The Google Nest Camera has been available for some time, but it is only now making its debut in India.
Just before the second lockdown, which kept us locked indoors for weeks on end, I moved into a new apartment last year. It is getting harder to let go of the comfort of home and the habits that came with it as we attempt to gradually return to what was our previous routine. Technology can always help in the shape of security cameras that allow you to keep an eye on your home at all times if you want to stay in touch with what’s going there even as you go back to work. Given its collaboration with Tata Play and connected convenience, the Google Nest Camera is perhaps the simplest off-the-shelf option currently available.
Although it has been available for a while, the Google Nest Camera is just now debuting in India. The minimalistic design features a sizable camera that magnetically attaches to a metal base that you drill into your wall. The camera would ideally need to be charged and configured before being placed on its magnetic perch.
The Google Home app makes setup simple and offers complete assistance. The process was simple even for an iOS user like myself, but I did have a Tata Play executive on hand to assist. The assistance’s main purpose was to connect the device to the Tata Play Secure+ platform so that consumers could activate their Nest Aware subscription and access event video history and familiar face detection.
Once everything is set up, you can stick the camera to its metal holder and adjust the lens to get the greatest possible view. The camera may be adjusted in any direction you like because it has a magnetic base. This type may operate only on its battery if you don’t have a power supply for the camera. It can run for around seven days on a full charge and recharges in about five hours. Therefore, it might be advisable to store the camera at a height that is convenient for you if you want to charge it once a week.
The Google Nest Camera’s seamless integration with the Google Home app is one of its most appealing features. My phones began receiving notifications on the app indicating “Person Seen” in front of the front entrance camera even as we were attaching the camera to its holder; this is how I had named the review unit. These warnings continued to arrive throughout the whole evaluation period, even while I was out of town or at the workplace. I could tap the alert and check who was at the door in less than a second.
I could access Google Home and view a live stream from the camera even without the warnings, which I frequently did to make sure everything was okay at home. If there is a visitor at the door, the camera provides the opportunity to speak with them since it has a speaker and microphone that can be heard clearly from a distance.
The software also gives you the choice to tap on history to view a timeline of the most recent few hours or to view entire history to access footage from the last 30 or 60 days, depending on your Tata Play subscription.
The only significant problem I had while using the camera was the frequent home power outages that occasionally knocked my Wi-Fi out and confused the camera. By switching the camera to a Wi-Fi that has a power backup, I was able to resolve issue. There were also moments when I thought the person seen notice was delayed, possibly due to the same Wi-Fi problem.
The Google Nest camera is now available for Rs 11,999, but you will also need to pay an additional annual charge for the Nest Aware membership through Tata Play Secure+, which varies based on the number of cameras. This is the ideal device to buy if you’re worried about the security of your home or have a toddler who needs to be watched constantly. There are less expensive solutions, but they could not provide you with the same level of dependability as the Google Nest Camera. You are not just buying a piece of tech with this one, but also peace of mind.