Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review | TechHive Review

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review | TechHive Review

this is the nest cam IQ outdoor it is
one of the best outdoor security cameras that we’ve reviewed but if you’re
considering buying one there’s some things you need to know before you make
your decision the IQ outdoor is an updated version of nests outdoor
security camera the design is new so is the mount on the new mount the cable
comes out of the back and if you drill a hole in your wall you can run it
straight into your house and no one outside can see the cable it makes for a
much neater installation if you do need to run the cable though down this side
of your house then there are channels built in here for it also new the camera
now mechanically attaches to the mount the only way to get it out is with an
allen key the previous version used a magnet and that made it really easy to
put up but also really easy to steal the view from the camera out the front
there’s a hundred and thirty degree field of view which is fairly standard
for a home security camera it has night vision which is pretty standard too and
two-way audio that means that when you’re watching video from the camera
you can’t just hear what’s going on but if someone’s there you can press the
button on your phone and you can talk to them as well and we’ll broadcast out of
the camera video from the IQ outdoor is sharp and clear it is a 1080p
high-definition video image but that’s not where the story ends with the video
in this camera inside here behind the lens is a 4k video imaging sensor that’s
four times high-definition but it’s important to
understand you are never gonna see that 4k image the 4k video is circulated
within the camera and used by the systems that look for movement and look
for things that are going on but because that 4k image data is so large Ness
doesn’t send it up to their cloud what comes out of the back of the camera and
goes up to the cloud is a down converted high-definition video image it’s still a
really good image it’s one of the best we’ve seen but when you see 4k with this
don’t be thinking that you can they be getting 4k video one of the other areas
where it is an advantage though is when you’re setting up the camera and you see
the complete image that it’s that it can see if you’re not interested in
some of that you can usually do a digital zoom and just concentrate on
part of their area well if you’ve got a high-definition sensor in here and you
zoom in you’re going to end up with less some high-definition because on this
you’re starting with a 4k image when you zoom in until at least you get to a
quarter of that image you’re going to be getting a high-definition video signal
coming out because it has all those extra pixels in there and all that extra
resolution so even when you zoom in you’re gonna be getting a good image but
again that’s only when you set it up that’s when you tell the camera this is
the area I’m interested in one of the other really nice features of this is a
nest design service called super site now you have to have a subscription for
a super site but it’s a pretty slick thing when the camera sees somebody it
attempts to zoom in to show you a close-up view of their face now going
back to what we’re just saying that zoom in is on a high definition image and the
way the camera zooms in and the way it pans it almost looks like somebody’s
controlling the camera for you and if you want you can press a button and go
back to full frame so that’s super sight the other thing or one of the other
things that you get with the subscription is a facial recognition the
camera won’t just alert you if somebody’s there but once it’s you’ve
trained it and it knows members of your family and your friends it will tell you
who’s there or if it’s a stranger so that subscription service not the
cheaper subscription service out there for a home security camera ten dollars a
month or a hundred dollars a year and that will get you ten days of storage
for your videos and there’s also another option which is $30 a month 300 a year
for 30 days if you decide not to subscribe you don’t get the super site
you don’t get the facial recognition ness gives you three hours of video
storage which is not very much it’s fine in the daytime if say you can alert on
your phone you’re in a meeting and you can look at it 30 minutes later but at
nighttime say someone’s in front of your house at 2:00 a.m. if you wake up at 6
a.m. it’s gone it’s deleted so if you have one of these cameras you’re
probably going to end up with a subscription service so when you’re
considering buying one factor the cost of the subscription service into your
decision this camera is reasonably expensive it’s
349 dollars you can get 2 for 598 dollars but if we just thinking about
one of these 349 dollars if you have it for 4 years
you’re more than doubling your investment in this system
so do your sums and make sure it’s a figure that you’re happy with one of the
other features of a nest is that it’s always streaming to nest in the cloud
that’s one of the reasons why the subscription service is so expensive and
it’s a nice feature because it means that you’ve got video for the last 10 or
30 days always available to you in the cloud service even if the camera didn’t
spot anything even if you didn’t get an alert the video is there and you can go
back and look at it but it sends a lot of video Ness says that the minimum
internet speed for one of these is 2 megabits per second but you really don’t
worry about that consider the amount of data it sends every month because most
home internet connections do have a data cap if you go over the data cap you’re
either going to get slowed down or more than likely you’re going to get charged
more money there are 4 quality settings in this camera in the lowest quality
setting the app tells you that the camera is going to try not to exceed a
hundred gigabytes of data transfer a month in the highest quality setting 400
gigabytes a month if you have two of these cameras at 800 gigabytes
I looked at my home internet connection and my data cap is at 500 gigabytes
after which they start charging me more money so if you’re gonna buy one of
these or two of these or 3 or 4 check your home internet you might have to
upgrade that or you might end up paying extra money so factor all of that into
your decision as well that’s really the big negative with this the price of the
camera and the subscription and the amount of data it uses which might force
you to get a better internet in the internet package from your provider more
expensive one but on the positive side the app is really good love the new
mount super side is really well done in a very useful feature and you get a
great image from the camera so that’s what we think about the nest cam IQ


  • Dennis orozco

    February 7, 2018

    I wanted to order this but there isn’t a release date yet😒

  • Wim Schoenmakers

    February 10, 2018

    Thanks for the nice review. Just waited for that.
    I got the normal outdoor with subscription, but gonna change that for this new IQ soon, as soon as it is for sale here.

  • Vamshi Krishna

    February 12, 2018

    I suppose it's not 3 hours video for free, it's only free 3 hours images history

  • Adam Cai

    February 13, 2018

    I like the details you have mentioned!! Great great great jobs!!!

  • FatGoiter

    February 15, 2018

    Very informative! Thanks

  • MutsFire

    February 16, 2018

    Good ℹ, will go with the Arlo since I will get 5 and Nest charge 50 dollar extra per camera 😂

  • Paul L

    February 22, 2018

    Great review with great advice, can't fault it. Nest have recently released a new subscription for $5 per month ($50 annual) for 5 days storage which makes it more competitive!

  • TechHive

    February 23, 2018

    Since we published this review, Nest has launched a new $5 per month subscription camera that makes the system slightly more competitive. Details here:

  • Andreas Schulte Mesum

    February 26, 2018

    I like the information about the size of file 400GB minimum. Did not consider that before. Nice and detailed report. Great useful facts.

  • JoeDoe_ Outdoors

    February 27, 2018

    Hei I really enjoy your page ☺ Keep it up!

  • goprocbr

    March 1, 2018

    Awesome review. All my questions are answered!

  • chen jin

    March 5, 2018

    Is the night vision any better than the non IQ version?

  • Juan

    March 5, 2018

    Home internet data caps? That's some bullshit, you should fight that.

  • Mark Her

    March 15, 2018

    Wow,thats alot of money and data for just one camera.. Have you looked at the Yi Home security cams..they start off at $28 for the 720p cams and $45 for there 1080p cams and give you the option of using a sd card as well as cloud storage–why pay more if you don't have to–heres some sample footage:

  • Kevin G Man

    March 21, 2018

    $100 a year per camera?

  • Hummas Khan

    March 22, 2018

    if u need nest products to pay monthley in canada ontario mssg or email me

  • Latin Label

    March 25, 2018

    Thank you for this super detailed review. Great job!

  • First Class Citizen

    March 27, 2018

    4K is four times more greater in pixel resolution (not resolution dimension) than standard 1080p. When 4K was introduced, they need savvy (maybe convoluting) marketing terms to help bolster sales.

  • Strategic Eyes

    March 27, 2018

    I don't understand where the market is for this system when you can get your pick of the hundreds of home video security systems out there that have internet viewing options, motion notification, 4k quality etc and all for free because it's only a one time charge to buy they system. Why pay hundreds and even thousands for a system then have to pay per month to use it.

  • Peter Kizer

    April 14, 2018

    Excellent review. My primary interest is home security for protection against (1) car prowls (just this past week, sometime during the night, when I was asleep), and (2) when no one is home during the day. Also, my home network is very unreliable, and very short range, so while this Nest camera is attractive, it's just not for me. Thanks for the education.

  • cheff Solo

    April 15, 2018

    Good info , but what other security cameras would you recommend ? Maybe Backstreet security camera or lorex security camera , and maybe one with a dvr ?

  • kevin cassell

    April 17, 2018

    Hey, just wanted to say that was by far the best (and most informative) review of the product I've seen this far. No one else has provided the monthly upload amount (minimum or maximum) so that was a real eye opener! Thanks again for the best review of this product. Much appreciated. 👍

  • Col. Angus

    April 20, 2018

    Does it come in large? That one is not big enough. o_0

  • Pauluz de Boskabouter

    April 25, 2018

    Waaaaay waaay much to expensive!!!!! And without also very high subscription useless!!!

  • Air Wolf

    April 28, 2018

    Now you can get 2 for $300.

  • Joe Schlotthauer

    May 2, 2018

    Seems too expensive to me, I have multi-family properties, and one camera wouldn't be enough.

  • Kalvin One

    May 3, 2018

    what a wonderful ripoff ! the real Google face !

  • Enrique Leyva

    May 13, 2018

    Yes! You mentioned the upload speed! One thing people also don’t take into account (upon initial installation!) is that firewalls more often than not prevent cameras from connecting to WiFi! Just thought I’d let you all know 🙂 great review!

  • Gina Luna

    May 16, 2018

    Do you know about another brand that works well with less money? Thank you!

  • Frederico Ventura

    June 3, 2018

    No support for credit card in Portugal, shame.

  • hyper

    June 9, 2018

    Nice review. Add a night vision test to demonstrate if faces can be distinguished at 5', 10' or 15'. Would be helpful to review the software capability on apps/browser .i.e. clarify if if owner can extract video segments from the cloud service and store it on their home system/dvd-r to retain it for police report/legal purposes.

  • Geekman Greg

    June 16, 2018

    Very good review. I find it amazing however that they have no way to set the cameras up so that they only record video when they sense motion and force you to use the 24/7 recording? I would think many people may have more enclosed areas where they don't need constant recording where motion-sensing would be just fine and use a lot less data.

    That seems like an amazingly dumb error on their part to not offer that option in their app. Especially considering the price.

  • Aldi Palucio

    June 17, 2018

    Don't buy it please doesn't record video only if you pay the subscription and doesn't work with google home.

  • قناة الأدعية الصحة، السعادة، جذب الأموال

    June 21, 2018

    subscriptions ? no no, rip off .. there are hundreds of cam like this, no subscriptions, no wiring, no no hidden fee or extra fees

  • Brian Will

    June 26, 2018

    Nest makes a good looking camera, but I can't imagine anyone in their right mind would pay $100/year for cloud storage. The fact is there are so many cameras out there that provide free weekly cloud storage. My personal favorite is the Armorax camera; live streaming, free cloud storage, on-board SD card storage and no fee to use the's literally everything a Nest is for a lot less money.

  • Brian Will

    June 26, 2018

    Is the subscription required for the camera to work?

  • Dan S

    July 5, 2018

    Are you able to download video to disc or usb if you need it for the police

  • Justin Addison

    July 19, 2018

    An absolute must is to have a security light close to the camera so it records in colour at night, i have my nest hello turn on my security lights when it detects a person using stringify to my sonoff switches, so my swann wired system records in colour. i spent a while with testing and positioning of lights and cameras but its well worth the extra effort to record in colour.

  • Eddie M

    August 28, 2018

    Great vedio !I have outlets in my soffits so would have coverage for any camera from the weather which would u recommend the arlo pro 2 nest or nest iq ? Cause I like the nest just not the subscribe thingy thx keep up the good work…

  • Jose

    September 5, 2018


  • Hootboy1965

    September 10, 2018

    Thank you

  • Setonas

    September 19, 2018

    Tech hive, I’m particularly interested in seeing license plates on street vehicles from that range. Are you able to read most plates when it is properly set? Interested to read your experience!

  • Jake wood

    September 30, 2018

    wow why would you buy a camera like that and pay.,why would you pay to watch your videos back.,go back to the old cameras
    straightforward no internet connection ., what's the point of cameras today when you call the police.sometimes they can't be bothered to look back at you cameras footage

  • Syvette

    October 12, 2018

    It'd be nice if Nest put all this extra info about needing a subscription on their website.

  • CRABST3R !

    October 31, 2018

    I would love one, but can't afford both the camera and the fees lol it's one or the other I feel.

  • Herp Derp

    November 7, 2018

    I know how I will be training mine…… wonder if it has a shade level detector…

  • BMo

    November 8, 2018

    This is all B""S to squeeze every penny out of desperate customers, you buy a very expensive camera and then you have to spend $100 – $300 to get the real protection(saving the video footage), if not you only get only 3hrs of footage? do they give you option to save the footage yourself?

  • Jeffrey Cretella

    November 11, 2018

    Can you set to only record when it detects motion?

  • Cesar Vasquez

    November 11, 2018

    Was a very useful review … very clear, accurate and honest information. Thank you

  • Steve Wise

    November 11, 2018

    I own four around my home and they work well. The camera also zooms automatically when someone is walking in my driveway or elsewhere.

  • Navpreet Singh

    November 13, 2018

    Did I miss the night vision?

  • Scotia Jinker

    November 19, 2018

    Great review, you have just put me off of it , I’m looking for 3 cameras , that’s a lot of data

  • Simon Moore

    December 6, 2018

    If you're not recording, just using it to look live occasionally, does it still use so much data?

  • Rezene l love is song forever. .!

    December 10, 2018

    Hii, good job

  • RickyTomatoes

    December 11, 2018

    Excellent review. Thank you!

  • masterbrice

    December 17, 2018

    Verizon gave this to me for free so I am here looking at this video for information

  • mgnoodle

    December 17, 2018

    Quick Question. Can you set it up so when your home during the day it stops recording in order to save data? Then starts automatically on an evening or when you leave the house? Similar to the thermostat

  • Autotech Rescue

    December 27, 2018

    I got rid of all my nest cameras is so stupid that you have to pay money too subscribers when you already paid for the product

  • Junk Mail

    December 29, 2018

    So much good information thank you, a great video!

  • Cezar Narea

    January 13, 2019

    Nest tell us the camera works at – 40 Celsius . Not sure , after 30 minutes Outside at 21 C there is no more connection. The signal is full ,the router is very close , I ve reset everything-nothing . I brought in the house , wormed up and reinstalled works again for 30 minutes .

  • Tom Yaeger

    January 14, 2019

    Is it really so easy to steal?

  • See Nomore

    January 24, 2019


  • Jeremy McBane

    February 2, 2019

    that price though

  • Revenge of the Apocalypse

    February 2, 2019

    I love having the nest cameras, I don't care about the price…. after someone set my garage on fire and destroyed my brand new Camaro ill pay anything for security I can trust

  • Jorge Delacruz

    February 4, 2019

    Great vid . Very informative and to the point.

  • Trance Master

    February 12, 2019

    I used this video as one of my research videos prior to purchasing Nest IQ and I really wish you mentioned that Nest IQ and doorbell has a 3-5 second alert delay!!! Per Nest's technical support "3-5 seconds is considered normal" There is no firmware, fix, or anything being done about this. Unless you don't mind real time notification this camera is a waste of money. This issue has been brought up multiple times in Nest forums but Nest is sweeping this under the rug and does not want the public to know about it. Even all the big TOP Youtube review guys don't mention this. So anyone reading this I hope you see this before deciding to go with Nest. You are welcome.

  • Marcus Smith-Alarcon

    February 13, 2019

    I am always a little miffed that none of you reviewing this camera, took the time to simply take shots of a license plate or lawn sign, at different distances, (5 feet. 10 feet. 20 feet. 30 feet. etc) with different cameras to really get a real more informed review on exactly how far a particular camera can see clearly. I wish people would actually review the lens capabilities of these cameras.

  • B Tte

    February 14, 2019

    What if someone comes With a mask and steal your $380 wireless camera? Then what?

  • Slap yo momma

    March 2, 2019

    Great Review

  • internetpolification Noseygoò

    March 3, 2019

    Why dollars???

  • internetpolification Noseygoò

    March 3, 2019

    Honestly this system costs a fortune to buy and to run, especially and I’m amazed that this reviewer hasn’t stressed it more robustly. Personally, I couldn’t care less what the mounting plate is like compared to the old one etc. The fact is, these cameras will usually exceed or seriously eat up anyone’s monthly data allowance from their ISP. If you do a search on the net, you’ll find loads of people seriously fed up with these….. often requiring changing ISP or updating and paying more to get a bigger allowance. One person with two cameras was using 400GB a month out of a monthly limit of 500gb. He reckoned it’s the same data usage as watching 59 movies on Netflix. The Nest doorbell is just as bad, using loads of monthly allowance.

    In addition to most probably having to pay more for WiFi, there’s the initial high purchase cost and then the monthly subscription PER CAMERA…..heavens above, imagine having three of them eating up data allowance and costing between £40 and £240 year PER CAMERA….. over 5 years, it would be cheaper to be burgled.

    I’ll give this one a miss. Looks like a massive headache to me. None of this mentioned in the review and who knows why a British reviewer feels the need to talk US dollars…….

  • Adrian Stealth

    March 4, 2019

    I’d want option for local storage
    Eg streaming to a home drive
    No bandwidth unless I log on remotely to review

  • Rafael N.

    March 6, 2019

    Nice review , very clear and concise.
    My son is learning to kite surf and he is always calling from school asking me if I am in the house and if I can see other kite surfers , or strong winds.
    What camera do you recommend so he can log from his phone and check the conditions, we live in-front of the beach so I can set it up at home pointing to the kite surfing spot.
    Thank you

  • Theo F

    March 28, 2019

    This is the most/best detailed info on the IQ version I've found, TechHive. Thank you for posting this informative video. Definitely a helper. Kudos.

  • Mr Spoonz

    April 4, 2019

    God knows why they don't have a hub storage thing u can buy instead of subscription . It's not hard now is it come on……. and you would sell loads of them !

    The fact they don't sell the alarm system in Europe aswell currently is a complete joke .
    I've waited 18 months now for it .
    Hive are way ahead on connectivity but the nest thermostst is just so much nicer .
    If nest pulled there finger out they could dominate the market .
    Crazy subscription prices will kill your market on cameras no matter how "good" the camera is . Sort out a DVR nest for gods sake . I would buy 3 iqs if u did

    Rock and a hard place .

  • eclipseotik

    April 6, 2019

    Best clear review I’ve seen so far of this camera thank you

  • sdemosi

    April 6, 2019

    Good review. I skipped this because it just uploads too much data.


    April 8, 2019

    Not aware of bandwidth caps in the U.S – there is a new $5 plan now, also one could just turn off the camera whilst home.

  • william howard

    June 2, 2019

    I have both the nest cam and arlo pro 2 and the nest definitely has better video quality and less lag time.

  • Giuseppe Dainotti

    June 23, 2019

    It’s nice for a house not for small apartment

  • furstyferret81

    July 10, 2019

    Best to get the IQ for the front then the 'normal' Nest cameras for the back and sides, makes a lot more sense that way!

  • MsLatte205

    July 18, 2019

    What is the best camera to mount inside but focus on my vehicle outside? Being able to save any footage I may need?

  • Bismillah Bismillah

    July 25, 2019

    Not good too expensive

  • Cleon Brady

    July 26, 2019

    Dear Nest,
    You have a great product. Home security is a necessity these days. Thers are a few issues.
    1. The subscription is expensive.
    2. The connection wire is kept outside or drill a huge hole.
    3. There is not an option for storage.
    4. Paying to keep personal vids in Google cloud vs. Personal storage is a huge let down. Please take this into consideration if you want to remain competitive.

  • Russell Sacobie

    July 27, 2019

    $499.99 CAD and only 3 hours of video history. BS!

  • Vegard Løfaldli

    August 2, 2019

    Data cap? Is this 2002? That's the last time we had that in Norway at least

  • Jon Marklar

    August 4, 2019

    I regret buying this. It can't read licence plates right outside my house, even when using the live feed and zooming in, and I've got the camera on its highest settings. A complete waste of money and waste of the time it took me to install.

  • cinster8

    August 4, 2019

    can you delete data after reviewing to keep within the limited 100GB a month?

  • alexis tindell

    August 9, 2019

    I have a question regarding the subscription . 5/10/30 Days .
    I don't understand that
    So if I get the 10 days does that mean it only scars recordings from the first of the month till the tenth day ? And the rest of the 20/21 days of the month won't be saved ?

  • Epic Benjo

    August 20, 2019

    With Super Sight, is the video recorded that way? Or is it just zooming in as you view the video?

    What happens if there's two people in the shot? Does it choose one? Or does it know to show both?

  • italianrelic

    August 22, 2019

    Can you hook it to a dvr?

  • Pray Always

    September 1, 2019

    Price went up? $399

  • Susie Yan

    September 3, 2019

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