Nest Cam Outdoor Review and Comparison to Ring Video Doorbell

Nest Cam Outdoor Review and Comparison to Ring Video Doorbell

Hey y’all it’s Rose. Today we’re going to compare Nest Cam Outdoor
to the Ring video doorbell. Both are WiFi cameras aimed at protecting
your home from the outside in, but they’re different, so let’s go take a look. The outdoor is just like the indoor camera
except for the body is different and it’s weatherproof. It records in full HD 1080p, has a free mobile
app, it can live stream, it’s got motion detection, it can live stream, it’s got motion detection, sound detection, night vision, and it even
has two-way audio. It has other features too, but you have to
pay for them, so we’ll get to those in a minute. Aesthetically, I could have done a better
job installing Nest Cam. I ran into some issues which you can read
about in my written review which is linked But no matter how clever you are, you are
always going to have a 25-foot cord on the outside of your home. Ring records in HD 720p, it also has a weather
resistant body, it has night vision, two way audio, it can detect motion, and it comes
with a free mobile app. Ring can also let you know if someone rings
your doorbell. Admittedly, the feature doesn’t work perfectly,
but it works most of the time. The good news is that if you hardwire Ring,
it will work with your existing door chimes. And my existing door chimes ring 100% of the
time, even when Ring fails. You can alternatively choose battery power
and add a Ring Chime, which plugs into an outlet and sounds a chime when you have a
visitor. Aesthetically, Ring is wire free and has a
neater appearance. Depending on your doorframe you might have
a slight overhang like I do, or you can opt for the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, which is
a different version that has a slimmer body. And for good measure let’s compare night vision
from Nest. To night vision from Ring. Which one do you like better? With Nest, you only have access to 3 hours
of snapshots and the other features we’ve discussed for free. If you want more, you’ll need to subscribe
to Nest Aware. For $10 per month, you get 10 days of video
history. For $30 per month, you get 30 days of video
history. Both plans add several more features including
Person Alerts, Activity Zones, Clips, Timelapse, and Sightline. From the Nest web app, you can create zones. Zones will not only help you organize footage,
but they eliminate unnecessary motion alerts. To share with you how this works, I’m going
to go to my indoor Nest Cam as it has a more established video history. Here you can see I have multiple zones set
up. You can edit them so that the camera will
ignore activity. For example, I’ve asked Nest not to notify
me of motion from my driveway. But if I want to find activity from my driveway,
I can filter my timeline or just look for green dots. Hovering over any of the dots will show you
a brief snapshot of the activity captured. From the web app, you can also create, save,
and share clips and adjust your camera’s settings. The Ring web app isn’t as pretty or advanced,
but it works. On the left, you can sort through your event
history, and you can filter by missed rings, answered rings, motion, or favorites. You can also download footage, delete footage,
or share it. The Nest App is easy to use. At the top is a live feed and the bottom is
my sightline, which is similar to the web app timeline. From here you can quickly scroll through continuous
recorded video. If you don’t want to scroll, you can look
for colored markers that coordinate with your zone. And if Nest has detected something, you will
see a snapshot marked on your Sightline. Click on the snapshot, and it will play. Fair warning though, this feature can be pretty
slow to load. It’s a click and wait feature at times for
sure. From the Ring app, you can view a live feed,
but you have to click to get there. You can also view your event history, adjust
your motion settings, and decide how you want to be notified – motion alerts, ring alerts,
neither, or both. And although I don’t like Ring to notify me
of Motion Alerts, it still records them. I’m not missing anything. And finally, just like Nest, Ring can be slow
to load. Nest Cam Outdoor is a better overall security
camera. Not only will it protect your home, but it
can potentially protect your entire neighborhood, as it does record 24/7 if you’re willing to
pay for Nest Aware. And on that note, it does require a subscription
for all of the really good features and this bulky cord and giant power adapter? Sort of eyesores. Not only that, but Nest Cam is a lot easier
to steal. The camera itself simply attaches to a magnetic
base so you can pull it right off. You can cut the cord, or if you really wanted
to, you could just twist it, pop it right out. Ring is going to protect you from something
very specific – a front door intrusion. And in Ring’s defense, most burglars do enter
from the front door. With Ring, you’re definitely going to need
cloud storage. But the good news is that it’s cheap. And as far as protecting the device itself,
in order to get it off you have to use a proprietary screw driver. So not anybody can come along and steal your
doorbell. And once you do get the screws off, it’s actually
a little difficult to lift Ring from the faceplate. All that said, if someone does manage to steal
your device Ring will replace it for free. So what do you think? Which camera is the best? Feel free to discuss below and if you have
any questions, I will definitely help y’all out. I appreciate you spending time with me today. And if this video has been helpful at all,
I would be thankful for a thumbs up. Otherwise, I will see y’all later.


  • Craig Oakley

    September 18, 2016

    Can you bypass the power adapter and use a USB electrical outlet?

  • Steven Burns

    September 21, 2016

    Is it just me or is the 1080p video from the Nest seem to be a bit granny or blurry? Video from 20 to seconds is blurry, can't recognize your face. Then from 35 to 52 (the camera your using to film with) is crystal clear.

  • tempest411

    September 30, 2016

    Ring looks like the obvious choice for most people, though with a bit of work you could hard-mount the Nest model and run the wiring in the wall. Both would be easy to defeat. As long as someone scoping out your home knew these were there, they could simply approach from the side (off camera) and plaster a sticker over either one of them.

  • Christopher Robledo

    October 9, 2016

    Currently have the Nest outdoor camera, great camera and although some people may leave their nest 25ft cord out and people can just cut it like you said or pull it out. Not I, I drilled holes into the house small enough for the cord ran the cord into attic. Its a much cleaner and professional look as well as thief's can not cut/pull the cord. Another thing which is great is Nest on demand footage. IMO nest is a better camera and security system and works better for me than Ring. Started with Ring then made the switch. I have 3 outdoor camera's and 3 indoor camera's and have no issues with bandwidth. My 1080p on my nest looks a little more clear than yours must be the bandwidth. Whatever works for each individual better they should get. Nest aware is priecy compared to Ring, a bullet i had to bite when i switched. But overall great review on the cameras.

  • Quang Tran

    October 14, 2016

    What I hate about Nest cam is $10/month per camera

  • Nate Muzquiz

    October 18, 2016

    great video thank you

  • The Urban Educator

    October 24, 2016

    Thank you for the video. One question though; will Nest Cam allow you to use another cloud service for storing video? Or are you stuck with Nest Ware?

  • enkrypt3d

    October 24, 2016

    I have 3 nest cams inside the house pointed outside and I find it to be really annoying whenever the sun goes behind clouds or the trees move… And like you said the outdoor option isn't much of a better choice IMO.

  • enkrypt3d

    October 24, 2016

    I love the intro music makes me think I'm about to watch some crazy car video or something hahah

  • 72 Olds 455

    October 25, 2016

    Rose, why did you compare a door bell to security camera? You should have compared the Ring Stickup Cam to the Nest Outdoor camera to be apples to apples.

  • Thomas Lundy

    November 11, 2016

    Just the video I was looking for. I am deciding between the two and it seems Ring is the perfect solution to some surveillance with a lot of the same features as the outdoor cam from Nest. Especially if all I need to pay is $3 a month for cloud service. I think if the outdoor cam was about $50 cheaper then maybe I would lean that way. Thanks again for the comparison.

  • Omar Morales

    November 14, 2016

    Thanks for the great comparison. I am trying to decide between a couple of nest cam, a couple of Arlo Pros or a Ring Pro with a couple of Ring Stick up cam. I think those are the best options available.

  • Kalvin One

    November 20, 2016

    both devices audio are horrible. is that normal ?

  • Lee Newman

    November 22, 2016

    The need for a power cord with the Nest camera is huge to me, actually it's a deal breaker. I love the Nest thermo and inside cam. but having to use a power cord on the outside just isn't logistically a smart move and there should be another option offered by Nest. For me, unfortunately i'm going with the Ring for outdoor use, just much more practical.

  • TK42DAN

    November 24, 2016

    First, great video! Thanks so much. Glad I found you.

    Ring's unreliability (chime and notification delays or failures for a start), often choppy or poor video and/or audio, and inability to start recording in time (among other things) make it a no-go for me. Add to that something your video demonstrated very well: the lack of placement options and the associated problem of sun glare, etc. Nest gives the two-way audio I want (and at a better quality in my experience), and the continual recording is a must for us and something I'm willing to pay for.

    Any of these things can be defeated, but drilling a hole for wire, placing the camera a little out of reach, etc. can make it difficult to steal or vandalize without being recorded doing it. Just my experience, though. YMMV. 🙂

  • MCasao

    November 27, 2016

    I have owned both the Ring and Ring Pro doorbells. They are great if someone rings your doorbell. Motion detection on both are very hit and miss. Changing Zones or sensitivity will cut down on the amount of alerts but you will still get a mixed bag of cars driving by, the back of someone's head as they are walking away of just an empty porch video with the occasional video of of someone actually standing at your door or walking by. There have been times where it just plain failed to record a UPS driver dropping off a package at my door. All of this with a device health of Very Good 'Status' and 'Signal Strength' on the Ring app. I would even go so far as to say my Original Ring doorbell was more reliable and may go back to that one. As a result, I am going to add a Nest Cam Outdoor to compliment the Ring doorbell as it will give me 24 hour recording that I can reply on where as Ring is unreliable at best for monitoring. I feel that the Ring Stick Up cam would just be more of the same so ruled that out right away. Just my honest 2-cents.

  • Konalavajava

    November 29, 2016

    good reviews. Thanks. Would love it if you would do a review with the Nest outdoor Cam versus the Ring stick up outdoor cam.

  • David Blakley

    December 17, 2016

    +Rose Thibodeaux your excellent review shows your attention to detail about the Nest Cam Outdoor and its flaws regarding the loss of features without the Nest Aware subscription, specifically the 3 hours of SNAPSHOTS, not 3 hours of video as some other YouTube reviewers have reported. A MINIMUM of $100 per year for the first camera and $50 per year for secondary and tertiary cameras for the ability to store video on the Nest cloud for download is ridiculous! A 4 camera setup would cost you $250 a year after you've paid $696.00 for the cameras if you purchased 2 two camera packages! The snapshots are pretty much worthless because they are taken at the point of motion which means it may be a person's back or random movement of objects that can't even be downloaded! Their ploy appears that they figure unsuspecting buyers won't bother taking down the cameras they've mounted with the 9 wire guides screwed along the 25-foot cable and return the cameras after they have been installed but instead pay the fee. If Nest would provide 24 to 48 hours of free cloud video storage as an option that would be more than enough time to download a video clip in the event its needed.

  • Efren M

    January 18, 2017

    I purchased the Ring 720 doorbell, prior to viewing this video, but overall I'm happy with the purchase, and your review is consistent with my experience.

    One thing I will add, is that the door jam/bezel around my door was not flat. A traditional door bell fit in the space on either side of the molding, but the Ring doorbell (about ~2.5 inches) didn't mount flush, and had to get creative to get the mounting plate to flat against that surface. Overall, very happy to add this to my home security.


    January 22, 2017

    I have watched about 4-5 of your video and you are really good. Quick and to the point reviews with Pros and Cons. Nice job.

  • Costa Apostolou

    January 22, 2017

    Great video. I have 2 indoor nest cams. 1 outdoor nest cam and the ring doorbell and love them.

  • Hello How R U

    February 21, 2017

    Would be cool if ring have finger print scanner that scan the person finger print and check on the criminal database to see what kind of crime they have committed in the pass

  • more jello please

    March 1, 2017

    just picked up a ring from costco. i've played with a few cams myself, from dropcam, nest, samsung (all 3 versions) and some more expensive ones, i love these devices 🙂 you look familiar, are you in central texas by chance? you can email me direct i you don't want to let everyone else on youtube know lol. i have a few reviews on my channel, but they are more complaint videos lol…

  • eaz54

    March 10, 2017

    Are you bae?

  • Zachary Slaunwhite

    May 23, 2017

    Bought both and love them equally.

  • sunilsidhwani

    July 8, 2017

    I went with Ring Doorbell back in 2016 and recently moved to a new home in the Denton area. I bought along the Ring Doorbell with me but here recently I purchased the Home Connected Kit from Best Buy, which consists of 1 Ring Doorbell Camera (for my external covered patio area and backyard monitoring purposes), 2 stick up cameras (1 for each side of the house) and a plug in wall chime). I also invested to get the Ring Solar Panels to provide constant power to the Stick Up Cameras leaving me only with the Ring Doorbell in my patio to have to recharge maybe once every 6 to 12 months.

    I did compare vs the Nest as well but didn't see much value in going that route in the very beginning especially with the need to have to drill into the walls in order to secure the cord. The Front Doorbell is drawing power from the pre-existing wiring already in place, my stick up cameras are accounted for with the additional Solar Panels I purchased, leaving only the rear Ring Doorbell to recharge, which isn't that big a deal to me. The other concern was does Nest cover for lost/stolen equipment as Ring does? This was huge for me.

    I recently also invested in the Ring Floodlight Camera, which by the way, records in 1080p video and will be mounted in the most important area of the home, the front over the garage. For all my devices, I can get cloud recording for only $100 annually. All I need to do now is modify the settings around my house and I'll be set. oh and for good measure, I upgraded my Internet speed from my ISP to the 1Gbps down/50Mbps up package. I will experiment if this helps the lag issue with my video transmissions or not. I do have a WiFi Range Extender already in place as my house is quite sizable and there were dead spots enough to consider the need to extend what my original router couldn't handle.

  • Beto Buche

    July 19, 2017

    My sister just came home from Costco with two of the Ring. I am very disappointed. In my opinion it's for people who need something easy to install, an elderly arthritic woman or a woman/man that doesn't own a step ladder or tools. She has a DIY husband and I installed lines for AT&T and I've been researching POE home security cameras for the past few days and was going to suggest Nest or a full security system. They were so happy with their "cute" Ring doorbell that her "girl" friend suggested to them that I didn't have the heart to tell em to return it. Maybe tomorrow.

  • Todd Curtis

    July 29, 2017

    Depends on what you want it for but the Nest 24/7 cloud storage and much wider viewing angle is by far better then the Ring, yes it's more expensive but you get what you pay for.

  • it's Rose

    August 2, 2017

    I moved from a personal to a brand account on YouTube. In doing so, I lost the hundreds of comments I’ve made since early 2016. I apologize that all the data was lost, but we can start again. Let me know if you have a question, even if it’s a repeat!

  • it's Rose

    August 3, 2017


    5/31/2017 Nest has added intelligent sound detection for all Nest Aware users.
    3/27/2017 Ring has a $10 per month plan which is unlimited. Basic costs $3 per month or $30 for the year per device; Protect costs $10 per month or $100 for year, and it covers an unlimited amount of Ring cameras, offers a lifetime product warranty (vs. 1 year) and gives you an additional 10% off future purchases at
    12/1/2016 Nest works with Apple TV and Amazon Echo Show.
    12/1/2016 Ring App Update – you can now disable motion alerts during specific days and times. Event scheduling. Multiple calls, you can now place live events on hold to answer new calls, and switch between calls without hanging up.

  • K W

    August 4, 2017

    Some of the better reviews I have seen in regards to consumer grade security cameras.

  • Diego Mejia

    September 16, 2017

    The Big difference Nest charges more

    Nest records 24/7
    Ring only records when there is activity

    thats why nest is $100 for the first camera and $50 for each additional camera
    Ring is $30 a camera or $100 yearly for unlimited devices.

  • Armando Blanco

    October 16, 2017

    Thank you for the video 😀

  • Jan Bertelsen

    October 18, 2017

    She forgot that it is easy to rip the NEST outdoor off the wall / Rubbish product – I had 2 cameras ripped off the wall with ease and the bad design of the product did not prevent it – DONT BUY IT!!! The service has been awful and not customer focused at all especially spending over £1,000 one would expect some service instead it has been arrogant and dismissive offering less than 6% discount – I would have expected more from a Google company / will send you a free replacement in case you it gets stolen / NEST will charge you full price and being arrogant about it

  • Jason Maddy

    November 2, 2017

    Rose, we have about a 10' walkway from the stairs to our front door. I don't like the long 25' cord for Nest at all. Do you think Ring would work for a doorbell to the right of the door or would I only be capturing their profile?

  • PhatJay

    November 9, 2017

    Cool video, how well could this pick up a license plate at about 50-60 feet, do you think it would be readable? Thanks.

  • William Stockman, Sr.

    January 3, 2018

    Rose is there any reason the nest camera could not be mounted on the inside of the window


    February 4, 2018

    For my set up the nest cam is better cause its in a hard to reach spot and the wires are hidden. Also keep in mind nest will probably never go out of business cause they're owned by google.

  • rawn_el

    February 16, 2018

    Wow best intro ever

  • David Forbes

    March 30, 2018

    Rose, Thanks. I started with Ring outdoor cam on the side of my house, and the purpose I bought it ended up being the disappointment–that would be the night vision. Inside, I tried Nest, and I think the night vision is much better. What do you think? For a side yard cam, where night vision is the most important thing, what product would you lean towards?

  • dunno yolo

    February 19, 2019

    Ring is they replace it


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