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I tried Nest's new face-detecting security camera--here's what I thought

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I tried Nest's new face-detecting security camera--here's what I thought (Photo: Reviewed.com If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Picture a security camera, and you'll probably think of bulky, ugly cameras that save video to a memory card. They don't look good in our homes, which means we often try to hide them away in a corner.


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After acquiring Dropcam back in 2014, Nest waited another year to launch its own home monitoring camera. It wasn't much of an improvement over the old Dropcam Pro, and aside from releasing an outdoor version with weatherproof body, Nest has focused on improving its software ever since. But now the smart home company is back with a second-gen connected camera -- the Nest Cam IQ -- which features serious upgrades in the hardware department and an inflated price tag to match. The $299/£299 Nest Cam IQ looks a lot like last year's Nest Cam Outdoor. In contrast to the very first camera, it has cute and curvy, all-white polycarbonate shell and a fancy, patented hinge that allows you to orientate the lens any way you want it.


Nest's new camera is smart enough to know who's who

Engadget

After acquiring Dropcam back in 2014, Nest waited another year to launch its own home monitoring camera. It wasn't much of an improvement over the old Dropcam Pro, and aside from releasing an outdoor version with weatherproof body, Nest has focused on improving its software ever since. But now the smart home company is back with a second-gen connected camera -- the Nest Cam IQ -- which features serious upgrades in the hardware department and an inflated price tag to match. The $299/£299 Nest Cam IQ looks a lot like last year's Nest Cam Outdoor. In contrast to the very first camera, it has cute and curvy, all-white polycarbonate shell and a fancy, patented hinge that allows you to orientate the lens any way you want it.


Nest Cam Outdoor review: Nest goes outside with a fully weatherized security camera

PCWorld

Nest Cam is one of our favorite home security cameras, so we were understandably excited to try out the new Nest Cam Outdoor. With a weatherized design and an updated app, it promises to bring the same solid security features and ease of use to the exterior of your home. "Outdoor camera" usually conjures images of the CCTV-type bullet cams so prevalent in strip malls and other places of business. Their conspicuous designs scream "surveillance" and probably aren't the kind of thing you want marring the aesthetics of your home. And if the looks don't deter you, then the prospect of having to drill through the walls of your home to route several cables to your router and an electrical outlet probably will.


Nest Cam IQ marks a clean break from the Dropcam platform Nest acquired in 2014

PCWorld

The new Nest Cam IQ might look like an indoor version of the Nest Cam Outdoor we reviewed last fall, but product manager Maxime Veron says this is a truly new product. "Everything to date was an iteration on the Dropcam platform from 2009," Veron said in a briefing last week. He described the Nest Cam Outdoor "as a bit of a side project. The main project for our camera team was really this one [the Nest Cam IQ]. All our efforts were put behind it to really make it of its class."