Nest Cam Indoor & IQ Indoor

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The Nest Cam IQ Indoor and the Nest Cam Indoor are efficient security cameras for a smart home. Besides ensuring the security of your home, they can also help you keep tabs on your children, visitors, and pets.

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Basic info:


Name Nest Cam Indoor Nest Cam IQ Indoor
Weight 7.5oz 12.6oz
Size 4.5 by 2.9 by 2.9 inches 4.9 by 2.9 by 2.9 inches
List Price $199 $299
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Included in the box

Quick Start Guide

Nest screws

Power adapter


Wall-mounting plate

Welcome Guide

Power cable

Nest Cam Indoor camera

Warranty information

Power adapter

Nest Cam IQ camera with Integrated stand

Quick Start card

Power cable

Camera resolution


1080p that is 1920 by 1080, at 30 frames per sec

1080p (1920 by 1080) at 30 frames/sec

High Dynamic Range(HDR)


Zoom Enhancement and a digital zoom of 8x  4K sensor
Supersight close up tracking view with 12x digital zoom and enhance
Field of view

Lens is made of glass

A diagonal wide–angle with a 130° visibility

130° diagonal wide–angle view

An all-glass lens

Camera sensor Built-in speaker and mic
â…?inch and a color sensor of 3 megapixel

8-megapixel (4K) color sensor measuring 1/2.5-inches

Built-in microphone and speaker

Cloud storage When free, it records 3 hours of still pictures when activity is detected. With a plan, there is continuous recording up to 30 days. Up to 30 days of continuous recording with a plan. Three hours of still pictures when activity detected, free.




802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)

2×2 MIMO

802.11a/n/ac (5GHz)

Smartphone/ table necessities

Nest app

internet connection(WIFI)

Low energy
Android with Bluetooth or running iOS  of phone or tablet

Nest app

WiFi internet connection
Other requirements:

Low energy
Tablet or phone running iOS or Android with Bluetooth connection


Power cable connector: USB micro-B

AC adapter output: 1.4A, 5V DC

AC adapter input: 100�40V

Camera input: 5V DC, 1.0A

AC, 50/60Hz, 0.2A


Power adapter output: 15V

Power cable connector: USB Type-C

Camera input: 15V DC, 1.0A

Adaptor for power input ranging from 100 to 240V AC, 50 to 60Hz and 0.65A
DC, 1.87A


Cloud Cam App Android and iOS devices Android and iOS devices,
Google assistant built-in
Night Vision Infrared LEDs with high power(850nm) High–power infrared LEDs (940nm)

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Similar features

Night Vision

The night vision feature of both cameras ensures that they clearly record everything that happens in the dark. This is made possible by the inclusion of infrared LEDs that aid in night vision.

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Motion Detection

Both the Nest Indoor Camera and the Nest Indoor IQ have features that enable them to detect any motion at with a field of view of 130 degrees at 30 frames per second.

24/7 Connection

  1. Both cameras stream live videos 24/7. This means that you can watch and record all the ongoing activities from your phone. But the snapshot history only can stay 3 hours, you can add up to 30 days of 24/7 video history to your Nest Cam with a Nest Aware subscription.

  2. Nest App

  3. Both cameras use the Nest app, otherwise known as the Nest Aware Subscription. This app operates with or without a paid subscription. The difference is that with a subscription you can view video footage of your camera for the number of days that you pay for. The levels of service are for recording and storing the past 5, 10 or 30 days. Without a paid subscription, you can only view the past 3 hours of activity stored in the cloud.

Two-Way Audio

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For both cameras, it is possible to talk or listen using the microphones and a speaker built into the cameras. With this feature, you can hear what’s happening at home.  You can communicate with the person in your camera’s view, whether you are at home or not.

Home/Away Assist

The Nest Camera Indoor and the Nest Indoor IQ both have a Home/Away assist feature. This enables the camera to determine whether you are at home or not by using the location of your phone. When you leave your home, the camera automatically starts streaming and stops when you get in range. This ensures that all the activities that happen when you are away are all recorded.


As much as the two cameras differ in several ways, their resolution is the same. Both cameras have a high recording resolution of 1080p with a field of view of 130 degrees. They also both record at 30 frames per second.


Both Nest cameras can be linked to other features in your smart home, besides the nest ecosystem. For instance, when you switch off the Nest ecosystem, you can still view the video footage from the cameras using other sources around your home, such as the Echo Spot and the Amazon Echo Show.

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Unique Features

The Nest Cam Indoor IQ has clearer picture and audio compared to the Nest Cam Indoor. This is due to its 8 Megapixel 4K color sensor, which has the high processing power and a zoom of 12x. The camera is also enhanced and has a close up tracking view of persons captured on it. Due to its close up tracking ability, the camera can distinguish between a person and an object. In comparison, the Nest Cam Indoor sensor has 3 megapixels and a zoom of 8x with no enhancement. The close-up tracking of the IQ also serves a major role in raising the sound quality of the audio.


The Nest Cam IQ has better sound quality compared to the Nest Cam Indoor. This is because it enables you to hear sounds that are some distance away from the camera. Thanks to the high-quality speaker and the microphone boost, the IQ model of the camera is superior to that of the Nest Cam Indoor in this regard.

The Nest Cam Indoor IQ has a feature known as Supersight, which the Nest Cam Indoor lacks. The Supersight feature utilizes the 4K HDR sensor of the camera and the zooming ability of the camera to show you the full picture of the person viewed by the camera, even as they walk across the room. Due to the larger size of the Nest Cam IQ, its speaker is seven times stronger than that of the Nest Cam Indoor.

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Because the Nest Cam IQ has three microphones, it suppresses echo and gets rid of all noise, giving you very clear audio playback. The Nest Cam Indoor has one microphone, thus making the audio recording lower in quality.

The Nest Aware subscription is available for both cameras, though it operates differently on each one. With this subscription, the Nest Cam Indoor can provide person alerts while Nest Cam IQ will offer person alerts and also alert you when it captures both a familiar and an unfamiliar face. And even without a subscription, the Nest Cam IQ will still provide good quality audio and video, person alerts, and close up tracking.


Night Vision, the Nest Cam IQ captures high-quality video and audio even at night. This is because it has LEDs that shine twice as bright as those of the Nest Cam Indoor. The Nest Cam IQ has two 940nm infrared LEDs and an LED light ring around the cutter edge of the main camera. This helps provide higher quality images. The Nest Cam Indoor has one 850nm infrared LED, making its night vision quality a bit lower.

With the advanced features, the Nest Cam IQ is slightly larger than the Nest Cam Indoor. The head of the Nest Cam IQ is stretched slightly back by 7cm compared to the Nest Cam Indoor. The weight of the two cameras also varies, with the Nest Cam IQ weighing 357g and the Nest Cam Indoor weighing 213g. The difference is primarily because the Nest Cam IQ has three microphones and a larger speaker.

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Final thought 

Based on the above characteristics, the Nest Cam IQ Indoor is a superior model compared to the Nest Cam Indoor. The Nest Cam IQ has a higher quality of both video and audio recording whether they are recording during the day or at night. Its speaker and microphones are also upgrades from the Nest Cam Indoor.