Foscam FI8918W
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Foscam FI8918W

No Yes 640 X 480 Pixels No Sep 2012
Full HD Built-In Microphone Maximum Video Resolution Zoom Capability Release Date Gold
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Foscam FI8918W Review

Our Verdict:
An award winning built-in microphone webcam
With excellent reviews but representing average value for money, we have ranked the Foscam FI8918W number 74 across all webcams.
458 Reviews + 1 Award
2 Great Features
4 Years Old
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 56?

It has great expert reviews and good user reviews with 63% of buyers recommending this webcam to others. This webcam has received a "Gold" award from
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer webcams with better features are available. However this Foscam webcam has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest webcams 2017.
The FI8918W is missing some features:
Does not have a zoom capability
Does not have a photo feature
Does not have an auto focus
Does not have a built-in flash

Foscam FI8918W In-Depth Analysis


One Industry Award

This Foscam webcam received a "Gold" award from review site who thought that this webcam was outstanding.

Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this Foscam webcam is 84 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including and If all the latest webcams are ranked by average expert review score then this webcam is in the top 14%.

Good User Reviews

Owners have rated this webcam on average 80 out of 100. Over 76% of reviewers gave this webcam either 4 or 5 stars and 63% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Reasonably Priced

49 people concluded that it was good value for money.

Poor Picture Quality

Five customers thought it did not have good colour saturation and two customers said in their reviews that it produced a good quality image.


12 people wrote in their reviews that the product was well made and two customers who bought it wrote that it was reliable.

Excellent Design

Six customers who reviewed it agreed that it was good looking.

Foscam Webcams Have Good Reviews

Based on 812 user and expert reviews (including 168 verified purchases), Foscam has good ratings for its webcams. Foscam also has good ratings specifically for its webcams. 84% of those that bought a Foscam webcam would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers who bought this webcam reckoned that it was quiet.

  • The slightly rubberised black finish is unobtrusive and the motors are pretty quiet so it doesn't really stand out…
    LMD (Amazon) - March 2013
  • They are so silent they don't hear or notice them when they are moved! So that was great…
    Julie (Amazon) - March 2015

Good Connectivity

Three owners who purchased the Foscam FI8918W concluded that it had email functionality.

  • Email alerts are a nice feature.
    Geordio (Amazon) - December 2014
  • Setup is fairly straightforward unless you want email notifications for alarms, then its a little difficult…
    Dave ( - November 2015
  • After look at a few web site found [.] which gives you a free email address with the settings that are needed for the camera…
    Manoj Datta (Amazon) - October 2012

Helpful Technical Guidance

Four people agreed that the Foscam FI8918W had good technical guidance.

  • The instruction is not written properly either…
    Ken (Amazon) - December 2014
  • The instruction manual is too detailed in parts so can be confusing…
  • Getting to wireless was a bit difficult, as the instructions were not very clear…
    Viv (Amazon) - December 2011
  • The instructions were ok.
  • This one was delivered the next day after ordering and was simple to set up with good instructions…
  • Finally have it all up and running - it should not be difficult if the instructions were a little clearer…
    DC (Amazon) - February 2013

Superior Product Quality

24 customers who reviewed this webcam agreed that it was good quality.

Good Sound Quality

Two people wrote in their reviews that the Foscam FI8918W had a good microphone.

Superior Technical Features

Six customers who bought the product concluded that it had good features.

  • Being able to remotely move it and to speak and listen are great features…
    G. North (Amazon) - January 2015
  • Most competition are much more expensive for similar features…
    HMTVALADAS (Amazon) - January 2012
  • Great features for the price…
    HC (Amazon) - December 2011
  • Great cameras for the price with impressive features…
  • To all those people making negative comments and complaining about lack of features, what do you expect for £50? If you want lots of fancy features then buy a camera that has them instead of expecting to get them on the cheapest camera on the market…
    Artuk (Amazon) - November 2014
  • Has all the features needed to set up home security…
  • It really is an incredible range of features for the price…
    LMD (Amazon) - March 2013
  • So it looks smart, has a huge range of features.
    LMD (Amazon) - March 2013
  • To all those people making negative comments and complaining about lack of features, what do you expect for…
    Artuk (Amazon) - November 2014

Easy to Use

17 people who bought the product considered that it was easy to setup, two customers said in their reviews that this webcam was easy to use and two owners concluded that this webcam was easy to use the menus. however 10 customers mentioned that the Foscam FI8918W was hard to use., four people who purchased this webcam concluded that it was not easy to setup and three owners who reviewed it thought it did not have a good interface. two owners who reviewed this webcam considered that it was not easy to use the menus.

Value For Money


New webcams range in price from £4 to £443. We think that this webcam looks expensive compared to other new webcams.


Has a Built-In Microphone

The Foscam FI8918W has a built-in microphone. Most of the other latest webcams also have a built-in microphone.

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Features Night Vision

The Foscam FI8918W features night vision. Most of the other latest webcams also feature night vision.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

The FI8918W does not have a zoom capability, unlike most of the other webcams that have been around for a similar time to this webcam which have a zoom capability.

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Does Not Have a Photo Feature

The FI8918W does not have a photo feature. Most of the other webcams that have been on the market for a similar time to this webcam do have a photo feature.

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Does Not Have an Auto Focus

The FI8918W does not have an auto focus. Most of the other webcams that came out around the same time as this webcam do have an auto focus.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other latest webcams, the Foscam FI8918W does not have a built-in flash.

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Not Full HD

This webcam is not full HD.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

This webcam has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many latest comparable spec webcams.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This Foscam webcam has been on the market since September 2012.

Product Identifiers

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Foscam FI8918W Review Sources

To prepare this Foscam FI8918W review we compared this webcam to 100 other models. For each webcam that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 41,403 product attributes, 15,496 webcam reviews and 689,800 historical webcam prices from 0 webcam retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this webcam compared to the other models as well as any areas where this webcam is lacking.