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Foscam FI8909W Webcam

640 X 480 Sep 2012
Built-In Microphone Maximum Video Resolution Release Date
The Foscam FI8909W-NA Wireless IP Camera features high quality video and audio, remote internet viewing, motion detection, night-vision as well as a built in network video recording system. In... More
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Expert Reviews Are Good

Expert review website toptenreviews.com scored this built-in microphone webcam 88 out of 100. This means that webcam experts think this webcam is one of the very best webcams of a similar age and type.

User Reviews Are Average

People who bought this Foscam webcam rated this webcam 72% on average.

Reasonably Priced

Two Foscam FI8909W reviewers wrote in their reviews that this webcam was good value for money. Gavsg1 mentioned in their review of this webcam on Amazon “For the price it is great value”.

A number of customers who purchased this webcam concluded that it was cheap. Expert review site Toptenreviews.com said seven years ago “The Foscam FI8909W-NA Wireless IP Camera is a basic and inexpensive camera from security” in their review of the Foscam FI8909W. Toptenreviews.com also mentioned “This is a low-cost, easy-to-use camera suitable for casual home users”.

One Foscam FI8909W owner who reviewed it considered that it was a bargain for the price. Three years ago J. Bloggs mentioned in their Foscam FI8909W review “Cheap and hard to configure” but despite that they only gave it a score of 2 stars.

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Easy to Use

One Foscam FI8909W owner mentioned in their reviews that this webcam performed as expected. R W Woodall wrote in their review on Amazon “A first class product that does exactly what it says on the box” and gave this webcam a rating of 5 stars.

One Foscam FI8909W reviewer who reviewed this webcam concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Trev-R wrote in their review of this webcam four years ago “Click Settings then Advanced Settings4” .

One person who reviewed this webcam concluded that it was easy to setup. Four years ago Trev-R said “It costs $20 a year and will allow you to setup an easy to remember name for your camera in the form of a web address” in their review of this webcam and rated it 5 stars.

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Robust

A number of Foscam FI8909W reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was reliable. Chris wrote “It does a fantastic reliable job”. Trev-R wrote “If you need a reliable way to access your camera remotely then you will need to sign up for a service such as DynPro at dyn” in their review of this webcam.

Good Technical Features

One customer who bought the product concluded that it had good features. Toptenreviews.com gave the product a rating of 4 stars and wrote “It offers some advantageous features ideal for lightweight monitoring” in their review of the Foscam FI8909W.

Good Size

One person who purchased this webcam reckoned that it was lightweight.

Foscam Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams

Foscam has good average ratings for its built-in microphone webcams as well as across its entire webcam range compared to other brands.

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Good Product Quality

One Foscam FI8909W reviewer thought it was good quality. Gavsg1 said “Fit for purpose - Great Value” and rated it as very good.

14 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One customer said in their reviews that it was not wifi compatible. Toptenreviews.com mentioned “While it may not be the best wireless camera we came across” in their review of the Foscam FI8909W although they still scored the product 4 stars.

Poor Support

One Foscam FI8909W owner who purchased the Foscam FI8909W concluded that it did not have good technical guidance. Marky said “Poor ip cameras - difficult to, setup and instructions not clear enough by a long way” .

Poor Picture Quality

One customer who reviewed this webcam considered that it did not have good colour saturation. Three years ago Thepluck mentioned in their review on Amazon “Does as advertised not a s good as other models colours a bit washed out”.

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

Like most of the other built-in microphone webcams that were released more than two years ago, the FI8909W does not have a motion detector.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The FI8909W has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the worst video resolution across all built-in microphone webcams that have been around for around the same time as the FI8909W.

The best video resolution across comparable types of webcam is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Not USB Powered

Like most of the other built-in microphone webcams that have been available for around the same time as the FI8909W, the FI8909W is not USB powered.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

The FI8909W does not feature face tracking. Most of the other webcams of this spec and age also do not feature face tracking.

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Not Mac Compatibility

The Foscam FI8909W is not mac compatibility, although it is worth noting that most of the other built-in microphone webcams that have been around for more than two years are also not mac compatibility.

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Only 480p Supported Video Modes

The Foscam FI8909W supports a better supported video mode than most comparable spec webcams that have been around for around the same time as it. This Foscam webcam supports a 480p supported video modes, whereas most comparable spec webcams that were released more than two years ago support a 720p supported video modes.

This webcam's supported video mode (480p) is in fact the worst supported supported video mode across all built-in microphone webcams that were released more than two years ago.

A 1080p supported video modes is the best supported supported video mode amongst similar types of webcam.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

Most similar spec webcams that have been around for around the same time as the FI8909W do not have a zoom capability. The FI8909W is no exception to this as it too does not have a zoom capability.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Like most of the other comparable spec webcams that were released around the same time as the FI8909W, the Foscam FI8909W does not have a snapshot button.

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Not Full HD

Most webcams of a comparable age and type to the FI8909W are not full HD. The FI8909W is no exception to this as it too is not full HD.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other similar spec webcams that were launched around the same time as the FI8909W, the Foscam FI8909W does not have a night mode.

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Heavy

The weights of webcams of this spec and age range from 0.35g to 1.5kg. At 250 grams, the Foscam FI8909W is quite heavy compared to most of the other similar spec webcams that are a comparable age to the FI8909W.

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1 Other reason to consider the Foscam FI8909W

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Foscam webcam has been on the market for over four years.

Specification

Performance
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
Zoom Capability
Full HD
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Minimum Illumination
Auto Focus
Photo Feature
Supported Video Modes
Maximum Image Resolution
Design
Built-In Microphone
Colour of Product
Certification
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Built-In Flash
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Wireless Standard
Lens System
Internal Memory
Speakers and Microphone
Viewing Angle
Wi-Fi
Security Algorithms
Night Vision

Expert Reviews

(1)

This is a low-cost, easy-to-use camera suitable for casual home users...

It offers decent output and beneficial, informative customer support options
It does not support WirelessN, the newest network standard for highspeed WiFi

User Reviews

(15)
Reviewed 23 January 2013 by Trev-R

If you are a BT Homehub user you most probably will not be able to access the software to setup the camera via the included disc. Instead this is how I got access 1. Plug camera into Homehub and... Read more…

Reviewed 13 January 2014 by Fannyadams
(Verified Purchase)

The camera arrived on time and was well packed and when opened appeared to be a quality product. However the camera would not connect wirelessly even with advice from Foscam UK. I tried all the... Read more…

Reviewed 23 December 2015 by BeccA*Star
(Verified Purchase)

Was a good little camera - but it needs screwing down so that was pretty awkward as it was for indoor use!

(Verified Purchase)

Second Foscam purchased. I don't use the interface onboard or its webserver directly instead relying on third partys to grab the imagary through them which saves me from the problematic... Read more…

Reviewed 31 May 2015 by Chris
(Verified Purchase)

Second Foscam purchased. I don't use the interface onboard or its webserver directly instead relying on third partys to grab the imagary through them which saves me from the problematic interface.... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers fi8909, fi8909w, fi8909wn, 2x fi8909, fi8909wna, 2x fi8909w, 2x fi8909wn, 2x fi8909wna
Barcodes 00045445395533, 00045445395571, 00700604296464, 00700604296471, 00720066995675, 00859365003085, 00954836090916, 06954836090909

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