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Nest Cam goes outdoors
July 24, 2016, 1:32 pm
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Nest has introduced an outdoor surveillance camera to complement its indoor Nest Cam. The Nest Cam Outdoor, which is expected go on sale this fall for US$199, is easy to mount on any outdoor surface and can capture 1080p video, has live-streaming capabilities, as well as two-way audio. It has a 130-degree field of view and includes night vision support.

Nest Cam Outdoor is also one of the first, if not the first, security camera to offer features such as Talk and Listen and person alerts. It is the first to offer 24/7 cloud recording, while others offer only DVR-based 24/7 recording, which is hard to access when you are away from home and easy for burglars to steal. It also has the first-ever IP67 rated outdoor adapter for protecting against inclement weather.

The outdoor camera uses the same Nest Aware software as its indoor counterpart. It sends alerts of motion and sounds within camera range to users' smartphones. And for an annual fee, of $100 for 10-day video histories and $300 for 30-day ones, you can store video capture on the cloud. The Nest Alert software has also been improved to allow the system to distinguish between people and other objects in the camera's view.

The company claimed that unlike battery-operated devices that start streaming only when it detects motion, the electricity-based Nest outdoor cam will be standing watch 24/7 and will watch, hear and record everything so you get the full picture.

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