At just $60, TP-Link’s latest security camera, the Kasa Cam Outdoor, model KC420WS, would seem to provide a no-frills approach to home surveillance. Simple-looking on the outside, you’ll find a surprisingly full-featured camera under the hood—with just one major downside.
The baseball-sized orb attaches to a multi-hinged joint that delivers full flexibility in positioning and aiming. It boasts an IP65 weatherization rating, meaning it’s impervious to dust incursion and that it can withstand being sprayed with a jet of water from any direction. It should be mounted to a wall or beneath your eaves, courtesy of three screw holes in the base, but—like many modern outdoor cameras—it doesn’t come with any accessories for bookshelf-style use. It could otherwise easily be adopted for use inside the home.