Nest Cam In­door

A slick of­fer­ing that’s let down by its ex­pen­sive sub­scrip­tion model

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE -

£159 FROM Nest, FEA­TURES 130° panoramic lens, 1080p HD cam­era Ease of use

There is no drama with set­ting up the Nest Cam. Its small foot­print means it can be placed any­where, and the app is easy to nav­i­gate and use – some fea­tures re­quire log­ging in through your web browser to op­er­ate, though.


The cam­era is Full HD (1080p), but doesn’t pro­vide as wide an an­gle as the D-Link. You can at least set up your cam­era to mon­i­tor to a sched­ule or based on your lo­ca­tion, but other fea­tures are locked into a pricey sub­scrip­tion.


Like D-Link, there’s no SmartThings or HomeKit sup­port. There is a trig­ger-only IFTTT chan­nel for run­ning ac­tions based on mo­tion de­tec­tion. The kit can be in­te­grated with Wink, and used to con­trol Philips Hue or LIFX bulbs.

Run­ning costs

This is the huge kicker – you can’t record (and there­fore re­view) video un­less you pay for Nest Aware, an ex­pen­sive on­go­ing sub­scrip­tion that starts at £8 per month. Nest Aware pro­vides ex­tras such as mo­tion de­tec­tion zones, but we re­ally feel these should be in­cluded as stan­dard.

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