Connected with watches, home surveillance cameras are certainly the hottest products at the moment. In turn, Nest launches in this market by offering its Nest Cam. It’s time to introduce the product and make the turn.
After his thermostat and smoke detector, Nest, the US firm bought by Google (now Alphabet), presents its connected camera. Contain the main principles of Dropcam (acquired by Nest), this camera really shows convincingly for use with practical features, thoughtful design and a more than attractive companion application.
Presentation and test Nest Cam video
Nest Cam, what is it?
Not hard to guess what will be the Nest Cam because the program held in the name of the product. Nest Cam = Nest camera. Nest is a subsidiary of Alphabet (formerly Google) responsible for taking care of connected objects. The first objects of this American firm have also met a great success for the moment, whether from the trade press or the public.
A connected camera is a home monitoring device with the possibility of monitoring and remote control. Nest Cam is no exception to the rule because thanks to LED, microphone and camera, you can see, day or night, and hear what is happening in the room where you installed it. We will return it, but a feature linked to your video storage service even allows to reconsider the history of your monitor.
The advantage of this camera is undoubtedly its size, rather small, and flexibility that will dispose of just about anywhere … where there is a power outlet nearby. Indeed, downside, it runs on industry and must be within three meters of a power outlet. The choice of installation outlet certainly makes sense, especially if you are away from home a long time, but it also entails disadvantages.
The cord that connects the camera to the power outlet is inserted under the camera (that can rotate on its axis to facilitate connection), which causes a small twist of the cable which is then disposed between the camera and the foot thereof. Nothing too bad, especially since the cable looks really robust.
The uses of such a camera are many. The first that comes to mind is to monitor its housing by prolonged absence. Moreover, it is in these conditions that I have tested. It secsurveillance camerascan also be used to ensure that his children have returned to school when we are at work or remotely. It allows, coupled with other brand products, to ensure that there is no abnormality home. Of course, such a product is mainly used for monitoring and should be to prevent the family that we have installed such a device in the housing.
The design of the Nest Cam
It is always the first thing we see and what is the first impression we give the product. Needless to say that here the first impression is very good. Simplicity is the term that emerges as the circular camera, black, overcomes a foot whose base is a magnet that will secure the device very simply on a metal surface. Note that in the box there is also an adapter that will attach the camera to a wall or ceiling, even the screws are provided.
As we said above, the camera turns on its axis, allowing him to put his head backwards, but to keep the image in the right direction. A small LED that changes color depending on the use of the camera, the lens overcomes. On the back of the camera is a QR code that will quickly and easily pair the device with the application.
Between the camera and its foot, a hinge which will allow the camera to have an angle 180 °. Again, it is very convenient to install in confined areas. It is a matter of taste, but for me, I was really seduced by this simple and effective design. The only complaint that comes from the white cord that denotes a bit and just break the harmonious lines of the Nest Cam.
Finally, the design is really compelling and quality of the materials used to make really solid. One has the impression, which should be confirmed with time as Nest Cam is made to last for years without fading.
Installing and using the Nest Cam
Between the time I have out of the box and when it was active, he did not go 5 minutes. The small leaflet accompanying the product perfectly explains how to pair the camera with the application and in fact, it’s a breeze.
If you have not yet, the first thing to do is install the free application Nest. Recently redesigned, this app is more than convincing and works perfectly. The home page of the application allows a quick glance at its online products and steer away simply.
On the back of the camera is a QR code that we scan with the application (which then uses the smartphone’s camera or tablet). In less than a minute, this is your camera added to your user profile and ready for use. Connect the camera and install it on the home WiFi network will be the other two stages before finding the image Nest Cam on the mobile device screen.
This simplicity is the great strength product that is intended, in fact, to a very large audience. The camera is able to send a video stream up to 1080p for impeccable quality. In my case, that has a low quality Internet (only 1 Mb / s), I put the picture in the lowest video quality, because video transit over the network. The viewing angle is 130 ° (which can cover most of a room, even large) and it is possible to zoom away from the application. It is even possible to locate an area that you want to monitor priority.
The camera transmits the video stream and this stream can be seen live, where you can find a history of the movement in the room online via Nest Aware. Fee (10 euros / month), you can test it for free for 1 month if you buy the device before September 29, 2015 Nest Aware is very compelling, secure, but it may appears as superfluous, except if the we really want to Nest Cam professional home telemonitoring system (and in this case it may return much less than some competitors).
For the rest, the application also allows to adjust the notifications sent us the program, whether to enable night vision, or not to activate the lights and the sound or to allow access to videos . The application is complete, something that had been noticed by testing the thermostat and smoke detector. The interface has become more pleasant with time and if the application is required to run the Nest product, its ease of use makes the really nice.
Where Nest Cam?
Nest site is the best place to find and buy Nest Cam if it interests you. Priced at 199 euros, it represents an investment, which may increase if you decide to subscribe Nest Aware system. However, Nest Cam appears as one of the cheapest of the connected high-end cameras.
The Nest Cam surveillance camera is also in some online stores like bestitude (sometimes with an even more attractive price). It is very easy you can find it if you really attracts occurs.
The strengths and weaknesses Nest Cam
Let’s start with the weaknesses, especially as we have already mentioned them. His power cord makes it mandatory to let his camera near a power outlet. This cord is still long enough that it is not in close proximity to the outlet, and there remains the possibility of adding an extension if it is really far from the current. For its part, the use it has been noticed that the camera warming, no concern either, and we may think that this is normal and not a design problem.
The highlights are still more numerous. They include the design of this small camera, magnetic foot and adapter that can attach everywhere, its image quality, its night mode, simple to install, rich and complete application for draw the maximum potential built-in microphone that can hear what is happening at home and communicate with your remote interior. In short, you’ll understand that this connected camera has everything to seduce and if you are looking for such a device, Nest Cam looks suspiciously like this should suit you.
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