Google has replaced the Dropcam Pro with the Nest Cam, and given how well the Dropcam did in our review for video monitors for baby, we thought it prudent to update the review with the details on the Nest Cam and how it compares to the Dropcam and the other video monitoring products. With improvements including a more industrial design and upgraded resolution from 720p to 1080p, there have been some changes to the product, but overall most of what we loved in the Dropcam remains in the Nest Cam. We’re not sure the 1080p will be that big of a deal to most users since the Dropcam Pro required significant bandwidth with 720p resolution and gracefully downshifts to lower resolution if bandwidth is limited, but it is an improvement and true geeks might find it more intriguing than the average parent. The price remains unchanged compared to the Dropcam Pro at $199, making it a comparable value to the original product.
It’s not often we come across a product that impresses us so much it is hard to find fault with it. So while this camera is not necessarily intended as a monitor for baby, it does the job well if you keep certain limitations in mind. This camera sports Wi-Fi connection, impressive reliability for a product of its type, excellent video and sound, and enough features and device compatibility to keep baby under watch for hours. It earned significantly more points than any other monitor in our review coming in first out of 14 products. We love the Nest Cam and gave it a Top Pick award for WiFi monitors. We gave its predecessor, the Dropcam, an Editors’ Choice award, but made the decision to change the award to a Top Pick given its limitations related to Internet speed and the fact that for most parents it is far more “monitor” than they really need or possible want to bother with. Parents looking for a great dedicated unit for keeping an eye on baby should look at our Best Value pick the Lorex Sweet Peep. This monitor doesn’t stream to the internet and is simpler to use and requires no WiFi connection.