Nest Cam IQ Tested

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Jul 10, 2017

Nest has released their latest entry in their camera line, the Nest Cam IQ, touting 4K "Supersight", facial recognition, "HD audio", invisible IR, and more bells and whistles not found in the original Nest.

We bought and tested this new model to see how well each of the following perfomed:

  • 'Familiar face' recognition performance
  • Supersight auto tracking
  • Enhanced 4K zoom
  • Bidirectional "HD" audio
  • Invisible 940nm IR
  • Video latency
  • Day/night image quality

See our full results inside.

For more on Nests's other models, see our original Nest Cam test, as well as the Nest Cam Outdoor test.

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Physical ********

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Limited ********/********

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Supersight ************

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Comments (6)

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