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Foscam FI8909W Webcam

30fps 640 X 480 Sep 2012
Maximum Frame Rate Built-In Microphone Maximum Video Resolution Release Date
The Foscam FI8909W-NA Wireless IP Camera features high quality video and audio, remote internet viewing, motion detection, night-vision as well as a built in network video recording system. In... More
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Foscam FI8909W Wireless/Wired IP/Network Camera with 7 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm L Reviews

9 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This Foscam webcam received an expert rating of 88% from toptenreviews.com. That puts this webcam in the top 1% of all the webcams of this type and age.

User Reviews Are Average

On average, FI8909W owners rated this webcam 71 out of 100.

Easy to Use

One person who reviewed the product thought it performed as expected. R W Woodall wrote in their review of the Foscam FI8909W on Amazon “A first class product that does exactly what it says on the box”. One Foscam FI8909W reviewer wrote that the Foscam FI8909W was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Trev-R said on Amazon “Click Settings then Advanced Settings4” in their review of this webcam.

One Foscam FI8909W reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Trev-R said “It costs $20 a year and will allow you to setup an easy to remember name for your camera in the form of a web address” in their review of the Foscam FI8909W and rated this webcam as excellent.

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Robust

Several Foscam FI8909W reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was reliable. Chris scored it 4 stars and he mentioned last year “It does a fantastic reliable job”. Trev-R wrote three years ago “If you need a reliable way to access your camera remotely then you will need to sign up for a service such as DynPro at dyn” in their review of the Foscam FI8909W.

Good Size

One Foscam FI8909W reviewer who bought it concluded that it was lightweight. Six years ago expert website Toptenreviews.com said in their review of this webcam “It offers some advantageous features ideal for lightweight monitoring”.

Good Technical Features

One Foscam FI8909W reviewer who reviewed it considered that it had good features.

Good Brand

Foscam is one of the superior webcam manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Foscam also has good ratings for its webcams.

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Good Product Quality

One Foscam FI8909W owner wrote in their reviews that this webcam was good quality.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The FI8909W has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other webcams of this age and spec.

There are a number of alternative webcams with a built-in microphone currently available which you might also want to consider including cheaper webcams such as the HP HD 4310[plb_1418844_price].

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One person said that the product was not wifi compatible. Expert review site Toptenreviews.com said in their review of this webcam “While it may not be the best wireless camera we came across”.

Poor Support

One Foscam FI8909W reviewer said in their reviews that this webcam did not have good technical guidance. Marky mentioned on Amazon “Poor ip cameras - difficult to, setup and instructions not clear enough by a long way” and rated this webcam 40 out of 100.

Poor Picture Quality

One Foscam FI8909W owner who reviewed it considered that it did not have good colour saturation. Thepluck mentioned on Amazon “Does as advertised not a s good as other models colours a bit washed out” in their review.

Does Not Have a Motion Detector

The FI8909W does not have a motion detector. Most of the other webcams of this spec and age also do not have a motion detector.

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Not USB Powered

Like most of the other webcams that were launched around the same time as the FI8909W, the Foscam FI8909W is not USB powered.

If you want a webcam that is USB powered then you might want to consider the HP HD 4310[plb_1418844_price] which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

The FI8909W does not feature face tracking. Most of the other webcams that have been available for a similar time to the FI8909W also do not feature face tracking.

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Not Mac Compatible

The FI8909W is not Mac compatible. Most of the other webcams that were launched more than two years ago are also not Mac compatible.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

The Foscam FI8909W does not have a zoom capability, although keep in mind that most of the other webcams of this age and spec also do not have a zoom capability.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most webcams that were released more than two years ago do not have a night mode. The FI8909W is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

Most webcams that have been on the market for a comparable time to the FI8909W do not have a snapshot button. The FI8909W is no exception to this as it too does not have a snapshot button.

We compared all the other webcams which also have a snapshot button to this webcam and we think the HP HD 4310[plb_1418844_price] which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Not Full HD

The FI8909W is not Full HD. Most of the other webcams that are a similar age to the FI8909W are also not Full HD.

Webcams which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the HP HD 4310[plb_1418844_price].

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Very Tall

The heights of webcams of a comparable age and type to the FI8909W range from 14mm to 230mm. The Foscam FI8909W is very tall (225 millimeters) compared to most of the other webcams that were released more than two years ago.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Foscam FI8909W

Released Over Four Years Ago

This webcam was released over four years ago.

Average Maximum Frame Rate

At 30 frames per second, the FI8909W has a fairly standard maximum frame rate compared to most of the other webcams of this age and type.

There are a number of other 30fps maximum frame rate webcams currently available which you might want to look at including cheaper webcams such as the HP HD 4310[plb_1418844_price].

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640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the FI8909W is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than a 1280 x 720 pixels webcam, which is the most common video resolution.

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Specification

Performance
Maximum Frame Rate
Maximum Video Resolution
Zoom Capability
Full HD
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Minimum Illumination
Auto Focus
Photo Feature
Supported Video Mode
Maximum Image Resolution
Design
Colour
Certification
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Built-In Flash
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Wireless Standard
Lens System
Internal Memory
Speaker and Microphone
Viewing Angle
Supported Security Algorithm

Expert Reviews

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This is a low-cost, easy-to-use camera suitable for casual home users...

It offers decent output and beneficial, informative customer support options
It does not support WirelessN, the newest network standard for highspeed WiFi

User Reviews

(15)
Reviewed 23 January 2013 by Trev-R

If you are a BT Homehub user you most probably will not be able to access the software to setup the camera via the included disc. Instead this is how I got access 1. Plug camera into Homehub and... Read more…

Reviewed 13 January 2014 by Fannyadams
(Verified Purchase)

The camera arrived on time and was well packed and when opened appeared to be a quality product. However the camera would not connect wirelessly even with advice from Foscam UK. I tried all the... Read more…

Reviewed 23 December 2015 by BeccA*Star
(Verified Purchase)

Was a good little camera - but it needs screwing down so that was pretty awkward as it was for indoor use!

(Verified Purchase)

Second Foscam purchased. I don't use the interface onboard or its webserver directly instead relying on third partys to grab the imagary through them which saves me from the problematic... Read more…

Reviewed 31 May 2015 by Chris
(Verified Purchase)

Second Foscam purchased. I don't use the interface onboard or its webserver directly instead relying on third partys to grab the imagary through them which saves me from the problematic interface.... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers foscam fi8909, foscam fi8909w, foscam fi8909wn, foscam fi8909wna
Barcodes 00532249103902, 00608938506283, 00662629107708, 00662629107715, 00662629107722, 00700604296464, 00700604296471, 00701698164295, 00720066995675, 00738435253462, 00755383969672, 00765573816129, 00798304135121, 00859365003078, 00859365003085, 00954836090916, 05147841667575, 06954836089293, 06954836090909, 07123290445771
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