If you’ve ever dreamed of protecting your home with security cameras that recognize faces, akin to the technologies seen in crime shows like CSI, then the Nest Cam IQ is for you. Nest Cam IQ is the latest addition to the Nest catalog of stand-alone cameras. The first pair of cameras were indoor and outdoor models, and this is from a brand that is known for smart learning thermostats.

Nest Cam IQ users 4K technology (though the 4K is not for video purposes) and streams in 1080p full HD video. The device does not save or stream video in 4k, rather it uses the resolution to provide a better zoom function for the camera, which aids in the CSI-style capabilities.

When motion is detected on the Nest Cam IQ, the device zooms in, down to the 1080p video, and provides a clear, zoomed-in view of perpetrators in the home. From there, faces are recognized to know if people are strangers, or common guests.

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This is Nest’s Best

This is the highest-quality camera available from Nest. This second generation of Nest indoor cameras looks like a shower head, and it’s curvy and small white design is made out of poly-carbonate. A patented hinge on the camera allows user to orientate the lens however they like.

Specs include:

  • 130-degree field of view
  • Powered by USB Type-C
  • LED ring around the lens that indicates recording
  • Twelve-times digital zoom
  • Audio and video push alert notifications
  • An 8-megapixel sensor
  • Compatible with Amazon Echo, Google Home, and 30,000 other developers

Nest Cam IQ also continuously records video footage, but only three hours of that footage is stored. Users can opt to see thirty hours of footage for only $30 a month.

How Does the Facial Recognition Work?

The Nest Cam IQ uses a feature called “Supersight.” Supersight is the facial recognition component of the camera. Here is where users will feel like a science fiction device entered their living room.

Through Supersight, Nest Cam IQ detects if anyone in its field of view is a face that has been previously recognized and cataloged as a legal guest. It does this by learning faces, and the knowledge of the device improved with each interaction. Overtime Nest Cam IQ will begin to send notifications that only alert of strangers on camera. Any user concerned about privacy will be pleased to know that Nest only stores this data locally. No data will be sent to the cloud.

This facial technology is powered by Google’s FaceNet. You can flag people’s faces as friends or family and receive alerts anytime they do anything in the home, or create other custom alerts. For the full benefit, users will have to sign up for the Nest Aware subscription, which costs $10 per month, or $100 per year once a the free 30-day trial ends.

The Nest IQ cam is ready for pre-order today. Users can purchase the device for $299 and should receive it by mid-June.

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Stand-Alone Isn’t Security

As with many of the stand-alone products we’ve shown on our blog, these devices often succeed at their goal of monitoring homes through video feeds and sending push alert notifications, but they do not substitute for home security systems. Home security is more complex than simply seeing the home through a lens.

Stand-alone cameras are not connected to a central monitoring station, so alerting police of a break-in is dependent on you receiving a push alert notification and calling police. These devices also do not provide many of the other necessities homeowners will need to be fully secure: flood and weather sensors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and life-alert devices for older adults.

Nest Cam IQ has very unique features, and it may be fun and useful as a home security sidekick, but when it comes to fully securing your home, we suggest sticking to the pros.