TP-Link is showing four new home security cameras under its Tapo brand at CES. These join the hub of smart home, sensors, and smart lighting products mentioned in our other story looking at TP-Link’s decision to bring its formerly Eurocentric brand to the US market.
Three of the four cameras are outdoor models with starlight sensors for full color night vision, and one of them offers a built-in reflector. The four sports 4 megapixel image sensors that offer a video resolution of 2K (2560 x 1440 pixels). The Tapo brand will operate independently of TP-Link’s existing Kasa Smart brand, and the two product families will be incompatible with each other.
The Tapo C220, shown below, is an indoor pan / tilt camera with a built-in white spotlight that allows you to capture color video even at night. The camera can rotate its lens completely within its chassis to provide visual privacy security when the camera is not in use. Artificial intelligence functions provide detection of people, pets, and vehicles. It is expected to be available for purchase in the third quarter of 2022.
The Tapo C320WS, shown above, is a wired outdoor camera and has an IP65 weather resistance rating, indicating that it is impervious to dust and protected from water jets directed at it from anywhere address. It is equipped with dual Wi-Fi antennas and only needs one cable for power. A built-in microSD card slot allows the camera to store up to 256GB of recordings directly on the camera; Cloud storage is also supported. In addition to people detection, this camera’s artificial intelligence capabilities will alert you when a person crosses a border line or tries to hide somewhere. TP-Link expects to ship it sometime in the first quarter of this year.
If you’re looking for a battery-powered security camera, the bullet-style Tapo C420 offers the same IP65 weather resistance as the C320WS and the same starlight sensor for color night vision. In addition to a microSD card slot, this model can be connected to a dedicated hub for secure local video storage. Like the interior model, it is expected to be available in the third quarter.
Finally, TP-Link will join the burgeoning reflector camera market with the Tapo C720. This IP65 heated camera is equipped with dual LED reflectors providing 2500 lumens of brightness. Its 4MP image sensor offers 2K resolution with a 140-degree field of view and a 270-degree motion detection arc via a passive infrared sensor. Like the other models, it can differentiate between people, pets, and vehicles. It is also expected to ship in the third quarter.
TP-Link has not announced prices for any of these new cameras. Click this link to read about the other TP-Link Tapo brand smart home products announced at CES.