Depending on how unobtrusive you want the power cable entry to be, the installation video for the Nest cam outdoors says to use a 7/8" drill to get the power plug through the wall etc.
As it is only a low voltage cable, (as the adapter from the AC outlet is connected to the camera power cable by what looks like a USB type connector), my suggestion is that you open the Nest Cam camera unit, take a picture of the power cable connections then un-solder/unscrew (not sure how it is terminated in the unit) and remove the power cable from the camera unit so that you can then feed the power cable from the inside through a smaller hole in the soffit by attaching it to a stiff length of suitably sized draw wire (straightened out coat hanger and electrical tape?)and pulling it through from the outside then re-terminate the cable back in the camera unit as per the picture you took earlier. You won't have 'cut' the cable per se merely disconnected and reconnected it in the camera unit.
No doubt doing this will probably void the warranty but cutting and splicing the cable most probably will as well.
Here is a link the the Ifixit guide on how to replace the motherboard in a Nest Cam camera unit. Hopefully it may be of some help (given that it is the same as the outdoor unit) in showing how to open the camera unit so that you can gain access to the cable connections.
Nest Cam Motherboard Replacement
I was wondering if you had any updates with what you decided to do? I'm also in a similar predicament where I would prefer not to drill a 7/8" hole in my wall to mount the Nest Cam Outdoor. Did you end up cutting the cable or opening the camera itself? If you have any tips it would be appreciated. I'm quite disappointed that Nest did not consider this issue when they designed the product.
- de Rob
What is the wire gauge for the two power wires?
- de Jeremy Holmberg
I used a small iPhone type USB adapter plug (i.e., an AC/DC power adapter plug) for the cable that is hardwired to the Nest Cam. The adapter was plugged into a standard line voltage receptacle. Alternatively, one could install a receptacle with both line voltage and USB charger ports.
- de Dave Cottee
well, that is not easy at all
- de Joshua McCarthy
I am having trouble stripping the 2 center wires, what is recommended to remove the white & green coating on the center wires so I can wrap them back together? I have already done one camera and reconnected the wires, I am just having a hard time stripping the center wires on this second camera and have already lost length after cutting a few times due to cutting one of the center wires each time.
- de Wesley Breecher
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