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A sharper way to look after home.

Sometimes to take a step forward, you have to start from scratch. Two years ago, we set out to create the ultimate indoor security camera – one that was smarter, sharper and more beautiful than anything we’d seen before.

Sometimes to take a step forward, you have to start from scratch. Two years ago, we set out to create the ultimate indoor security camera – one that was smarter, sharper and more beautiful than anything we’d seen before.

Meet Nest Cam IQ. We built it from the ground up with completely new hardware. Everything – from the lens to the hinge to the microphones – is state of the art. And when the hardware is this advanced, all the software and services can go to the next level.

And when the hardware is this advanced, all the software and services can go to the next level.

An eye for faces

Because it sees better, Nest Cam IQ can think better. It has the processing power to tell a person from a thing. So you get person alerts right out of the box. (Nest Cam Indoor needs help from the cloud to do that.) With Nest Aware, Nest Cam IQ can apply face recognition technology to keep track of familiar faces, and even help you spot strangers.* So your camera can tell you more than whether or not it saw a person – it can tell you it saw Fred.

This is a job for Supersight

With video, image quality is so much more than pixel count. It’s about processing, encoding, pixel size, frame rate and more. What good is an 8-million-pixel picture if it overwhelms your bandwidth?

Nest Cam IQ has a 4K sensor and wide 130° view to capture as much as possible. Then it turns that raw data into extra-clear, seamless video – and two ways to watch it. We call it Supersight.

Supersight starts with HDR, combining staggered 4K images into one beautifully balanced 1080p HD picture that won’t choke your connection. Then the video is encrypted and its bit rate adaptively adjusted.

And now comes the main magic trick: the close-up tracking shot. When Nest Cam IQ spots a person, Supersight can automatically zoom in and follow him walking across a room, while still keeping the full 130° picture in view.

Want to keep a closer eye on a specific area? You can digitally zoom in up to 12x and enhance the video to a crisp 1080p HD. And you can still see clearly thanks to its 4K sensor.

Talk and Listen goes HD

With a high-end speaker and three-microphone array, Nest Cam IQ speaks louder and listens clearer. It’s got noise suppression and echo cancellation. And coming later this year, it’ll be full duplex, so you can easily communicate with family and pets like you’re having a conversation over the phone. Or grab an intruder’s attention from across the room.

One last thing: intelligent audio alerts

With Nest Aware, Nest Cam IQ will also send intelligent audio alerts. It can notify you when Nest Cam hears the sound of a dog or a person’s voice. So if you get a dog barking alert, you can see if Fido is onto something, or just driving the neighbours crazy.

The day we launched the Nest Learning Thermostat in 2011, it changed the game instantly. Nobody had seen anything like it before. Nest Cam has been different. There was plenty of competition when it launched, but we still believed it was the best security camera on the market. And we’ve made incremental improvements along the way – thoughtful changes like Sightline and three-hour snapshot history that keep raising the bar for intelligent cameras. But Nest Cam IQ doesn’t raise the bar. Like the Nest Thermostat, it’s changed the game.

*Familiar face alerts require a Nest Aware subscription.