Learn about Nest Cam IQ Indoor before you buy


How does Nest Cam IQ compare to Nest Cam Indoor?

Nest Cam IQ is an intelligent security camera, so it can do things like tell a person from a thing. With a Nest Aware subscription, Nest Cam IQ can even recognize familiar and unfamiliar faces and alert you. Nest Cam IQ also features Supersight, which delivers crystal clear 1080p HD video along with HDR, 12x digital zoom + enhance, and close-up tracking.

For specific details including size, weight, sensors, video quality, and more, visit this specs comparison table.

Note: Familiar Face alerts are not available on Nest Cams used in Illinois

What is Supersight and how does close-up tracking work?

Supersight is a premium video experience delivered by a combination of hardware, software and the Nest app. Only Nest Cam IQ offers Supersight.

With a 4k sensor, 12x digital zoom + enhance, and High-Dynamic-Range (HDR) imaging, Nest Cam IQ can deliver detailed images in crystal clear 1080p, even in uneven lighting conditions.

Nest Cam IQ even shows you a picture-in-picture view that includes the full 130° view and a close-up window that tracks people as they move.

How is Nest Cam IQ powered?

Nest Cam IQ plugs into any regular interior power outlet, so your camera streams 24/7. You don't have to worry about replacing batteries or dropping offline due to depleted batteries.

Nest Cam IQ comes with a 10 ft (3m) power cable with AC adapter. The power cable has USB type-C connectors on both ends. One end of the cable is designed to fit flush with the base of the camera. It isn’t designed to be reversible. 

Note: It is not recommended to install the cable inside walls or ceilings. The cable may be stripped off of its casing and damaged during installation which could cause a potential safety hazard.

Nest camera IQ cable image.


How easy is Nest Cam IQ to install?

Nest Cam IQ is simple to install yourself. It plugs into a power outlet and works seamlessly with the other Nest products in your home.

Set up your Nest Cam IQ

Any tips on where I should install my Nest Cam IQ?

Nest Cam IQ is designed for quick and easy
placement just about anywhere inside your home.
You can use the stand included in the box to put
your camera on a horizontal surface like a shelf
for a tool-less installation. The camera head tilts
160° backward and forward, so you can set the
stand up high and pivot the camera downward to
see the room. You can also rotate the camera
in its stand 180° left and right to get the
perfect angle.

If you prefer to mount Nest Cam IQ on the wall or
ceiling, you can use a third-party wall mount or
tripod. Nest Cam IQ comes with a 1/4”-20 tripod
connector already built into the bottom of its stand
so installation is simple.

How to place your Nest Cam IQ inside your home

Cam IQ image with blocks background


Security and privacy 

What is Nest's Privacy policy?

Privacy and control of your information is important. Below are helpful links that discuss the principles that guide our work every day.

Frequently asked questions about Nest privacy 

Nest guiding privacy principles 

Privacy statement for Nest products and services 

 Use Nest Cam IQ

How do Person alerts and Familiar Face alerts work?

Person alerts - Nest Cam IQ can tell the difference between a person and a thing, then alert you with a snapshot of the person detected. Person alerts can let you know when your camera has seen or heard a human even if it only sees part of the person, like someone’s head.

Alerts you get from your camera

Familiar Face alerts - With Familiar Face alerts, Nest Cam IQ can use advanced software to tell the difference between a face you’ve taught it to recognize and one you haven’t. Over time it gets smarter and can start to recognize familiar faces. When your camera spots a familiar or unfamiliar face, you can get a notification and view camera footage if you need to investigate further. For example, Nest Cam IQ can tell you when loved ones come home, or when a stranger is inside your home.

Note: Familiar Face alerts require a Nest Aware subscription. Not available on Nest Cams used in Illinois.

Familiar face alerts

New people seen page in the Nest app

Does Nest Cam IQ have night vision?

Yes, Nest Cam IQ has two high-power 940nm infrared LEDs, which are positioned so that they completely light up the camera’s full wide-angle view.

Nest Cam IQ uses an IR cut filter during the day to help keep colors accurate. This filter is switched off at night to turn on light sensitivity and deliver detailed video. Nest Cam IQ also knows the difference between a burst of light and sunlight, so Night Vision isn’t fooled if someone tries to blind it with a flashlight. It stays in Night Vision mode so you can see who’s in front of the camera.

Man getting cookie night vision

Can Nest Cam IQ's video footage be destroyed, or viewed by an intruder?

No.Rather than rely on local storage like a hard drive or SD card that can be tampered with, Nest Cam IQ’s video footage is streamed securely to the cloud. With a Nest Aware subscription, your continuous video history is safely stored in the cloud. Only people with access to your Nest account email and password can view the live stream or saved footage.

If the camera is stolen or damaged, you can go back and see what happened. Nest Aware’s continuous 24/7 cloud recording lets you view the entire incident, and everything that happened before and after.

What if the camera is unplugged or the cord is cut?

If the camera loses power, you should get an alert that the camera is offline. Without power, the camera can’t send activity alerts or stream video to the cloud. If you have a Nest Aware subscription, you can review your video history up to the point the camera lost power.

If the camera was unplugged, you can plug it back in and it should automatically reconnect and start to stream. You don’t need to go through setup again.

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