Nest Cam (wired) review: this pricey camera offers people detection

You typically have to pay more before a smart security camera can detect people, but the Nest Cam wired indoors only (along with Google’s other new Nest cameras for 2021) sets itself apart by free on-device detection. people, pets and vehicles. That’s a great feature for this smooth, solidly built Nest Cam, which also boasts an attractive design, easy-to-use setup, crystal-clear video performance (including night vision), and (if you want them) affordable subscription plans. and valuable. .

One thing the wired Nest Cam isn’t, however, is cheap. At $ 100, the indoor Nest Cam is a far cry from those crazy inexpensive Wyze Cams, and even Ring’s somewhat pricier security cameras can seem like bargains by comparison. So is the wired Nest Cam worth it? We’ll see.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best home security cameras, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.


Measuring 3.88 x 2.52 x 2.24 inches (HxWxD) and weighing 14.1 ounces, the wired Nest Cam feels reassuringly strong and sturdy, and unlike some cheaper and lighter security cameras I’ve tried, you’d have to work Hard to get the Nest Cam to tip over when placed on a shelf or countertop. The rounded base (there’s even a solid wood version for an extra $ 20) looks gorgeous, and its adjustable neck allows you to point the lens in a variety of directions, though up is not one of them (down is not a problem. ). A green light above the lens alerts passersby when the camera is active and (following Google Nest’s privacy policy) there is no way to disable the light, although it can dim its brightness.

Nest Cam wired side view Ben Patterson / IDG

Nest Cam’s rounded base looks cool and its adjustable neck lets you point the lens in all directions except up.

The Nest Cam works with a 10-foot captive cable that terminates in a USB-A connector, which then connects to a wall wart. Because the cord plugs into the bottom of the power adapter rather than straight out of it, the connector will block an outlet underneath.

As I just mentioned, you can simply place the Nest Cam on a flat surface, such as a shelf or countertop, but you can also mount it on a wall using a pair of mounting holes on the built-in wall plate (you will need to supply your own screws ).

Nest Cam wired mounting plate Ben Patterson / IDG

You can mount the Nest Cam with cable to a wall using these screw holes.

The wired Nest Cam is designated as an indoor-only camera, hence the lack of an IP (ingress protection) rating. If you want a Nest Cam that can survive the elements, you will need to purchase the battery-powered Nest Cam.


As with other Nest devices, getting the Nest Cam up and running is a breeze. Just turn on the Google Home app, tap the “+” button to add a new device, scan the QR tag on the camera, and the Home app should connect the camera to your Wi-Fi network automatically. I had a problem because the Home app couldn’t find an “auxiliary” Nest Mini that I had previously unplugged, but once I turned on the wayward speaker, the connection process went smoothly.

After the Nest Cam is connected to Wi-Fi, the Home app will guide you through a variety of privacy policies and options, and will also ask you in which room the camera will reside. In my case, I put the Nest Cam in my finished basement, where it could (along with an existing Wyze Cam v2) keep an eye on a door that opens into a common hallway.

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