but I blame the excessive motion it picked up yesterday. I found adding a zone for alerts only and setting the motion sensitivity to medium works best. I’m also using full resolution video so that will also deplete battery faster. I can see Google claims of battery life being accurate - pretty standard amongst other battery operated cameras, possibly a bit worse but this camera has much more onboard intelligence whereas my legacy nest cameras use the cloud for their processing. The big winner here will be when Google Nest releases their solar panel so it doesn’t need to be recharged every couple of months.
The deduction of the star is simply due to Google’s inability to create at least one app that does everything. The Google Home app allows you to scrub events (battery) in the app or scrub video 24/7 if your battery cam is connected to a power source. Have an existing Nest doorbell or other older Nest cameras? Can’t scrub video - you’ll need to go back to the Nest app to do this on your other cameras where you’ll not find your new Nest Cam battery because it’s only in the home app!
I’m sure (not really) google will introduce all these functions into the Home app, but why not now? Makes zero sense to me.
Here are photos comparing the two cameras. The Nest cam has the much larger FOV.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Battery doesn't last long
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
The battery doesn't last long. I ended up purchasing 2 wires for the camera, which defeted the whole purpose of it being battery operated. At night it shows black and white instead of in color like my first nest cameras. Also, the cameras only show and work on the google home app instead of the nest app. Instead of clicking on the google home app and automatically seeing the footage, you have to click on the app, then click the "camera" icon to see the footage. The camera is on "idle" mode (if its running on battery), so then you also have to click on "live" mode to see the live footage. Customer service says that once I plug the cameras in, it will show the live footage automatically.
Hi Amanda, thanks for trying out the Nest Cam (Battery). We do apologize for any disappointment you may be having with some of the features including the battery life, night vision and the Google Home app.
We wanted to make the Google Home app as the one place where you can control all your favorite Nest devices and other smart home devices with the Google Assistant. Here are some benefits you can get by using the Google Home app with your Nest Cam (Battery): - Automatic security protections such as Suspicious activity detection, 2-Step Verification and Security Checkup. - Your Google Nest devices and services will work together. For example, if you have a Nest Cam and a Nest Hub, just say, """"Hey Google, show me the backyard camera” to cast your camera stream to your display without any additional setup. - One account to sign into both the Nest and Google Home apps. - Your homes and home members will be aligned across the Nest and Google Home apps.
Also, the information you got from our support team is correct. Nest Cam (battery) can accommodate up to 10 days of continuous video recording (CVR) and 24/7 video history if hardwired to power and subscribed to Nest Aware Plus ($12 a month for all of your cameras, speakers, and displays on the same home structure).
We'll make sure to pass along the details of your feedback to our product team and see how we can improve our products and services further. For any other support needs you may be having, please do not hesitate to contact our support team here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/gethelp
Ease of use, Features, Price
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Wire Free Camera for Google is a Hit!
Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
I have always been interested in buying a Google Outdoor Camera but I was more interested in a battery powered, wire free approach and Google didn’t offer that. Well, finally Google has released their “Google - Nest Camera Battery” and for me it is a hit!
UNBOXING & INSTALL:
- Taking the Camera out you realize how great of a job Google did making this. It’s modern, sleek, and nothing about it feels cheap.
- It’s size is a little bigger than a baseball, so not too small but not overly large either.
- Installation was super easy on this! The main thing is that this required the “Google Home” app to set up, and the app does a pretty great job helping you step by step on setting this up.
- I personally set this up for outdoor use and did not hard wire it as I want to use the battery. And mounting this outside was very easy. You just need to drill two screws into the wall you were mounting it too, connect the base, and the rest is just magnets! So you can easily adjust the camera or take it off when you need to recharge it or use it somewhere else.
- I know I said this, but I do really like the look of this camera. Especially since it is outside, its just nice that it isn’t an eye sore.
- The picture quality really is great on this camera! Yes it isn’t perfect super high end clarity but that is the trade off for a battery operated model. But regardless I was really impressed with the video quality! You can zoom in, it has a really nice viewing angle so you can see a lot of area, and overall works exactly how I need it to.
- The smart features in this are no joke. It has facial recognition for people that come around a lot, can detect cars, animals, packages, or just any motion in general. It does a really good job telling you what is happening based on what it sees.
- There is no base required, its all wireless if you want it to be! For me I really like the clutter free aspect of it since some outdoor cameras require a separate indoor base to connect to.
- Something I like about the magnetic base / battery is that you can easily grab the camera and move it if you want to. If you want to move the camera from your yard to your dog’s kennel or your kids playroom you can easily do that! Just nice to be able to quickly swap it around if you need to keep an eye on something that you usually don’t.
- As of the time of this review, the Google Nest Camera Battery does not work with the “Nest” app. I really like the Nest app as it is clean and easy to use, and its disappointing I can’t have this camera hooked up to the Nest app.
- That being said, I don’t love the Google Home app. Yes it has a lot of nice perks, but I think for the camera integration I want something more focused on the cameras as soon as I open the app, with more picture settings, and easier history viewing. But those can all be fixed with time.
- The Camera does not come with an “indoor” table top mount. That is an optional accessory you buy on the side, and it just would have been nice to come with it.
- Google finally made a well priced battery operated indoor/outdoor camera and they did it right! The camera looks high quality, the picture is great, it has a lot or smart features, works well with your existing Google Smart Home, and helps add an additional level of security to your home. I’d highly recommend the purchase because I don’t think you will be disappointed!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Battery Meh... Wired Excellent.
Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
After reading all the terrible reviews I felt like I should leave some constructive feedback for those on the fence. I have now had the two pack for two weeks. I have used the nest doorbell cam for a few years and also have a nest thermostat. I do love using the nest app but I don't mind transitioning to the google home app either. Change is hard but it's bound to happen in technology. Luckily I also have many google home speakers and google's mesh wifi so I am somewhat familiar with the app.
I have had these cameras set up as both battery and now I have them set up hardwired. I made this change due to the lack of notifications at night. I would walk out in my drive way during the day and it would have no issue picking me up. I walked out at night and I would have to get right in front of it for it to kick on and record it as an event. I decided to up my current nest subscription to the plus version and these cameras work great with being on 24/7. If you are serious about security, having the plus subscription is a necessity.
I generally like my NEST cameras. These are kind of a toss up as any battery powered cameras would be. There are settings use use to make it more sensitive to motion and sound, that affect battery life. Also the temperature can affect the battery life. I do like the video quality I get from them. They can be set up wired for power, but that will limit where they can be placed.
Hi OutlanderNC, we're glad you liked your Nest Cam (Battery). It's also great to hear that you were able to figure out the settings for the motion, sound detection and video quality.
Battery life for Nest Cam (Battery) will depend on factors including activity, temperature, and camera settings that you select. Users can extend the battery life of their camera by adjusting video quality, length of video clips, time between recorded events, and using activity zones to monitor specific areas. Here are some typical scenarios: Busy: About 1 month battery life (About 25 - 30 recorded events per day) Typical: About 2.5 months battery life (About 13 - 16 recorded events per day) Quiet: About 6 months battery life (about 2 - 5 recorded events per day)
Overall, this is a good camera. It is large and the quality seems like it will last. The only issue i have is that this is more expensive than the older cameras but this doesn't come with a power cord which is another $35 bucks.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
Poor Battery Quality.
Owned for 3 months when reviewed.
I am 2 months in owning these cameras. I bought a total of 5 cameras. In the 2 months, 3 cameras went bad on me. All 3 of them had the same battery issue. The process to get a warranty replacement is straight forward, unfortunately you have to wait for hours on the phone. I once was waiting for about 50 minutes just to talk to someone to tell me to reset and leave it in the charger for 24hrs, and call back wait another hour to let them know it doesn't work to start the warranty replacement. I had these mounted high outside my house and had them offline with battery issues more than actually having them operating as snow was in the way to bring them down. The warranty will not be 1 year from replacement but 1 year from original purchase date. Im thinking these will not last another year. I honestly will NOT EVER be buying these cameras in the future. Nor will I recommend them to my friends or family. I only bought them because they integrate with the Google Home Units. But absolutely not worth the hassle, and the poor quality. Make sure you get Geek Squad Protection because after the 1 year warranty from your original purchase date, your on your own, and will be stuck with a paper weight.
Hi Luie, thanks for sharing your experience with Nest Cam (battery). We regret to hear about the battery issues you have with 3 of your Nest cameras, and the hassle that you experience with our support team.
We are doing a thorough troubleshooting, so that we can identify what’s causing the issue. We value your feedback and it will greatly help us in improving our products and services. We’re hoping that you will still continue using your Nest cameras. If you need help, you can always reach out to our support team. We’d be more than happy to help you here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/gethelp
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
Doesnt support the nest app
Nice cam but wow what was google thinking.
The power cable faces forward which wxposes rhe power cord if you want to have your cam connected to power 24/7. It is supposed to be a nest product but when you add the cam it takes you to the google site to add it. Once you add it you can view on the nest app wich is a pain because i have my original nest cams on the nest app. On the google home app i can see all cams old and new but the problem is google home app is all over the place i just want to see my cams not everything else in my house. How you gonna take nest over and force ppl to use the google app. Im returning and going with the old nest cams.
Hi DesawnB, thanks for sharing a review with us about your Nest Cam (Battery). We’re sorry to hear that you’ve had to deal with functionality issues, and that you don’t like the way the cable connects to the camera.
Using the Google Home app provides you with a lot of benefits including access to Google's trusted security platform and access to other Google tools. Also, it provides you with seamless integration with your other Google devices. In the near future, we’ll allow users to set up previous Nest devices and have full control in the Home app. Users with older cameras can view their camera feeds in the Google Home app alongside the new Nest Doorbell and Nest Cams. Our team is working on bringing full functionality to the Google Home app so all of your cameras can be set up and controlled in one place.
We’re taking your feedback as we always aim to improve our products and services, and if you decide to give Nest Cam (Battery) another run in the future, we’d be more than happy to work with you to help improve your experience. You’ll find us always available here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/gethelp
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