Nest cam IQ indoor review

If you are looking for an easy to install a camera that will make your life easier I got just the thing for you. Just read this Nest cam IQ indoor review.

NestCam IQ Indoor

I will go over the features of the Nest Cam IQ Indoor, so keep reading.

If you have not read the other article about another Nest cam for indoor use make sure you check it out too! Here's the link, Nest indoor camera review.

Let's get on to the list of features that I will explain as the post goes on, so do not worry if you do not understand some of the listed features.


  • Person alerts
  • Google Assistant built-in
  • 4K sensor
  • 130° field of vision
  • 20-foot night-vision range
  • 1080p HD
  • Close-up tracking view
  • 2x brighter LEDs
  • Supersight
  • 24/7 live streaming
  • HD Talk and listen
  • Person alerts
  • 3-hour snapshot story

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Google Assistant built-in

With a simple "Hey Google"you can have your camera answer any questions you have, which is a great add on to the camera itself.

This can be a useful feature for the kids, or you when you need the answer to something and you don't have the time to pull out your phone.

Processing power

The Nest Cam IQ indoors is quite powerful as it has a 6- core processor. An image processor is used for image processing in cameras.

Nestcam Processor

Source: Google Store

Whether it is a digital camera, mobile phones or other devices. Image processors are used to increasing speed and efficiency. 

Person alerts

The Nest IQ does recognize a person compared to an object, but it will also warn you if it recognizes a new face it has not seen before.

It then sends you an alert through your phone. Which can be great for identifying and catching any burglars, or to know if your kids brought any of their friends over while you were out of town.

However, you should be aware you do need to purchase the Nest Aware feature for monthly monitoring to have this feature that recognizes strangers.

Talk and listen

With two way HD audio, not only can you scare off intruders but you can also have a conversation with your family.

Which could be a great feature to be able to say "hi" to your kids when they get home, while you are stuck at work.

 There are 3 total microphones, and it does come equipped with noise and echo suppression to have better audio on both sides of the camera. 

Apart from that, it is a very potent audio speaker as Nest claims it is "7x more powerful" which anyone you are talking to will appreciate being able to hear.


With the so names "supersight" Nest says you can zoom in and still have clear and detailed picture.

Which is definitively a feature you want to be able to identify anyone or anything.

Nest makes this possible because his camera comes with a 4K sensor and with HDR, apart from that it also has intelligent imaging.

When you mix all of these you end up having Supersight. "It’s a sharp new way to look after home!" Claims Nest.

Nest aware

When purchased, Nest aware offers the possibility of recognizing whether you know people or they are strangers, which is a pretty nice add on.

As for the prices they offer, they have different plans set at different prices, that is up to you as how many days you want the recordings to stay stored for.

Regardless of the plan or cost, they all allow you to have the familiar face recognition, intelligent alerts, activity zones and clips, and time-lapses.

The first plan includes 5 days of continuous recording, the cost is $5 a month, however, if you pay for the year, Nest will give you a discount of $10.

So, instead of paying $60 you will pay $50 for the year. While getting all the other amenities that come with the plan.

The second plan gives you a 10-day history of continuous recordings which costs $10 a month.

However, if you pay for the year it will cost you $100 a year.

This gives you the chance to save $20if you pay yearly, which is also a smart idea as you do not need to worry about any monthly payments.

If you want the biggest plan, Nest has a 30-day video history that continuously records video. It is the pricier plan, coming in at $30 a month.

It costs $300 a year instead of $360, saving you $60 a year, which is pretty good for a yearly plan, considering what it includes.


Apart from being able to recognize stranger and differentiate people from objects. With the Nest Aware upgrade, you get other features.

The first one is person alerts, meaning it will alert you every time someone is present in the room your camera is in. 

The second feature is the activity zones. Know when someone is entering the door, or most importantly guard the cookie jar.

Apart from being able to save all the moments you want, Nest also lets you download and share clips with anyone.

Lastly, you can also make mini time-lapses so you can make a whole party in a one minute video!


The Nest camera listens in for any crashes, or loud sounds. Since you cannot always be watching the live video, it warns you if it picks up any suspicious sounds.

If you miss an alert for whatever reason, you can see photos from the last 3 hours of activity in the app to find out what is going on.

Nest thoroughly thought about what to include in their camera. This feature is extremely useful especially since it could mean a burglar is breaking in or your child fell.

If it does pick up a boom, crash or the sound of something breaking it will send you an email or alert with an image of the event, so you can quickly know where it is.

This is quick, easy and efficient. This way you know what is going on and you only need a few seconds to figure it out so it will not take tie out of your day.


Sadly, unlike other Nest cameras, this one does not have various options, therefore, you are mostly limited to a standing camera.

To some people, this might be a deal breaker, but it depends where you are trying to place your camera.

Resolution and lighting

This camera has 1080p with is great for clear pictures and amazing details, so you are sure to have amazing videos of everything that happens.

It also has HDR and invisible infrared LEDs, which evenly illuminate the whole room.

So whether it’s pitch black or low light, the image stays incredibly good and detailed.

It is equipped with 940nm infrared and two times brighter LEDs to help illuminate the room and give you a clearer and better picture.


This camera only weighs 12.6 oz and measures 4.9 inches in height, 2.9 inches in width, and 2.9 inches in depth.


The camera is not prepared for such extreme weather since it is an indoor camera. But it can handle a bit of temperature.

The Nest Cam Indoor can handle 32°–104°F or 0°–40°C. Which is a pretty good range of temperatures.


This specific model only comes in the color white, which can be easy to blend in the house.


This camera has multiple languages for its app, which includes English, French, Dutch, Spanish, German, Italian.

How to set up the Nest Cam IQ Indoor 

Before beginning

  • Do not mount your camera before connecting it to make it easier for you.
  • Make sure your WiFi is working properly
  • Your phone should be connected to the WiFi you are going to connect to the camera
  • Download the Nest app


  • Start by turning on WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Open up the app and make an account
  • Then tap "new" on your on the home screen
  • Scan the camera's QR code and then name it, you can also "continue without scanning" and input the serial number into the app. While you are at it, write down the numbers as they will be useful if anything happens with the camera.
  • Plugin your camera, and it will automatically start looking for WiFi, then choose yours.
  • Lastly, check if you can see what the camera is pointing at through the app. If yes, then you are ready to mount it.
  • Once the camera’s connected to the app, you can play around and set alarms, activity zones or even activate your face recognition!

When you make an account, nest gives you a free trial for a couple of days, when you purchase a plan it adds on to the days you already get for signing up.

You’ll automatically start a free Nest Aware trial after you’ve finished setup with the app. However, to purchase it you have to go into the Nest website.

Your subscription will start right after the free trial ends, so they do give you the plan plus the free days you get by purchasing the camera.


At the end of the day, with or without Nest Aware this camera is incredible as it has amazing features and incredible pictures. But for an extra $50 a year you can get every feature this camera offers, is not a lot.

The Nest Cam IQ Indoor worth the price.

So, invest in the camera and spring for the cheapest plan so you can get all the features.