The Nest Cam Outdoor is essentially a Nest Cam Indoor stuffed into a weatherproof shell. Its magnetic mount makes installation easy, and it simply needs to be plugged into any outside outlet, generally eliminating the need to drill holes or run wires through windows. It also provides field leading video quality and real time viewing. However, Nest provides very little in terms of monitoring services unless you buy their Nest Aware subscription. With that subscription we feel the Nest Cam Outdoor is the best wifi security camera for outdoor monitoring, which earned it our Top Pick for Outdoor Camera Award. If you want an outdoor camera that is usable for more than just real time viewing but don't want to pay for a subscription, we would suggest you check out the Canary Flex. If you're just looking for a basic, low cost outdoor camera the new Blink XT could fit the bill. Nest also just realeased the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, which is essentially the same camera with an advanced facial recognition feature. It also costs $150 more.
The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is now available for preorder. We've already tested the indoor version of the Nest Cam IQ. Based on that experience we feel confident saying that it is only worth upgrading to the IQ Outdoor if you want access to the new facial recognition feature (note: this feature is not available in Illinois). This feature learns people's faces and thus can tell you when someone familiar walks by the camera versus a stranger. Apart from that new feature the new IQ Outdoor will likely function exactly the same as the original Nest Cam Outdoor, as that was the case with the indoor models.