Dropcam now carries the Nest name so it’s no surprise that its latest security camera works seamlessly alongside the family thermostat and smoke detectors. Set your thermostat to Away and the camera will switch on; burn a crumpet and the results will be captured in glorious Full HD.
Even as a standalone smartcam it can record all sound and motion – with sensitivity and accuracy enhanced if you subscribe to Nest Aware for £8 a month. The speaker allows you to talk to whoever is in your house – scare a burglar, get the dog off the sofa or (more likely) annoy your nearest and dearest.
Picture quality is superb, the wide-angle lens captures all the action as effectively as anything on test and the ability to zoom in and record is a nice touch, but the Nest stands out thanks to the brilliance of the magnetic mounting and multi-directional head.
The only downside is that, while you get plenty of recording for free, actual sensor quality is held back until you subscribe to Nest Aware, which unlocks better depth perception, improved night vision, greater sensitivity to changes in light and better noise detection. It’s a bit like buying a Ferrari and having to pay monthly to go over 40mph.
Stuff says: ★★★★✩
Exceptional, plays well with others but does have hidden costs