In recent weeks Nest had sent out invites of a press conference that would be taking place on Wednesday, June 17th, and after much speculation about possible refreshes to their product lineup and a couple of leaks about an updated home security camera, Nest’s first new device since they’ve purchased Dropcam last year is finally out in the open. Just as people were predicting Nest has unveiled a brand new home security camera to replace the Dropcam Pro, called the Nest Cam, and just like its predecessor it carries similar form and function and falls around the same price point as the Dropcam Pro.
The Nest Cam leaked last week before today’s official announcement, and it leaked again earlier this morning when it was outed on Best Buy’s website for a pre-order page listing which also outed the price of the unit at $199. Now, Nest has also confirmed these details during their press conference. The security camera will be able to record 1080p video at 30fps with the capability to see via infrared night vision up to a 20-foot distance. It’s also got a 130-degree field of view so it will be able to capture as wide an area as the Dropcam Pro.
Since this is a Nest product, and Nest products are all about the connected home, the Nest Cam works with Nest’s other connected devices, and alongside the ability to record when it detects movement, it can also begin recording when carbon monoxide is detected by the Nest Protect smoke detector. Those who pick up a Nest Cam will also be able to sign up for a subscription to Nest’s new cloud service called Nest Aware, which is essentially a storage in the cloud for recorded video that allows owners playback of anything recorded, which can be stored for up to 30 days. That particular service wasn’t given a price point by Nest just yet, so there’s no telling whether or not they stick to the price point which was offered for the Dropcam Pro. Besides Best Buy, the Nest Cam should eventually make its way to other retailers and online merchants although there was no mention of that at this time.