Nest Cam IQ Review – Is This Thing Even Worth It?

Nest Cam IQ Review – Is This Thing Even Worth It?


Security is becoming more and more relevant
these days, both in terms of online security, as well as physical security. And it’s good to see that new technologies
like high resolution home security cameras like the Nest IQ are more acessible than ever. The Nest IQ is the latest camera released
by Nest, and has some notable new features compared to the previous Nest Cam, and Nest
Cam Outdoor. But are these new features enough to justify
the current price tag of $300, both in terms of getting your first security camera, or
upgrading a current Nest cam. Obviously that’s something you’ll have to
decide for yourself, but hopefully this video will help. First of all, let’s quickly take a look at
the physical design of the new Nest Cam IQ. It’s much bigger than the regular Nest Cam,
with a form factor pretty much the same as the more recent Outdoor Nest Cam, except for
the mounting stand. The IQ’s stand is not removable, though it
does have a threaded mount on the bottom. The stand is adjustable on two axis, so you
can tilt it up and down almost a full 180 degrees on the Y axis, and rotate it on the
Z axis. But you cannot tilt it sideways on the X axis. This might only be a problem if you’re mounting
it on a wall, because if you want to point it at an area not directly in front of it,
the view of the camera will have to be tilted. So I’m not sure why they didn’t just make
the stand removable so you can use your own mount if you want. Or just include a magnetic mount like on the
Nest Cam Outdoor. But now let’s talk about the most important
thing, the image quality. One of the major selling points of the IQ
is that it has an upgraded 4K sensor, for more detailed video especially when zooming,
as well as the ability to distinguish between different human faces, for so called “Person
Alerts”. But does that better sensor make a difference? Well, not really. You see even though the camera has a 4K sensor,
it doesn’t record 4K video. Wait a minute, you might ask, then what’s
the point? Exactly. I assume what’s happening is the camera captures
the raw 4K video, and uses that to process facial recognition, but the 4K video never
leaves the camera. It’s downsampled to 1080p, just like the other
Nest Cams, and streamed that way. So yes, because the video is supersampled
from 4K, it is slightly sharper, which means you can zoom in a little bit further. But you’re still just zooming in on a better
1080p video, which is extremely compressed anyway. Now yes, I think it is really dumb, but even
if I don’t agree, I do know why they did this. It’s all about bandwidth. Like I mentioned, all the Nest cams stream
the video in a highly compressed format. The regular nest, at Maximum quality, only
has a bitrate of 1.2 megabits per second, and the IQ has a slightly higher 2 megabits
per second. Even for 1080p resolution, those bitrates
are extremely low if you compare them to say, a video you record with your phone. But they have to be, because even at that
low bitrate, that’s 300 to 400 Gigabytes a month of bandwidth. And as I’ve said in other videos, resolution
means nothing if it’s not backed up by a higher bitrate, because otherwise you’re not getting
any more actual video data. So for it to even make sense to offer 4K video
streaming, they’d probably have to quadrupal the bitrate, meaning you’d be using up terbaytes
of bandwidth a month. For someone with a slow internet plan, or
a data cap, it’s just not feasible. However, I really wish they would at least
offer the option to stream at higher quality for those of us who can handle it, even if
it means paying more for the cloud storage. So the question becomes, if the actual output
video isn’t that much higher quality, then why did they bother making this camera? Because really the only extra ability at this
point it offers is facial detection, which if I’m correct, is not possible on older cameras
because they don’t have the high resolution raw video to work with. I will say that the face detection seems to
actually work OK. It’s at least able to pick out faces, but
for a while it might think the same person is multiple people if it sees you from different
angles. And I think this feature can actually be useful
for certain cases. For example, if you have a multi-person household,
you don’t need to get a notification every times it sees a person when you’re not home,
because it’s probably just a family member. But you don’t want to disable notifications
altogether, in case someone breaks in or something. With person alerts, you could just get a notification
if it sees someone it doesn’t think it recognizes. Whether it’s someone breaking in, or your
kids having friends over while you’re at work, you’d probably want to know about both. So you can probably imagine a few situations
where having facial detection is good, where it’s expected that trusted people will be
going through any monitored area, and you only care if it’s someone you don’t know. Just be careful if your TV is in the camera’s
view, because every time a person was on the screen, it thought it was a new person. So you can exclude that from your zones. Also, the Nest IQ has a feature called “SuperSight”,
where if you’re looking on your phone, it will zoom in on the part of the video where
it sees a face. It’s a nice idea, but it still just uses the
same resolution video. I wish they would take advantage of the 4K
sensor, and at least take still images at the full resolution. That could be a compromise that allows them
to use low bandwidth video, but capture high resolution images where it might be important. Two more things I need to go over are the
night vision quality, and the “HDR” claim. With night time video, the IQ also uses infrared
lights on the front, and it seems to be about the same as the regular nest, both for the
brightness of the LEDs, and the video quality. The night video quality is almost indistinguishable,
with the IQ having just barely a sharper picture. As for the “HDR”, I was expecting that to
just be a BS buzzword, but the IQ does actually seem to have a significantly better dynamic
range than the regular nest. I think they’re using the term HDR very generously
here, but I guess they just wanted to be able to say it’s better than the regular one. You’ll see here in the same scene, there are
very bright windows, and an open door leading into a dark bedroom. While the windows are still blown out on the
IQ, you can actually see into the dark room a bit including the outline of some paintings
on the wall, whereas on the regular nest cam, it’s completely black besides the bed. So I’ll say the HDR claim holds up. Alright, so now that we know all the capabilities
of the Nest Cam IQ, we can consider the question, is it worth it. And that depends on whether you already have
a regular nest cam or not. If you already have a nest cam, I definitely
think it’s not worth the upgrade. You’d be paying $300 basically just for the
facial recognition notifications, because again, the video quality is almost the same,
despite the improved sensor. If you don’t have a nest cam already, and
you’re choosing between this and the regular one, I’d still be hesitant to suggest the
IQ. On Amazon, the current price of the regular
cam is $166, nearly HALF the price. I just don’t think this camera’s features
can justify paying so much more. So my overall verdict is that the Nest IQ
is really disappointing. The 4K sensor is wasted being used on highly
compressed, low resolution video, and the facial recognition feature is only marginally
better than normal notifications. Now if the price tag doesn’t bother you, and
you absolutely must have that extra bit of video quality no matter how small, sure, go
with the IQ. But otherwise, save yourself a bunch of money
and go with a regular nest cam. Or even use the money you would have spent
on a second camera, like the Outdoor cam, which is the same price as the regular cam. So that’s all I have to say about the Nest
Cam IQ. You guys can let me know what you think down
in the comments. If you agree, disagree, or if it helped you
make a decision, I’d love to hear about it. If you want to keep watching, I’ll put some
other videos right here, you can just click on those. And if you want to subscribe, I make new videos
every tuesday thursday saturday. But anyway, thanks for watching guys, I’ll
see you next time, have a good one.

100 Replies to “Nest Cam IQ Review – Is This Thing Even Worth It?”

  1. I would make a joke about him saying HQ instead of IQ, but I'd rather see my Intelligence Quota than my Headquarters…

  2. Thanks for the honest review, seems like 99% of YouTubers are being sponsored by Nest and always shilling for them

  3. ur show becoming Mor n Mor boring ur giving information about nothing serious so ur just bullshit

  4. I thought the 4K video kicks in the closer you zoom in, but stays 1080p when zoomed out, so when you zoom in it looks like equal quality.

  5. My phone costs less and it's better. Should I put it on a wall and use it like a security camera?

    Surely worth

  6. thio joe jelp please .
    I tried to scan my sd card with an antivirus and in 25 minutes it found 26000 files called /L/ , what is that and what should I do ?

  7. I subbed but I need to know how to turn off overclocking for intel laptops cause I wan to play H1z1 king of the Kill

  8. Thx for the honest opinion dude, I hope they release a software update so that if it detects a new person or whatever, as you were saying it then takes a full res. picture. Plus, why is it called Nest Cam IQ? Doesn't seem that intelligent of a product for double the price of the "dumb" nest cam a.k.a the regular one.

  9. Did MKBHD get it wrong then? His review says that the nest does stream the 4k stuff, but only when you zoom in.

  10. Joe I know we all were young at one time and I member when you were younger I though you were for real if you are at the stage in life now and ever want to be taken serious you need to delete all ur bs videos I really take what you say with a grain of salt man up

  11. Hey ThioJoe why do people hate you so much? Well I'm one of them that's for sure. I wish YouTube could take out channels that give false information just like you

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  13. I don't think this is really your forte but . . .

    Recently, I've been having issues with my headphones. I recently had to change headphones to a 3.5-millimeter headphone and it was going well, but recently my headphones stopped registering after I unplug them then replug them back in. I don't know why. I'm a Windows 10 user if that makes a difference.

  14. the 4k sensor was for zooming 4x into 1080p. recording 4k in a security camera has zero use and just wastes storage.

  15. is it good for live jasmine cam shows ? Trying to show bush and it looked like blocks ( 240 p) Need 1080 at least

  16. These cams seem to me a serious privacy disaster. The videos are stored at a Nest cloud service. Where is the server? Who can access? Probably, intelligence services may and can view the images without informing the user. I understand that the cam also has face recognition. This means that Nest's potentially have the capabilities of tracking the movements of all people who come in front of a Nest camera. I wouldn't place one inside of my bedroom 😮

    I think you are a person who thinks about privacy ThioJoe because of your "Why You Need a VPN (Or Else!)" video. So why not talk about privacy in this review?

  17. Do a video showing how to unlock more data transfer speeds on an SD card/usb drive.

    (If you still do those types of videos.)

  18. nice poll…

    we don't use any security camera at home because the camera are expensive (even normal one, not stream ver.)

    but for this specific video, I don't need it because
    1. money is just enough for foods and bills, no extra money to save up
    2. (for stream source) do you even think we could stream it over our 1Mbps Down/512kbps Up ADSL home connection?
    3. (to watch stream) our mobile data plan are expensive anyway… and we usually get only 2GB quota per month, unless we buy additional quotas or subscribe to larger quota plan which is even more expensive…

  19. How can anyone justify 300 for a piece of plastic. These companies think that consumers are really stupid. The US dollar has lost so much value that you can't buy anything today. The only thing not going up are wages.

  20. I bought my Microsoft webcam at Walmart at the time I bought this computer. It was a Win 7 at the time. I installed it using the disk. After upgrading to Win 10 and having to reset my computer the software does not install and it is now a plug and play instead. Which is good for a change.

  21. Isn't this the dude that thinks he's McGyver of tech, connecting a smart phone to your TV to increase processing power lol

  22. I've seen enough, they both suck. The IQ costs 349 EUR in Europe. That's 410 USD. Nest Aware costs 10 EUR per month, that's almost 12 USD. In other words: not worth it. Thanks for this honest review.

  23. Rubbish product – I had 2 cameras ripped off the wall with ease and the bad design of the product did not prevent it – DONT BUY IT!!! The service has been awful and not customer focused at all especially spending over £1,000 one would expect some service instead it has been arrogant and dismissive offering less than 6% discount – I would have expected more from a Google company / NO GOOD WHEN THE CAMERA IS STOLEN

  24. Wait.. you didn't say anything about the speaker. I paid $224 + received a free mini google w my Nest IQ… I love it so much, I almost immediately went online to purchase more and now the price is back at $300!
    What we love most about it, is our ability to have a clear, delay free conversation over it… which blew our walkie talkie sounding, glitchy Arlo Qs out of the water.
    Will we still have that with the purchase of a less expensive model of Nest?
    I want to eventually switch all of my cameras over to Nest.

  25. Interesting video. I have the outside Nest cameras. I found your review informative and educational….especially for those of us who find all this new, confusing, and intimidating. I had looked at the Nest Cam IQ,  but passed on it…your video made me feel better about my decision.

  26. I think you’re missing the point of a 4K sensor. With any digital zoom you are just cropping away the sides to make what you want to see larger. With the old sensors that means lost quality. While you’re using a larger 4K sensor, you can crop away more of the image, thus increasing the zoom even further before you begin to lose image quality. Remember neither this nor the old nest cams have mechanical zoom. After the camera takes advantage of using that sensor to zoom in, the video is coded down to 1080p to allow for effective and reliable streaming.

  27. Excellent review. I'm still pondering the question as to whether the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is worth it, after finally getting a Nest Cam Outdoor awhile ago. The key feature for me is the mount. I wish the (regular) Nest Cam Outdoor had a mount (with cabling) like the new Nest Cam IQ Outdoor.

  28. I have a regular cam and the IQ, and must admit, beside the better audio, the image quality is disappointing for this price. one more advantage iq has over regular cam is that it doesn't get hot like the regular does.

  29. thank you, I have the cloud cam and will be switching to the nest cam. I almost bought the IQ but after seeing this Ive decided to save and use the money elsewhere thanks!

  30. ThioJoe, I think you missed that after you zoom, you have the option of enhance and lock (click the rectangle and plus sign icon). You will then see the image become noticeably clearer. I don't believe doing that on the previous version had that picture enhancement change. If the zoomed image is then coming at 1080 it may be a digital zoom that is as good as an optical zoom up to a certain level of zoom. I could not find any technical documents on that though…

  31. If you are going to do reviews get your facts straight. the 4K sensor is there to assist with zooming in and tracking subjects.

  32. Hey You Guys!!!!! After 1 year would any of you recommend it again!?!?! Or not and what would you propose????!?!? Greetz

  33. You forgot the most important: the speaker! The speaker makes it worth the price! 2 way communication is now perfect! With the old Nest camera, the speaker is horrible and unusable…

  34. of course they aren't sending 4k to the servers…..thats over a gig per minute. also. it does the zoom on its own. so when it zooms in on a person, its usually still at or near 1080 quality.

  35. What is the best camera to mount inside but focus on my vehicle outside? Being able to save any footage I may need?

  36. Great information, You made my job easier and save me a lot of money. You explain better than everybody else; Nest cam vs Nest cam IQ. Thank you, Good job.

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