HTML5 Canvas Javascript – How to make a moveable canvas with tiles using 'translate3d'?

I’m having trouble with a movable canvas that adjusts as the ‘player’ moves around the map. As drawing 600 tiles, 60 times a second is very inefficient, I switched over to using translate3d and only draw once the player crossed a full tile — but it keeps glitching and not moving around smooth. How would I achieve this properly?

const ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');
canvas.height = 200;
canvas.width = 600;
const tileSize = canvas.height/6;
const MAIN = {position:{x: 120, y: 120}};
const canvasRefresh = {x: 0, y: 20};
document.body.onmousemove = e => MAIN.position = {x: e.clientX, y: e.clientY};
const tiles = {x: 20, y: 20}

function update(){
function drawMap(){
    for(var i = 0; i < tiles.x; i++){
        for(var j = 0; j < tiles.y; j++){
            ctx.fillStyle = ['black', 'green','orange'][Math.floor((i+j+canvasRefresh.x1+canvasRefresh.y1)%3)];
            ctx.fillRect(tileSize * i, tileSize * j, tileSize, tileSize);
function moveMap(){
    const sector = {
        x: Math.round(-MAIN.position.x % tileSize),
        y: Math.round(-MAIN.position.y % tileSize)
    const x2 = Math.floor(MAIN.position.x/tileSize);
    const y2 = Math.floor(MAIN.position.y/tileSize);
    if(canvasRefresh.x1 != x2 || canvasRefresh.y1 != y2){
        canvasRefresh.x1 = x2;
        canvasRefresh.y1 = y2;
        transform: "translate3d(" + sector.x + "px, " + sector.y + "px, 0)"
<script src=""></script>
<canvas id=canvas></canvas>

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