The Nest Indoor Cam and the Amazon Cloud Cam are among the highest profile security cameras on the market today. Here’s a comparison of the two to help you decide which one is best for you.
|Amazon Cloud Cam||Nest Indoor Camera|
|Size ( inches)||4.1 x 1.7 x 2.4||4.5 x 2.9 x 2.9|
|Weight||5 oz.||7.5 oz.|
|Included in the box|| |
Amazon Cloud Camera
USB power cable
5W power adapter Mounting kit
Quick Start Guide
Nest Cam Indoor Camera
Quick Start Guide
|Camera resolution||Up to 1080p Full HD Resolution||Up to 1080p (1920 x 1080) at 30 frames/sec|
|Camera sensor|| |
Built-in speaker and mic
Ambient Light Sensor
Built-in speaker and mic
⅓-inch, 3-megapixel color sensor
|Wireless||Single-antenna Wi-Fi with diversity. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks that use the 802.11g/n; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.|| |
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
Power adapter and power cord (10 ft. long) included
AC adapter input: 100–240V AC, 50/60Hz, 0.2A
AC adapter output: 5V DC, 1.4A
Camera input: 5V DC, 1.0A
Power cable connector: USB micro-B
|Cloud storage||24 hours of clips for free. Up to 30 days with a plan.||3 hours of still pictures when activity detected, free. Up to 30 days of continuous recording with a plan.|
The Amazon cloud cam and the Nest have a number of features in common. Here are a few of their similarities.
Both the Amazon Cloud Cam and the Nest Indoor Camera share a similar resolution. They each have full HD resolution up to 1080p.
Both the Nest and Amazon Cloud Cam have a built-in motion detection feature. Each of these cameras records activity once they detect any movement in the area. While they both record activity based on motion detected, they differ in their mode of storage. We’ll discuss this difference in the next section.
These cameras both have a night vision feature. This allows you to see what’s happening even in the dark. You can also turn the night vision LEDs on or off from the mobile app for both devices.
Each of these cameras has a two way “talk and listen” audio feature. Once the latest version of the app is on your phone, you can use this feature to see and communicate with whoever is at the door even while you are away. This feature only works one way at a time; you can either only talk or listen at any given time.
Stay connected 24/7
Each of these cameras are constantly connected and monitoring your space. This allows you to watch activities in real-time as well as download and share the latest 24 hours of video clips.
The two cameras use a Home/Away feature to monitor activity when you are not at home. They use a geo-fencing technology to track your phone’s location to determine whether you are at home or not. There is a subtle difference between the two, however, which we’ll address in the next section.
These two cameras are controlled by a mobile application on your phone. The Amazon Cloud Cam app works on most devices using IOS 9.3 or later, FireOS 5.0 or later, and Android Lollipop 5.0 or later.
Once they detect any activity, the cameras send you a notification. As the user, you can check the activity at any time using the mobile app.
Works with Alexa
Both these cameras work with Amazon’s Alexa. The Nest Cam works with Alexa for voice control while the Amazon Cloud Cam uses Alexa for displaying a live feed on your Amazon Fire TV, Fire tablet, Echo Show, or Echo Spot.
How to enable their Alexa Skill:
Amazon Cloud Cam
- The difference in the Home/Away feature for the Amazon Cloud Cam is that you can set your phone and the camera to a specific GPS location. This allows you to keep the camera running even when you are home but away from the camera itself. Because you might not want the camera to automatically turn off when you’re at home, this subtle difference is a big one.
- The Amazon Cloud Cam can connect via Alexa to devices like Amazon Fire TV, Fire tablet, Echo Spot, and Echo Show. This allows you to continuously monitor activity in the area once you are connected to one of these devices. This proves to be very convenient when you don’t have your phone nearby.
- The Amazon Cloud Cam is also a part of the Amazon Key Home Kit system. This kit includes the Amazon Cloud Cam and a key-compatible smart lock. The system gives Amazon delivery personnel access to your home so that they can leave packages inside instead of on the porch. When you have the Amazon Key app, you can unlock your door from anywhere while monitoring the activity at the same time.
- The Amazon Cloud Cam stores up to 24 hours’ worth of video clips. If it detects any movement in the area, it begins to record it. Having a full day’s worth of video clips can be extremely useful.
- The Nest Cam also stores data after detecting movement, though not to the same extent as the Amazon Cloud Cam. Once it detects movement, the Nest Cam activates. The Nest stores up to 3 hours’ worth of activity. It stores the activity as static images or “snap shots.” It does not store video or audio.
- Each of these security cameras uses a different mobile app. The Nest Cam Indoor works with the Nest app while the Amazon Cloud Cam works with the Amazon app. The Nest app works like a timeline. It stores clips in the form of static images, and it allows you to scroll through these clips easily. The clips are highlighted in different colors, and they are located just below the live view of your camera.
On the other hand, the Amazon Cloud Cam app is more basic. The live view of the camera is located at the top of your screen. Below that, you will see a collection of the recorded video clips. Each of these clips has a time and date stamp, which makes sorting or searching for a specific clip somewhat simpler.
Cloud storage and The Subscriptions
Nest Cam Indoor (Nest Aware): The Nest Cam allows you to purchase an optional subscription plan that allows you to get continuous video recordings of activity in your area. Without the plan, you only have access to still images. Also, instead of only short clips, you will able to view your entire video history. They offer three different plans: a 5 day, 10 day and 30 day plan. These allow you to view a 5 day, 10 day or 30 day video history, respectively.
Amazon Cloud Cam: With the Amazon Cloud Cam, you can subscribe to either a basic, an extended, or a pro plan. All three of these plans include a person detection feature and zones. The person detection feature pushes a notification through the app once the Amazon Cloud Cam detects a person in its field of view. The “zone” feature lets you choose up to 4 areas that your camera will ignore. After you set these zones, the camera will only record activity outside the four zones.
The basic, extended and pro plans allow you to connect 3, 5 and 10 devices, respectively, to a single Amazon account. Also, each plan offers a different amount of video clip storage. The basic plan stores up to 7 days’ worth of video clips. The extended and pro plans store up to 14 days’ and 30 days’ worth of video clips, respectively.
The Amazon Cloud Cam is the clear winner of the two. It offers a cleaner mobile app and provides more value for your money with the subscription plans they offer. It also offers a better free tier storage service than the Nest Cam Indoor.