My go-to camera
First, let me qualify that I am a real Nest user, neither a robot nor a resident of some other continent. I live in Dallas, Texas, and I have years of surveillance video user experience. Trust me when I say that Nest is very good. The cloud recording is very affordable. The cameras are a little pricy, but I have managed to buy mine at below-retail rates, so I am sure you can, too.
I have a 12-camera self-contained security surveillance camera system installed. (Brand name withheld from this discussion.) On this system, I have to maintain the video recordings and manage the available hard drive space. The cameras are very good, but the management of the system is rather complex and bothersome. I also have a home security system (by one of the best known brands) with remote monitoring. It does not interact with my other video system in any way, yet it also has two cameras attached to it, one doorbell camera and one indoor camera. I have a three-bedroom, two-bath house of less than 2,000 square feet of AC space. So you might think that 14 cameras in my rather small home would be enough, but the principle is that I always want a better view of some part of the house or its access avenues. I have a detached building in the back yard that is my wood shop and crammed full of expensive tools, so I worry about it a lot. One day I had the opportunity to buy two Nest cameras from a neighbor at half their retail price. I thought I needed only one, but I installed both, one at my shop and one for a better look at front-door visitors -- better than what I was getting from the little doorbell camera. Soon I realized that the two Nest cameras had become my preferred go-to cameras whenever I wanted to see what was going on around my property. Great video, very easy to use, and unbelievable recording software that is managed by Google Nest and NOT by me!
This new Nest camera is my third, and it was purchased to provide an even more clear and easier-to-review view of my open carport, which is a very vulnerable spot.
All modern cameras are good quality of varying costs. You might do well with any brand. The best feature of Nest is the continuous, 24-hour recording to the cloud. Like most security systems, Nest captures "events" such as motion and sound. But the best part is that I can play back the action and sounds that are recorded between events. The recording does not stop at the end of an event. I can review what happen prior to an event and after the close of an event. This continuous recording and playback system is priceless, and it costs me $5 per month for my group of all three Nest cameras. I love it!Read full review
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