The gadget we’re talking about today may help us on the physical surveillance side. Tenda CP3 promises to have enough protection features. We will see further how this device behaved and what it has to offer.
CP3 design is quite conventional for an indoor surveillance camera that can rotate on the horizontal axis at 360 degrees and the vertical axis at about 155 degrees.
CP3 shape resembles that of an egg, chamfered at the base. The module that integrates the lens, the night lighting system with 4 IR LEDs, as well as the microSD card slot and the Reset button, which cannot be seen normally, is black and has a sphere shape.
The rest of the product housing is white, only a black section appears in the connectivity area.
There is a microSD card slot and a Reset button that normally can’t be seen. They can only be accessed by turning the camera module as high as possible.
Picture micro sd card and reset button
The lower part has a round shape in the middle in which the wall or ceiling support can be fixed. Around it, there are four small rubber feet that give a sufficiently high grip, in some cases.
The CP3 is correctly manufactured, it leaves the impression of a quality product. The plastic on the outside looks tough and premium. The detailed finishes are correctly optimised.
Installation and use
In the case of Tenda CP3, you need to download the TDSEE application, available for free in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The first step is to create an account using your phone number or email address, then click on the button to add a new device. Here are a few simple steps that involve choosing the Wi-Fi network you want your camera to be in, scanning a QR code on your Tenda CP3 camera screen and another on your camera screen with your phone.
Then everything happens automatically, the final configurations are made by the application. All you have to do is name the camera as you want and you can scroll through the settings interface.
Tenda CP3 offers some interesting features:
You can set up to three predefined voice messages to play through the camera’s speaker at certain times, that is, when the camera detects movement in a specific area. It is a useful function especially for shops, office areas, when at the entrance of a person you can send a certain message;
Room tracking function.
The camera changes position so that the person moving stays in the frame. It doesn’t always work optimally,
sometimes it loses contact, sometimes it moves too slowly to keep up with the person moving fast;
360-degree rotation and Ai based motion detection
You can set the camera to perform a 360-degree rotation at a certain time or less, depending on the user’s preference. 360-degree rotation is also very smooth and results in no time. CP3 Ai based motion detection feature also impressed on its accurate motion detection functionality;
You can choose to have the camera store the film on the 128Gb microSD memory card non-stop (within the capacity of the card) or only when it detects motion in the frame. On a 16 GB card, at the maximum recording quality, it can fit a little more than 3 full days. The videos stored on the card have 10 minutes each and a size between 12 – 13 MB and up to 60 – 70, even over 80 MB, depending on what happened in the frame, the amount of information captured. On average, a 10-minute video recorded during the day has about 35 – 45 MB, and one at night, without action in the frame, around 13 – 15 MB;
There is also the possibility to activate a cloud storage service.
There is a way to physically cover the camera lens when you want to be sure of your privacy. Simply by pressing a virtual button in the application, the rotary module tilts to the bottom and so the lenses are completely covered;
There is an alarm mode that can be activated, which involves sending notifications when the camera detects motion in the frame or noise nearby. It works exactly, during the test period I did not receive false notifications. There is also the possibility to record a message that the camera plays through the speaker when the alarm is activated;
You can share your room with other people. They need to install the TDSEE application, create an account, and when they receive an invitation from the administrator on that account (email or phone number), they just accept and that’s it. The administrator can choose which features to give guests access to.
Video Quality and Two-way Audio
In terms of recording quality, especially when analysing the videos stored on the card, the quality is not only correct, but surprisingly good. The same goes for the captured sound, the built-in microphone is sensitive enough to clearly capture the vast majority of sounds from the location where the camera is mounted.
Tenda CP3 offers 802.11 b / g / n Wi-Fi connectivity only on the 2.4 GHz band. The maximum transfer speed is up to 150 Mbps, more than enough regardless of the situation. However, the needle standard with availability for the 5 GHz band would have meant a less interference-influenced connection, so something more stable. Three years of warranty policy and three months of free cloud storage services are very One other hand other interesting feature attached with Tenda CP3 wifi security camera.
As always, Tenda offers a product with a very good quality / specification / price ratio. The CP3 tends to have no obvious drawbacks, especially if we judge by the indoor utility and offered price.
Let’s see at the end the main pros and cons for the Tenda CP3 Wireless IP Camera:
Easy installation and configuration
Good video quality of recordings
AI based motion detection, Alert alarm and notification
3 Year warranty policy
Value for money