Google Nest Cam (wired)

MSRP $100.00

“This is one security camera that doesn’t require constant babysitting thanks to its smart features.”

Pros

  • Cute, compact design
  • Free three hours of video historical past
  • Convenient auto arm/disarm
  • Reliable and correct alerts

Cons

  • Power twine that is built-in to the digicam
  • Limited articulation

Google’s safety digicam lineup was not too long ago expanded to supply extra alternative than ever earlier than, with out compromising an excessive amount of on options. In reality, the introduction of three hours of free video historical past with out the necessity for a subscription makes this crop of Nest Cams way more enticing. However, Google doesn’t make it simple for shoppers to differentiate its new cameras — each the battery and wired fashions make use of the Nest Cam moniker.

While the Google Nest Cam (battery) presents added versatility as a result of it may be used indoors and out, the Nest Cam (wired) however is a real indoor resolution made higher because of a decrease $100 value. There are many different indoor cameras at this worth vary, together with fashions from Ring, Arlo, and Wyze, which makes it a tricky battle for Google this time round.

Design

Right out of the field, I’m astounded by the smaller design of this digicam compared to its out of doors sibling. There’s a considerable distinction with the Google Nest Cam (wired). It doesn’t overwhelm counter tops, tables, and another small nooks across the dwelling the place chances are you’ll intend on putting in a safety digicam.

Google Nest Cam Indoor Wired on table.John Velasco / Digital Trends

It’s additionally smaller in measurement than the earlier Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor, however it retains the identical fashionable look that makes Google’s cameras cozy and enticing. Consumers will recognize the way it’s constructed from 45% recycled plastic components and obtainable in 4 colours (snow, fog, linen, and sand). The solely criticism I’ve is the restricted articulation of the digicam — you actually can’t tilt it upwards all that a lot when it’s positioned on a low floor.

Installation and setup

Similar to the battery-powered model, the Google Nest Cam (wired) solely requires setup by means of the Google Home app — it’s not tied to the devoted Nest app. That’s fantastic as a result of all the pieces is managed and accessed by means of one app. All of the occasion historical past is displayed in a handy timeline view, however I additionally like how one can filter it by cameras when you occur to personal a number of ones from Google.

Once linked to my dwelling’s Wi-Fi community, there’s little or no latency exhibited by the digicam as soon as it’s turned on, however there’s a couple of five-second delay earlier than I’m in a position to see the livestream. It’s not too unhealthy I suppose, however I can actually perceive how these 5 seconds may turn out to be vital throughout an occasion.

Back of Google Nest Cam Indoor Wired.John Velasco / Digital Trends

While it’s meant to relaxation on surfaces, there’s at all times the choice to wall-mount it as effectively — thanks partially to its prolonged cable. The draw back to that is that the wire can’t be eliminated. It’s built-in into the digicam, so if the wire goes unhealthy by some means, you just about have to interchange the complete unit.

Camera efficiency

In phrases of specs, the digicam within the Google Nest Cam (wired) is tepid compared to the well-known cams within the area. The 2-megapixel digicam sensor shoots video at 30 frames per second (fps) in 1080p, however there are cameras now that shoot in 2K and 4K. Generally talking, it produces some enough element, however it doesn’t attain the identical degree of readability I’ve seen with the Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor.

There’s some artifacting that occurs, which is a bit distracting and turns into extra obvious when there are sudden shifts within the ambient mild. It additionally tends to saturate colours a bit extra, so it type of appears unrealistic at occasions. When the night time imaginative and prescient goes on, the footage tends of showing low-contrast, which I suppose is an efficient factor as a result of it boosts the publicity of the shadows.

Even although I’m not blown away by the video high quality, I’ve to confess that the Google Nest Cam (wired) is spot-on with detection. So far, it’s been on level with telling between folks and my cats, that are famous within the app.

Privacy

What I actually like concerning the newest set of Google Nest Cams is that all of them may be disabled based mostly on my cellphone’s location — permitting them to routinely activate/off for higher privateness. Once I’m dwelling, the digicam routinely turns off, however then turns again on once I depart the geofenced space round my house. Not having to manually set the digicam to dwelling or away mode makes for one much less factor to fret about.

It’s a easy digicam that’s efficient at capturing occasions.

There’s additionally a inexperienced LED mild on the digicam that activates every time the digicam is energetic. These are simply a few privateness options that I like about Google’s cameras. They additionally embrace as much as three hours of occasion video historical past without cost and saves these clips so that you can assessment. There’s no subscription wanted for this, however if you wish to prolong the allotment, you’ll need to subscribe to Nest Aware, which is $6 per 30 days and gives 10 days of 24/7 video historical past and 60 days of occasion video historical past.

Closeup of camera lens on the Google Nest Cam Indoor Wired.John Velasco / Digital Trends

In the occasion of an web outage, there’s nonetheless peace of thoughts as a result of the Nest Cam (wired) will proceed to avoid wasting footage regionally. Unfortunately, there’s nothing it could possibly do when the ability goes out — which is what makes the battery-powered model extra interesting.

Our take

Looking throughout the product class, Google’s providing right here doesn’t attempt to blow the competitors out of the water. It doesn’t must as a result of it’s a easy digicam that’s efficient at capturing occasions. At $100, it’s not too shabby given it takes away among the frustrations I’ve with most safety cameras — frequent false alerts and manually arming them are two of essentially the most obtrusive factors.

Is there a greater various?

When it involves indoor cameras, the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera is its closest rival on the similar $100 value. I prefer it as a result of it truly encompasses a bodily privateness shutter that goes over the lens to make sure that nobody is watching once they’re not imagined to, not like Google’s software program based mostly privateness function that turns off the digicam.

Another various is the Wyze Cam V3, which at underneath $40 continues to be among the finest bang-for-the-buck safety digicam offers you will get. It’s designed to work indoors and out with its weather-resistant development, plus you get the added comfort of native storage with its MicroSD slot.

If you’re an Alexa consumer, the Ring Indoor Cam presents related options and efficiency for $60.

How lengthy will it final?

Despite a chassis constructed from largely recycled elements, the Google Nest Cam (wired) appears like a well-made, solidly constructed digicam that’s effectively value its worth. There’s a one-year restricted guarantee that covers in opposition to defects.

Should you purchase it?

Yes, although it’s not the best providing Google has dropped at the desk. While it lacks the sharp readability of different cameras, it does a beautiful job at truly offering significant alerts.

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