Google Refreshes Nest Cameras and Video Doorbell, Introduces $100 Model

From PC Mag: Google's next-gen Nest home security cameras and video doorbells include a battery-powered Nest Doorbell, its least expensive indoor wired Nest Cam, as well as an updated indoor/outdoor battery-powered Nest Cam, and outdoor wired Nest Cam with floodlight.

The battery-powered Nest Cam is Google's first indoor/outdoor, battery-powered home security camera. The 1080p device has IP54 weather resistance and can handle both dirt and splashing water like rain, so it can be used both indoors and outside (barring extreme weather outside of its operating range of -4 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit). A magnetic mount lets it be easily adjusted or removed to charge, though you should only have to do that about once every three months.

The new battery-powered Nest Doorbell is another first for Google. Its battery can last about 2.5 months between charges for an area with typical traffic. When used wirelessly, the doorbell can chime to any Nest smart speaker or smart display, though it can't set off your existing doorbell chime. Fortunately, it does have the appropriate terminals for wiring it directly into your house, in which case you don't need to worry about battery life at all.

The Nest Doorbell has a 960-by-1,280 camera with a 145-degree field of view. That's a lower resolution than the 1,600-by-1,200 Nest Hello, but it offers a taller 3:4 aspect ratio for full views of anyone at your door.

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