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20 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at Toptenreviews.com concluded that this Foscam webcam was fantastic and gave it their "Gold" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This webcam has an average expert rating of 84% based on two expert reviews from sites including toptenreviews.com and tweakers.net. This puts this Foscam webcam in the top 12% of all the webcams of a comparable type and age when ranked by average expert review score.

Good Owner Reviews

Based on 456 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Foscam webcam is 80%.

Good Technical Features

A number of Foscam FI8918W reviewers said in their reviews that the product had good features. Artuk said 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 mentioned in his Foscam FI8918W 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 mentioned “Listen are great features”.

Easy to Use

A number of Foscam FI8918W reviewers reckoned that it was easy to setup. Amazon Customer wrote “It is easy enough to set up on a home network” in their review of this webcam but they only gave the Foscam FI8918W a rating 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”.

Seventeen people who bought it considered that it was easy to use. Dan mentioned on Amazon four years ago “Bought as baby monitor - Simple and Easy to use” in his Foscam FI8918W review and rated it 4 stars. Hc wrote “Remote pan/tilt/zoom control is VERY laggy to the point where it will just keep going” in their Foscam FI8918W review. Hc also wrote “It's fun fgs! -The FTP upload feature is quite handy, I struggled to find a site that makes good use of it”.

Some Foscam FI8918W reviewers considered that it had a good experience. Bonzo Dog said “Altogether a good learning experience” in their review of this webcam. Ken said “The set up for me was easy enough having had experience with two Axis cams which knowledge helped greatly with the setting up” in his review of the Foscam FI8918W.

Two Foscam FI8918W owners who reviewed it considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. C. S. Kay mentioned in their review of the Foscam FI8918W on Amazon “When that one drops to a more comfortable price I may replace this one”.

Several Foscam FI8918W owners who reviewed the Foscam FI8918W thought it was easy to use the menus. Dannyb said “Them dialing into my machine, they quickly got the correct settings put in” in their review. Mr. S. Bales said “The instructions and settings should be more clear” however they gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

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Good Support

A number of Foscam FI8918W owners who reviewed it concluded that it had good technical guidance. Alan G Orchard gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon two years ago “Was simple to set up with good instructions”. Amazon Fan Man said on Amazon “U have an amazing home cam to help keep your property safe when you are away from home” and scored the product very highly. Six years ago Andy mentioned “Docs are poor (at least the quick start guide that comes in the box” but even so he only gave this webcam a rating of 3 stars.

Several people who purchased it agreed that it had good customer support. Leighroy rated this webcam as very good and wrote “Fantastic camera and fantastic customer support”. Mr Simon Scott wrote in his review of this webcam on Amazon “This would not connect.I contacted customer support, who tried their best” but in spite of that he only rated it 40 out of 100. Thierry Bemelmans said on Amazon “Great camera for the price & great customer support” in their review of the Foscam FI8918W and scored the Foscam FI8918W 80 out of 100.

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Robust

Some Foscam FI8918W owners who reviewed this webcam agreed that it was well made. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Since then the wireless connection has been rock solid so I am putting that down to router” in their review. Bryan Jones scored the Foscam FI8918W very highly and he said on Amazon “You can also talk back as the camera has an in built speaker (which I admit is very loud.” in his review. Bryan Jones also said “It is built into the speaker”.

A few Foscam FI8918W reviewers reckoned that the Foscam FI8918W was reliable. Four years ago Cheryl said in her Foscam FI8918W review “This is a reliable camera which you can set up in your home”. Julie wrote in her review on Amazon “Amazing brilliant reliable”. Four years ago Mr Neil Crittenden said in his review 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 who reviewed it concluded that it was good at resisting water ingress. Viv wrote six years ago “It was like diving in a sea when you don't know swimming!I bought 2 of these cameras with lot of excitement” .

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Good Connectivity

A few Foscam FI8918W reviewers who bought the product reckoned that it was wifi compatible. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon four years ago “The wireless LAN feature simply doesn't work with a WPA/WPA2 secured network”. Andy mentioned on Amazon “Voila you are wireless” in his review of the Foscam FI8918W yet he scored the product 60 out of 100. Andyl wrote in their Foscam FI8918W review on Amazon “Good wireless cam”.

Some customers agreed that this webcam had network functionality. Good Guy Jas wrote four years ago “Good quality home network wireless camera” in their review. Three years ago Jerry wrote in his review of this webcam on Amazon “ONLY sends 6 images per triggered alarm, reasonable networking knowledge required, no HTTPS support” but despite that he only gave this webcam a rating of 40 out of 100. Jerry also wrote “However, these are networking related issues rather than the fault of this device”.

A few Foscam FI8918W owners said in their reviews that this webcam had email functionality. Geordio mentioned in their review of this webcam three years ago “Email alerts are a nice feature.” and gave the Foscam FI8918W a rating of 80 out of 100. Ian Robinson mentioned “What I like is an email alarm that motion has been detected” . Ian Robinson also wrote “The only thing I would have liked is the email to have the 1min video attached”.

A number of people who reviewed the product thought it was able to connect to the internet. Bonzo Dog wrote in their Foscam FI8918W review “The internet is very handy for finding the correct forum if you get stuck”. G. Smedley mentioned “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 review of the Foscam FI8918W and scored the Foscam FI8918W 5 stars.

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Nice Design

Several people concluded that the product was good looking. Bonzo Dog said on Amazon “The picture quality is pretty good indoors day or night” in their review of this webcam and gave the Foscam FI8918W a rating of 4 stars. Five years ago Consumer 2012 wrote “It's a good looking camera”. Lmd said four years ago “The slightly rubberised black finish is unobtrusive and the motors are pretty quiet so it doesn't really stand out” in their review of the Foscam FI8918W.

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

One Foscam FI8918W reviewer who purchased it reckoned that it was neat. David mentioned in his Foscam FI8918W review six years ago “This is a neat little IP Camera that we use for monitoring the house whilst we're out” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

One person wrote in their reviews that the product had a good case.

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Good Product Quality

Several customers agreed that the Foscam FI8918W was good quality. Amazon Customer wrote “ProsVery good quality image (even over a 3G wireless connection)Control software works very well” in their Foscam FI8918W review. Amazon Customer also said “Image quality is acceptable, though the camera's colour balance is terrible”. Amazon Customer also said “This is a well presented, good quality product”.

Reasonably Priced

A number of Foscam FI8918W owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon “Works well for the price” in their review. Amazon Customer also said “To sum upFor the money you pay this camera is great value for money”. Six years ago Amazon Fan Man wrote in their review of the Foscam FI8918W on Amazon “Great value cam”.

A few people said in their reviews that this webcam was a bargain for the price. Amazon Customer said in their review on Amazon “Honestly, how much would it have cost to make the lead a little longer? Cheap cost-cutting here” although they gave it a score of 3 stars. Amazon Customer also said “Only gets three stars because it's so cheap, otherwise it would only merit two stars”. Dan Woodhouse mentioned in his review of this webcam on Amazon three years ago “Perfect for a cheap home CCTV network”.

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was cheap. C. D. Nash wrote on Amazon “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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A Top Selling Product

The FI8918W is a popular choice of webcam according to Amazon sales data.

Good Sound Quality

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

Acceptable Noise Level

A number of Foscam FI8918W reviewers considered that it was quiet. Jerry said in his review of the Foscam FI8918W on Amazon “So my password had been silently truncated and I couldn't log in”. Julie mentioned “They are so silent they don't hear or notice them when they are moved! So that was great”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy.

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Good Size

One person said in their reviews that the Foscam FI8918W was heavy and bulky. Andy said “Not heavy”. One Foscam FI8918W owner who bought the Foscam FI8918W considered that it was compact. Dennis wrote “The compact shape and build quality that doesn't feel very "cheap”.

Foscam Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams

We calculated the average ratings for all Foscam webcams and also specifically for Foscam webcams and found that in both cases Foscam had good ratings.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The FI8918W has a built-in microphone. Most of the other webcams that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

It may also be worth considering one of the other webcams with a built-in microphone currently available including the Logitech B910 HD Kit (£61.66) which has better reviews; or the Creative Labs Live! Cam Connect HD 1080 (£48.99) which is cheaper.

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Quite Wide Viewing Angle, Horizontal

With a viewing angle, horizontal of 300 degrees, the Foscam FI8918W has one of the wider viewing angle, horizontals amongst webcams of this age. The viewing angle, horizontals of webcams that are a comparable age to the FI8918W range from 30° to 360°, and the average viewing angle, horizontal is 110°.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This webcam has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec webcams that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite Low Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of webcams of a comparable age and type to the FI8918W range from 0.05lx to 2lx. With a minimum illumination of only 0.5 lux, the FI8918W has one of the lower minimum illuminations amongst webcams of this age.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Picture Quality

Nine customers who reviewed it considered that it did not have good colour saturation. Amazon Customer wrote “The second time it then sees all the wireless networks Colours are not perfect” in their review of this webcam. B Kay rated it 3 stars and wrote in their Foscam FI8918W review on Amazon “Colours are poor when pointed outside”. Jonnycabs said on Amazon “Admittedly the colours aren't great (brown looks pink” in their review of this webcam although they still gave this webcam a score of 5 stars.

Several Foscam FI8918W reviewers who purchased the product concluded that it produced a good quality image. Dc1980 said “Although the image quality isn't brilliant, its still very good, even in complete darkness” . Mark Booth mentioned in his review of this webcam two years ago “The image quality is a bit grainy & the colour a bit wonky” but even so he rated it as very good.

One Foscam FI8918W reviewer concluded that the Foscam FI8918W produced a sharp image.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This webcam has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many webcams that were released around the same time as it.

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Does Not Have a Motion Detector

The Foscam FI8918W does not have a motion detector, although keep in mind that most of the other webcams that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a motion detector.

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Pricey

Webcams that came out more than two years ago range in price from £2 to £429. We think that this Foscam webcam looks expensive compared to other webcams that came out more than two years ago.

Does Not Feature Face Tracking

The Foscam FI8918W does not feature face tracking. Most of the other webcams of a comparable age and type to the FI8918W also do not feature face tracking.

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Not Mac Compatibility

Most webcams of this age and type are not mac compatibility. The FI8918W is no exception to this as it too is not mac compatibility.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

The Foscam FI8918W does not have a snapshot button, although it is worth noting that most of the other webcams of this spec and age also do not have a snapshot button.

We compared this webcam to all the other webcams with a snapshot button and we think the Creative Labs Live! Cam Connect HD 1080 (£48.99) which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

Most webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the FI8918W do not have a zoom capability. The FI8918W is no exception to this as it too does not have a zoom capability.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Foscam FI8918W does not have a night mode. Most of the other comparable spec webcams that came out more than two years ago also do not have a night mode.

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Heavy

At 418 grams, the Foscam FI8918W is quite heavy compared to most of the other webcams that are a similar age to the FI8918W. The weights of webcams that came out around the same time as the FI8918W range from 0.35g to 840g, and the average weight is 130g.

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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

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