There are many solutions available for home security with Google’s Nest. There are battery-powered and wired indoor and outdoor cameras, wired and battery-powered video doorbells, and the Nest Cam with Floodlight. The Nest Cam with Lighting is more distinctive than the other models in the line, but it’s a two-in-one gadget that combines a security camera with a sensored floodlight and has been protecting our house for a while.
The current generation of Nest Cams are failing terribly if the purpose of smart home security cameras is to look intimidating and, well, surveillance-y; they are by far the cheeriest, friendliest-looking cameras currently available, with no harsh details to be discovered.
The camera’s exterior is made of a smooth, matte white plastic that is comfortable to the touch. Nearly all surface turns are handled with curves as opposed to corners, giving the camera an almost organic appearance. In comparison to most of the tiny LEDs on cameras like the Arlo Pro 4 or the EufyCam 2C Pro, the huge dual floodlights’ 2400-lumen, 4000K LEDs behind frosted glass provide good, even lighting that’s very bright without being unpleasant. They also bathe a considerably broader area in clear light.
The lights can be rotated and pointed in all directions thanks to the short stalks that connect them to the floodlight’s body, providing a much more versatile lighting setup than typically goes with these smart home cameras. On the base of the trunk is a sizable, 180-degree motion sensor.
A short, white, magnetic charge cable extends from the bottom of the barrel to the blunt end of the trunk, where the Nest Cam magnetically connects. This cable also supplies the Nest Cam with continuous power. The Google Home mobile app (available for Android and iOS) is used to control the camera, much like it is for other Nest products like the Nest Doorbell. On the home screen of the app, the camera and lights are displayed as independent devices.
The software presents a screen with a big power button and a dimming slider that enables you choose the brightness level (between 1 and 100%) when you press the floodlight icon. To set up a daylight sensor that will cause the lights to turn on when the ambient light reaches a specific level, tap the gear icon in the top right corner. Additionally, you may establish a timer, enable motion triggers, and permit the camera to turn on the lights from this location.
When you hit the camera icon, the app launches a live video feed where you can start a two-way conversation and see a scrolling chronology of historical events. On this screen, tap the gear icon to enable push notifications, configure video quality and night vision settings, setup intelligent notifications for people, animals, automobiles, and other motion, and configure audio settings.