TP-Link Tapo C425 Smart Wire-Free Security Camera review

The Tapo C425 offers home security smarts – and without any complex wiring, it's a doddle for any homeowner to install

TP-Link Tapo C425 security camera mounted on a black wall
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The image quality, easy installation and AI smarts of this camera make up for a lot of the frustrations experienced with the app during setup. Once you finally have the camera configured to your liking and up on your wall then it works a treat. The subject recognition algorithms work great, and the 2K video quality is good enough to get a decent image of anyone trespassing on your property.


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    Magnetic base is very simple to set up

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    AI smarts included for free and adjustable zones

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    Decent image and video quality

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    Impressive battery life


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    Clunky app set-up

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    Micro USB charging

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In today's ever-evolving landscape of home security solutions, smart security cameras are still one of the cheapest and simplest options to quickly add an extra layer of security to your home. However, a quick search will show a diverse array of smart security cameras, each boasting its own set of features and promises – from sleek and compact designs to advanced AI capabilities, it is easy to get overwhelmed as companies try to outdo each other.

So what should you actually look for in a security camera – apart from just scrutinizing their functionality, it's best to check how easy they are to set up and install, the camera's compatibility with other smart home systems, and most importantly, for a camera you are going to install in your home – is it from a reputable and trustworthy brand.

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Image Sensor1/3” Progressive Scan CMOS
FOV150° (Diagonal)
Night Vision850 nm IR LED (up to 49 ft) (Color Night Vision with Starlight Sensor)
Spotlight2 Built-in Spotlights
Resolution2K QHD 4MP (2560x1440 px)
Live ViewYes
Frame Rate30fps
AudioBuilt-in Microphone and Speaker, Two-Way Audio with Noise Cancellation
DetectionMotion detection, Person detection, Pet detection, Vehicle detection
Activity ZonesYes
Local StoragemicroSD Card (Up to 512GB), Cloud Storage (Subscription required)
Wireless802.11 b/g/n wifi connection 2.4G
Weather ResistanceIP66
Operating Temperature-20°C ~ 45°C (-4°F ~ 113°F)
Eufy 3 S330

If you don't want to charge your camera and you don't want to install a separate solar panel, then the Eufy 3 S330 is the answer. With a similar 2K image quality, as well as night vision. The Eufy also has a solar panel on the top that keeps it going for longer.

Ring Spotlight Cam Plus

A more expensive proposition than the Tapo, but the Ring Spotlight Cam Plus is a great option from one of the most popular security cam providers. It offers much of the same as the Tapo – but if you are already familiar with Ring (and its app) then this might complement your other devices.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.