TP-Link NC450

An af­ford­able new pan and tilt.

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The new NC450 has added af­ford­able mo­torised pan and tilt to TP-Links ros­ter, although some of the short­com­ings of the soft­ware we iden­ti­fied in the NC250 re­view are still present here.

Let’s start with the good stuff: the hard­ware. A smooth pan and tilt en­gine can point the lens through a wide range of po­si­tions and the base is well de­signed for mount­ing on any sur­face. There’s an SD Card slot for lo­cal stor­age, night vi­sion that ex­tends to 8m (3m more than most) and a two-way au­dio sys­tem that lets you talk through the cam­era, so you can com­mu­ni­cate with your kids as you watch them.

The cam­era cap­tured some very good im­ages, too. Not quite up there with the Swann cam­eras (thanks to what we think is a lit­tle too much com­pres­sion), but def­i­nitely good enough for most ap­pli­ca­tions. The night vi­sion cap­ture was per­fectly solid as well, with the cam­era quickly ad­just­ing to a good sat­u­ra­tion.

But the soft­ware is a lit­tle off. We like the de­sign of the web in­ter­face — it’s log­i­cal and well or­dered, pro­vid­ing easy ac­cess to com­mon op­tions — but some of the fea­tures found in other cam­eras just aren’t there. The mo­bile app is use­ful mostly for setup, live stream­ing and two-way chat. It does sup­port lo­cal cap­ture and record­ing on the mo­bile, but event man­age­ment and con­fig­u­ra­tion is pretty much left out.

Aside from some mostly mi­nor quib­bles with the soft­ware, we think this is a pretty nice cam­era, avail­able at an af­ford­able price.


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