Foscam Review: Does This Security Camera Have Your Back?

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Illustrated house with security cameras (caption: Foscam Review: DIY Security)Families use Foscam to provide them with a sense of security to check on their homes 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.

Foscam logoView Foscam Cameras on Amazon: C2EFI9821W | R4SG4 OutdoorFI9821P

Foscam

4.75 / 5
Foscam
Field of View 4.8
Audio 5.0
Remote Viewing/Streaming 5.0
Price 4.8
Recording 4.8
Tech Support 4.3

Pros

  • “Plug & Play” function features the ability to connect via smartphone by simply scanning the QR code on the camera
  • Great video quality (G4 has Ultra HD. C2E and R4S have 1080p)
  • Inexpensive compared to competitors
  • Image can be flipped or mirrored
  • Excellent night vision
  • No monthly fees, unless you opt for cloud recording

Cons

  • Complaints of firmware in some models
  • All of the cameras must be plugged in to a power outlet
  • Complaints of instructions being poorly written
  • FI9821W does not have zoom capabilities
  • G4 requires extra mic and speakers to use audio features

Alternatives To Foscam

Man setting up an Arlo security camera outside (Caption: Best WiFi Security Camera)Are you looking for more from your security camera? Our experts have reviewed over a dozen providers to put together our best WiFi security camera showdown.

And, if you plan to use it outside, read our best outdoor security camera review to discover the top picks this year.

Key Features

  • The G4 has the best video quality of these five cameras but it is designed for outdoor use (C2E and R4S offer 1080p for high-resolution video as well)
  • The only Foscam outdoor camera in this article is the G4
  • All have digital zoom except for FI9821W
  • Compatible with third-party video recording software like VLC, Blue Iris and more

Pricing

Cloud Pricing

 FreeBasicStandardPremium
Price Per MonthFree$3.99$7.99$12.99
Storage1-Day Video History3-Day Video History15-Day Video History30-Day Video History

App Pricing

The official Foscam app is called Foscam Viewer and is free via iOS and Google Play. There is also an app called Foscam IP Cam Viewer made by OWRL that gets better reviews and is also free (iOS and Google Play).

Foscam Security Camera Comparison Table

 Foscam C2EFoscam FI9821WFoscam R4SFoscam G4 OutdoorFoscam FI9821P
Price $27.99 Check Amazon for availability $79.99 $79.99 Check Amazon for availability
View Angle115°70° 350° horiz (110° vert)112° 75°
Night Vision26 feet26 feet33 feet66 feet26 feet
Local Recording to SDCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Warranty1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year
IndoorCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
OutdoorCheckmark
Two-Way AudioCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkRequires extra mic & speakerCheckmark
Video Quality1080P HD720P HD1080p HDUltra HD (4MP)720p HD
Digital Zoom6X6X6X8X
Remote Pan/TiltCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark

What Do Customers Think?

We skimmed some of Foscam’s customer reviews and found a couple to share with you.

Positive Reviews

I purchased this camera for inside monitoring of a family member. This camera has good video quality and night vision. Compact and easy to setup. Can be streamed to other programs like VLC Player. Two way audio. – Richard E., Newegg 6/7/2019 (Foscam R2C)

Great image. Not too difficult to set up. Works with Blue Iris. – Richard V., Newegg 6/19/2019 (Foscam G4 Outdoor)

Negative Reviews

In order to use audio you must purchase an outdoor microphone and outdoor speaker. The camera body is waterproof but the cables are not. You will need to purchase a waterproof junction box to house the power supply and ethernet connection. If adding sound, you will need a second 120v outlet for power to the microphone/speaker. None of this was clear in the description. Since I can’t enable sound without all the additional expense I will probably return it depending on the shipping cost. – Richard V., Newegg 6/19/2019 (Foscam G4 Outdoor)

Best WiFi & Garage Security Cameras

Now that you know a little bit more about Foscam wireless IP cameras, you can compare them against the competition in our Best WiFi Security Camera article. It’s also important to know that Foscam’s FI9900P Outdoor Camera is our top-rated garage security cam.

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 to see how you could use Foscam as a baby monitor.

Warning: A WiFi camera would not be our first pick for a baby monitor because of stories like this where someone could hack into it. As always, do your own research and do what’s best for your family. We would recommend one of these baby monitors instead.

What area do you want to monitor for safety?

About The Author:

Kimberly is our home security expert and has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems, and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what’s happening behind the scenes. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

In 2018, she had her first child, which opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing products and services.

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