Nest Cam Works Around the Clock

16 Nov 2015

In a recent teardown report, ABI Research, a leader in technology market research, unveils a major finding in determining that the popular Nest Cam security camera fails to properly power down.

Read ABI Research’s Teardown Phone/Device: Nest Cam Works Around the Clock.

“When a device goes to power down mode, you expect the current drain to drop quite a bit,” says Jim Mielke, Vice President of Teardowns at ABI Research. “In this case, the current drain only changed slightly when given the turn off command, reducing from 370mA to 340mA. Typically a shutdown or standby mode would reduce current by as much as 10 to 100 times. This means that even when a consumer thinks that he or she is successfully turning off this camera, the device is still running, which could potentially unleash a tidal wave of privacy concerns.”

In a set of conducted tests, ABI Research’s teardown team was able to determine that the camera’s LED power did turn off when users enact the power down command, which accounts for the slight current drain reduction. However, the device itself is still on and running.

“It appears Nest Cam is working around the clock,” concludes Mielke.

Mode Resolution Current
Video Record - no motion 1080p 371mA
Video Record - no motion 720p 330mA
Video Record - no motion detected 720p 418mA
Video Record - no motion 360p 322mA
OFF Mode   343mA
Source: ABI Research

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Teardown Service, which includes research reports, market data, insights and competitive assessments.

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