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Nest aims to monitor your home with the Nest Cam

The Nest Cam has been officially announced, and it's now available for pre-order for $199.99.

Published onJune 17, 2015

About a year ago, Nest purchased security camera startup Dropcam for roughly $555 million, and now we’re finally getting to see what the two companies have been working on over the past few months. Nest has just unveiled a new product called the Nest Cam wireless camera. Taking a quick glance at the photos available so far, it’s easy to see that the Nest Cam takes some heavy aesthetic inspiration from Dropcam, which is to be expected. But the real changes between the Dropcam and the Nest Cam take place inside the device.

The Nest Cam shoots 1080p video, up from the 720p the old camera was capable of, and also comes with a built-in tripod mount with a magnetic base for easy placement on a refrigerator. It has eight built-in infrared LEDs for better night vision, as well. You’ll be able to mix Nest Cams and Dropcams around your home, as both will be able to be controlled through the revamped Nest mobile application that’s set to launch sometime soon. The new version of the app will be able to show you a quick overview of your home from the company’s three main devices. It will be able to notify you instantly if something goes wrong.

Like the Dropcam, this new camera uses a cloud-based DVR that will store previous footage up to 30 days via the Nest Aware service. If you want to store your footage in the cloud, however, you’ll need to pay a hefty fee. According to TechCrunch, 10 days of video archiving will cost $10 per month, and 30 days of archiving will cost $30 per month. Right now, it seems like this is the only way to store video.

The camera is available for pre-order today for $199.99 and will ship next week. While Nest’s official website is under construction for the time being, you can already pre-order the new security camera through Best Buy’s website. As more details continue to roll in, we’ll be sure to update this post.

So what are your thoughts so far? Are you interested in the Nest Cam? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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