It does what it’s supposed to and it does it quite well.
Getting the camera running is very simple just like all of the other Nest products. Plug it in, scan the barcode, connect to WiFi, and you’re done. Installing this camera to run off indoor power is another story. Fortunately, I was installing this outside of my garage, overlooking my driveway so I was able to sneak the wire through the vinyl soffit and power it from the same outlet as my garage door openers. Others may not be so lucky depending where you install the camera. Do note that you should make every attempt possible to power this from inside your home. I am not sure what the point of having it powered outside would be as it can then be easily disconnect or stolen. If you are having a hard time with finding an indoor outlet and a place for the giant AC adapter, you could always get a POE adapter/splitter and forego the Nest power disc…
Now onto the Nest camera itself. I am getting great video quality, the audio is a nice feature, notifications and motion capture works wonderfully. 24/7 recording is a breath of fresh air compared to the Arlo cameras I use inside my home. They do a decent job at capturing motion, but I have had a couple missed events. The wife didn’t want me running wires so the Arlo system worked out nicely in terms of being able to hide the cameras away. To be honest, I don’t want 24/7 video of the inside of my home being pumped into the internet anyways. On the outside, I want 24/7 video, and you should as well. There is a lot of information that leads up to an event and a lot that happens after an event…
The Nest Outdoor cam has great build quality and works just as I had hoped. Daytime footage is perfect while nighttime is something to be desired. I am getting a ton of glare/interference from the IR LEDs. I believe this is from the IR light being reflected off the nearby gutter and wall. I need to try repositioning it to see if it goes away. Also, you can use the digital zoom to crop out any interference and the exposure will be readjusted.
The only real downside I can think of is the data usage. Most broadband service comes with a data cap nowadays. So be mindful of how much data you are consuming with these. If you are a heavy hitter with streaming content, a couple Nest cams may put you over the edge. In terms of video quality vs data usage: Low = 30gb/mo, Med = 120gb/mo, and High = 300gb/mo.
For those complaining about having to pay for Nest Aware, think about what you are getting for a measly $5/mo or $50/year. You are getting continuous 24/7 recording with cloud storage of 1080p video for 5 days, smart notifications, etc. If something was to happen, you are going to know within 5 days and you can download & save all the video you need. Alternatively, you could buy an IP camera, build a decent computer and buy/run BlueIris which would work just as well as the Nest setup. However, at that point, you are already at least $500 into managing 1 camera and all the maintenance & support is on you. In retrospect, $50 or $100 per year isn’t really that bad for what you are getting. Keep in mind, you are essentially paying for the convenience of not having to set up and monitor a security camera yourself. Would it be nice if Nest allowed access to the private stream so that you could use BlueIris to store the 24/7 stream locally? Yes, I would like nothing more. However, Nest is a company, and the goal of any company is to make money. (To some degree, you can do this, but it’s pretty poor since access to the RTMP stream was removed from sharing.)
All in all, I am pleased. Before buying these, you should do your homework and know the limitations & requirements of utilizing the Nest cameras.