The Nest Cam IQ can recognise and track intruders

Nest Cam “IQ” 4K Camera is Official and Comes With UHD Sensor, Face Recognition

When it ships in about a month, the $299 Nest Cam IQ will be outfitted with an 8-megapixel image sensor that's capable of 4K resolution with HDR (high dynamic range) imaging.

The new IQ camera is still not the radical new smart home product many Nest watchers were waiting for, but it is a significant upgrade. One of them is the Nest IQ Cam, a smart "security camera that outsmarts other security cameras". The person detection isn't just "any generic person", but it actually uses facial recognition and can determine "familiar" faces from strangers.

The camera costs nearly $300, but owners will also need to pay an additional $10 per month for a plan that includes the facial recognition technology.

Nest is adding a third camera to its lineup, after the Nest Cam and Nest Cam Outdoor.

And, in a nice feature, if you already have a Nest device set up in your house, the new camera won't require you to enter any login or Wi-Fi password details, but will grab the information through your existing account, making installation faster and simpler.

The Nest IQ Cam will be available for United Kingdom pre-orders by June 13, for £299.

By contrast, Nest Cam IQ boasts on-device encryption, 128-bit AES with TLS/SSL secure connection, two-step verification of your identity and automatic over-the-air security updates.

This photo from a Nest Labs presentation compares the Nest Cam IQ's 12x digital zoom to an unnamed competitor's 2x zoom plus digital zoom. The company expects to deliver the camera in about a month (we've been told we'll have review units in mid June).

The three-microphone array has noise and echo suppression, with Nest claiming that the speakers are seven times more powerful than the original Nest Cam. In terms of night vision, the Nest Cam Indoor has 850nm infrared LEDs. United States preorders start today, too, and they also get access to a $500 twin-pack, presumably because their homes are more voluminous than here in the old world. Nest Aware still gets you additional features, on top of the 10-day or 30-day video storage.

Credit: NestOther camera features include a 130-degree view, along with a picture-in-picture feature that provides close-up tracking.

Pay for the subscription and you'll also get familiar faces alerts with the new camera, which in turn allows you to grant access to particular family members. Alphabet's connected camera manufacturer is also planning to open pre-orders for the device in more European countries, including Germany, Spain, Italy, and Austria, with the firm saying that consumers in those markets will have the option of ordering the Next Cam IQ from June 13. Full duplex is not part of the package, though Nest is planning to add support sometime later this year. "Intelligent audio alerts" sends you a notification for sounds the camera hears (think barking or people talking) that's outside of the field of view. Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor will continue to be available for $199 USA, €199 EU/£159 United Kingdom on nest.com.

Nest doesn't come up with products quite often.

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