Best Budget IP Camera in 2023 – Xiaomi vs TP-Link Tapo

Home security camera has gotten really good and affordable these days. Some can be bought for even just under RM100. Today, I’m going to look at some best-seller WiFi camera in Malaysia today and see if they are actually worth your money and time.

I am limiting myself for a budget for under RM150 (~$50USD)  which is rather reasonable. This means we can get some pretty decent IP camera like the Xiaomi Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K and TP-Link Tapo C210 Home Security WiFi Camera. As of today, Xiaomi is the No.1 top seller on Shopee and the TP-Link Tapo is No.2. 

I will avoid buying OEM brand or smaller brands although they could be much cheaper. These brands often offer poor stability and I wouldn’t trust a small brand with my personal privacy.

TP-Link Tapo C210 Home Security WiFi Camera

The previous Tapo C200 is a huge success thanks to the affordable price and great image quality. While Tapo is relatively new, they are already one of the top-seller of home WiFi camera in Malaysia. The new Tapo C210 is an improved version of Tapo C200 with a new 2K sensor.

Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K

This is the second generation of home IP camera from Xiaomi after the really good success of the first generation product. Xiaomi improved the camera image quality to 2K and added some new features on this product. 

Specs Comparison

 Tapo C210Mi 360 2K
Resolution3MP (2304 x 1296)
MicroSDUp to 256GBUp to 32GB
AudioBuilt-in Microphone and Speaker
Night-VisionInfrared Night-Vision


 Winner: Tapo C210

Tapo C210 Accessories
Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K​ Accessories

Tapo C210 is the clear winner here with a more complete and well thought-off accessories kit. It comes with a proper 3-pin power brick for Malaysia and a really long 5m cable. There’s also a set of mounting tools and a sticker to mark the drilling position when wall-mounting the camera.

Unfortunately, the Xiaomi camera doesn’t include a power adapter. It only comes with a MicroUSB cable and I have to buy a separate USB charger. The package also comes with the wall-mounting tools without the drilling sticker.

Daytime Image Quality

 Winner: Tapo C210

While the image quality of 2 cameras are really close. I prefer the Tapo C210 as it seems to produce a slightly brighter image and more accurate colors. The Xiaomi is product a slightly darker and contrasted image. The Tapo C210 does product a more usable footage for surveillance purpose.

Tapo C210
Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K​

However,  the differences here are small here and it’s more of a personal preference. But, the Tapo C210 seems to be having a better backlight compensation algorithm and that resulted in a slightly brighter image which is great for surveillance purpose.

Night-Vision Image Quality

 Winner: Tie

Both the Xiaomi and Tapo cameras use IR illumination for low-light condition. This means they will switch to a black and white image when the scene is dark enough. In our test, both of them have similar result producing decent black-and-white image with good amount of detail.

Tapo C210
Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K​

It’s hard to pick a winner here as both camera produce similar looking image in this segment. Both of them are good enough to recognize face while the night-vision mode is enabled.

App User-Experience

 Winner: Tapo C210

I find TP-Link’s Tapo app to be slightly faster and smoother than the Mi Home app especially when viewing over 4G connection. I guess it’s probably due to Tapo is actually using Amazon AWS service which have really good international network connectivity.

The Tapo app also comes with more features like location marking and auto-cruising function which makes the Tapo app superior than the Xiaomi. It is very helpful to move to a certain location quickly with this function without having to slowly control the camera using the panning function.

Recording Features

 Winner: Mi 360 Home Security Camera 2K

The Xiaomi Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K uses H.265 compression rather than H.264 on the Tapo C210. This mean the Xiaomi camera can record at a smaller file with more efficient storage usage which makes it a winner here. However, the Xiaomi can only support up to 32GB MicroSD card while the Tapo C210 can support up to 256GB.

Best Overall IP Camera : Tapo C210

While both the Xiaomi and Tapo are great products, I prefer the Tapo C210 since it does provide a better surveillance footage with more features on the Tapo app. Not to mention that it comes with a proper power adapter that ensure reliable performance 24/7.

The Xiaomi Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K is a decent choice with good image quality and integration with the Xiaomi ecosystem. However, the higher price and lack of power adapter makes the TP-Link Tapo C210 a much better deal than the Xiaomi Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K.

TP-Link Tapo C210


Tubi Rating


  • Easy to install and setup
  • Good image quality
  • Affordable price and great value


  • No H.265 Compression
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This is not a fair comparison. Did you do a thorough research about camera aperture?
Do you know the difference between F2.4 and F1.4 ?
I guess you haven’t.

ALL IP camera always look great during the day.
But the real comparison starts when they are in the LOW light or complete darkness environment.
Having a F1.4 means a lot to an image sensor, allowing more light and mitigate motion blur when object is moving during LOW light scene.

This is not true… Xiomi have image quality more details Day and night more clear and real colours not like tapo cold . Xiaomi is only losing with one thing what I missing. Alexa ( echo whow , fire tv ) and Google home doesn’t work any more. But is someone don’t have alexa or Google home devices recommend xiaomi . Is just better. Good luck.

Hi, is tapo app home surveillance records is free service? Xiaomi require subscribe to see motion records.

Firstly, thanks for reviewing and give honest evaluation. I already used CCTV since more than 15 years ago. Since couple months ago I have been using 9 units of T110 and T210 Tapo products. The T100 model is good enough for static camera and the T200 is excellent for such cheap camera. At first when I put it behind the window glass, at night the camera cannot focus the object outside, after I reported, the problem have been fixed. Thanks Tapo. When I implemented 30 days free AI, I found some good features and slightly funny results such as the… Read more »

What do you think about the Tapo C225 vs the Xiaomi PTZ 2K Pro? The xiaomi supports 5ghz wifi connection and h.265 but I’m concerned of its reliability.

I see, so you think the 2K Pro will potentially have the same issue as the 2K in this article? Okay thanks for sharing your experience.

Have same problem before . Reinstall app and camera I move aimesh closer to camera and works perfect…

My Tapo C210 cannot format several SD 256 card. And customer support not helpful and suggest merrily on SD card errors. If no recording of the triggered events possible, the system is worthless.

All are SanDisk, class 10, as authentic it can be. Scanned for errors. The probability that all three SD cards are corrupt is minimal. Subsequently, the card performed flawlessly in action cams. Unfortunately, Its more likely to be an issue on the side of the the hub. Beside this, the IP cameras and hub work perfectly.

Tap only support SD card with class 10 and should be V30

This can record also the audio/or talking people while video recording?

thx for the review I looked up at all propositions for an indoor camera and was exactly between those 2. I finally bought the tapo.

Do Tapo app allow sharing of the camera between 2 or 3 person ?


Thanks for your review.
How about the 2 way call quality between these 2 models. Which one is better?

I noticed that there is an echo or noise over 2 way call in Tapo C200 model?
I’d like to know for C210 call quality.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
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