1. TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users. Ask a question and give support. Join the community here.
    TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users.
    Ask a question and give support.
    Join the community here, it only takes a minute.
    Dismiss Notice

Nest unveils new $199 outdoor security camera and updated app features

By midian182 ยท 7 replies
Jul 14, 2016
Post New Reply
  1. The long-awaited fourth hardware product from Nest has finally arrived, and it’s another home security camera. But unlike last summer’s Nest Cam, this version is designed to monitor what’s happening outdoors.

    The Nest Cam Outdoor is pretty much the same device as its predecessor (to be renamed the Nest Cam Indoor), only with a white waterproof housing. Nest says that because the new camera uses a power outlet and is always recording and uploading footage to the cloud, it avoids the lag associated with battery-powered devices that only start recording when they detect motion.

    The camera records 1080p HD video, offers a 130-degree view, and even has night vision thanks to its 8 built-in infrared LEDs. It also has a speaker and microphone for conversing with anyone outside of your home, and, thanks to some machine learning algorithms from Google, is able to tell the difference between a person and something like a dog or a car.

    As is the case with the Nest Cam Indoor, this outdoor version has a companion app for encrypted live streaming. More advanced features are available with a subscription.

    Installing the device to the outside of a house is simply a matter of screwing the magnetic base into a wall and attaching the camera. The method allows you to position the Nest Cam in almost any direction.

    Additionally, Nest is bringing some new features to its redesigned Android and iOS apps. With the new Spaces function, you’ll be able to monitor all of your Nest systems on a room by room basis, “making it easier to access and control” multiple products. Having a thermostat and camera in the living room, for example, counts as one Space.

    Another new app feature is the ability to share password-protected livestreams with multiple people, which will be useful if you want friends to keep an eye on your home for you while you’re away. The company is also adding bandwidth optimization and wearables support, but the latter only works with the Nest smart thermostat.

    The Nest Cam Outdoor is available for preorder at $199 and will ship this fall. The redesigned app launches at the end of the month.

    Permalink to story.

  2. So people are going to start mounting their expensive electronic gadgets on the OUTSIDE of thier house now?
    SalaSSin likes this.
  3. Kezhen Gao

    Kezhen Gao TS Booster Posts: 27   +25

    What's even more surprising is it's mounted by magnets. This means all you'll see is a footage of someone walking up to your camera and .. *black screen*. Unless I am missing something, this can be easily stolen by anyone without having tools.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,735   +825

    It does sound very easy to steal... but people ahve been stealing security cameras for ages. Most of them don't realize the recording is at another location and not the camera itself. The recorded footage of the theft can then be sent to local law enforcement. Only a masked criminal has a good chance of getting away. A lot of them aren't smart enough to put a mask on.
  5. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    So this is so great cause it isn't battery powered, so you will need a power outlet next to it. Convenient. It's better cause it can tell the difference between a man and a dog, not that that matters as I records all the time. In old school 1080, at who knows what fps. Plus it's more expensive than much better speced cams... Lame, just lame, but it says nest on the box, so it'll probably sell well to the uninformed.
    SalaSSin likes this.
  6. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 379   +121

    They should at least build the wire into the mount. If it wasn't so easily stolen you could just cut the wire!

    The rest of the nest stuff works really well but this is just for posers.
    SalaSSin likes this.
  7. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 568   +324

    Yea, so I guess you have to mount this thing really high up on your house so it doesn't get stolen. The power cord looks really short too..
  8. Oh, look! Someone's mounted $1,000 worth of cameras on their house exterior. Nothing a ladder and a balaclava won't prevent me from taking in less than ten minutes.

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...