ADT Cameras Guide: Indoor vs. Outdoor vs. Video Doorbell Cameras

Indoor camera
Nest Cam (Wired)
Google Nest Cam
4 out of 5 stars
  • pro
    Battery or wired
  • pro
    Battery version is weatherproof
Outdoor camera
Doorbell camera
nest doorbell
View on ADT
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • pro
    Battery or wired
  • pro
    Plays pre-recorded messages

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ADT recently teamed up with Google Nest to offer its customers some of the best security cameras on the market. 

We'll explain what you can expect from this partnership and why it's an exciting step forward for new and existing ADT customers. For an in-depth look at Google Nest Cameras, read our full Nest Cameras review.

pro Wired or battery options
pro Alerts for motion, people, vehicles, & animals
pro Two-way audio
pro 1080p HDR video
pro Local or cloud storage
pro Video verification of alarms
con Full functionality requires priciest ADT plan

ADT cameras at a glance

Price from ADT
Power source
Field of view
Learn more
Icon Yes  LightYes
AC plug, battery, solar panel 130º
Icon Yes  LightYes
AC plug 130°
Icon Yes  LightYes
Battery, hardwire145°

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. Full ADT disclaimer.

ADT security camera FAQs

Video monitoring and cloud storage are only available in ADT's Video and Smart Home Package, which costs about $60/mo. 

Learn more about ADT monitoring and equipment costs.

When your ADT system is triggered, professional monitors can remotely view your live camera feeds and recent motion-triggered footage. This helps reduce false alarms and improve dispatch quality.

SimpliSafe is the only other major national security brand with video verification.

Yes! Nest Cameras consistently outrank most other security cameras on the market. ADT's previous cameras earned about 3 stars in our proprietary rankings, whereas all Nest Cams rank 4 stars and up. 

Contact ADT customer service and let them know you're interested in an upgrade. You may need to renew your contract to get a deal on new equipment.

Getting your Nest Cams from the Google Store isn't much cheaper than getting them from ADT. For example, you'd still need to pay for a Nest Aware subscription to get cloud storage, whereas that's included in ADT's Video and Smart Home fee.

ADT also takes care of installation, setup, and service—for a fee, however. Plus, you get 6 months to try it out. 

While ADT's promotions may vary, you can typically get one or two Nest Cams for free as an extra incentive for signing a 36-month contract.

Finally, getting Nest Cams from ADT is the best way to ensure your entire ADT security system and monitoring package works harmoniously with your Nest Cams. 

Final word

ADT's partnership with Google Nest eliminates one of our persistent complaints: poor camera quality. The cutting-edge technology in Nest Cameras gives ADT a much-needed refresh.

Cathy Habas
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Cathy Habas
With over eight years of experience as a content writer, Cathy has a knack for untangling complex information. Her natural curiosity and ability to empathize help Cathy offer insightful, friendly advice. She believes in empowering readers who may not feel confident about a purchase, project, or topic. Cathy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Indiana University Southeast and began her professional writing career immediately after graduation. She is a certified Safe Sleep Ambassador and has contributed to sites like,, Hunker, and Thumbtack. Cathy’s pride and joy is her Appaloosa “Chacos.” She also likes to crochet while watching stand-up comedy specials on Netflix.

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