Nest Doorbell Cameras

Learn about the features and benefits you can have with a Nest doorbell camera.
Updated Jun 1, 2020

Why Nest?

 

Nest, now a part of Google, stands out for its innovation in home technology. One of Nest’s most prominent products is its Hello Video Doorbell, and we’re going to take a closer look at its features and benefits. One of the biggest perks about Nest is that they offer a variety of smart home products that work in tandem with Google Assistant.

What we like

  • Professional and DIY installation option
  • Smart home compatibility
  • Cutting edge features like facial

What we don't like

  • Some features require a Nest Aware subscription
  • On the pricier side compared to other video doorbells

Top 3 Nest Hello Video Doorbell Camera Features

  • Installation Options

    Want to avoid an installation fee? Or need a professional to help? Whichever option you’re leaning towards, Nest provides.

  • Smart Home Compatibility

    If you have a Google Assistant device in your home, you can issue voice commands to control the Nest Hello Video Doorbell.

  • Cutting Edge Technology

    Nest Hello can detect a familiar face. Choose a Nest Aware Plan and have your video doorbell alert you when a family member or friend stops by.

Nest Aware Plans

For access to additional functionality with the Nest Hello Video Doorbell, a Nest Aware subscription can provide cloud storage, continuous recording, intelligent alerts, video clips and timeplases, and customizable activity zones. You can choose from these three Nest Aware plans: The 5-Day Plan, 10-Day Plan, or the 30-Day Plan.

  • Nest Aware 5-Day Plan

    Starting at
    $5/mo

    Our Take

    Only want to playback your recordings for the work-week? Get the 5-Day Plan and review your recordings through the Nest mobile app. With intelligent alerts, you’ll be notified when a familiar face is at your door. Custom activity zones make it easy to set up the areas you want Nest Hello to monitor so you only get alerts that matter most. The 5-Day Plan is $5/mo. or $50/yr. with an annual subscription.

    Features include

    • Video history for 5 days
    • Continuous recording
    • Intelligent alerts
    • Video clips and timelapses
    • Custom activity zones
  • Nest Aware 10-Day Plan

    Starting at
    $10/mo

    Our Take

    Want to review video clips for more than a week? Go with the 10-Day Plan, and get access to everything featured in the 5-Day Plan. This subscription is better if you may want to review your footage once or twice a week, rather than having to review it every 5 days. The 10-Day Plan costs $10/mo. or $100/yr. with an annual subscription.

    Features include

    • Video history for 10 days
    • Continuous recording
    • Intelligent alerts
    • Video clips and timelapses
    • Custom activity zones
  • Nest Aware 30-Day Plan

    Starting at
    $30/mo

    Our Take

    Want to record up to a month’s worth of footage? The 30-Day Plan is right for you. You’ll have access to all of the features found in the 5 and 10-Day plans. This is great if you plan to check your cameras less often and mostly in the event of emergencies. The 30-Day Plan costs $30/mo. or $300/yr. with an annual subscription.

    Features include

    • Video history for 30 days
    • Continuous recording
    • Intelligent alerts
    • Video clips and timelapses
    • Custom activity zones
  • Nest Aware Plan (2nd Gen.)

    Starting at
    $6/mo

    Our Take

    With the 2nd Generation Nest Aware Plan, you’ll get access to alerts for package deliveries, sound detection (ie. breaking glass, smoke alarms), familiar face detection, and 30 days of video history. You can purchase this plan at $6/mo. or $60/yr. This plan differs from the 1st Generation Nest Aware Plans (5-Day, 10-Day, and 30-Day plans) in that you’ll only get event-triggered alerts and recordings. Continuous recording is available with the 2nd Generation Nest Aware Plus Plan.

    Package Features

    • 30-day video history for motion-sound activated recordings
    • Package detection alerts
    • Sound detection alerts (ie. breaking glass, smoke alarms)
  • Nest Aware Plus Plan (2nd Generation)

    Starting at
    $12/mo

    Our Take

    The 2nd Generation Nest Aware Plus Plan gives you access to package detection, sound detection (ie. breaking glass, smoke alarms), familiar face alerts, and 60 days of video history. You can purchase this plan at $12/mo. or $120/yr. With the Nest Aware Plus Plan, you’ll also have access to 24/7 continuous recording for up to 10 days.

    Package Features

    • 60-day sound/motion-activated video history
    • 10 days of continuous recording
    • Package detection, sound detection, and familiar face alerts

Nest Monitoring Cost

With the Nest Hello Video Doorbell, you’ll be responsible for monitoring your home. You can only access professional monitoring with the Nest Secure security system. If you want to purchase the full home security system, you’ll get monitoring through Brinks and can choose between their $19/mo. or $29/mo. plans.

Compare Nest Aware Plans

Nest Aware 5-Day Plan

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Nest Aware 10-Day Plan

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Nest Aware 30-Day Plan

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Nest Aware Plan (2nd Gen.)

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Nest Aware Plus Plan (2nd Generation)

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Starting price
$5/mo. or $50/yr.$10/mo. or $100/yr.$30/mo. or $300/yr.$6/mo. or $60/yr.$12/mo. or $120/yr.
Video history
5 days10 days30 days30 days60 days
Continuous recording
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Intelligent alerts
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Video clips
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Custom activity zones
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Why We Recommend the 2nd Gen. Nest Aware Plus Plan

We recommend the new Nest Aware Plus Plan for $12/mo. or $120/yr. because it provides you with lots of video history time – 60 days. Additionally, you’ll have access to 10 days of 24/7 continuous video recording, so you can rewind footage to catch anything that’s of value. You’ll still get access to great features like intelligent alerts, custom activity zones, and more.

Nest Hello Warranty

The Nest Hello Video Doorbell comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

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