Nest has revealed its latest product, Nest Cam, a streaming security camera. First fruit of the company’s Dropcam acquisition back in June 2014, the new camera bears a distinct resemblance to models like the Dropcam Pro, with a rounded top section atop a newly-slimmed stand that also offers wall-mounting. Inside, there’s 1080p video support along with both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
On its stand, the camera is 4.5-inches tall, and is powered via a USB adapter – Nest includes a lengthy 10-foot cable to help ease placement anxiety. The base is now metal, and has both a magnet in the bottom for sticking to metal surfaces along with a standard tripod screw.
The lens has a 130-degree field of view, while eight built-in infrared LEDs help with low-light illumination. Nest says that viewers should be able to see around 20-feet in front of the camera, even if it’s nighttime.
That viewing will be done through Nest’s new app. Available for iOS 8+ or Android 4.0+ smartphones, it supports notifications of movement or sound detection, as well as control over the 8x digital zoom and a CSI-style “enhance” feature.
A built-in speaker allows for audio to be shared from the app to the Nest Cam, so that you can speak to kids or even burglars.
Nest is also launching a Nest Aware subscription package for the camera, allotting a chunk of cloud storage for those times you want to record clips rather than watch them live. That’s something we’ve seen offered from Dropcam, too, but Nest Aware will offer 10 days for the price of 7, along with a 30 day option.
As for integration with the rest of Nest’s line-up, if you have a Nest Protect then should it detect smoke or carbon monoxide, the Nest Cam will automatically be turned on.
Nest Cam will go on sale priced at $199.99 today, and will begin shipping next week. Nest Aware will be $10 per camera, per month for the 7-day option.