Nest Hello Video Doorbell home security camera

About

The Nest Hello Video Doorbell is part of the Home Security Camera test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Home Security Camera models like the Hello Video Doorbell are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Video quality: Video quality mostly reflects footage shot in regular and low light, with audio quality and macro (close-up) capability also considered.

Response time: The response time score is based on the elapsed time between motion occurring within the device's field of view and the ability to speak to the visitor.

Smart IQ: An accounting of smart features and functions associated with video doorbells.

Features

Schedules Schedules Notifications can be turned on and off automatically based on time of day.
Yes
Geofencing Geofencing The users' location, as determined by their smartphone's GPS, can be used to enable or disable the device.
Yes
Monitoring zones Monitoring zones Motion in parts of the field of view can be ignored or prioritized.
Requires a nest Aware subscription.
Voice control Voice control Digital assistants that can be used with your voice to view video from the doorbell.
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Facial recognition Facial recognition Camera can be set to scan and recognize faces of visitors.
Requires a nest Aware subscription.
HDR HDR HDR (High Dynamic Range) video sensors adjust peak brightness and black levels to show more detail.
Yes

Specs

Claimed resolution Claimed resolution The resolution of the camera as claimed by the manufacturer.
1080p
Color night vision Color night vision White LEDs used to illuminate visitors so that the picture is in color.
No
Plays recorded voice message when not answered Plays recorded voice message when not answered If the notification is ignored by the user, a user-recorded short message is played.
No
Rechargeable battery powered Rechargeable battery powered Rechargeable batteries can be used as the only power source for the device.
No
Hardwired for power Hardwired for power Uses a transformer - existing, possibly - to power the device.
Yes
Indoor chime Indoor chime Accessory wireless chime provides notification of doorbell press.
Can optionally quiet existing hard-wired chime.