Best Affordable Nest Cam Alternatives Android Central 2020
Nest makes great Wi-Fi-connected security cameras, but they can get expensive, starting at $200 for the Nest Cam Indoor and reaching all the way up to $350 for the Cam IQ. Whether you're after the absolute cheapest camera you can buy or something with just as many features as Nest for a little less, we've got you covered. Here are some of our favorite Nest alternatives.
- Best overall: Logitech Circle 2
- Best for Alexa: Ring Indoor Cam
- Best free service: Arlo Q
- Most affordable camera: Wyze Cam
- Another affordable option: Canary View
- Close Nest competitor: Ring Stick Up Cam
The Circle 2 is an excellent 1080p security camera with a wide-angle lens and night vision that's rated for visibility up to 15 feet. Like Nest's cameras, you get two-way audio and person detection. There's also a convenient day brief feature that condenses the last 24 hours into a 30-second time-lapse so you don't have to scrub through hours of footage.
Like other cameras on this list, Ring's Indoor Cam captures 1080p video with customizable motion zones, night vision, and two-way audio. You can stream your video feed directly on an Alexa-powered smart display like the Echo Show, and the Ring Protect service lets you keep a timeline of previous motion-triggered recordings.
The Arlo Q is yet another 1080p security camera with motion alerts and night vision. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and has two-way audio. It has the option to record continuous 24/7 video with a paid subscription, but the real highlight feature is the free Arlo Basic service, which saves a full week's worth of footage for up to five cameras.
Wyze doesn't offer fancy features like facial recognition or two-way audio (at least, not without having to toggle the microphone on and off for each participant), but that's easy to look past given the ridiculously low price. The Wyze Cam still offers 1080p video, works with Google Assistant and Alexa, and even gives you 14 days of cloud storage for free.
Canary makes higher-end cameras, but the View is easily affordable and feature-packed enough for most homes. The wide-angle lens covers all but the largest rooms, and you, of course, get 1080p video with night vision. The built-in speaker sounds great for two-way audio (though you'll need a premium subscription to use it), and the Emergency Call button in the app immediately calls the local police.
Ring's Stick Up Cam looks almost identical to the Indoor Cam, but the higher price tag comes with a longer feature list. It can be used indoors or outdoors, thanks to the optional rechargeable battery, but it works just as well plugged into the wall or even Power over Ethernet. Of course, it still works with Alexa and streams to Alexa-capable smart displays.
There are plenty of great options
The market for connected security cameras has become saturated over the years, and that means you have a wide selection of cameras to choose from. Most options these days offer features like night vision, two-way audio, customizable motion zones, and smart alerts for triggers like people or certain sounds.
Nest has become one of the leaders in the space thanks to some of its feature-heavy products, but it tends to be on the pricier side. Luckily there are plenty of more affordable options available.
If you already own other products from a certain brand, it might be convenient to stick within that brand's ecosystem and keep things centralized to one app. So if you already have a Ring Doorbell, for example, the Ring Indoor Cam is a great buy. For anyone else, the Logitech Circle 2 is an excellent choice. The ability to condense an entire day down to a 30-second time-lapse is hugely convenient, and its combination of water resistance and compatibility with a wide variety of services like Google Assistant and HomeKit makes it one of the best security cameras around — all for less than the Nest Cam Indoor.
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