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In pictures: Nest Cam vs Dropcam Pro

Nest Cam, the first connected camera to come from the union of Nest and Dropcam, is remarkably similar to previous Dropcam products. This was mostly expected, especially when you consider Dropcam's lineup was great and already worked well with Nest products. The most interesting thing to come from the Nest Cam announcement was the Nest Aware service, which takes the already great Dropcam software and improves it in a couple of cool ways.

The hardware, however, is very similar to the previous versions of the hardware. The casing is nearly identical, save for branding on the front of the device. We know that Nest Cam is a 1080p camera, which is an improvement over the 720p camera in the Dropcam Pro, and we know the microphone and speaker are slightly improved, but you wouldn't know any of that with these two devices sitting side by side.

As you can see, the most significant changes in Nest Cam are in the cradle that holds the camera. The slimmer ring separates into two pieces for those who want to mount onto a camera screw mount, and the base is magnetic. While the box includes a metal mounting plate for the magnet to attach to, it's strong enough to comfortably connect to most metal objects. The added swivel thanks to the screw in the base also gives you some additional flexibility when positioning the camera, instead of the single hinge found in the Dropcam Pro.

Nest Cam and Dropcam Pro

It really is fascinating to see how similar the casings for these cameras are. You can even put a Nest Cam in a Dropcam Pro casing, if that's your thing. If you're trying to decide between the two cameras, or wondering if the upgrade is worth the $200 for a Nest Cam (opens in new tab), you can see the answer lies in the mount and the ability to record at 1080p. It's also important to remember you have the ability to enhance video you record with Nest Aware, which can be a huge benefit when looking at video you've captured or zooming in on something in your video feed. If that doesn't appeal to you, chances are the Dropcam Pro will do you just fine, especially if you can get it on sale.

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

  • Honestly, as a owner of 2 DropCam Pros, the first thing i thought when the Nest Cam was released was "Yes, the Dropcam Pro are going on sale soon! Time to get 2 more."
  • Me too :-)
  • Have you found any on sale? I thought the same thing and it seems like many places phased them out quickly...I even noticed that many places just straight up stopped selling them. If I have seen any, it's been the opposite: not on sale but the prices jacked up.
  • Who won the Galaxy S6? Results were supposed to be out yesterday..!
  • I won but I politely declined. Posted via Morse Code
  • Batter, ha ? Posted via My G2
  • So I sold my two Dropcam Pros to a friend and just picked up two of the new Nest cams. But here's my issue now... I paid the annual subscription fee on the two Dropcams, but it doesn't look like that has transferred over yet to my new Nest cams. It's still showing that I'm on 30 day trial. That said, clicking around I eventually got a message saying that they're still working on transitioning things over with the switch from Dropcam to Nest. So I really hope my new cameras end up with those paid subscriptions.
  • Yeah where do I find the Gs6 winner results ? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm wondering the same thing
  • I am buying one from Dlink today, I need motorized
  • Returned Dlink and bought Nest :) Dlink software is pretty bad
  • Just FYI, the Dropcam Pros also have the enhanced view since it's been updated in the Nest app. I have two Dropcam Pros and then tested out the Nest camera. There is minimal difference unless you are aiming to use the camera for farther viewing, then the difference is more significant (see pics here: The biggest difference is in the hardware, but that is significant to me. Much sturdier, the swivel is great for more possible areas and the magnetic bottom is fantastic. I now just stick my Nest on my fridge, which has a perfect vantage point, and go.