Skip to main content

Nest brings its camera to the great outdoors, or at least your front porch

If you own an indoor security camera, there’s a fair chance you actually have it pointed outside. That’s what Nest found when surveying its customers: 30 percent were using the company’s cameras to keep an eye on the front porch from the foyer.

Outdoor cameras can be a bit of a pain to install, but Nest thinks it’s solved the problem with its new Nest Cam Outdoor. “It comes with all the features Nest indoor cam has,” Nest product manager Mehul Nariyawala told Digital Trends. That means Wi-Fi connectivity, 24/7 streaming, 1080p high-definition resolution, 130-degree views, night vision, and two-way audio. You’ll be able to yell at the neighbor kids to get off your lawn without leaving your recliner.

To make setup easier, the water-resistant camera ships with an outdoor adapter and a 25-foot cable, because the camera isn’t battery operated. It’s always on, instead of kicking to life after a motion alert. However, the motion alerts will trigger the camera to snap a picture and send you an alert. If you just buy the camera and don’t sign up for cloud storage, those are the only kind of alerts you’ll get, and you won’t be able to go back and review old footage.

Spend $10 or $30 a month for Nest Aware (10 or 30 days of cloud storage for your videos), and you’ll start getting “person alerts” later this month, with a new Nest app update. “Motion alerts are dumb,” said Nariyawala. “It doesn’t understand that a branch moving is not a relevant motion.” Person alerts are Nest’s attempt to weed out these false alarms by letting you know when it thinks it saw a person (if they were partially hidden by a bush, for example) or if they definitely saw a person.

All Nest Cam owners will be getting an app upgrade too. If you have multiple devices, they’ll all show up in one view, as will information about other Nest products, like the thermostat and smoke alarm. You’ll also be able to share access to your feed with a friend or neighbor, if you want someone to keep an eye on your home while you’re on vacation.

The outdoor version of the Nest camera is currently available for pre-order for $199 and will be out this fall.

Update 7/14/2016: Updated to correct when person alerts will be available. 

Editors' Recommendations

Jenny McGrath
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Jenny McGrath is a senior writer at Digital Trends covering the intersection of tech and the arts and the environment. Before…
Do Arlo Essential cameras require the Arlo Smart Hub?
An Arlo Smart Hub on a wooden table.

Arlo makes some of the most popular smart home cameras. They're reliable, easy to install, and supported by platforms such as Apple Home, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa. Many of its best devices fall into the Essential family, which includes the Essential XL, Essential 2K, Essential Indoor 2K, and Essential Video Doorbell.

Alongside these products, Arlo offers something known as a Smart Hub. This is available in two formats (Ultra Smart Hub and Pro Smart Hub), and both make it easy to connect your Arlo devices to the internet. But do you need an Arlo Smart Hub to use Arlo Essential cameras? Or can you get them online without purchasing the secondary hub?

Read more
The most common Google Nest Mini problems and how to fix them
A coral Google Nest Mini mounted on a brick wall.

The Google Nest Mini (2nd Gen) is one of the best smart speakers of 2024. Despite its low price, the Nest Mini gives you full access to Google Assistant, provides surprisingly great audio for a device its size, and is compact enough to fit nearly anywhere in your home. Whether you want to listen to music, dish out commands to other smart devices, or check the news, the Nest Mini can do it all.

However, the Nest Mini isn't without its faults. Setting up and using the smart speaker is typically a straightforward, hassle-free experience. But like all electronics, some owners have noticed strange issues when performing simple tasks — such as connectivity problems or an unresponsive unit.

Read more
Do you need a subscription for a Ring doorbell or camera?
The Ring Video Doorbell 3 installed near a door.

Anyone shopping for a DIY home security system has probably stumbled upon Ring. The company has an ever-growing lineup of cameras and video doorbells that are consistently ranked among the best available -- and since they're easy to set up and offer tons of functionality, it's no surprise they're so popular.

One thing to keep in mind when looking at Ring products is that you'll be on the hook for more than just the sticker price. Ring offers a monthly subscription service known as Ring Protect. Many of the best features for its cameras and video doorbells are locked behind this subscription plan, meaning owners who don't sign up will be missing out on important functionality.

Read more