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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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16 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The expert at Toptenreviews.com said that this webcam was fantastic and gave it their "Gold" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including toptenreviews.com and tweakers.net the average expert rating of this webcam is 84%. This puts this Foscam webcam in the top 14% of all the webcams that were released more than two years ago when ranked by average expert review score.

Good User Reviews

This webcam has an average user rating of 80% based on 456 user reviews.

Good Support

A number of people who bought the product thought it had good technical guidance. Five years ago Amazon Fan Man rated the Foscam FI8918W as excellent and wrote “U have an amazing home cam to help keep your property safe when you are away from home” in their review. Andy said in his review on Amazon “Docs are poor (at least the quick start guide that comes in the box”. Dan Woodhouse gave the product a very good review score and he mentioned two years ago “If you only have one camera then it's easy to set it up using the Foscam app - a quick Google reveals easy to follow instructions”.

Some customers agreed that it had good customer support. Leighroy rated it as very good and said three years ago “Fantastic camera and fantastic customer support” in their review of this webcam. Mr Simon Scott he said on Amazon “This would not connect.I contacted customer support, who tried their best”. Thierry Bemelmans mentioned in their review on Amazon four years ago “Great camera for the price & great customer support”.

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Robust

Some Foscam FI8918W owners who bought the product considered that it was well made. Amazon Customer mentioned in their Foscam FI8918W review “Since then the wireless connection has been rock solid so I am putting that down to router”. Bryan Jones said “It is built into the speaker” in his review and rated it 5 stars. Charles Huggett said in his review of this webcam “The build quality is good”.

A few Foscam FI8918W owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was reliable. Three years ago Cheryl wrote in her review of the Foscam FI8918W on Amazon “This is a reliable camera which you can set up in your home”. Julie gave the Foscam FI8918W a very good review score and she mentioned in her Foscam FI8918W review on Amazon “Amazing brilliant reliable”. Mr Neil Crittenden said “This seemed like a reliable and cheaper option to other options when we moved our newborn into his own room” in his review of this webcam.

One person wrote that it was good at resisting water ingress. Viv wrote on Amazon five 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” in their review.

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Good Connectivity

Nineteen Foscam FI8918W owners mentioned that this webcam was wifi compatible. Amazon Customer said on Amazon three years ago “The wireless LAN feature simply doesn't work with a WPA/WPA2 secured network” however they rated the Foscam FI8918W 3 stars. Andy mentioned on Amazon “Voila you are wireless”. Five years ago Andyl said on Amazon “Good wireless cam” in their review of this webcam.

A number of Foscam FI8918W owners who reviewed it agreed that it had network functionality. Good Guy Jas rated the product 80 out of 100 and said in their review of the Foscam FI8918W three years ago “Good quality home network wireless camera”. Jerry wrote in his review of the Foscam FI8918W on Amazon “ONLY sends 6 images per triggered alarm, reasonable networking knowledge required, no HTTPS support”. Jerry also mentioned “However, these are networking related issues rather than the fault of this device”.

A number of Foscam FI8918W reviewers who reviewed the Foscam FI8918W considered that it had email functionality. Geordio said two years ago “Email alerts are a nice feature.”. Ian Robinson gave the Foscam FI8918W a rating of 80 out of 100 and he mentioned on Amazon three years ago “What I like is an email alarm that motion has been detected” in his review of this webcam. Ian Robinson also said “The only thing I would have liked is the email to have the 1min video attached”.

Four Foscam FI8918W owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was able to connect to the internet.

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Nice Design

Some customers mentioned that the Foscam FI8918W was good looking. Bonzo Dog mentioned in their Foscam FI8918W review on Amazon “The picture quality is pretty good indoors day or night”. Consumer 2012 wrote in their review on Amazon four years ago “It's a good looking camera”. Lmd mentioned 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”.

Several Foscam FI8918W reviewers who reviewed it mentioned that it was smooth. Mr. L. Croucher said “It is smooth over Wifi and very reliable, really happy with the purchase” in their review of the Foscam FI8918W and scored the product 5 stars. S. Roberts mentioned in their review on Amazon “The camera itself is well finished with pan and tilt smooth and precise” and scored it 80 out of 100.

One person said in their reviews that it had a good case.

One customer who reviewed the Foscam FI8918W thought it was neat. David said in his review of this webcam on Amazon “This is a neat little IP Camera that we use for monitoring the house whilst we're out” and gave it a score of 4 stars.

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Good Technical Features

Thirteen customers who bought the Foscam FI8918W agreed that it had good features. Artuk said “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 review on Amazon four years ago “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 in their review of this webcam on Amazon “Listen are great features”.

Good Product Quality

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

Easy to Use

Thirty-nine customers who bought the Foscam FI8918W thought it was easy to setup. Alan G Orchard said on Amazon “This one was delivered the next day after ordering and was simple to set up with good instructions”. Amazon Customer wrote in their Foscam FI8918W review on Amazon “It is easy enough to set up on a home network” yet they only gave it a rating of 3 stars. Amazon Customer also said “The other location uses a dynamically (ISP) allocated IP address, so it is necessary to set up an account with a DDNS service”.

Several customers who bought it concluded that it was easy to use. Bonzo Dog mentioned “The internet is very handy for finding the correct forum if you get stuck”. Three years ago Dan scored it 4 stars and he said on Amazon “Bought as baby monitor - Simple and Easy to use” in his review. G. Smedley mentioned on Amazon “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.

Several Foscam FI8918W owners who purchased it reckoned that it had a good interface. Mark Booth mentioned “Has a great interface” in his review. Terryb mentioned on Amazon “The set-up is relatively easy and the web interface is great, although it works best with IE”.

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

Some Foscam FI8918W reviewers said in their reviews that this webcam had a good experience. Bonzo Dog mentioned in their review of the Foscam FI8918W “Altogether a good learning experience” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Ken gave the product a score of 5 stars and he said in his review of this webcam five years ago “The set up for me was easy enough having had experience with two Axis cams which knowledge helped greatly with the setting up”.

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Good Sound Quality

A few people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good microphone. Bryan Jones gave it a rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of the Foscam FI8918W on Amazon “If you're using Internet Explorer on windows, you get the added bonus of two way sound”. Good Guy Jas said in their review “The booklet makes it sound simple” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Hc wrote five years ago “Surveilance pro is good too, no audio though” in their review of the Foscam FI8918W.

Acceptable Noise Level

A number of Foscam FI8918W owners reckoned that the Foscam FI8918W was quiet. Jerry said “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” and scored it very highly.

One person who purchased the Foscam FI8918W said that it was noisy. Bryan Jones gave the Foscam FI8918W a score of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “You can also talk back as the camera has an in built speaker (which I admit is very loud.” in his review of the Foscam FI8918W.

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Foscam Has Good Reviews for Its Webcams

Webcams built by Foscam have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all webcams (not just webcams) and found that Foscam also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Good Size

One Foscam FI8918W reviewer considered that the product was compact. Three years ago Dennis mentioned in his review on Amazon “The compact shape and build quality that doesn't feel very "cheap”. One Foscam FI8918W reviewer concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Andy said “Not heavy”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The FI8918W has a built-in microphone. Most of the other webcams that were released around the same time as the FI8918W also have a built-in microphone.

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Fairly Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle

The narrowest horizontal viewing angle of webcams of this type and age is 45° and the widest is 360°. At 300 degrees, the FI8918W has a fairly wide horizontal viewing angle compared to most of the other webcams that have been available for around the same time as the FI8918W.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Picture Quality

A few Foscam FI8918W reviewers who purchased this webcam mentioned 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”. B Kay mentioned on Amazon “Colours are poor when pointed outside”. Jonnycabs mentioned in their Foscam FI8918W review “Admittedly the colours aren't great (brown looks pink” although they still rated it 5 stars.

A few people said in their reviews that this webcam produced a good quality image. Dc1980 said in their review of this webcam “Although the image quality isn't brilliant, its still very good, even in complete darkness” although they still gave it a score of 5 stars. Last year Mark Booth mentioned in his review of this webcam on Amazon “The image quality is a bit grainy & the colour a bit wonky” however he rated the product as excellent.

One Foscam FI8918W reviewer mentioned in their reviews 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

The FI8918W is not USB powered, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec webcams that are a similar age to the FI8918W are also not USB powered.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

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

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Not Mac Compatible

The FI8918W is not Mac compatible. Most of the other webcams of this spec and age are also not Mac compatible.

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Only 640x480@30fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The FI8918W has a 640x480@30fps resolution at capture speed which is better than most webcams that were launched more than two years ago. Most webcams that are a similar age to it have a 1280×720@30fps resolution at capture speed.

A 640x480@30fps resolution at capture speed is in fact the worst resolution at capture speed amongst all webcams of a comparable age and type to the FI8918W.

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

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

The Foscam FI8918W does not have a zoom capability. Most of the other webcams that have been around for around the same time as the FI8918W also do 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 webcams that have been available for around the same time as 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 comparable spec webcams that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a snapshot button.

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Not Full HD

The FI8918W is not Full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other webcams of a similar age and type to the FI8918W are also not Full HD.

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Only 67 Viewing Angles

Most webcams of this age and type have between 54 and 169 viewing angles, including the FI8918W which has 67 viewing angles.

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Heavy

Across all the webcams of this spec and age the weights range from 16g to 840g. At 418 grams, the FI8918W is quite heavy 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 FI8918W

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this webcam was released.

Average Maximum Frame Rate

At 30 frames per second, the FI8918W has a relatively average maximum frame rate compared to most of the other similar spec webcams that are a comparable age to the FI8918W.

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640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The FI8918W has a maximum video resolution of 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
Vertical Vewing Angle
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Auto Focus
Photo Feature
Resolution At Capture Speed
Maximum Image Resolution
Design
Colour
Certification
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Built-In Flash
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Wireless Standard
Operating System
Lens System
Minimum Processor
Internal Memory
Speaker and Microphone
Viewing Angle
Supported Security Algorithm
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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