Nest’s new home camera is an interesting toy

The $299 Nest Cam IQ’s big pitch is intelligence.

It combines high resolution with smart people tracking to automatically zoom in on a subject when it sees a person in the frame and still maintain good image quality.

It can “see” friendly faces that you identify in the Nest app and it can alert you when it sees a person that it doesn’t recognize.

To make this work, you need to subscribe to the Nest Aware service, which is available with 10 days of rolling back ups for $10 per month or $100 per year, or 30 days of rolling back ups for $30 per month or $300 per year.

Without the subscription service, the Cam IQ will still provide push alerts to your phone for motion, sound, and people, but its Familiar Faces feature will not work and it will only be able to rewind the last three hours of footage.

There are also three microphones and a speaker on the Cam IQ, so if you have it set up in the right place, you can talk to a person through it. theverge.com