TP-Link recently launched their new Tapo TC70 and Tapo TC70 Wi-Fi home security Wi-Fi camera and they are really good. What sets them apart from the competitors in this price range is the reliable TP-Link Tapo app and great image quality of the camera.
The new Tapo TC60 and Tapo TC70 from TP-Link are similar to the existing Tapo C100 and Tapo C200 model that we’ve reviewed previously. However, these 2 new models are exclusive for Lazada and Shopee hence the difference in model name.
Both TP-Link Tapo TC60 and TC70 are really decent Wi-Fi camera, they feature a 1080p Full HD camera with night vision ability. Both of them can see up to 30 ft in distance on pitch back condition with the high brightness infrared floodlight on the camera.
They also come with a built-in speaker and microphone on the camera. This will allow you to listen to the audio recorded by the camera and it will let you to speak to the speaker of the camera in real-time. The speaker will also act as an alarm when it detects motion.
Hardware and Specs
|Tapo TC60||Tapo TC70|
|Camera Specs||1080p Full HD 15fps|
|Night Vision||IR LED up to 30ft|
|Pan and Tilt||No||Yes|
The Tapo cameras will only work with a 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi network without any Ethernet port. The video stream can be viewed on the Tapo app available for both Android and iOS. They also support the Onvif standard which makes it possible to record the footage to a Onvif compatible NVR.
The difference between both models is only the motorised pan and tilt feature. Clearly, the cheaper Tapo TC60 does not come with motorised pan and tilt. However, it comes with a wide angle lens to compensate for that.
Both cameras can support up to an 128GB MicroSD card which is around 16 days of continuous video recording. They do not support cloud storage currently. The Tapo TC60 and Tapo TC70 comes with 2 years one to one exchange warranty in Malaysia.
They are not water resistant so you should probably only use it indoors or at least somewhere shielded from the rain.
The Tapo TC60 is smaller in size and this means it can be installed at almost everywhere. It’s also really lightweight which allow the camera to be wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted by using strong double-sided adhesive tape. TP-Link provided some screws but I find using tape work just as well.
The clever ball head design of the camera mount let the camera to swivel at almost every direction possible. This is probably the best design for a surveillance camera and I wish more brands do this.
The Tapo TC70 is bigger to accomodate the pan and tilt motor. It can be placed on a flat surface or ceiling-mounted with the provided screws. The image can be inverted on the Tapo app when it is ceiling-mounted.
One quirk with the Tapo TC70 is the hidden MicroSD card slot which can only be accessed by tilting the camera to reveal the slot. I guess this is probably an interesting way to prevent the MicroSD card from being stolen for those aren’t aware of this.
The Tapo camera will need to connect to a Wi-Fi network with Internet connection. Once the camera is linked on the TP-Link Tapo app, the video stream can be viewed anywhere in the world with Internet connection. The camera will work with most Wi-Fi connection irregardless of the provider.
The process to link the camera to the Tapo app is simple and it can be done in less than 10 minutes. The setup guide on the app is easy to follow as well. It will work with any Wi-Fi router irregardless of the brand of the router. The camera view access can be shared with another TP-Link account to view it simultaneously as well.
Tapo Camera Features
What sets TP-Link apart from other smaller brands is the Tapo app. The app is easy to operate with a really smooth video streaming experience even on a slower Internet connection. Arguably, the most important feature on a Wi-Fi camera is the reliability of the app is and TP-Link got their priority right
The app will let you to view up to 4 cameras simultaneously and there’s no limit on the amount of camera you can link on the app. The voice call and listening feature are easily accessible on the camera page as well.
The built-in motion detection feature will let you to select the detection zones and the sensitivity of the motion. Once a motion is detected, it will send a notification with the Tapo app and record the video automatically.
There’s a built-in alarm feature on the Tapo Camera to sound an alarm when motion is detected. The alarm can be configured to run on a fixed schedule or run all the time. The alarm is ridiculously loud and annoying without a way to change the alarm volume.
The Tapo camera can support 24/7 continuous recording or only record when motion is detected. The later is superior as it consumes less storage space. The camera will automatically rewrite older footages once the MicroSD card is full. To retrieve the footages, you can either use the Tapo app or manually inserting the MicroSD card to a computer.
I will recommend buying a high endurance MicroSD card for the best user experience as cheaper MicroSD cards tend to fail quickly under high usage like this. TP-Link also suggest users to format the SD card on the Tapo app prior to using it to achieve the best performance.
The app uses a timeline to show when motions are detected. You can click on the yellow bars to playback the footage. To save the footage, you will need to click the record button when the footages are being replayed then manually download it to your device on the album page.
Pan and tilt motor
The camera position of the Tapo TC70 can be controlled remotely on the app. TP-Link also lets you to select horizontal auto cruise or vertical auto cruise. My favorite feature is the ability to mark favorite position to quickly move the camera anlge that position.
The motor operation is smooth and inaudible under operation. Sadly, TP-Link didn’t include motion tracking feature so it will not follow moving objects automatically.
Both of the cameras have decent image quality on daytime, giving a clear and sharp 1080p image. The lens angle on the Tapo TC60 is wider to compensate for the lack of pan and tilt motor. While they’re nowhere near as clear as a of a flagship smartphone camera, it’s good enough to recognize face.
On night mode, their performance is decent although it will be a black and white image as infrared lighting is used. The sharpness is reduced when night mode is active but this is expected like every other camera with IR night vision.
The night mode can be used as a baby monitor in a dark room as the infrared light from the camera is not visible to the human eye.
The Tapo camera lineup from TP-Link is probably my favorite affordable Wi-Fi camera. Their image quality is great for quick remote monitoring and the app is simple to use and pretty much lag-free. While they are priced really cheap, TP-Link didn’t cut corners that will affect the user experience of the device.
Combine the affordable pricing and the decent camera quality makes the Tapo TC60 and Tapo TC70 the affordable WiFi camera you can get in the market right now.
TP-Link Tapo TC60
- Wide angle camera
- Reliable and easy to use app
- No cloud storage
TP-Link Tapo TC70
- Motorised pan and tilt
- Reliable and easy to use app
- No cloud storage
- No motion tracking