The FI9821EP is the first High Definition Plug and Play Power Over Ethernet indoor IP camera. This is identical to the very popular plug and play FI9821P with the addition of Power Over Ethernet...
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Foscam Has Good Webcam Reviews
On average Foscam built-in microphone webcams have good reviews as do all webcams built by Foscam.
Has a Motion Detector
The FI9821EP has a motion detector. Most of the other built-in microphone webcams that have been around for more than a year do not have a motion detector.
We compared all the other webcams with a motion detector to this webcam and we think the D-Link DCS-5000L-E[plb_3580133_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.
We compared all the other webcams which also have a motion detector to this webcam and we think the Samsung SNH-V6110BN[plb_3418909_price] is also worth considering.
Fairly High Maximum Frame Rate
With a maximum frame rate of 60 frames per second, the Foscam FI9821EP has one of the higher maximum frame rates amongst webcams of this age. The lowest maximum frame rate of webcams of this age and spec is 25fps and the highest is 60fps.
Has a Night Mode
The FI9821EP has a night mode. Most of the other built-in microphone webcams that have been available for a similar time to the FI9821EP do not have a night mode.
1280x720@30fps Resolution At Capture Speed
The FI9821EP has a 1280x720@30fps resolution at capture speed which is better than most webcams of a comparable type and age to it. Most webcams of a similar age and type to it have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution at capture speed.
This webcam's resolution at capture speed (1280x720@30fps) is in fact the best resolution at capture speed amongst all comparable spec webcams that have been on the market for around the same time as the FI9821EP.
Amongst similar types of webcam the worst resolution at capture speed is 640x480@30fps.
10 Reasons Against
Difficult to Use
One person who reviewed it thought it was not easy to setup. Brendan Comerford wrote on Amazon “The product itself is promising although not as easy to set-up port forwarding as claimed” and rated it 60 out of 100.
One Foscam FI9821EP reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was not wifi compatible. Last year Brendan Comerford scored it 60 out of 100 and he said on Amazon “When delivered I found that it has no WiFi capability” in his review of the Foscam FI9821EP.
Does Not Feature Face Tracking
Most built-in microphone webcams that are a similar age to the FI9821EP do not feature face tracking. The FI9821EP is no exception to this as it too does not feature face tracking.
Not USB Powered
Like most of the other webcams of a comparable age and spec to the FI9821EP, the FI9821EP is not USB powered.
+7 More reasons against
Not Mac Compatibility
The Foscam FI9821EP is not mac compatibility, although keep in mind that most of the other webcams of a similar type and age to the FI9821EP are also not mac compatibility.
Very Low Megapixel
With a megapixel of only 1 megapixel, the FI9821EP has one of the lower megapixels amongst built-in microphone webcams of this age. Across all the built-in microphone webcams that have been on the market for more than a year the megapixels range from 1MP to 15MP.
Does Not Have a Zoom Capability
The FI9821EP does not have a zoom capability, although it is worth noting that most of the other built-in microphone webcams that are a similar age to the FI9821EP also do not have a zoom capability.
Not Full HD
The FI9821EP is not full HD, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other webcams that have been available for more than a year are also not full HD.
Webcams which are full HD that might be worth looking at include the Samsung SNH-V6110BN[plb_3418909_price].
Does Not Have a Snapshot Button
Like most of the other webcams of a similar spec and age to the FI9821EP, the FI9821EP does not have a snapshot button.
Very Narrow Diagonal Field of View
Across all the webcams of this age and type the diagonal field of views range from 75° to 140°. At only 75 degrees, the FI9821EP has a quite narrow diagonal field of view compared to most of the other built-in microphone webcams that are a comparable age to the FI9821EP.
2 Other reasons to consider the Foscam FI9821EP
Released Over Two Years Ago
This webcam has been on the market for over two years.
1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution
The FI9821EP has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's 56% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
I purchased this item... it was advertised, I quote, as having "wifi-N capability". I wanted the option of both PoE and WiFi. You can see the image portrayed to have an antenna. When delivered I... Read more…