The Latest Nest Doorbell and Cam Are Perfect for Renters

The Google Nest Doorbell in Ash color.
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After several years of living the wired lifestyle, Nest Cam owners can finally upgrade to battery-powered devices. Google just announced the new Nest Doorbell (Battery) and Nest Cam (Battery) for $180 each. Launching August 28th, these seem like a fantastic option for renters—though Google also plans to drop a 2nd gen wired Nest Cam and the first Nest Cam with Floodlight later this year.

Nest Doorbell (Battery)

The Google Nest Doorbell in four colors.
Google

Google’s original Nest Hello video doorbell launched in 2018. Since then, it’s retained a hefty $230 price tag despite its wired-only functionality and lack of local storage. It’s still a good video doorbell, with HDR recording, 8x zoom, Night Vision, and live streaming to Nest Hubs, but it’s in need of an update and a redesign.

That’s the idea behind the new Nest Doorbell—yeah, Google is dropping the “Hello” moniker. At just $180, it features a wire-free design with a rechargeable battery (you can still wire it up if you want), plus local storage for when your internet is down, and a taller 3:4 FOV to help you see packages. One oddity here, though, is that the new Nest Doorbell only has 6x zoom.

Google is also introducing some much-needed features with the new Nest Doorbell, including package delivery, animal, and vehicle alert, plus 3 hours of event video history. Nest Aware subscribers ($6 a month) also get Familiar Face Detection and 30-day video history, while Nest Aware Plus customers ($12 a month) get 60-day video history.

Google plans to launch the new Nest Doorbell for just $180 on August 24th. It comes in Snow,
Ivy, Linen, and Ash colorways. A 20-degree wedge is included in the box, though you might need to buy a vertical or horizontal wedge ($15), a wall plate ($10), or an AC adapter ($30) separately, depending on your setup.

Nest Cam (Battery)

The Google Nest Cam (Battery) Version.
Google

Google’s Nest Cam is finally battery-powered! Going on sale August 28th, the new Nest Cam (Battery) costs $180 and features 1080p video capture with Night Vision and HDR support. It works indoors and outdoors, though of course, a cheaper wired option may be more cost-effective for indoor use.

Like the new Nest Doorbell, the battery-powered Nest Cam features comes with a few new features out the box. It can alert you to people, vehicles, and animals, and supports 3 hours of event video history. You can also set up Activity Zones that send you alerts when triggered, sort of like a digital tripwire, plus local storage for when your internet is out.

Google is selling a ton of accessories for the battery-powered Nest Cam, including an anti-theft mount ($15), indoor stand with 10-foot power cable ($30), and weatherproof cables for outdoors use ($35 for 16 feet, $40 for 33 feet). As with other Nest cameras, a Nest Aware subscription gives you 30 days of event video history and Familiar Face Detection, while a Nest Aware Plus subscription gives you 60 days of video history or 24/7 continuous video history if you use the camera in wired mode.

Nest Cam (Gen 2) and Nest Cam Floodlight

The Nest Cam Gen 2 and Nest Cam Floodlight.
Google

Along with its new battery-powered Nest Doorbell and Cam, Google has announced a 2nd gen wired Nest Cam and the first Nest Cam with Floodlight. These cameras will launch later this year for $100 and $280, respectively.

While we don’t know exactly what features the new wired Nest Cam and Nest Cam with Floodlight will support, they’re probably very similar to the new battery-powered Doorbell and Cam. That means alerts for people, vehicles, and animals, plus 3 hours of event video history. Google says that these cameras, like their battery-powered siblings, have local storage in case your internet goes down.

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