Nest Cam IQ 2020 Detailed Review & How to Harness its Benefits

Nest Cam IQ 2020 Detailed Review & How to Harness its Benefits.

Nest Cam IQ: Nest has made a splash in the security camera industry with its powerful line of advanced cameras. They’re known for being reliable, high quality, and easy to use. Their latest cam – the IQ – has just hit the market.  

Nest Cam IQ 2020

We’ll be going hands-on to find out what this camera can do. First, we’ll explore the features and show you what they mean in terms of real-world usage. After, we’ll help you decide if this is a camera that has a place in your home. 


The Nest Cam IQ is more than just a stand-alone camera. It’s got a brain. The software inside helps it differentiate between people and objects. Its job is to interpret what’s going on in your home and notify you if anything is unusual.

It connects to your home wireless network and sends you alerts via a free application. You can keep tabs on your home by streaming live video, or go back in time and review older recordings. The Nest IQ is simple and sleek in appearance and looks good in any room of your home. 

Video Quality 

Video Quality 

The Nest Cam IQ has an impressive 4K sensor. Compared to the 1080p sensor that most cameras have, you’d expect that the video is significantly better than anything else on the market. But this is only partially true. 

The disadvantage of 4K video is that requires a huge amount of data. If you were streaming 4K all day long, you’d quickly choke up your WiFi network.

To give you the best of both worlds, Nest uses a little creativity to ensure that all data was used properly. During day to day streaming, what you’re seeing is a 1080p feed. But when motion or an event is detected, nest uses their “superzoom” feature to close in on the detail. 

Smart Functionality 

With most home security cameras, we’re used to seeing simple video logs. The cameras give you a video, and let you pick a certain point in time to watch. But the IQ is smarter than that. Instead, what you see are “events.” Tap the event log, and you’ll see a long bar along the left.

This bar represents the day, laying out all of the events in a linear fashion. When you see a grey dot, that means that there is motion. Somebody walking through a room, pets moving about, or your curtains blowing in the wind warrant a motion notification. But when you see a yellow dot, that’s when Nest’s “smart” sensor has detected something noteworthy. 

Additional Features 

Catch a robber in the act? Notice your baby sitter helping herself to one of your beers? With the talk and listen to feature, you can intervene in real-time. The camera includes both a microphone and a speaker. Simply talk to your phone, and your voice will be played back in real-time.

The built-in microphone is extremely detailed. Even if somebody is speaking on the other side of the room, the sound is still loud and clear. 

Nest has also included an intelligent alert system. You can set it up to notify your mobile device when it detects sound, motion, or people. You can also set up notifications for specific people that it’s already familiar with, or only for people that is has not seen before. 


The fact that this camera can detect individual people is pretty impressive, but it’s not perfect. Occasionally, we noticed that somebody was identified as an unknown person when they wore a hat or even glasses.

For people with long hair, we noticed that changing hairstyles (for example, wearing your hair up versus down) was somewhat reliable. But you should expect a margin of error here. 

Final Verdict 

Final Verdict 

The Nest Cam IQ just might be one of the most future proof cameras on the market. The image sensor is well above average, and the video quality is the definition of crystal clarity. Setup and usage were simple, so even those of you who aren’t technically inclined can use it. 

If you’re looking for an indoor security camera, this would be our first recommendation. These are the types of products that you want to last a long time.

Buying an entry-level model might save you a few dollars now, but it will cost more in the long run as you update it to meet modern standards. This is one of the few cameras we’ve tested that we can safely say will last a very long time. 

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