About Nest and Arlo
Nest, acquired by Google in 2014, is well-known for its innovative smart home products and cameras, like the Learning Thermostat, Nest Hello Doorbell Camera, and others. Nest also has a footprint in the home security space with its Nest Secure system. Arlo, once a part of Netgear, became an independent company in 2018 and is most known for its security camera solutions from indoor cameras to outdoor cameras and even a baby monitor. We’re going to take a closer look at one camera from each company’s lineup: the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor and the Arlo Ultra.
Nest Cam IQ Outdoor vs. Arlo Ultra
Both the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor and Arlo Ultra have robust features, from HD video to two-way audio, continuous recording, home automation features, and much much more. Here’s a closer look at some of their distinguishing features.
Winner: The Arlo Ultra
Nest Cam IQ OutdoorCheck price
Arlo UltraCheck price
Camera plan starts at
|1080p HD||4K HDR|
Field of view
|130 degrees||180 degrees|
|DIY or Professional||DIY|
|Yes with Nest Aware subscription||Yes with Arlo Smart subscription|
Smart home functionality
|Yes, Google Assistant||Yes, Google Assistant, Alexa, and Apple Watch|
|2 year-limited warranty||1-year warranty|
**Arlo - Continuous recording available for $9.99/mo. (14 days) and for $19.99/mo. (30 days)
While a security camera can help you monitor your home, a complete home security system provides additional features for the full protection you need.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nest Cam IQ Outdoor and Arlo Ultra
No, the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor doesn’t require a subscription. But if you want access to features like cloud storage, continuous recording, and intelligent alerts, you should highly consider a Nest Aware subscription plan.
The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor tacks on additional features like a 4K color sensor, 12x digital zoom, access to person and familiar face alerts. The Nest Cam Outdoor has a 3-megapixel color sensor, 8x digital zoom, access to activity and person alerts. You’ll get more robust features with the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor.
No, the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor does not come with cloud storage. You must purchase a Nest Aware camera subscription for access to cloud storage.
No, the Arlo Ultra does not require a subscription for use. However, you can purchase the Arlo Elite Plan for as little as $4.99/mo. to access cloud storage, 30-day video history, intelligent alerts, and more.
The Arlo Ultra camera is a wire-free camera that operates on battery power. If you wish to install your camera without using the magnetic mount, you can use the Arlo Outdoor Mount. That allows you to screw the camera onto the mount for more secure placement. If you want 24/7 continuous recording, you will have to plug your camera into an outlet with an AC power cable.
The Arlo Ultra does come with a free 3-month Arlo Smart trial that gives you access to cloud recording. Once the trial period ends, you can choose whether or not to purchase the Arlo Elite Plan ($4.99/mo.).