Nest Cam IQ is a $300 indoor camera with a 6-core processor

Ron Amadeo

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

The new Nest Cam IQ occupies a premium spot over the other two, and it is an indoor-only $300 “sort-of 4K” camera.
I say “sort-of 4K” because the Nest Cam IQ does have a 4K (8MP) sensor, but to reduce storage and wireless data needs, it only records in 1080p.

The 4K sensor is used for a digital zoom feature, and with a fancy cloud-powered “enhance!” mode, Nest is promising a “12x digital zoom.” Zooming happens automatically when the Nest Ca IQ detects a person, at which point the camera will start saving two video streams, one at full crop and one zoomed in. Recording two video streams at once means the IQ is doing a significant amount of on-board processing, which is powered by a surprisingly beefy six-core Qualcomm processor.
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