Amazon Cloud Cam – This Camera Strikes The Right Balance For Home Security!
The Good: The Amazon Cloud Cam‘s crisp 1080p HD live feed, prompt motion notifications and free 24-hour clip storage set a new value standard for indoor home security cameras.
The Bad: Only Amazon cloud subscribers can set motion zones and receive person alerts. Continuous recording is not available (even for subscribers), and there’s no local microSD card storage.
The Bottom Line: Amazon’s Cloud Cam is affordable, reliable and easy to use, but it’s the free storage that ultimately makes it more appealing than Nest security cameras and many other home security competitors.
A shift in the clouds
For years, retail security camera manufacturers have seemingly modeled their cameras after the $199. The Dropcam Pro’s HD live streaming, intuitive app and continuous cloud storage available for an additional monthly fee appealed to a folks looking for a simple plug-and-play home security camera. The Dropcam Pro has since been replaced by the $199 — . Fortunately, the Dropcam Pro’s legacy of solid design and performance has carried over to Nest’s next-gen DIY camera and earned it a reputation as a dependable product worth a closer look. It still is.
But as the DIY security camera market increasingly makes room for features like free cloud video storage, thebrand has stubbornly refused. Enter .
The Cloud Cam isn’t as durably made as Nest’s indoor camera. It has a more plasticky feel, it doesn’t have a magnetic base and it isn’t as easy to achieve the perfect angle with its less nimble swivel arm. Still, Amazon’s camera offers a lot of the same features, settings and options for much less than Nest. That includes Amazon’s free 24-hour motion-based cloud storage.
Take a closer look at how the two products compare:
Comparing indoor security cameras
|Amazon Cloud Cam||Nest Cam Indoor|
|Resolution||1080p HD||1080p HD|
|Field of view||120 degrees||130 degrees|
|Cloud storage||Free 24-hour video clip storage; optional Cloud Cam subscription service starting at $7 per month||Free three-hour image history; option Nest Aware subscription service starting at $10 per month|
|Type of cloud storage||Clip-based only||Continuous with Nest Aware subscription|
|Mobile app||Android and iPhone||Android and iPhone|
|Alerts||Motion (person alerts available with Cloud Cam subscription)||Motion and sound (person alerts available with Nest Aware)|
|Activity zones||With Cloud Cam subscription||With Nest Aware subscription|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||4.1 by 1.7 by 2.4 inches||4.5 by 2.9 by 2.9 inches|
|Third-party integrations||Amazon Alexa||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Works with Nest|