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Community Manager (Admin)
Community Manager (Admin)

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

So in other words this 2nd Gen camera is a product NOT ready to be launched or sold.

It’s features and quality have been watered down to incorporate a battery and it’s user interface/app has not been finished to give the user the proper full experience of  security the original version has.

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Silver Product Expert

I am hyped to hear that Google home is going to be coming to the web in 2022!!! Thanks for the update!

Community Member

I just purchase over 1200$ in Nest equipment for my new home, and I come to find that the 2nd gen cameras AND battery doorbell cannot be viewed from a Chromecast?  This seems insane that this feature was removed - when the web viewing is reimplemented will we be able to stream to a Chromecast w/ Google TV?  It feels like this functionality was removed explicitly to push people to buy hubs.  I would love to see a comment on this. 

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Whatever you do, DO NOT BUY the new Nest Cameras. They do not integrate with the very easy-to-use Nest App and they force you into the 1980's looking Google Home app, which is hard to navigate and generally terrible. It looks like an HS programming project that received a D- grade.  Seriously, Google should be banned from buying companies.  Unlike Apple, which aims to make existing products better, the Google business model must be to take make great products suck.  If that is the case, no one is better at it than Google.  They are the Joe Biden's of the tech world.  Make Tech Suck Again. DO NOT BUY THIS POS if you want to intergtate with the NEST app.  BOO! 

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I just bought my first Nest Cam with Floodlight, and you cannot even schedule it!?!?! lol
The only automated way of turning it off and on is to use Home and Away routines... so, if you are at home, at night asleep, it is off? Who thought of that?!?!?!?!

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Why do I keep falling for this? Once again, I buy further into Google's ecosystem to have them remove functionality and usability for no reason or warning. Now I've got cameras that aren't visible by internet and require the use of a less functional app. Seriously considering returning these cameras. I'd buy more of the old ones, but I'm sure the nest app will get deleted at some point anyway.

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I am EXTREMELY upset that I just purchased two of the new wired second generation Nest Cams only to find out that the main feature I wanted, being able to monitor them from my Chromecasts on my TVs throughout my house, doesn't work! That was a HUGE part of why I loved these cameras! Google needs to fix this or I'm going to uninstall them!

Community Member

I concur in the disappointment of finding out the next gen cameras are forced into the Google Home App —one of the worst UX’s out there. It’s like they purchased a Ferrari Nest App and instead of simply making it become the Google UI, they’ve gone ahead and forced us into a Yugo. Come one Google. Be better. 

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Nest Cam (wired) is not compatible with Nest Protect, as they use different apps, its not possible to configure Protect to save video clip from Nest Cam if it detects smoke of CO2 alarm, even though the Nest App says "Your Nest Protect can work with your other Nest products to help keep your home safer during an emergency" in the setting page for "Works with Nest".


Community Member

I loved the Nest app allowing zones for notifications. If it saw something inside a zone, it would flag it as that color.  No option to do that in Home app.  I have 4 existing cams and added their new indoor cam that doesn't work on Nest App.  All branded as Nest cams.  Kind of a fail on Google part.  If they phase out the Nest app, ill most likely switch to a different brand.  Even subscribed to the $120 yearly Nest aware subscription.   The Thermostat even appears on the Nest app.  Regretting the indoor cam now


Community Member

I returned my new cameras and got four brand new Next Cam IQs off eBay for $400, so I'm happy now. Dad that Google can't just keep what works. If history is any indicator, Nest is a dead app walking.

Community Member

@Kinddeath  Actually, I believe you can set up zones in the Google Home App. At least I can on mine. If you open the Camera, then click on it to "live" view, Click the Gear at the top right (Settings) > Events > Seen Events > Then "Add a Zone". You can rename the zone and make it any color.  You can then set it up to record People, Animals and Vehicles, as well as turn notifications for each on or off. You can also set it to record or ignore  events other than these (like bugs, etc.). You can also set the same for  outside of your zones.

Maybe not the most intuitive, but just wanted you to know it is there.

Community Member

I did see that now.  Thank you.  Unfortunately,  my old Nest cameras do not have that option in Google home.  Only in Nest.  They should just switch it and unify both generations via the app.