Nest vs. Ring: Home Security Cameras

Nest vs. Ring Home Security Cameras Compared
Nest vs. Ring Home Security Cameras
Updated: 1st Dec 2020
Published: 9th Dec 2020
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Security Camera Comparison Tables

2. An Introduction to Ring

3. An Introduction to Nest

4. Overview of Ring Devices

5. Overview of Nest Devices

a) Nest Security Camera Products

6. Step-by-Step Comparison of Ring and Nest

a) Design: Ring vs. Nest

b) Features: Ring vs. Nest

c) Ease of Installation: Ring vs. Nest

7. List of All Wins, Ties, and Losses

8. Verdict: Ring or Nest?

9. Frequently Asked Questions

10. Investing in Better Security

When it comes to security cameras, Nest and Ring dominate the market. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise as both manufacturers make very reliable products that are considered some of the best available.

But what makes a good security camera? Are there advantages to one brand over the other? As both manufacturers have a variety of products, it can be rather confusing to the average consumer. Worry not. In this guide, we’ll provide a comprehensive comparison and review of both the security camera and video doorbell products of each brand.

Security Camera Comparison Tables

Below are two quick comparison tables for Nest and Ring products split into two categories. One table is for doorbell camera devices, and the other is for outdoor security cameras. Compare each product according to the kind of device that you require.

Features

Nest

Ring

Nest Outdoor

Nest Outdoor IQ

Stick Up Cam

Spotlight Cam

Floodlight Cam

Alert Types

Email, Push Notifications,

IFTTT

Email, Push Notifications, IFTTT

Email, Push Notifications, IFTTT

Email, Push Notifications, IFTTT

Email, Push Notifications, IFTTT

Battery Life

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Rated 6 to 12 months

Rated 6 to 12 months

Not Applicable

Cloud Storage Ability

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Connection Type

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Continuous Recording

Available

with Nest Aware

Available

with

Nest Aware

Unavailable

Unavailable

Unavailable

Digital Zooming Capability

8x Digital Zoom

12x Digital Zoom

Digital Zoom Available in Ring App

Digital Zoom Available in Ring App

Digital Zoom Available in Ring App

Field of View

130 degrees

130 degrees

110 degrees

140 degrees

140 degrees

Frames per Second

30 fps

30 fps

30fps

30 fps

30 fps

Livestream Capability

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Local Storage Ability

Unavailable

Unavailable

Unavailable

Unavailable

Unavailable

Mobile App Availability

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Monitoring Type

Sound and Motion

Sound and Motion

Motion Only

Motion Only

Motion Only

Night-Vision Ready

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Power Source

Outdoor Adapter

Outdoor Adapter

Wired, Battery Pack, or Solar Charger

Wired, Battery Pack, or Solar Charger

Wired

Price (Approx.)

From $189 to $296

From $400 to $700

$80

$150

$190

Required Upload Speeds

At least 2Mbps upload for a single camera.

At least 5mbps for 2 to 3.

At least 2Mbps

upload for a

single camera.

At least 5mbps

for 2 to 3.

1Mbps or higher

1Mbps or higher

1Mbps or higher

Resolution

1080p

1080p

1080p

1080p

1080p

Third-Party Integration Ability

Connects to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

Connects to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

Connects to Alexa,

Google Assistant, and Siri

Connects to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

Connects to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

Two-Way Talk Ability

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Warranty

Two-Year Limited Warranty

Two-Year Limited Warranty

One-Year Limited Warranty

One-Year Limited Warranty

One-Year Limited Warranty

Weatherproofing

IP65 Certified

IP66 Certified

IPX5 Certified

IP55 Certified

IP56 Certified

Web App Availability

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

An Introduction to Ring

Before its acquisition by Amazon in February 2018, Ring was an independent startup formerly known as Doorbot, established by Jamie Siminoff. In Siminoff’s own words, the company took root from a discussion with his wife about reinventing the doorbell. Touted by his wife as being akin to caller ID for the front door, he later went on to crowdfund the idea.

After their success in kickstarting the venture, and even an appearance on the reality show, Shark Tank, Doorbot was eventually rebranded into the company we know today. With a spike in sales, an equity investment by Shaquille O'Neal, and $200 million more of venture capital, Amazon eventually took an interest in the company in 2018.

Since then, Ring has been one of the foremost innovators in video doorbell devices, popularizing them enough to gain competitors in the market. Its products have become synonymous with doorbell security cameras and have been instrumental in protecting the homes of many of its customers from theft.

An Introduction to Ring

An Introduction to Nest

Nest began as a startup established by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, former Apple engineers seeking to create innovative products for an emerging market. The thermostats then available didn’t meet Tony Fadell’s standards, and he set out to fix that. Eventually, the company branched out to include devices like carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

In 2014, Google acquired the company and eventually merged it with another acquisition, Dropcam. Together, these two formed the Nest Security Camera division of Nest Labs and created more cutting-edge security system technologies. Nest Labs has become quite the contender when it comes to smart security camera systems today.

Having merged into Google’s Hardware division in February 2018, it has become an important member of the Google Home Devices team. With the considerable technological and financial support of Google funding its development, Nest Labs’ products are certainly a market leader when it comes to home security.

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Overview of Ring Security Cameras

Ring has a wide range of devices relating to home security. Its most famous product is the Video Doorbell line, but it also has security cameras available. Below, we’ll highlight five of its most recent Video Doorbell options, along with three of its outdoor home security camera products. Take a glance at each to see if a product strikes your fancy.

The Ring Stick Up Cam

Ring’s first foray into the security camera market was the Ring Stick Up Cam, released in 2015. It comes in several different power options that allow users to choose a product that will fit their needs.

The Stick Up Cam comes in either wired, battery, or solar charger options. Each option is a kit all on its own. The power peripherals are available as standalone accessories, so if you wish to switch to a different power option, you can just get the additional hardware needed.

The camera itself records videos in high definition 1080p and 30fps. Its field of view extends for 110 degrees, and the motion-detection zone feature in the app lets you designate alert areas. The camera is strictly motion-triggered, though, and continuous video recording (CVR) is unavailable. This can be alleviated somewhat by the livestreaming capability, but the lack of CVR is definitely a drawback.

As local storage options are unavailable, a Wi-Fi upload speed of at least 1Mbps per camera is needed. You can easily access video recordings through the mobile or web app that all Ring devices can connect to. Third-party apps like Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, and Apple’s Siri can be used to further increase the flexibility of the Stick Up Cam.

Two-way communication is available for the Stick Up Cam, giving you the ability to speak with anyone on the other side of the lens. Alternatively, you can give a verbal warning to anyone that’s acting suspiciously whenever you get an alert in the system. As Ring’s debut in the security camera market, the Stick Up Cam does come with a lot of great features.

Cost at time of review

The wired and battery versions of the Stick Up Cam normally go for $99.99, but at the time of writing, they are on sale for $79.99. The solar power version retails for $148.99.

What’s in the box?

  • All kits include
  • One Stick Up Cam device
  • Wall anchor and screw kits
  • One security decal
  • One user’s manual

The wired kit comes with

  • A power adapter rated both for indoor and outdoor use

The battery-powered kit includes

  • A quick-release rechargeable battery
  • A charging cable (Micro USB)

The solar-powered kit includes

  • A quick-release rechargeable battery
  • A charging cable (Micro USB)
  • A solar panel

Ratings:

Security.Org Ratings: 9.5 / 10

CNet.Com Ratings: 4 / 5

PCMag.Com Ratings 4 / 5

Amazon.Com Reviews: 4.5 / 5

BestBuy.Com Reviews: 4.6 / 5

Average Ratings from Top 5 Reviewers from Google: 4.27 / 5

The Ring Spotlight Cam

The Ring Spotlight Cam

Released in July 2017, the Ring Spotlight Cam sought to improve many of the features that the original Stick Up Cam offered.

Like the Stick Up Cam, the Spotlight Cam comes in solar-powered, battery-powered, and wired versions. Each version is still a kit on its own, so if you wish to have more than one power option, you’ll either have to buy more than one kit or get the power accessory that you want added.

The Spotlight Cam has a wider field of view at 140 degrees, while still recording videos at high definition 1080p and 30fps. Continuous recording is still unavailable, but livestreaming can be used if the owner wants to see a continuous video feed of the monitored areas.

There are no local storage options, so you’ll need at least 1Mbps Wi-Fi upload speed per camera If you want lag-free recording, the recommended speeds are at least 2Mbps per camera. Video can be remotely accessed either through the Ring mobile or web app at any time. It also comes with a Sidewalk Bridge feature that allows it to connect with Amazon Sidewalk in case the Wi-Fi goes down. This enables it to still give alerts until Wi-Fi is restored.

As with the Stick Up Cam, the Spotlight Cam comes with two-way communication features, along with several extras. It has a high-powered spotlight along with a 110-decibel alarm that you can remotely turn on when you want to. This additional deterrent makes it harder for any potential criminals or trespassers to commit nefarious acts.

Cost at time of review

Both the wired and battery versions normally retail at $199.99. As of the time of writing, they’re on sale for $149.99. The solar panel version normally sells for $248.00 but is also on sale for $149.99.

What’s in the box?

All kits Include

  • One Spotlight Cam device
  • One mounting base
  • A screw kit and installation tools
  • One security decal
  • One user’s manual

The wired kit comes with

  • A power adapter rated both for indoor and outdoor use

The battery powered kit includes

  • A quick release rechargeable battery
  • A USB charging cable

The solar powered kit includes

  • A quick release rechargeable battery
  • A USB charging cable
  • A solar panel

Ratings:

Security.Org Ratings: 9.5 / 10

CNet.Com Ratings: 4 / 5

PCMag.Com Ratings 4 / 5

Amazon.Com Reviews: 4.6 / 5

BestBuy.Com Reviews: 4.5 / 5

Average Ratings from Top 5 Reviewers from Google: 4.27 / 5

The Ring Floodlight Cam

The Ring Floodlight Cam

The latest in the Ring Security camera product line, the Ring Floodlight Cam, is the best of what Ring has to offer, improving on both the deterrents and security features its predecessors provided.

Unlike the Stick Up Cam and the Spotlight Cam, the Floodlight Cam only comes wired as both the lights and the siren take up a considerable amount of power. This makes it a little more complicated to install, but it can still be a DIY project if you don’t want professional help.

The most prominent feature of the Floodlight Cam is its two 3,000-degree Kelvin lights. When set, these will automatically turn on 1,800 lumens of brightness whenever motion is detected in the motion zones that you set up on the app.

Its 140-degree field of view allows it to record videos at high definition 1080p at 30fps. Continuous video recording is still unavailable, though livestreaming options can be used. It still comes with the 110-decibel siren of its predecessor and is a very handy additional deterrent to drive away any potential intruders.

As with other Ring products, no local storage option is available, so a Wi-Fi upload speed of at least 1Mbps is needed, but 2Mbps or more is recommended. Livestreaming of the video feed is available as there isn’t a continuous video recording option.

Cost at time of review

The Ring Floodlight Cam normally costs $249.99, but at the time of writing is on sale for $189.99

What’s in the box?

  • One Ring Floodlight Cam
  • One mounting bracket
  • Screw kits and installation tools
  • Two security decals
  • Installation hook
  • One user’s manual
  • One installation guide

Ratings:

Security.Org Ratings: 9.5 / 10

CNet.Com Ratings: 3.5 / 5

PCMag.Com Ratings 3.5 / 5

Amazon.Com Reviews: 4.7 / 5

BestBuy.Com Reviews: 4.7 / 5 

Average Ratings from Top 5 Reviewers from Google: 4.13 / 5

Overview of Nest Devices

The Nest product line includes one video doorbell camera and two security camera products. They’re listed below to provide you with an idea of the features they have on offer.

Nest Security Camera Products

Nest Security cameras were some of the first products released after Nest Labs was merged with Dropcam. It has two outdoor security camera offerings, the Outdoor and the Outdoor IQ. Their specifications are listed below.

The Nest Outdoor

The Nest Outdoor

Considered one of the best security cameras on the market, the Nest Outdoor is a top-of-the-line security camera, but at a relatively low price. For anyone looking for a camera to fit their security needs, the Nest Outdoor should be one to take note of.

The camera records videos at high definition 1080p. Its field of view at 130 degrees is captured at 30fps, allowing users to see a great deal of activity. As the camera itself monitors both movement and sound, you’ll be sure to get alerts whenever something is amiss.

A drawback of the Nest Outdoor is that it needs to be plugged in to operate. Unlike some Ring models, there are no battery or solar panel options. This does limit the places where you can install the camera, but the kit itself comes with all the necessary tools for setup.

As the camera is constantly powered, users can take advantage of its continuous video recording capability. This is certainly an advantage over Ring, as the Nest Outdoor can keep recording without the need to be motion-triggered. Local storage options aren’t available though, so you may need a Nest Aware subscription in order to store video recordings. A free account only has about three hours-worth of storage, whereas a subscription gives you 30 days.

Communication with anyone on the other side of the camera is available via Nest Outdoor’s two-way communication system. If you want to control any camera functions, then this can be done remotely either through the mobile or web app. The Nest Outdoor also works quite well with third-party apps like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google Assistant.

The Nest Outdoor needs at least 2Mbps Wi-Fi upload speed per camera to function. For optimal performance, consider getting 5Mbps or more for setups of more than one camera. Higher speeds are recommended if you want to avoid lag in your video feed.

Costs at time of review

The Google Nest Outdoor, at the time of writing, sells for $194.99 for its one-camera kit. The two-camera kit sells for $333.33.

What’s in the box

  • The Nest Cam Outdoor Camera device. Standard kits are in units of one or two
  • One mounting magnet for each camera in the kit
  • A camera wall plate for each camera in the kit
  • One power adapter
  • One wall plate for the adapter
  • Screws kits
  • Several wall anchors
  • Several cable clips
  • A welcome guide
  • One installation guide

Ratings:

Security.Org Ratings: 9.2 / 10

CNet.Com Ratings: 4 / 5

PCMag.Com Ratings 4 / 5

Amazon.Com Reviews: 4.5 / 5

BestBuy.Com Reviews: 4.6 / 5

Average Ratings from Top 5 Reviewers from Google: 4.24 / 5

The Nest Outdoor IQ

The Nest Outdoor IQ

A step up from the Nest Outdoor, the Nest Outdoor IQ improves upon the last generation’s features to deliver better performance. Anyone that’s looking for the cutting edge of what security cameras have to offer will need to check out the Nest Outdoor IQ.

As with the Outdoor, the Outdoor IQ records videos in high definition 1080p and 30fps. Its 130-degree field of view offers a wide angle of vision to detect any activity that may be of interest. The camera comes with 12x magnification that allows users to zoom in on any point, giving a clearer view of captured events. Like the Outdoor, the Outdoor IQ detects both sound and movement, giving alerts whenever you set it to do so.

Like the previous generation, the Nest Outdoor IQ needs to be constantly plugged in to work. If you want to place a camera in an area that doesn’t have an electrical outlet handy, this is a detail to seriously consider. Installation itself shouldn’t be that much of a problem as the kit comes with all the setup tools that you’ll need.

As with the Nest Outdoor, you don’t have local storage available when using the Outdoor IQ. A subscription to Nest Aware is recommended, as the free three-hour cloud storage does fill up rather quickly. As continuous video recording is available with the Nest Outdoor IQ as well, the 30 days of video storage offered by the subscription is rather useful.

The Nest Outdoor IQ also has a built-in microphone and speaker, allowing users to talk to anyone that they can see via the camera. The web and mobile apps offer great controls for those that want to adjust their camera’s features remotely.

You’ll need at least 2Mbps of Wi-Fi upload speed in order to fully take advantage of the features of the Nest Outdoor IQ. If you have more than one camera set up, then at least 5Mbps is recommended. The higher your speeds, the better the performance will be. As you’ll be uploading video to the cloud, getting uninterrupted video feeds is always the best option.

Costs at time of review

The one-camera kit retails at $399.99 at the time of writing. The two-camera kit sells for $699.99.

What’s in the box

  • One Nest Cam IQ Outdoor device. Two-camera kits are also available
  • One wall plate for each camera
  • One power cable
  • A hex key
  • One set of screws
  • One set of wall anchors
  • One set of cable clips
  • One installation guide

Ratings:

Security.Org Ratings: 9.2 / 10

CNet.Com Ratings: 3.5 / 5

PCMag.Com Ratings: 4 / 5

Amazon.Com Reviews: 4.2 / 5

BestBuy.Com Reviews: 4. / 5

Average Ratings from Top 5 Reviewers from Google: 4.08 / 5

Step-by-Step Comparison of Ring and Nest Security Cameras

Design: Ring vs. Nest

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Winner: Ring

Ring has the upper hand when it comes to design. Nest’s single offering, the Nest Hello, may have a lot of features, but Ring has been in the market long enough to fully innovate its products.

The number of devices on offer, along with options for connectivity, power options, and other customer choices gives the victory to Ring. If Nest does further develop its video doorbell line, this may change. But as things currently stand, Ring has the definite advantage.

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Winner: Nest

This victory goes to Nest. Although Ring has more products, the features that Nest has available overcomes it. The existence of continuous video recording is a definite advantage. Nest may only come in wired versions, but when it comes to security cameras, seeing the entire event as it happens is very important.

Nest also has the ability to detect both motion and sound, which gives better security overall. If given the choice between Ring or Nest, when it comes to security cameras, Nest comes out on top.

Features: Ring vs. Nest

Alert Types Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Ring

Close win for Ring. Although both doorbell cameras have the same email and push notifications, the recent discontinuation of Google’s support for IFTTT on the Nest Hello is a disadvantage.

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Winner: It's a tie.

When it comes to security cameras, the brands tie. Unlike the Nest Hello, both the Outdoor and Outdoor IQ can still be programmed with IFTTT codes. Both Nest and Ring perform the same in this category.

Battery Life Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Nest

An obvious win for Ring. Nest doesn’t even have a battery option, but the Ring Video Doorbell 3, Video Doorbell 3 Plus, and the Video Doorbell 2020 can be powered with a rechargeable battery. The battery itself is rated at six to twelve months of operation, although this changes depending on frequency of use.

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Winner: Ring

As with the previous comparison, this is a definite win for Ring. Both Nest Outdoor and Outdoor IQ come only in wired versions. The Ring Stick Up Cam and the Spotlight Cam can be powered by an adapter, a rechargeable battery, or even a solar panel. Batteries are still rated at six to twelve months, but can change if triggered often.

Battery Life Security Cameras

Cloud Storage Ability Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. Both the Ring and the Nest can have their videos uploaded to the cloud. Although the Nest can upload continuous videos as opposed to clips, at least the option is available.

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Another tie. Both Nest and Ring security cameras have the ability to have their video feeds uploaded to the cloud.

Connection Type Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Nest

A win for Ring. Unlike the Nest Hello that only has a Wi-Fi connection, the Ring Video Doorbell Elite can be set up to use ethernet connections. This means that lag is practically nonexistent as long as the network is up, and you don’t need a Wi-Fi connection for it to work. Ring has a definite advantage in this category.

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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. All models of security cameras for both Nest and Ring require Wi-Fi to connect to the cloud. There are no ethernet connections available for either model. The lack of local storage options for both is also a negative.

Continuous Recording Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Nest

This is obviously Nest’s win. Ring doesn’t even have the capability of continuous recording, while Nest Hello has CVR features out of the box. For those that want full videos rather than clips, Nest is an obvious choice.

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Winner: Nest

Another win for Nest. One of the biggest drawbacks of Ring Security cameras is that they don’t offer continuous video recording, even for cameras that need to be wired like the Ring Floodlight. The fact that both Nest Outdoor and Outdoor IQ offer the feature gives it a win in this category.

Continuous Recording Security Cameras

Digital Zooming Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Nest

A win for Nest. The Nest Hello comes with an 8x digital zoom which allows users to magnify interesting events. The Ring only comes with an in-app zoom that remains blurry no matter how much you magnify it.

Digital Zooming Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Nest

A win for Nest. Like its doorbell cameras, the Ring Security cameras only come with an in-app zoom. The Nest on the other hand has 8x digital zoom for the Outdoor and 12x digital zoom for the Outdoor IQ. Nest gets this category rather easily.

Field of View Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Nest

A close win for Nest. Although the majority of Ring’s doorbell cameras have 160 degrees FOV like the Nest Hello, the Ring Video Doorbell 2020 only has 155 degrees. It may not be much, but when you’re trying to capture video, even 5 degrees can make a difference.

Field of View Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Ring

A win for Ring. Although the Stick Up Cam only has 110 degrees in comparison to Nest Outdoor and Outdoor IQ’s 130 degrees, both the Ring Spotlight Cam and Floodlight Cam offer 140 degrees field of view. If you want to capture a wider area, then a greater field of view is always ideal.

Frames per Second Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. All models for both Ring and Nest capture videos at 30fps.

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Winner: It's a tie

Another tie. All models of security cameras for both Nest and Ring have a 30fps video capture rate.

Livestream Capability Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. Nest Hello and all Ring Doorbell Camera models have the ability to livestream their feeds either via the mobile app or through the website by using the web app.

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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. As with its doorbell camera models, all Nest and Ring security camera products can livestream video feeds. Anyone who wishes to access it need only open the mobile or web app to do so.

Local Storage Ability Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. None of the products have the ability to store video on local memory devices. This is a negative for both brands.

Local Storage Ability Doorbell Cameras

Local Storage Ability Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

Another tie. Security cameras from both Nest and Ring don’t have any local storage options. All video feeds are uploaded and must be accessed from the cloud. This is a disadvantage in case internet connections are unavailable.

Mobile App Availability Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. Both brands offer mobile apps that help their users access their doorbell cameras remotely. Apps are available for both Android and iOS.

Mobile App Availability Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

Another tie. The security cameras of both brands also have access to their mobile apps for remote feature availability.

Monitoring Type Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Nest

A win for Nest. Ring Doorbell cameras only monitor for motion, while the Nest Hello has the ability to monitor for sound This is a definite advantage for Nest in this category.

Monitoring Type Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Nest

Another win for Nest. Like its doorbell cameras, Ring Security cameras only monitor for motion. Both the Nest Outdoor and Outdoor IQ can be set up to monitor for sound. This is a great feature for those that want more security in their homes.

Monitoring Type Security Cameras

Night-Vision Capability Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. Nest Hello and all models of the Ring Video Doorbell have the ability to capture videos at night. All products are night-vision capable.

Night Vision Capability Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

Nest and Ring are also tied for this category. All their security camera models have the ability to record videos during night.

Power Source Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Ring

A win for Ring. The Nest Hello only comes wired and needs to be plugged in. Ring has products that have the option to be powered by a rechargeable battery pack.

Power Source Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Ring

A clear win for Ring. Both the Nest Outdoor and Outdoor IQ need to be installed near an electrical outlet. The Stick Up Cam and the Spotlight Cam from Ring can either be powered by a rechargeable battery or even a solar panel. This category is a win for Ring.

Power Source Security Cameras

Price Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Ring

A win for Ring. With Ring’s latest release, the Video Doorbell 2020, normally retailing at $99.99, it beats the Nest Hello hands down. Even the higher-end models like the Video Doorbell 3 and Video Doorbell 3 Plus are cheaper than the Nest Hello.

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Winner: Ring

A clear win for Ring. Even the most expensive Ring Security camera is cheaper than the single Nest Outdoor. If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive option for home security, then Ring is something to take note of.

Required Upload Speeds Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Ring

A win for Ring. Although both brands require at least 2Mbps of Wi-Fi upload speed in order to avoid laggy connections. The Ring Video Doorbell Elite can operate using an ethernet connection.

Required Upload Speeds Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Ring

A win for Ring. The Ring Security cameras models need only a minimum of 1Mbps of Wi-Fi upload speed in order to work properly. Both the Nest Outdoor and Outdoor IQ need at least 2Mbps, and that’s only for a single camera. Higher speeds are always recommended, but if your connection isn’t exactly optimal, then having the option to use a slower connection is ideal.

Resolution Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Ring

A win for Ring. All Ring Video Doorbell models capture video at high definition 1080p. The Nest Hello only captures video at 1600x1200 resolution.

Resolution Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. Both brands capture their videos at high definition 1080p.

Third-Party Integration Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. The Nest Hello and all models of the Ring Video Doorbell can easily integrate with Amazon’s Alexa, the Google Assistant, or Apple’s Siri. This increases the flexibility of each device, making it more useful.

Third-Party Integration Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. As with their video doorbell counterparts, both Nest and Ring’s security cameras can be easily programmed to work with Alexa, the Google Assistant, or Siri.

Two-Way Talk Ability Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. The Nest Hello and all models of the Ring Video Doorbell have built-in microphones and speakers. This allows users to talk to anyone who might be on the other side of the camera lens.

Two-Way Talk Ability Doorbell Cameras

Two-Way Talk Ability Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. All security camera models by both Nest and Ring have built-in speakers and microphones allowing you to talk to anyone through the live feed.

Warranty Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Nest

Win for Nest. Ring only offers a limited one-year warranty. Nest offers a two-year limited warranty.

Warranty Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Nest

This is also a Nest win. The two-year warranty also covers security cameras. Again, a one-year limited warranty is offered by Ring.

Weatherproofing Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Nest

A win for Nest. The Nest Hello comes certified with an IPX4 rating. The Ring Doorbell cameras are only self-rated as weatherproof.

Weatherproofing Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Nest

A win for Nest. The Nest Outdoor and Outdoor IQ are certified at IP65 and IP66, respectively. The highest rating for Ring, which is for the Floodlight Cam, is only IP56. It’s still weatherproof, but Nest has the ability to resist dust and dirt better.

Weatherproofing Security Cameras

Web App Availability Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. Both brands have web apps to remotely control their products.

Web App Availability Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. As with the doorbell cameras, all security cameras can be accessed through their web apps.

Emergency Response Times: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Ring

Although both Ring and Nest have third-party monitoring services for their products, Ring’s monitoring services are much more comprehensive. While Nest uses its partner, Brink Home Security, to alert their customers, Ring works with both monitoring companies and local law enforcement to assist in alerts. In addition, Ring has neighborhood security apps that further enhance response times.

Nest’s monitoring isn’t bad, but Ring just offers better services as it established itself in the market earlier than its competition.

Ease of Installation: Ring vs. Nest

Ease of Installation Ring vs. Nest

Doorbell Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Ring

A win for Ring. The Nest Hello only comes as a wired installation, requiring existing doorbell wires. If you don’t have wires available, you’re going to have to get them installed before you can use the Nest Hello.

Ring has several models that can be used with a rechargeable battery, eliminating the need for wires. Ring takes this category easily.

Security Cameras: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: It's a tie

A tie. Both Nest and Ring’s security cameras are wired types that require them to be installed near an outlet. They have been designed to be installed easily, and both brands have all the necessary tools included in their kits. So, in this category, they are tied.

Monthly Subscription Packages Explored: Ring vs. Nest

 
 
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Winner: Ring

Both Ring and Nest offer their customers free cloud storage packages, but in order to fully utilize their device’s capabilities, a subscription is necessary. Listed below are the subscription services offered by each brand.

For Ring – Ring offers two tiers of subscriptions: Basic and Protect Plus.

The Basic subscription gives users 60 days of storage at a price of $3 per month or $30 per year. As the Ring itself captures only clips whenever the camera is triggered, this is a substantial amount of cloud storage. Do note that the subscription is per device, so this may become rather pricey if you have multiple cameras.

The Protect Plus subscription offers a better deal. For $10 per month, or $100 per year, you can get the same storage capacity for an unlimited number of devices. The Protect Plus also comes with technical monitoring of captured alarms, along with an extension of the limited warranty. The Protect Plus also gives users a ten percent discount on additional Ring products in its stores.

For Nest – Nest also has two subscription tiers. These are Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus. Both tiers cover all the devices you have, the only difference being the amount of storage available to you. Nest Aware costs $6 per month or $60 per year for 30 days of video storage. Nest Aware Plus has 60 days of video storage at $12 per month or $120 per year.

Ring is the clear winner in this category, offering a cheaper multi-device subscription, with more additional security benefits.

 

List of All Wins, Ties, and Losses

Category

Nest

Ring

Design

Win

Features

Win

Alert Types

Tie

Tie

Battery Life

Tie

Tie

Cloud Storage Ability

Tie

Tie

Connection Type

Tie

Tie

Continuous Recording

Win

Digital Zooming Capability

Win

Field of View

Tie

Tie

Frames per Second

Tie

Tie

Livestream Capability

Tie

Tie

Local Storage Ability

Tie

Tie

Mobile App Availability

Tie

Tie

Monitoring Type

Win

Night Vision Ready

Tie

Tie

Power Source

Tie

Tie

Price

Win

Required Upload Speeds

Tie

Tie

Resolution

Tie

Tie

Third Party Integration Ability

Tie

Tie

Two Way Talk Ability

Tie

Tie

Warranty

Win

Weatherproofing

Win

Web App Availability

Tie

Tie

Emergency Response Times

Win

Ease of Installation

Win

Monthly Subscription Package

Win

Verdict: Ring or Nest?

If you’re looking for a video doorbell camera, a Ring product is your best bet. With the wide array of products available, with prices and features to fit all kinds of requirements and budgets, you’ll definitely find a Ring Doorbell to suit your needs. Nest still has a long way to go if it wishes to compete with Ring in this category.

The same can’t be said about security cameras, as Nest is definitely better in this area. The fact that it can capture continuous video recording is a big plus. When you add in the facts that its cameras are certified weatherproof, that they have the ability to properly zoom in, and that they can detect both motion and sound, Nest becomes an easy pick in this category. Ring may have doorbell cameras locked down, but Nest has better security cameras overall.

Overall Verdict

Security Cameras: Nest vs. Ring

 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can Ring be stolen?

Yes. An intrepid thief can always make off with your Ring Video Doorbell or Security Camera if they’re committed enough to remove it from its mounting. Although theft of the security cameras themselves requires a bit more work, as they’re wired, it can still happen.

Fortunately, Ring offers theft protection coverage for products directly purchased from its authorized retailers. A police report must be made within 15 days of the theft, and an application must be submitted to Ring. Check the warranty paperwork that came with your product for details or visit its theft protection page.

Can Nest be stolen?

Although making off with the Nest Hello Doorbell or the Nest Camera Outdoor or Outdoor IQ isn’t exactly easy, it can still happen. Theft protection is offered only for the Nest Hello and can be done by following the instructions on its theft protection website.

For the Outdoor or Outdoor IQ, it’s best to secure them properly and place them in harder-to-reach areas as they aren’t covered by the warranty.

Does Ring need Wi-Fi?

All Ring products except the Ring Video Doorbell Elite require Wi-Fi to function. The Ring Video Doorbell Elite can use an ethernet connection.

Does Nest need Wi-Fi?

Yes. Nest’s doorbell cameras and security cameras require Wi-Fi. There is no local storage, so an internet connection is essential.

How often do I need to charge Ring?

If you have a Ring product that uses a rechargeable battery, charging needs to be done at least once every six to twelve months. The period may be longer or shorter depending on how often your cameras get triggered. To be safe, schedule a charge every six months or get an extra battery for quick replacement.

How often do I need to charge Nest?

All Nest products from the Nest Hello, to the Outdoor and Outdoor IQ need to be constantly plugged in to work. There are no batteries to charge.

Interesting IFTTT recipes for Ring

Here are a few interesting links for those that wish to integrate their Ring devices with IFTTT

Turn on your lights when Ring senses motion.

Call you on your phone when Ring detects motion at home.

Or send an SMS message instead.

Turn on the porch lights whenever motion is detected.

When the doorbell rings, log it on a Google Spreadsheet.

Interesting IFTTT recipes for Nest

If you want to use Nest with IFTTT, you can do so by using these recipes. Do note that this is only for the Outdoor and Outdoor IQ. The Nest Hello no longer supports IFTTT.

If the Nest camera detects movement, turn on your lights.

If an event occurs, get a notification.

Any motion detected gets logged on a spreadsheet.

Receive a phone call whenever Nest detects motion or sound.

Investing in Better Security

For many, the protection of their home is of utmost importance. Investing in a better security system will always be worth it for those who want to protect themselves from any untoward incidents. Whether you need a doorbell camera or a security camera, we hope that this comprehensive guide has helped you to find what you’re looking for.

Do you have any questions or clarifications regarding the products mentioned here? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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