Clocking in at a little over one and a half times the price, the $130 Nest Cam Indoor offers specs that look a little more like they belong in 2021 than the low-resolution Blink Indoor Security Camera. The wall outlet-powered Nest Cam records at a full-HD 1,920x1,080 pixels, although still at a scant 30 fps. It has a wider 130-degree field of view (between 10 and about 2:30 on a wall clock).
In addition to capturing clearer video of slightly more of your room, the Nest Cam also offers a magnetic base for securing it to, say, a refrigerator or metal windowsill, and a stand that pivots, which helps make finding the perfect angle a little easier than with the Blink. Like the Blink Cam, the Nest also can alert you when it detects motion, plus it adds notifications for sound. It does have one particularly odd restriction, however, that, much like Blink's 5-second delay, makes the Nest Cam far less useful as a security camera -- it artificially limits motion and sound alerts, anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes (and possibly longer, depending on the trigger).
That means if two motion or sound events trigger the camera to record within 15 or 20 minutes of each other, depending on the trigger, you'll only get a notification for the first one. That's unfortunate if the second event happened to be an intruder or other such emergency. Google calls this a "cool down timer," which is meant to avoid repetitive, intrusive notifications. According to Google, each type of trigger has its own set "cool down" period before Nest will send another notification.
Nest, of course, has its own cloud-storage subscription service for saving and retrieving videos recorded by the Nest Cam Indoors, however, just like the camera itself, Nest's subscription options are more expensive overall. That said, if you have multiple cameras and don't require long-term storage, you can get away with spending a little less.
Starting at $6, Nest Aware, as the service is known, lets you connect as many Nest cameras, speakers (like the Nest Audio or Nest Mini) and displays (like the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max) as you own. The only limitations are that recordings expire after 30 days and you don't get any kind of 24/7 real-time recordings. For $12 you can extend your event video history to 60 days and Nest Aware will keep 10 days' worth of 24/7 video history. That means if you wanted to scroll through every minute of any day within the last 10 days, you can do so -- if you're willing to spend double the cost of the basic subscription.