The Nest Cam security camera is available for pre-order right now


UPDATE: We’ve also found the Nest Cam on!


Last week we saw leaked images of a Nest camera. The device looks a lot like a Dropcam camera, which, of course, is now owned by Nest. Today the Nest Cam has shown up for pre-order on Best Buy’s website for $199.99. (Update: It’s also now on Google Play.) It appears that Best Buy accidentally tweeted about the device a little early, but the page is still live on their site.

Here are the product features listed on the site:

  • View remotely with the free app
    Download the Nest app and view footage from your compatible device running iOS 8 or later, or Android 4 or later.
  • Stay informed via instant smartphone notifications
    Receive motion and sound detection notifications for peace of mind while you’re away.
  • HD recording ensures crisp, clear detail
    Vivid 1080p resolution at 30 fps (frames per second) allows you to see small details on your screen.
  • Digital audio ensures quality sound
    Built-in microphone lets you hear everything clearly.
  • Infrared night vision lets you see in the dark
    Keep an eye on things up to 20′ away when there’s little to no light.
  • See more with the 130° field of view
    Provides a wide-angle vantage point.
  • Zoom in on details
    The 8x zoom lets you focus on specific parts of your home.
  • Two-way talk
    Communicate with people and talk to pets from anywhere with the built-in microphone and speaker.
  • Customize motion and sound alerts
    Choose which areas of your home you want to monitor more closely with Activity Zones.
  • Optional cloud recording
    In addition to free live streaming, you can add cloud recording to save footage with a Nest Aware subscription (not included).
  • Connects to your Wi-Fi network
    For convenience and simple setup.
  • Wall-mounting hardware
    Allows you to easily attach the camera to a wall.
  • Works with Nest Aware subscription (not included)
    The Nest Cam will automatically turn on when the Nest Protect (sold separately) senses smoke or carbon monoxide.

By all accounts it looks like an excellent security camera. It has all the great features that Dropcam users have come to love, plus a few new goodies, and the integrations that has made Nest products so popular. We should be hearing an official announcement very soon. Are you going to buy a Nest Cam?

[Update]: Nest’s site is now live with more information about their first ever IP camera. In addition to what we learned from Best Buy and Amazon’s listings, we know that the cloud recording subscription for the new Nest Cam is now called Nest Aware. We also know that the device has a magnet to add an additional mounting option for those who can make use of it.

The promo video for the thing does well to show you how the Nest Cam fits into your life, so be sure to check it out, and let us know if you’ll be ordering one for your home!

Joe Fedewa
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  1. Looks like a great camera — but they still have that awful subscription. Was hoping they’d change that…

    This is Google — why can’t I use my Drive account for storage?

    Or stream it to a harddrive?

  2. Can I just buy the base and put my dropcam pro in it?

  3. I was really hoping for Google to tie in storage with Google Drive…I would pay a nominal fee for a more “premium” service to use my Google Drive space.

  4. Can you record to a NAS instead of the cloud?

  5. $US10 per month for 10hrs recording is the cheapest option when paid for yearly ($US100)

  6. Pulled trigger on one of these as well to add to my nest.

  7. Pretty high entry price and subscription. Pass.

  8. Looks a lot like the lesser known Xiaomi Yi IP cam … which can record to the Xiaomi Router-NAS (I believe it only works with the Xiaomi’s own though)

  9. I’m interested in these but that price point is totally ridiculous and then the charge per month, no thanks.

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