Reviewed by Melody Floyde
I have been considering purchasing a security camera for our house for a while now but, due to the vast range available, I’ve never been sure which type to go for. I was therefore very happy to be given the opportunity to try the Tp-Link Tapo C310 Outdoor Security Wi-Fi Camera.
The C310 can be used indoors or outdoors, as it is weatherproof. It has a number of different features and functions such as motion detection, intruder alarm and instant notifications which all sounded like they wTHESE ITEMS WERE GIFTED TO THE REVIEWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF WRITING THE REVIEW. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE THE REVould be very useful. The image captured on the camera is 3MP high definition and it can be recorded onto a local MicroSD card which fits into a slot at the back of the camera (however this needs to be purchased separately). The camera also has night vision of up to 30 metres which will be very useful when it is dark to see who is outside. There is also the function for two-way audio so that we can talk to whoever is outside to check what they are there for.
The C310 has the ability to connect to the network by either Wi-fi or Ethernet cable which means that it can be installed in various locations around the house easily. It is also compatible with both Alexa and Hey Google – although we haven’t got either of those so tried the camera out with my mobile phone instead.
The box that the C310 arrived in came with everything necessary to get up and running quickly. There was the camera, a power adaptor, a mounting template, anchors, screws, waterproof seal, waterproof cable attachments and most importantly the Quick Start Guide to get it up and running. There is also a more detailed user guide for the camera available on the Tapo website.
I was impressed with the camera, it looks very smart. It is white with, what I call, wings on each side. It is also fairly small and discreet which is a bonus as it won’t look too obvious on the outside of our house. It is currently located in our living room and is hidden away discreetly on one of our shelves.
I was dubious if the Quick Start Guide would give me enough details to set the camera up but I was very pleasantly surprised. The first step was to download the Tapo App which was available free on both the App Store and Google Play. It was then simply a case of plugging the camera in to the mains, waiting for the red and green lights to start blinking and then adding it as a device in the app. From there it was very simple to connect to our Wi-Fi and to look at the video footage on the camera. There were also options to set the alarm, or speak through the camera etc. I was very impressed with the quality of the image in both light and dark, the camera was also wide angle so in its current location in our living room it gives a full view of the whole room. Speaking through the camera also worked well, although there was some delay between us talking and it coming out of the camera so this could pose a problem when trying to talk to delivery drivers at the front door. But it could have been due to the close proximity of my mobile phone to the camera causing interference. We also tested out the intruder alarm which was fairly loud and set off by motion near the camera. I think I would potentially be apprehensive about turning this on when the camera was outside my house as I would worry it would be set off by people walking past the house and not real intruders.
I haven’t tried the camera outside yet but there are fairly detailed instructions in the user guide and we have been provided with everything needed to do this. As the camera is weatherproof against rain and dust with a rating of IP66 (not sure what this means) I am confident it will perform equally well outside.
Overall I have been impressed with the Tapo C310 camera and I am looking forward to using it more fully and taking advantage of the different functions. The only negative so far is that a microSD card was not provided and will need to be purchased separately, although these are fairly reasonably priced.
RRP: £49.99 (currently on sale for £34.99)
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