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Can Foscam help you feel safer while you’re away from home? Families use Foscam to provide them with a sense of security so they can check on their home and make sure everything is intact. Whether you are checking to make sure the kids got home safely or surveilling for unauthorized activity, Foscam provides various cameras to get the job done. Read our Foscam reviews to see if this company has what it takes to give you peace of mind.
- C1, FI9821W and FI9803P have the best video quality of these five cameras
- The only Foscam outdoor camera in this article is the FI9803P
- C1 and FI9803P have digital zoom
- Compatible with third party video recording software like VLC, Blue Iris and more
All camera pricing is from time of writing.
- Foscam C1: $59.95
- Foscam FI8910W: $59.99
- Foscam FI8918W: $52.99
- Foscam FI9821W: $106.91
- Foscam FI9803P: $56.49
|Price Per Month||Free||$8||$20||$50|
|Number of Cameras Allowed||1||4||10||Unlimited|
|Storage||30 Videos or 100 Images||1 Day of Video, 5,000 Images||1 Week of Video, 30,000 Images||1 Month of Video, 100,000 Images|
Foscam Security Camera Comparison Table
|Foscam C1||Foscam FI8910W||Foscam FI8918W||Foscam FI9821W||Foscam FI9803P|
|View on Amazon||View on Amazon||View on Amazon||View on Amazon||View on Amazon||View on Amazon|
|Night Vision||Up to 26 feet||Up to 26 feet||Up to 26 feet||Up to 26 feet||Up to 65 feet|
|Local Recording to SD|
|Compatible with PC, Mac, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, iOS and Android|
|Warranty||Limited 1 year||1 year||1 year||1 year||Limited 2 year|
|Video Quality||720P HD||480PX SD||480PX SD||720P HD||720P HD|
What Do Customers Think?
We skimmed some of Foscam’s customer reviews and found a couple of positive and, unfortunately, a couple of negative reviews. Below are what users have to say about their experience with their camera.
Lots of features and very reliable. Using it to monitor for a prowler who has been trying garage service doors in our neighborhood. Caught him on video yesterday morning at 3:46 a.m. using the camera’s motion detection and alarm feature. The police were called and now have a lead on the perp. First time I have used security camera. Set it in the front window pointed it outside. Camera appears to have a lot if features. – Jim G., Amazon 3/27/2015 (in regards to the FI9821W)
I received this product for a reduced price in exchange for my fair and unbiased review – but let me tell you – I’d have bought it outright. Its so nice just to have eyes on the house when we’re not there. Security systems have their place, sure, but if something moves in front of this camera, i get an alert. And my anxiety has gotten SO much better jut being able to see the house when we’re not home. We’re thinking about getting a second one to place at another property that we own so that we can keep eyes on that too. Its a sturdy, well made thing and easily installed. Its also very easy to set up the monitoring stuff online and the mobile alerting. Can’t say enough wonderful things. – Sevenhillsbetty, Amazon 9/2/2016 (in regards to the FI9803P)
The camera hardware itself is great but the FOSCAM software and firmware is so broken that the camera is barely useable. First, the built in ddns for the camera doesn’t work anymore, so the only way to access the camera is on your local network or paying the 80 a year for the cheapest cloud subscription FOSCAM offers. Second, to push their cloud services even further, there’s no way to access the SD card recordings in the camera, completely making the slot or buying a card useless. So basically you are stuck with a camera you can only access while you are at home, defeating the purpose of having on in the first place. To top it off, they have removed every feature in the firmware and app that would allow you to work around their buggy software to actually use the camera remotely or to even record video if the motion detection feature worked properly, which it does not. This is a 70 dollar paperweight. Go with another brand. I hope FOSCAM goes out of business. – Sean M., Amazon 2/5/2016 (in regards to the C1)
I’m unable to get through the finicky setup to connect this camera to a wireless network. Foscam’s own website forum has dozens of other customers facing similar difficulty. No response at all (except the automated responses from Agent 11, Agent 12, etc. ‘welcoming’ me and announcing wait times) during two ‘chat sessions’. I’m an advance computer user with more than thirty years of experience. I am not willing to invest more hours trying to set it up. I will return this and replace it with a true Plug-n-Play model from another manufacturer. – Dave M., Amazon 5/22/2014 (in regards to the FI8910W)
Best Wifi Security Camera
Now that you know a little bit more about Foscam wireless IP cameras you can compare them against the competition. Foscam came in third place for best wifi security camera, click on the link to find our which companies we ranked higher.
Using Foscam as a Baby Monitor
Although there is a Foscam baby monitor (FosBaby), you can also use regular wifi cameras as a baby monitor. In fact, many customers have written reviews stating how they’ve used Foscam instead of the typical baby monitor. Check out the video below on how you could use Foscam as a baby monitor.
What area do you want to monitor for safety?