Google today updated its Nest product line, bringing two new battery-operated products, a wired Nest Cam with built-in floodlights and an updated version of the wired Nest Cam. Of the two wireless products, the first is the wireless version of the Nest Cam, which has a 130-degree field of view and can record 30fps images at 1080p resolution. It also has 6x digital zoom and night vision capabilities, you can see the scene about 6 meters away, and IP54 waterproof and dustproof, can be installed outdoors and indoors.
The wireless Doorbell is a doorbell-type surveillance camera with a resolution of 989 x 1280, a frame rate of 30fps, 6x digital zoom and a 145-degree field of view, and its night vision capability is about 3 meters away. This resolution is a bit peculiar, but it is actually an upright 3:4, allowing you to see the whole body of the visitor. The power of the two sets depends on how many recording events there are, and changes in temperature and settings. Google said that the Doorbell can be used for about 6 months on a single charge, while the Nest Cam can be used for up to 7 months. The Doorbell can be charged via USB-C after the battery is exhausted, while the Nest Cam can be charged via a USB-A adapter.
Both wireless products can store up to 3 hours of video history. If you want to extend it, you must subscribe to Nest Aware. Unlike other Nest products under Google (including the battery version of Nest Cam), Doorbell does not provide full-time video recording even if it subscribes to Nest Aware Plus. But Doorbell itself can store about 1 hour of images on the machine even if it is disconnected from the Internet. Depending on the frequency of visits by visitors, it may take about a week or longer. After Doorbell reconnects to the Internet, it will upload the screen to the cloud again.
For wired products, there are an upgraded version of the normal Nest Cam, and a version equipped with floodlights for the first time. They all have a machine learning system built into the machine that can distinguish between people, cars and animals; and Doorbell can also detect and recognize packages as close as 20 cm from the door. In order to train this AI, Google uses up to 40 million images to cover various environments and lighting conditions. Since these identification systems are built on machines, they can be enjoyed without subscribing to cloud services. If you subscribe to the Nest Aware cloud service, you can additionally set the “familiar face” yourself.
All Nest Cam and Doorbell can be used in conjunction with Google Home app and other devices such as Nest smart displays. Google also stated that all data on Nest cameras are encrypted. The battery version of Nest Cam and Doorbell are both priced at US$180, and they will be available for pre-order in 18 countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand from now on. The wired Nest Cam with floodlight is US$280, while the second-generation wired Nest Cam is US$100. The latter two are “coming soon.”