"Step outside: Nest's latest camera combats the elements"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
Step outside: Nest's latest camera combats the elements
So we're here at the CNET smart home today taking a look at the $200 Nest Cam Outdoor.
That may sound familiar because we've actually reviewed the Nest Cam Indoor previously.
This is just the outdoor-rated version.
Basically, it just has a protective outdoor casing so that the rain and other stuff won't bother it.
And it looks a little different than before.
One thing you'll notice right off the bat is this magnetic backing on the bottom.
It makes it really simple to install, but it isn't a great theft deterrent.
So you need to be creative about where you install this thing.
It also is Power adapter enabled.
So it would have to be pretty close to a power outlet, but it does have a really long about 25 foot cord.
So you do have some leeway.
Other than that, it's really similar to the indoor rated version.
It has 1080 p, it has 130 degree diagonal field of view, and it has great optics.
But they have updated the software to give you a lot more options for both this model and the indoor model and the original drop cam models.
So instead of having to pay $10 or $30 a month for storage you actually have three.
Three hours of storage that comes with this thing.
That makes it a lot simpler, a lot cheaper to get the security features you're looking for without having to pay for that Nest Aware.
But if you want Nest Aware that's the monthly subscription you do get a couple of more options.
You get Can or 30 days of continuous recording.
And you also get person alert.
Basically, it won't be able to tell who it's looking at but it will be able to say that it thinks it saw a person or that it's sure it saw a person.
As long as you're able to get past some of the install limitations of this thing, I think Nest Cam Outdoor is a really solid camera, especially If you've already bought in some of the other net products like the thermostat or the indoor camera.
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