Foscam FI8918W


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Foscam FI8918W

Foscam FI8918W
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An award winning but poor value for money 640 x 480 pixels resolution webcam, with not very good features
640 X 480 Pixels No Yes No Sep 2012
Maximum Video Resolution Full HD Built-In Microphone Zoom Capability Release Date
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Foscam FI8918W Review

With excellent reviews, we have ranked the Foscam FI8918W number 22 in best selling webcams and number 98 across all webcams.
723 Reviews + 1 Award
Value for Money
Missing Some Features
5 Years Old
Overall Score

Why Has it Scored 43?

It has very good expert reviews and good user reviews with 73% of buyers recommending this webcam to others. This webcam has received a "Gold" award from Logitech webcams also have excellent reviews in general.
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.
Customers report it is fairly priced, it is robust and excellent design. However they also report poor picture quality.
The FI8918W is missing some features:
Only 640 x 480 pixels resolution
Not full HD
Does not have a photo feature
Does not have an auto focus

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Reviews Summary

One Industry Award

This Foscam webcam was given a "Gold" award by website who said that this webcam was terrific.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on two expert reviews from sites including and the average expert rating of this Foscam webcam is 84 out of 100. Experts think this webcam is one of the better webcams.

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User Reviews Are Average

On average, people who bought this webcam rated it as 78%. Over 73% of reviewers gave this webcam either 4 or 5 stars and 73% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

57 customers who purchased this webcam concluded that it was good value for money.

Users Report Poor Picture Quality

Five people who bought it reckoned that it did not have good colour saturation and two customers who reviewed this webcam considered that it produced a good quality image.

Users Report That it is Robust

14 customers wrote that this webcam was well made and three people who reviewed this webcam wrote that it was reliable.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Six customers thought the Foscam FI8918W was good looking.

Users Report Acceptable Noise Level

Two people mentioned in their reviews 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

Foscam Has Very Good Webcam Reviews

We checked 1,084 user and expert reviews (including 231 verified purchases) for Foscam webcams and found that on average Foscam has very good ratings compared to other brands. 82% of those that bought a Foscam webcam would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Excellent Connectivity

Three owners wrote in their reviews 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

Customers Report Superior Technical Guidance

Five customers thought the product 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
  • This one was delivered the next day after ordering and was simple to set up with good instructions…
  • Instructions are sufficient-- even have photos…
  • The instructions were ok.
  • Finally have it all up and running - it should not be difficult if the instructions were a little clearer…
    DC (Amazon) - February 2013

Users Report Good Sound Quality

Two customers who bought the Foscam FI8918W mentioned that it had a good microphone.

Users Report Great Technical Features

Six owners wrote that this webcam had good 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
  • Great features for the price…
    HC (Amazon) - December 2011
  • Great cameras for the price with impressive features…
  • 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
  • Most competition are much more expensive for similar features…
    HMTVALADAS (Amazon) - January 2012
  • Being able to remotely move it and to speak and listen are great features…
    G. North (Amazon) - January 2015
  • To all those people making negative comments and complaining about lack of features, what do you expect for…
    Artuk (Amazon) - November 2014

Customers Report Good Product Quality

27 people said in their reviews that it was good quality.

Users Report That it is Easy to Use

25 owners who purchased it concluded that it was easy to setup, six customers who bought it considered that it was easy to use and two people who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to use the menus.

Value For Money

Poor Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews but mediocre features and is over 6 months old, and at £52.99 it is more expensive than 71% of webcams.

Price Has Gone Up by £8 (15%)

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Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Foscam FI8918W and the United Kingdom price of £52.99 was the cheapest.

The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $48.97 (£65.17).

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This webcam has been on the market since September 2012.


Only 640 X 480 Pixels Resolution

The highest resolution of the Foscam FI8918W is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less resolution than the most common resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all webcams the resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best).

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Not Full HD

The FI8918W is not full HD, although this is within the context that 67% of webcams are also not full HD.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The FI8918W has a built-in microphone. 86% of webcams also have a built-in microphone.

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Does Not Have a Photo Feature

Like most other webcams, the FI8918W does not have a photo feature. 59% of webcams do not have a photo feature.

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Does Not Have an Auto Focus

Like most other webcams, the FI8918W does not have an auto focus. 77% of webcams do not have an auto focus.

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Features Night Vision

The FI8918W features night vision. 96% of webcams do not feature night vision.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

The FI8918W does not have a zoom capability, although it is worth noting that 79% of webcams also do not have a zoom capability.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

foscam 2packfi8918w, foscam vnt6656g6a40, foscam fi8918ww, foscam fi8918wb


00033172483050, 00033172486181, 00033172488284, 00033172491109, 00033172496906, 00400002380467, 00520361606784, 00520361606791, 00609456690089, 00609613313509, 00635934443779, 00635934443786, 00700604296525, 00700604296532, 00701698164325, 00704679922136, 00713458759580, 00754292158764, 00782386074768, 00798304140965, 00798304140972, 00798304144765, 00848061001136, 00849248031632, 00859365003030, 00859365003047, 00859365003153, 00954836091821, 05053086342521, 05053973539911

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