Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera Review

Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera
Nest Cam IQ Indoor
Nest Cam IQ
3.8 out of 5 stars
  • pro
    Facial recognition
  • pro
    High-resolution images
  • con
    Nest Aware subscription required
Rebecca Edwards
Aug 04, 2020
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Nest Cam IQ takes smart, DIY home security to the next level. Not only does it let you know what’s going on when you’re not at home; it also attempts to make sense of what’s happening.

Sharp, zoomed-in pictures, elegant design, 24/7 live video, and the ability to recognize faces all make the Nest Cam IQ the most intelligent surveillance camera in its class. Best of all, you’re not required to sign up for a large home security system or commit to a lengthy contract. With Nest Cam IQ, you control the level of security and how much it’s going to cost you.

If you're curious how Nest Cam IQ indoor camera compares, check out our Nest Cameras review.

pro Facial recognition
pro Bigger, better two-way audio
pro High-resolution images
pro Close-up tracking view
con Nest Aware subscription required

How Nest Cam IQ works

The Nest Cam IQ is a standalone home security camera designed for indoor use. Using Wi-Fi to connect to the Nest app and your home network, it gives you 24/7 live video streaming and mobile alerts. Like the original Nest Cam, the IQ works seamlessly with the Nest platform, as well as Google Home and Amazon Echo, to provide smart, simple DIY home security.

Learn more: How to install Nest cameras

Nest requires two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is a security measure you've probably already used for online services. Instead of logging into your Nest account with a single password and username, 2FA requires a verification code from your email or phone number.

If someone tries to log in who doesn't belong, you'll know quickly. While you'll need to go through the 2FA process each time you log into your Nest account, it's worth it for the extra layer of security.

Nest IQ Indoor Cam vs. Nest Indoor Cam

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Nest Cam IQ features

The Supersight feature is the Nest Cam IQ’s security superpower. If the camera catches sight of a person, it can automatically zoom in and track their movements. But Nest added a few extra bells and whistles to help this self-monitoring indoor security camera set new standards for image resolution and two-way audio as well.  

Our assessment

Supersight is definitely the most exciting feature and the biggest factor that sets the Nest Cam IQ apart from other home security cameras. Not only does the camera let you see what’s going on when you’re away, it also does its best to make sense of the action it captures.

We love the added security and convenience of the facial recognition feature and familiar face alerts; however, it’s frustrating that you need to sign up for an extra service to take full advantage of it. Without Nest Aware, the camera can detect the difference between a person and a thing, but it won’t tell you who it is.


Nest is known for sleek, elegant design, and the Nest Cam IQ is no exception. The IQ is also designed to integrate with other smart products and systems, including Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Our assessment

Overall, the Nest Cam IQ is an attractive, well-built security camera that is functional and aesthetically pleasing. The only real drawbacks are the limited color selection and the need to purchase a separate mount if you want to use the camera somewhere other than a shelf or table.

Ease of use 

The Nest Cam IQ is intuitive and easy to use. From setup to day-to-day use, this is one of the simplest indoor security cameras to operate.

Our assessment

Tech devices don’t get much easier to set up than the Nest Cam IQ. Using and accessing the app is simple, and the ability to set up extra accounts for the same camera provides expanded functionality that isn’t usually available. The only real downside is the need for multiple devices if you want to monitor more than one zone in your home.


If the Nest Cam IQ picks up someone talking or walking across the room, you’ll automatically get an alert sent to your smartphone or computer via email or push notification.

Our assessment

It’s hard to judge the effectiveness of a system that’s still so new; however, when you’re relying on a security camera to let you know if your home and loved ones are safe, you want the alerts to be accurate. We definitely expect these bugs to get worked out pretty quickly. Nest has already indicated that it has received a lot of feedback about buggy alerts and is planning to release an update soon.


Because the Nest Cam IQ is ahead of the pack when it comes to security camera features and functionality, it comes with a higher price tag than most standalone indoor surveillance cameras. In addition, to take full advantage of the camera’s coolest features, you’ll need a monthly subscription on top of the initial investment for the device.

Our assessment

You don’t need the Nest Aware subscription to benefit from adding the Nest Cam IQ to your security setup, but without it you miss out on the facial recognition features. When you consider that the initial equipment cost is already at the top of the market, the additional monthly cost may be difficult for some customers to manage. One compromise is to subscribe to Nest Aware only when you need extra security, such as during vacations.

How does Nest IQ compare to similar cameras?

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Best overallStarts at $6.99/mo.1440p (2K) Indoor/outdoor wire-free
Best budget Starts at $2.99/mo.1080p Indoor/outdoor wired
Best for smart home Starts at $4.99/mo.1440p (2K) Indoor/outdoor wire-free
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Final word

Nest Cam IQ is the first of what could be a new generation of indoor home security cameras. Its powerful camera and facial recognition capabilities have exciting implications for people who care about security. 

Whether you’re a home security aficionado, or just getting started, Nest Cam IQ is a great way to upgrade your security and start turning your house into a smart home. Its simple design, intuitive functionality, and advanced features make Nest Cam IQ an intelligent home security choice. Check out our review on the entire Nest camera suite to learn more about these cameras. 

How we reviewed Nest Cam IQ Indoor

SafeWise examined online reviews, expert ratings, and customer feedback to evaluate the Nest Cam IQ. We also analyzed the camera’s specs and compared how the Nest Cam IQ fared in comparison to other standalone DIY security cameras.

Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera FAQ

We like the Wyze Cam Pan and any Arlo camera. Compare Arlo vs. Nest cameras in detail, or take a look at all of our favorite security camera options.

Yes, Google has announced that it will be unveiling new products later in 2021.

This camera makes 24/7 surveillance accessible to almost anyone, no matter their living situation. Apartment dwellers and even students living in dorms can easily set up intelligent home security using Nest Cam IQ. If there’s a reliable Wi-Fi connection, this smart security camera can get the job done.

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Rebecca Edwards
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Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past decade. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month poring over crime and safety reports and spotting trends. Her expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her expert advice and analysis in places like NPR, TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, HGTV, MSN, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and an ever-growing library of podcast, radio and TV clips in the US and abroad.

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