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Hey everyone,

We’re excited to announce you can now purchase the new 2nd generation indoor Nest Cam on the Google Store and supported retailers. The new Nest Cam is an indoor wired camera — our first Nest Cam under $100. Every home has its own unique design and that’s why your new Nest Cam comes in 4 different colors — Snow, Linen, Fog, and Sand with maple wood base ($119.99).

Many of you have been existing Nest customers for quite some time while others are just getting started building their connected home. Figuring out which camera is right for your home is important, so we’re taking some time to break down the key differences between the new, 2nd generation indoor Nest Cam to the earlier generation. 



Nest Cam (indoor, wired, 2nd generation)

Nest Cam Indoor
(1st generation)

Shared features

Mobile App

Built exclusively for the Google Home app

Nest Cam (indoor, wired) works with the Google Home app. The Google Home app accommodates event-based and 24/7 continuous video history and gives you visibility into all of your compatible connected home devices in one place (whether it's a Google Nest device or another brand).

Here are some new features:

  • Whole home history: See all of your events across devices
  • Video history: Scroll through your events horizontally, rather than vertically, and take a more granular look at your history. Learn more about video history in the Google Home app
  • Priority feed: See events that are most important in a dedicated tab

Works with the Nest and Google Home apps - but the experiences are different

If you’re used to the Nest app and give the Google Home app a try, you may notice there are some things you cannot do yet in the Google Home app, including:

  • Set up earlier generation cameras, like Nest Cam Indoor
  • Modify settings of earlier generation cameras
  • Schedule on/off times (currently, you can use Home & Away Routines)

We’re working on incorporating many of these favorite features from the Nest app into the Google Home app over the next year. Read this post for more.

Both the Google Home and Nest apps allow you to control the earlier generation Nest cameras.

From either app, you can do the following:

  • View live video from your cameras 
  • Talk and listen to visitors in your home
  • Turn your camera on and off
  • See your cameras organized by room
  • Delete video history
  • View device information

Web support

Web based app viewer coming soon

Although Nest Cam (indoor, wired) is not compatible with, we’ve been working on rolling out a desktop experience for the Google Home app, so the new Nest cameras and doorbell feeds can be viewed and controlled there. This will launch in 2022.

Web-based viewing at

View your Nest Cam Indoor on a web browser on your computer at


Placement and Installation

Pan and tilt adjustments

The camera head on Nest Cam (indoor, wired) can be turned 360° side-to-side and down in both table and wall-mounted positions. For users that want to tilt their camera head up, they can rotate the base of their camera up to 180°, which will allow the camera head to be angled upwards. The camera also comes with a built-in wall mount conveniently located in the base. 

The camera head cannot be rotated (clocked) within the camera housing, which would have made the camera larger and more complex, but the wide range of side-to-side and up and down adjustment means the camera head can be positioned to capture any part of a room whether it's mounted on a table or a wall.

Nest Cam (indoor, wired) uses an attached USB-A power cable and a USB-A power adapter (included in the box) to plug into an outlet for power.

Pan, tilt and clocking adjustments

The camera head on Nest Cam Indoor can be turned 360° side-to-side, up and down, and rotated (clocked) within the camera stand. It comes with a wall mounting plate for vertical installations. 

Nest Cam Indoor uses a detachable USB-A / micro-B power cable and USB-A power adapter (both included in the box) to plug into an outlet for power.

Both cameras are wired and for indoor use cases only. 

Both cameras must be plugged into a power outlet to work.

They can be mounted on a horizontal surface like a table, shelf or mantle, and on walls or under a cabinet.


Nest Cam (indoor, wired) comes in four colors: Snow (global), Linen, Fog and Sand with maple wood base (US only).

Nest Cam Indoor comes in one color: black



Three types of intelligent alerts included out of the box + activity zones

The new Nest Cam (indoor, wired) offers three types of intelligent alerts right out of the box, no subscription required: people, animals and vehicles. 

You can also turn on motion alerts, which will alert you when the camera detects any moving object.

Additionally, we’ve included Activity Zones, a feature that has historically been a paid feature that required a Nest Aware subscription. Thanks to built-in intelligence, these features all come with your camera, no subscription required.

Familiar Face Detection

With a Nest Aware subscription, you can also add familiar face detection where you can train your camera to tell the difference between the faces you know and don’t know. Learn more about Familiar Faces here.

Disclaimer:  Nest’s familiar face detection feature is not available on Nest cameras used in Illinois.

Sound alerts

With a Nest Aware subscription, Nest Cam (indoor, wired) can detect the sound of a smoke and CO alarm and send a notification if the alarm sounds (US only).

Limited alerts out of the box

Nest Cam Indoor only offers motion alerts without a subscription.

With a Nest Aware subscription, you can add person alerts and sound alerts. It does not offer Familiar Faces, animal or vehicle alerts.

Activity Zones require a Nest Aware subscription.

Basic motion alerts are available right out of the box.

Camera Detection

Cutting edge performance

We’ve moved object detection on-device (people, animals, vehicle) and added a cutting-edge TPU chip, which allows algorithms to run on 2 times more pixels, up to 7.5 times per second. That’s a fancy way of saying that the new Nest Cam (indoor, wired) can detect events more accurately and send more timely alerts.

Motion detection on-device

Nest Cam Indoor detects motion on-device and must send video to the cloud to be processed for detecting people.


Included history

3 hours of event video history clips included

Out of the box, you will see a rolling 3 hours of event video history clips. So, if you check your app at 6 a.m., you’ll see the events that happened from 3 a.m. onward.

3 hours of photo snapshots included

Nest Cam Indoor offers 3 hours of photo snapshots out of the box, but does not record video of detected events. So, if you check your app at 6 a.m., you’ll see pictures of events that happened from 3 a.m. onward, but no video.

More video history with Nest Aware

A Nest Aware subscription will give you 30 days of event video history. A Nest Aware Plus subscription will give you 60 days of event video history plus 10 days of 24/7 continuous video history for both cameras.

Camera specs

Camera specs, enhanced with software

Nest Cam (indoor, wired) has a 2MP sensor, 135-degree field of view and 1080p video with HDR (High Dynamic Range) that’s optimized for the clearest possible view both day and night. We added software optimization which delivers sharpness, color accuracy and balance, and dynamic range without washed out whites.

Camera specs

Nest Cam Indoor has a 3MP sensor, 130-degree field of view and 1080p video but does not support HDR video.

1080p video

Both Nest cameras can stream up to 1080p video and support night vision using built-in IR LEDs.

Local storage fallback

Enhanced reliability

In the case of a WiFi outage, Nest Cam (indoor, wired) will record up to one hour of local video (up to a week’s worth of events for a typical household) and upload those events to the cloud once the WiFi connection is restored.
To learn more about Storage Fallback

No local storage


Privacy and Security

Privacy and Security 

Nest Cam (indoor, wired) requires a Google account, which comes with benefits like two-step verification, suspicious activity detection, and password checkup. 

See the “shared features” column

Encryption and transparency

For all Nest cameras, the device’s LED status indicator will always show you when the camera is processing frames or someone is watching the live feed. All Nest Cam footage is encrypted while stored and in transit between devices or a data center.


We hope this table provides a clear breakdown of the differences between our 2nd generation Nest Cam (indoor, wired) and its predecessor, Nest Cam Indoor. And that it serves as a helpful guide as you decide which indoor camera is right for you. 

Thanks again for your continued feedback, and as always please share questions and comments here!


Community Member

I couldn’t figure out how to get notifications for sound on the “new” cameras either. 

Community Member

You can't in the Home app, only in the Nest app, which doesn't work for the 2nd gen cameras. Another reason why Google shouldn't be forcing people to the Home app until they've finished developing it.

Community Member

It would be great if the Google Home notifications and thumbnail issue that so many are experiencing was resolved 🙂

Community Member

The functionality promised for review and playback is a lie. Know that, if you're considering buying one of these. Updates to Google Home since Fall 2021 have only made it worse. 

Community Member

Hi just wondering if there will be a firmware update that will allow wired nest cameras and doorbells to work with chromecast to display on tvs? I was disappointed to learn the ones I recently purchased do not support this. Mine run version 1.59.

Community Member

@PEORGE It's not going to happen. They've moved onto new software that isn't compatible for some inexplicable reason. If they were planning to give us Chromecast functionality, they would've told us it was being worked on by now with all the pushback. My best advice? Stick with first generation like I did.

Community Member
I have four NEST outdoor cameras and I have successfully set up for my house.
However, it shows "invalid code" when I try to input the 6 digits code to connect to the wi-fi network. 
This is so weird and it does work even when I scanned the QR code.
I appreciate you can tell me the correct code or how to fix this.
Community Member

I have four NEST outdoor cameras and I have successfully set up for my house.
However, it shows "invalid code" when I try to input the 6 digits code to connect to the wi-fi network. 
This is so weird and it does work even when I scanned the QR code.

I appreciate you can tell me the correct code or how to fix this.
My email is #.

Community Member

I just bought a gen 2 indoor wired but now wish I had bought a gen 1.  I'm not that bothered about having to use the home app, what does bother me is there's no scheduling functionality to turn it on and off e.g. I want to turn it on at midnight and off at 7am. The only option appears to be turn all cameras off or on.  I tried routines but the camera cant be added to those either.  Can Google tell me when this basic function will be added

Community Member

I have so much trouble out of outdoor cam. It will not connect ita wired andi spent over $200 on. It 


Community Member

Where do you tell people that the 2nd generation outdoor camera cannot be initiated and displayed on the Nest Mobile app. Nowhere! Apparently, we are FORCED to use the Google Home app, which is far less user friendly then the Nest Mobile app. So, if you have 1st Gen cameras and you want to add more cameras to the Nest Mobile app, you can’t.  
Absolutely RIDICULOUS!!!

Community Member

Please add the scheduled recording option in the google home app