And so Google’s Internet of Things empire continues to grow and expand. When Nest, which is owned by Google, decided to acquire Dropcam several months ago, we knew that it was only a matter of time before there would be an IP camera that would officially join the company’s catalog. That day has now arrived with the creatively named Nest Cam. This isn’t just a rebadged Dropcam, though, despite its obvious aesthetic similarities.

The same appeal of an easy-to-use, WiFi-enabled security camera that you can simply “drop” into place anywhere in your home continues through with the Nest Cam. The body of the product is a little slimmer and curvier, but it otherwise looks very similar. Where the Nest Cam improves over the existing Dropcam is that it boosts the resolution from 720p to 1080p and it adds in a magnetic base, making it easier to attach to different parts of your home. Other features include the tripod mount, 8 infrared LEDs for night vision, and a cloud-based DVR system called called Nest Aware.

With Nest Aware, you can rewind back with a 30-day history of cloud-stored video for a $30 subscription. If you want or need to go back that far, there’s also a 10-day plan that costs $10 a month. The Nest Cam itself is set to retail for $199 and you’ll be able to mix and match it with older Dropcams too. Whether this is worth the premium over more affordable but arguably less refined options like the Spotcam HD is entirely up to you.

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Source: Nest Blog

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