The Nest Cam IQ is a step above Nest’s previous models, offering excellent audio, good to very good video quality and intelligent, intuitive software. However, it’s expensive, and requires a cloud subscription to access your video history and other key features.
Nest’s newest security camera – the Nest Cam IQ – looks a lot like the Nest Cam Outdoor. However inside, Nest has made a number of changes, including higher image resolution, better dynamic range and significantly improved audio compared with the previous model. Nest’s app has some cool new tools, such as facial recognition, making it one of the best Google Home compatible devices around. What hasn’t changed is its ease of use and comprehensive features – and the lack of important services, including video history and Activity Zones, unless you subscribe to the company’s cloud service.
Editor’s note (Aug. 2021): Nest has discontinued the Nest Cam IQ. In its place is the Nest Cam (battery), which has a 1080p camera and includes for free three hours of rolling video storage as well as person, animal, and vehicle detection. For more details, please check out our Nest Cam (battery) review.