Product Comparison: Nest Cam Security Camera vs NETGEAR Arlo (VMS3130-100NAS)

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General Specifications
Cam Indoor
Arlo (VMS3130-100NAS)
About the Product
The Nest Cam Indoor security camera is designed to help you look after your home and family – even when you’re away. With 24/7 live streaming, a versatile magnetic stand, person alerts with Nest Aware and one app for all your Nest products, Nest Cam Indoor helps you keep an eye on what matters. From anywhere.
The Arlo camera is a 100 Percent Wire-Free, completely wireless, HD smart home security camera – so you can get exactly the shot you need – inside or out. The Arlo camera is weather-resistant and includes motion detection, night vision, and apps. It can capture clips and send you alerts whether you’re at home or away for round-the-clock peace of mind.
Key Specs
Field Of View
130 °
110 °
Number Of Cameras
Number Of Channels
Audio Communication
2 -way
Motion Sensor
Motion Sensor
Storage Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nest Cam Security Camera
  • The resolution is excellent and the motion/sound alerts are wonderful.
  • You will obviously lose some resolution, but we have found it to be quite acceptable still.
  • The phone application required a little figuring out to get things correct. The camera is dependent on your internet connection so if it's fast it will work better. The focal length is about one average size room.
  • This camera has a great picture and is very quick and easy to set up. I like that I can see the video on any device just by logging into my Nest account. It has a wide field of view that allows me to see the entire room.
  • I can no longer get good resolution when I zoom ... it simply hyper zooms beyond the point I've established, and all I see is pixelation.
NETGEAR Arlo (VMS3130-100NAS) Security System
  • The cameras are wireless and super easy to install. The video is good quality.
  • Wireless - this is a big one and is amazing. However, know that some of the CONs are a direct result of them being wireless. You kind of have to weigh your options - some of the wired cameras (even those from Arlo) may be superior if you can run wires.
  • Good video quality - I have been impressed by the quality of the view during daylight and night vision. Expect about 10 feet of visibility at night (in terms of seeing someone's face - you'll be able to see further).
  • Very easy setup and wire free and video and image are very clear.
  • Slow on connecting on the camera through mobile and pc due to routing request to be connected first at Arlo's server/netgear network instead of direct connection to the camera.
  • Doesn't record 24/7. Only activated by motion. If something happens outside its activation range, you won't see it.
Size & Weight
4.5 in.
2.8 in.
2.8 in.
1.7 in.
2.8 in.
2.6 in.
11 oz.
4.3 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Nest Cam Security Camera
  • The size and mounting options are excellent!
  • The ease of setup is great, picture quality fantastic and the size is non-obtrusive.
  • Love this camera! Small in size allows me to put it anywhere and having the night vision allows me to feel safe!
  • Easy to set up. Picture and sound are great! Love the small size.
  • Very easy to install, great quality of video and perfect size.
NETGEAR Arlo (VMS3130-100NAS) Security System
  • Relatively inexpensive, compact, easy to set up.
  • Good compact small camera size makes it easy to hide it.
  • Compact footprint, good user interface, good app interface, decent resolution.
  • The magnetic mount that comes with is ok, but the weight of the camera makes it tough to get just the right angle.
IP camera
IP camera
Remote Monitoring
Day/Night Mode
Night Vision
Auto-On Detection
Streaming Video
OS Compatibility
iOS, Android
iOS, Android, Windows, Mac
Works With
Nest Aware, Alexa
Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT & Stringify
24/7, continuous 1080p HD streaming, Clear Zoom, Motion alerts, Sound alerts, Software updates over Wi-Fi
All-weather design, Night vision capability, Convenient motion alerts, Create an extensive camera network, Auto-adaptive white/black balance and exposure, Automatic email alerts and push notifications
Night Vision Distance
25 feet
What customers say about "Features"
Nest Cam Security Camera
  • I can't say enough good things about the new app. The feature to scrub through a timeline to quickly see activities is perfect.
  • The "alert" system is oddly conceived. You only get alerts every 30 minutes. So, since we use the unit as a baby monitor, we have to constantly keep an eye on it. It won't alert you again until you enter into a new 30 minute window.
  • Another good feature is that Nest e-mails you every time there is a break in Wi-Fi service. The Nest camera system would be a great security camera system but it is also ideal to help and keep track of elderly parents.
  • The motion alert feature is great for when you are away, but I wish Nest would concede some short amount of video history for casual users.
  • The only issue I have is with the storage side. I have no problems with paying or anything like that or even the tiers. The issue is for goodness sakes why is it not available for us in more countries - sort this out as to me its the most limiting problem.
NETGEAR Arlo (VMS3130-100NAS) Security System
  • The motion detection is pretty solid as long as you spend some time tweaking the settings for your situation (Playing around with the sensitivity is key).
  • The iOS app is easy to use and only the occasional glitch when wanting to disable the camera sometimes.
  • The setup is easy and I haven't had any glitches with the cam communicating with the base station.
  • The free cloud backup for the last week seems more than adequate for general purposes. A week should be long enough to realize if you need to keep a particular clip, and if you do, you can easily download it in the app and it puts it in the Photos app on your phone.
  • The app has some bugs (for example I found that sometimes if you just change 1 setting, it won't be saved), but so far I've found workarounds for most of the bugs.
  • Live viewing the cameras isn't instant - from the Android app or the website, there is definitely about a 5 second lag time.
  • Battery life is limited - 4-6 months is what I heard, although for my purposes (about 1 minute of recording a day), it looks like it will be on the lower end of that with 4 months. A firmware upgrade out of box stole about ~8% of my total life.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
1 year(s)
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