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Foscam FI8918W Webcam

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30fps 640 X 480 Sep 2012
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The Foscam FI8918W Wireless IP Camera features high quality video and audio, pan/tilt, remote internet viewing, motion detection, night-vision as well as a built in network video recording system.... More
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18 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This Foscam webcam received a "Gold" from Toptenreviews.com who wrote that this webcam was superb.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including toptenreviews.com and tweakers.net the average expert rating of this webcam is 84 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Good

The average user rating of this webcam is 80% based on 456 user reviews.

Good Connectivity

A few customers who reviewed this webcam thought it was wifi compatible. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “The wireless LAN feature simply doesn't work with a WPA/WPA2 secured network” but they rated it 3 stars. Andy wrote “Voila you are wireless” in his review. Andyl mentioned on Amazon “Good wireless cam” in their review of the Foscam FI8918W.

A number of customers who bought it agreed that it had network functionality. Four years ago Good Guy Jas wrote on Amazon “Good quality home network wireless camera” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Jerry said “ONLY sends 6 images per triggered alarm, reasonable networking knowledge required, no HTTPS support”. Jerry also said “However, these are networking related issues rather than the fault of this device”.

A number of customers said in their reviews that the product had email functionality. Geordio scored this webcam 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “Email alerts are a nice feature.”. Four years ago Ian Robinson mentioned on Amazon “What I like is an email alarm that motion has been detected”. Ian Robinson also mentioned “The only thing I would have liked is the email to have the 1min video attached”.

Several people reckoned that it was able to connect to the internet. Bonzo Dog wrote “The internet is very handy for finding the correct forum if you get stuck” and rated it 4 stars. G. Smedley scored the Foscam FI8918W very highly and said “It's best to use Internet Explorer (not 64bit) for this, even if you hate it as it offers good ActiveX control for recording” in their Foscam FI8918W review.

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Easy to Use

Several people who reviewed the Foscam FI8918W reckoned that it was easy to setup. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “It is easy enough to set up on a home network” but in spite of that they gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Amazon Customer also wrote “The other location uses a dynamically (ISP) allocated IP address, so it is necessary to set up an account with a DDNS service”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “The camera works well and is straightforward to setup”.

Some customers wrote in their reviews that this webcam was easy to use. Dan wrote in his review on Amazon “Bought as baby monitor - Simple and Easy to use”. Six years ago Hc said on Amazon “Remote pan/tilt/zoom control is VERY laggy to the point where it will just keep going” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Hc also mentioned “It's fun fgs! -The FTP upload feature is quite handy, I struggled to find a site that makes good use of it”.

A few people who reviewed this webcam thought it had a good experience. Bonzo Dog said in their review of the Foscam FI8918W on Amazon “Altogether a good learning experience”. Six years ago Ken wrote “The set up for me was easy enough having had experience with two Axis cams which knowledge helped greatly with the setting up”.

Some Foscam FI8918W owners who purchased this webcam thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. C. S. Kay wrote “When that one drops to a more comfortable price I may replace this one”.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Dannyb said in their review of this webcam on Amazon “Them dialing into my machine, they quickly got the correct settings put in”. Mr. S. Bales said four years ago “The instructions and settings should be more clear” in their review of the Foscam FI8918W.

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Good Support

Twenty-five Foscam FI8918W owners who bought this webcam agreed that it had good technical guidance. Alan G Orchard mentioned in his review of this webcam “Was simple to set up with good instructions”. Amazon Fan Man said “U have an amazing home cam to help keep your property safe when you are away from home”. Andy said “Docs are poor (at least the quick start guide that comes in the box” but despite that he only rated it 60 out of 100.

A few people considered that the product had good customer support. Leighroy gave this webcam a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Fantastic camera and fantastic customer support” in their review. Mr Simon Scott mentioned in his review of this webcam “This would not connect.I contacted customer support, who tried their best”. Thierry Bemelmans said on Amazon “Great camera for the price & great customer support” in their review.

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Robust

Some people who bought the product reckoned that it was well made. Amazon Customer said “Since then the wireless connection has been rock solid so I am putting that down to router” in their Foscam FI8918W review and scored this webcam 80 out of 100. Bryan Jones wrote in his review of this webcam on Amazon “You can also talk back as the camera has an in built speaker (which I admit is very loud.” and gave the product a very good review score. Bryan Jones also said “It is built into the speaker”.

Seven Foscam FI8918W owners agreed that it was reliable. Cheryl mentioned on Amazon four years ago “This is a reliable camera which you can set up in your home”. Julie said two years ago “Amazing brilliant reliable” in her review of the Foscam FI8918W and rated it as excellent. Mr Neil Crittenden gave this webcam a score of 80 out of 100 and he said in his review of this webcam on Amazon “This seemed like a reliable and cheaper option to other options when we moved our newborn into his own room”.

One Foscam FI8918W owner concluded that the Foscam FI8918W was good at resisting water ingress. Viv mentioned on Amazon “It was like diving in a sea when you don't know swimming!I bought 2 of these cameras with lot of excitement” in their review of this webcam but in spite of that they only rated it 2 stars.

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Reasonably Priced

A few customers who purchased it agreed that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer said on Amazon six years ago “Works well for the price” in their Foscam FI8918W review. Amazon Customer also mentioned “To sum upFor the money you pay this camera is great value for money”. Amazon Fan Man said in the same month “Great value cam” in their review.

Thirteen Foscam FI8918W reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Foscam FI8918W was a bargain for the price. Amazon Customer said in their review four years ago “Honestly, how much would it have cost to make the lead a little longer? Cheap cost-cutting here” yet they gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Only gets three stars because it's so cheap, otherwise it would only merit two stars”. Dan Woodhouse scored it 5 stars and he wrote three years ago “Perfect for a cheap home CCTV network”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Foscam FI8918W was cheap. C. D. Nash gave it a score of 4 stars and said on Amazon five years ago “Colour of the Foscam is not as sharp as the more expensive LinkSys webcam my son has installed for his apartment”.

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Good Product Quality

Some Foscam FI8918W owners said in their reviews that this webcam was good quality. Six years ago Amazon Customer gave this webcam a score of 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “ProsVery good quality image (even over a 3G wireless connection)Control software works very well” in their Foscam FI8918W review. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Image quality is acceptable, though the camera's colour balance is terrible”. Amazon Customer also wrote “This is a well presented, good quality product”.

Good Technical Features

Several Foscam FI8918W owners who purchased it agreed that it had good features. Artuk wrote in their review of the Foscam FI8918W on Amazon “It works very well and I am surprised at the features on such a low cost device, easily accessible online using PC or Tablet”. Bryan Jones said in his review on Amazon “Then the camera also has a speaker out port, so you can connect to something bigger if you choose).I could go on as there are even more features.”. G. North said “Listen are great features” in their review of the Foscam FI8918W.

Nice Design

A number of Foscam FI8918W owners who bought the product agreed that it was good looking. Bonzo Dog said in their review of this webcam on Amazon “The picture quality is pretty good indoors day or night”. Consumer 2012 wrote “It's a good looking camera” however despite that they only scored this webcam 20 out of 100. Four years ago Lmd gave the product a rating of 4 stars and said in their review of the Foscam FI8918W “The slightly rubberised black finish is unobtrusive and the motors are pretty quiet so it doesn't really stand out”.

A few Foscam FI8918W reviewers agreed that this webcam was smooth. Six years ago Mr. L. Croucher mentioned “It is smooth over Wifi and very reliable, really happy with the purchase”. Four years ago S. Roberts mentioned on Amazon “The camera itself is well finished with pan and tilt smooth and precise” in their review of the Foscam FI8918W.

One customer who reviewed the product said that it was neat. David said in his review “This is a neat little IP Camera that we use for monitoring the house whilst we're out”. One Foscam FI8918W reviewer who purchased the product concluded that it had a good case.

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Top Seller

The FI8918W is one the top selling webcam currently available for sale according to sales data from Amazon.

Good Sound Quality

A number of Foscam FI8918W reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this webcam had a good microphone. Bryan Jones wrote “If you're using Internet Explorer on windows, you get the added bonus of two way sound” in his review. Good Guy Jas said “The booklet makes it sound simple” in their review of this webcam. Hc wrote in their review of this webcam “Surveilance pro is good too, no audio though” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

Acceptable Noise Level

Some people wrote in their reviews that this webcam was quiet. Three years ago Jerry wrote on Amazon “So my password had been silently truncated and I couldn't log in” in his Foscam FI8918W review. Julie said “They are so silent they don't hear or notice them when they are moved! So that was great”.

One customer who reviewed the Foscam FI8918W considered that it was noisy.

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Good Size

One customer who purchased it said that it was heavy and bulky. Andy mentioned “Not heavy”. One person who bought this webcam concluded that it was compact. Dennis said on Amazon “The compact shape and build quality that doesn't feel very "cheap”.

Foscam Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams

Foscam has good average reviews for its webcams as well as across its entire webcam range.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The FI8918W has a built-in microphone. Most of the other webcams of this age and type also have a built-in microphone.

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Fairly Wide Viewing Angle, Horizontal

Across all the webcams that came out around the same time as the FI8918W the viewing angle, horizontals range from 45° to 300°. With a viewing angle, horizontal of 300 degrees, the FI8918W has one of the wider viewing angle, horizontals amongst similar spec webcams of this age.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Picture Quality

Some people concluded that the product did not have good colour saturation. Amazon Customer mentioned six years ago “The second time it then sees all the wireless networks Colours are not perfect” but they still gave the Foscam FI8918W a score of 80 out of 100. B Kay wrote on Amazon “Colours are poor when pointed outside” in their Foscam FI8918W review. Five years ago Jonnycabs said “Admittedly the colours aren't great (brown looks pink”.

A number of customers thought the Foscam FI8918W produced a good quality image. Dc1980 wrote on Amazon “Although the image quality isn't brilliant, its still very good, even in complete darkness” however despite that they gave this webcam a rating of 5 stars. Mark Booth said in his review on Amazon “The image quality is a bit grainy & the colour a bit wonky”.

One person who purchased it concluded that it produced a sharp image.

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Does Not Have a Motion Detector

Like most of the other webcams that have been available for around the same time as the FI8918W, the FI8918W does not have a motion detector.

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Not USB Powered

Like most of the other webcams that were released around the same time as the FI8918W, the FI8918W is not USB powered.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

Like most of the other webcams that are a similar age to the FI8918W, the FI8918W does not feature face tracking.

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Not Mac Compatibility

Like most of the other webcams of this age and spec, the FI8918W is not mac compatibility.

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Only 640x480@30fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The Foscam FI8918W has a better resolution at capture speed than most webcams of this age and spec. This webcam has a 640x480@30fps resolution at capture speed, whereas most webcams that are a comparable age to it have a 1280×720@30fps resolution at capture speed.

This webcam's resolution at capture speed (640x480@30fps) is actually the worst resolution at capture speed across all webcams that were released around the same time as the FI8918W.

A 1920x1080@30fps resolution at capture speed is the best resolution at capture speed amongst similar types of webcam.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

The FI8918W does not have a zoom capability, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec webcams that came out more than two years ago also do not have a zoom capability.

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Not Full HD

Like most of the other webcams of a similar spec and age to the FI8918W, the FI8918W is not full HD.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The FI8918W does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other webcams of a similar spec and age to the FI8918W also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

The FI8918W does not have a snapshot button. Most of the other webcams that have been available for a similar time to the FI8918W also do not have a snapshot button.

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Only 67 Viewing Angles

The FI8918W is a 67 degrees viewing angle webcam.

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Heavy

The FI8918W is one of the heavier webcams that have been available for a comparable time to the FI8918W (418 grams) amongst webcams of this age. Webcams of this age and type have weights of between 16g and 840g, and the average weight is 180g.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Foscam FI8918W

Released Over Four Years Ago

This webcam was released over four years ago.

Average Maximum Frame Rate

At 30 frames per second, the FI8918W has a pretty standard maximum frame rate compared to most of the other webcams that came out more than two years ago.

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640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Foscam FI8918W is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Specification

Performance
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
Zoom Capability
Full HD
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Minimum Illumination
Viewing Angle, Vertical
Viewing Angle, Horizontal
Auto Focus
Photo Feature
Resolution At Capture Speed
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
Compatible Operating Systems
Lens System
Minimum Processor
Internal Memory
Speakers and Microphone
Viewing Angle
Wi-Fi
Security Algorithms
Night Vision
Frequency Range
Maximum Internal Memory
Data Compression

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(3)

The camera surpasses its competition, delivering superb functionality and output...

Toptenreviews.com

2 September 2011

Aujourd'hui, après le test de la caméra AXIS , je vais vous présenter les deux modèles FOSCAM que j'utilise à mon domicile. Ce sont deux caméras IP Wifi offrant deux modes de connexion (WIFI... Read more…

12 July 2012

Al met al doet het product vooralsnog exact wat ik er van verwachtte en in combinatie met externe microfoon ( á ?20,- ) en bijvoorbeeld een oude computer speaker ben je goedkoper uit dan de...

The camera has easy setup, high output quality and an intuitive remote interface
Degelijk gebouwd
Wifi ethernet
IR verlichting
Scherp geprijsd
Email alerts sent when motion is detected only contain images, not video clips
Slechte kleurweergave
Slecht ondoorzichtige user interface
Ingebouwde microfoon speaker zijn niet van hoge kwaliteit
Status lichten op AC adapter achterzijde van camera onnodig

User Reviews

(172)
Reviewed 10 July 2013 by MansfieldAndroid
MansfieldAndroid would recommend the Foscam FI8918W (Verified Purchase)

Very easy to set up. Works great the first time. When you first plug it in, wait a little bit if it appears to be doing nothing. It goes through an initialization process, after which it will... Read more…

Reviewed 12 October 2014 by Gamblinracing
Gamblinracing would recommend the Foscam FI8918W (Verified Purchase)

Really like this camera now that I've got everything working as it should. Installation was difficult...

Reviewed 20 August 2015 by Loudram
Loudram would recommend the Foscam FI8918W

I was leery of buying this camera because of all the negative reviews but I'm glad that I bought it. It has a great picture and setting it up wasn't hard at all. Just power it up and plug it into... Read more…

Reviewed 15 July 2014 by RJ11
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera beacuse i have heard it was a good camera for the price and it is. The picture is good and only took minutes to set up to record to my PC. But this is when my problems... Read more…

Reviewed 26 January 2015 by Vincent153
Vincent153 would recommend the Foscam FI8918W

Has all the features needed to set up home security and great price...

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