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Google’s New Nest Cameras and Doorbell Pack More Features at a Lower Price Tag

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Google has announced its next-gen Nest security cameras and Doorbell. In total, the company has announced three new Nest cams and one new doorbell.

The new Nest products are a significant departure from Google's previous Nest cameras, with the company now offering a connected floodlight camera and a battery-powered camera.

New Battery-Powered Nest Camera for Outdoor Use

Priced at $179.99, the new Nest Cam is Google's first battery-powered camera meant for either indoor or outdoor use featuring on-device processing. The Nest Cam with floodlight is the company's first connected floodlight camera priced at $279.99. Both security cameras feature night vision, 6x zoom, and HDR.

Then, there's the second-gen Nest Cam—the successor to the original Nest Cam. At $99.99, it is Google's cheapest Nest Cam ever. Lastly, the battery-operated Nest Doorbell is Google's first-ever doorbell with a tall field of view so that you can get a complete view of the person standing at your front door. It is priced at $179.99.

All the battery-powered Nest products feature a built-in rechargeable battery.

For greater flexibility, users will have the option to power the battery-operated Nest Cam and Nest Doorbell directly. The company will also sell additional accessories for its new Nest products like weatherproof cables, anti-theft mount, tabletop stand with a power cord, and more.

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On-Device Processing for New Nest Products

All the new Nest products feature on-device processing for an added layer of privacy and security. They can process the recorded footage to detect events and objects, including people, animals, and package delivery, and send relevant notifications when required.

Previously, this functionality required a Nest Aware subscription, but with on-device processing on the next-gen Nest products, that will no longer be the case. A Nest Aware subscription will unlock additional features like 24/7 continuous video history on wired Nest Cams, familiar face detection, and event video history for up to 30 or 60 days.

For additional reliability, the new battery-powered Nest cameras, the Nest Cam with floodlight, and Nest Doorbell feature local storage. This means if there's a power outage or if the Wi-Fi is down, the camera or doorbell can continue to record an hour worth of events, which translates to about a week of usage.

Since the second-gen Nest Cam is not battery-powered, it can only record events to its local storage when the Wi-Fi is down. Once the power or Wi-Fi is back, the recorded footage is uploaded to the cloud so you can view it remotely.

All the new Nest products also integrate with the Google Home app, so you can easily view and control them from a single app.

Nest Cam and Doorbell Available for Pre-Order

Google is offering the new Nest Cam and Nest Doorbell in several nature-inspired colors in the US. All the latest Nest products are made with recycled materials. The battery-powered Nest Cam and the Nest Doorbell are already available for pre-order on the Google Store and go on sale on August 24.

The Nest Cam with floodlight and the second-gen Nest Cam is listed as "coming soon" on the Google Store.

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