Foscam Review: Does This Security Camera Have Your Back?

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House with security cameras: Foscam ReviewFamilies 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.

Foscam logoView Foscam Cameras on Amazon: C1FI9821W | R2FI9900PFI9821P

Foscam Review

4.75 / 5
Foscam Review
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 (R2 and FI9900P even 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

  • C1 complaints of firmware
  • All of the cameras must be plugged in to a power outlet
  • Complaints of instructions being poorly written
  • FI9821W does not have zoom capabilities
  • R2 night vision could be better

Key Features

  • R2 and FI9900P and have the best video quality of these five cameras
  • The only Foscam outdoor camera in this article is the FI9900P
  • 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$8$20$50
Number of Cameras Allowed1410Unlimited
Storage30 Videos or 100 Images1 Day of Video, 5,000 Images1 Week of Video, 30,000 Images1 Month of Video, 100,000 Images

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 that is made by OWRL, it is also free via iOS and Google Play.

Foscam Security Camera Comparison Table

 Foscam C1Foscam FI9821WFoscam R2Foscam FI9900PFoscam FI9821P
Price$34.99Check on Amazon$59.99$67.99$54.99
View Angle115°70°110°118°75°
Night Vision26 feet26 feet20 feet65 feet26 feet
Local Recording to SDCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Warranty1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year
IndoorCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
OutdoorCheckmark
Two-Way AudioCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkAvailable with audio jacksCheckmark
Video Quality720P HD720P HD1080p HD1080p HD720p HD
Digital Zoom6X8X8X8X
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 bought this camera because I had a break-in and really wanted some affordable security at home. So far it’s been working out great. Pros: Easy setup, lots of monitoring features and options, clear picture, and a great ability to adjust when I’m away. Cons: I think it would be cool if they came in more color options than black and white! – Blicero68, Walmart 8/22/2017 (Foscam R2)

We use this camera as a room monitor to make sure our pets are safe. We bought a second for security purposes. It’s easy to use when it’s set up, and you can view it from anywhere in the world right on your phone. It’s easy to set up initially, but to ramp up the security settings (making it difficult to hack) it took talking to tech support. Fortunately tech support was super helpful and easy to reach. – scottledanse, BH Photo 12/20/2014 (Foscam FI9821P)

Negative Reviews

This ipcam is NOT ready for primetime. Will not connect wireless – can only use with IE – with Chrome if you install a clunky patch – will NOT work with Firefox. Calling tech was a waste of time, I know more about IPforwarding and network setup than they do. Can only view cam on phone if you are connected to wireless network – does NOT work over 3/4G. Tech guy insisted the cam would do 3/4G but couldn’t understand that cellphones are behind a NAT and require cloud to see. Do not waste you time or money – a terrible ip cam. Have serious doubts about any of Foscam products. – The Tango, BH Photo 5/18/2015 (Foscam FI9821W)

Best Wifi Security Camera

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.

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.

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?

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Lizzy
Anyone fussed with a Foscam, seems like there are a number of cons…curious to know what personal experiences people have had with it or if it’s people just who are incapable of reading instructions.