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TP-Link is the latest company to enter the smart video doorbell market with the new Tapo D230S1.

It sounds like an impressive camera that can compete with the best options on the market.

For me, the standout features are:

  • Embedded spotlight and starlight sensor allows the camera to record footage in colour at night
  • Flexible storage, similar to Eufy/Reolink/Aqara, this can record footage to microSD, avoiding the need for monthly fees, or alternatively, you can use the Tapo Care cloud storage.
  • Smart AI detection for people and cars
  • Up to 6 months of battery life (and they provide examples or realistic battery life)
PreviewProductRatingPrice
Tapo 2K 5MP Smart Wireless Security Video Doorbell,... Tapo 2K 5MP Smart Wireless Security Video Doorbell,... No ratings yet £149.99Amazon Prime

Tapo D230S1 Smart Battery Video Doorbell Full Features

  • 2K 5MP Live View: Always know what happens in front of your door through the Tapo app. With the starlight sensor and 2K 5MP resolution, check all the fine details captured even in low-light environments.
  • Image sensor is 1/2.7“ with 160° Diagonal viewing angle
  • Colour Night Vision: With the embedded spotlight and starlight sensor, Tapo D230S1 reveals high-fidelity details and colour at night.
  • Head-to-Toe View: With the camera’s ultra-wide FOV(160° Diagonal), Tapo 4:3 live view ensures users can check visitors from head-to-toe as close as 1m, which shows more vertical details than other 16:9 doorbells’.
  • Flexible Placement, Flexible Views: Different wedge choices allow users to make the doorbell suits more placement scenarios. Users can also use wedges to adjust the views.
  • Longer Battery Life: The rechargeable and removable battery with a low-power protocol extends your usage.
  • Smart AI Detection and Notification: Smart AI algorithms identify people and cars, and notify users as needed.
  • Multiple Ways to Answer: With two-way audio or a recorded quick response, communicate directly with your deliveries through the Tapo app.
  • Flexible Storage Choice: Save recorded videos on the hub-installed microSD card§ (up to 512 GB) or by using Tapo Care cloud storage services.
  • Anti-theft Alarm: Be alerted when someone trying to take the doorbell off with the anti-theft alarm function.
  • Water & Dust Resistant IP64 Operates well on rainy days and in damp environments.

Battery

It is good to see that TP-Link has provided realistic examples of what battery life you will get from your camera.

In my case, I could probably get up to 6 months based on 10 triggers per day with 30 seconds per clip.

On the low end of the scale, you have one month of life when you have 60 times a day (which would be annoying for notifications) and 30 seconds per clip.

Third-Party Integrations

The doorbell will work with the usual suspects, this includes Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

I only bring this up because there is quite a lot of demand for doorbells that support Homekit, yet there are not many that do.

TP-Link Tapo Care

You can optionally sign up to Tapo Care for cloud recordings.

There are two service levels, basic and pro. With basic, you get 7-days of recordings, and with pro, it is 30 days.

The basic plan is £25 for a single device for one year or £90 for 5 devices.

Technically it is a little cheaper than Arlo and Ring, but they have arguably better plans, such as longer storage and unlimited camera options.

It also looks like some features are walled off into this subscription. This includes:

  • Exclusive AI Detection – Smart AI detection with Person Detection helps personalize and filter notifications custom to your needs.
  • Rich Notifications with Snapshots – A picture paints a thousand words, and our real-time image notifications will do that for you.

Price and Availability

PreviewProductRatingPrice
Tapo 2K 5MP Smart Wireless Security Video Doorbell,... Tapo 2K 5MP Smart Wireless Security Video Doorbell,... No ratings yet £149.99Amazon Prime

The new doorbell should be available at the end of July and is currently listed as being £149.99.

The product pages on Amazon and TP-Link are live, but there is no availability yet.

Last update on 2024-04-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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