Earlier this year, TP-Link launched its new Tapo lineup of smart home devices, which includes indoor and outdoor cameras, an LED light strip, a smart bulb, a motion sensor, and an entry sensor. We got our hands on the Tapo C210 Pan/Tilt Home Security Wi-Fi Camera, an indoor smart cam that offers 2K video, mechanical pan and tilt controls, and two-way audio for just $34.99. It’s affordable and easy to install, but it doesn’t offer as many third-party integrations as our Editors’ Choice winner, the $51.99 Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt P24.
Pan and Tilt Controls, Few Smart Integrations
The matte white Tapo C210 features a round camera enclosure on top of a motorized base that gives it 360 degrees of panning mobility. The motorized black lens assembly provides 114 degrees of tilt, and houses both a microSD card slot and a Reset button. The camera measures 4.6 inches by 3.4 inches by 3.3 inches (HWD). For comparison, the cylindrical Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt P24 is a bit more compact at 4.2 inches by 2.9 inches (HD).
Around the back, a power jack enables charging via the included USB power cord and AC adapter. You also get a mounting kit for attaching the camera to a wall or ceiling, as well as a setup guide.
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The C210’s 3MP camera has a 2,304-by-1,296-pixel resolution and captures 2K video at 15fps. It sports a microphone and speaker for two-way audio, a built-in siren, and a small LED. The LED flashes red and green during setup and glows solid green when the camera has a stable connection. If the Alarm feature is active, the LED flashes white when the camera detects motion. Four infrared LEDs provide black-and-white night vision video out to about 30 feet. The camera does not offer color night vision, unlike the similarly priced Wyze Cam V3 ($34.95).
When it detects motions, the camera notifies you and can specify whether a person caused the commotion. By default, the device stores video recordings of each event locally on a microSD card (not included). Tapo says a 256GB memory card can store up to 21 days of footage. But you can also subscribe to a Tapo Care plan for online storage. The $3.49-per-month ($34.99 per year) Basic plan includes support for one camera. That tier unlocks 30 days of recording history, as well as baby crying detection, motion tracking, rich notifications with snapshots, and custom activity (privacy) zones. The $11.99-per-month ($119.99 per year) Premium plan offers everything from the Basic plan but expands support to 10 cameras.
The camera uses a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio to connect to your home network, along with any Alexa- and Google Assistant-enabled devices such as the Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest Hub. Although a handful of IFTTT applets are available for Tapo light bulbs, none work with any of the Tapo cameras. The camera also doesn’t support the Apple …….