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Foscam FI8918W
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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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17 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This Foscam webcam was given a "Gold" award by Toptenreviews.com who thought that this webcam was terrific.

Good Expert Reviews

This webcam has an average expert rating of 84 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including toptenreviews.com and tweakers.net.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 456 user reviews this Foscam webcam has an overall user rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Technical Features

Thirteen Foscam FI8918W owners wrote in their reviews that the Foscam FI8918W had good features. Three years ago Artuk said in their Foscam FI8918W review “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 wrote in his Foscam FI8918W review “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.” and rated the product as excellent. G. North mentioned on Amazon “Listen are great features” in their review.

Good Product Quality

Some people who purchased the Foscam FI8918W agreed that it was good quality. Amazon Customer said four years ago “Image quality is acceptable, though the camera's colour balance is terrible” in their Foscam FI8918W review but in spite of that they only scored the Foscam FI8918W 3 stars. Amazon Customer also said “This is a well presented, good quality product”. Barky gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote “Image quality good for the price”.

Easy to Use

Several customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to setup. Amazon Customer wrote “It is easy enough to set up on a home network” in their review of the Foscam FI8918W. 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 wrote “The camera works well and is straightforward to setup”.

Seventeen Foscam FI8918W owners who reviewed this webcam mentioned that it was easy to use. Four years ago Dan said in his review of the Foscam FI8918W on Amazon “Bought as baby monitor - Simple and Easy to use”. Hc wrote in their review of this webcam on Amazon “Remote pan/tilt/zoom control is VERY laggy to the point where it will just keep going” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Hc also mentioned “It's fun fgs! -The FTP upload feature is quite handy, I struggled to find a site that makes good use of it”.

Two Foscam FI8918W reviewers who reviewed this webcam agreed that it had a good experience. Bonzo Dog gave it a score of 4 stars and said “Altogether a good learning experience”. Ken mentioned “The set up for me was easy enough having had experience with two Axis cams which knowledge helped greatly with the setting up”.

Two Foscam FI8918W reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. C. S. Kay rated the Foscam FI8918W 4 stars and wrote “When that one drops to a more comfortable price I may replace this one”.

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

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Good Support

Several people who reviewed the Foscam FI8918W wrote that it had good technical guidance. Alan G Orchard mentioned on Amazon “Was simple to set up with good instructions” in his review of this webcam. Amazon Fan Man scored it 5 stars and said “U have an amazing home cam to help keep your property safe when you are away from home” in their review. Andy said on Amazon “Docs are poor (at least the quick start guide that comes in the box” in his Foscam FI8918W review.

A number of customers who bought it reckoned that it had good customer support. Leighroy said on Amazon “Fantastic camera and fantastic customer support” in their review and gave the Foscam FI8918W a score of 5 stars. Mr Simon Scott said in his review of this webcam on Amazon “This would not connect.I contacted customer support, who tried their best”. Thierry Bemelmans rated the product 4 stars and said “Great camera for the price & great customer support”.

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Good Connectivity

A number of Foscam FI8918W reviewers agreed that the product was wifi compatible. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “The wireless LAN feature simply doesn't work with a WPA/WPA2 secured network”. Andy wrote in his review of this webcam on Amazon “Voila you are wireless”. Andyl said in their review of this webcam on Amazon “Good wireless cam”.

Some Foscam FI8918W owners who reviewed it thought it had network functionality. Good Guy Jas wrote in their review on Amazon “Good quality home network wireless camera”. Jerry said “ONLY sends 6 images per triggered alarm, reasonable networking knowledge required, no HTTPS support” but in spite of that he gave the product a score of 2 stars. Jerry also said “However, these are networking related issues rather than the fault of this device”.

Several customers who reviewed this webcam concluded that it had email functionality. Geordio wrote “Email alerts are a nice feature.” in their review of the Foscam FI8918W and gave this webcam a score of 80 out of 100. Four years ago 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 few people wrote in their reviews that this webcam was able to connect to the internet. Bonzo Dog gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned in their Foscam FI8918W review on Amazon five years ago “The internet is very handy for finding the correct forum if you get stuck”. Also five years ago G. Smedley gave it a rating of 5 stars and said 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”.

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Nice Design

A few Foscam FI8918W owners said in their reviews that this webcam was good looking. Five years ago Bonzo Dog gave the Foscam FI8918W a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “The picture quality is pretty good indoors day or night” in their review. Also five years ago Consumer 2012 mentioned in their Foscam FI8918W review “It's a good looking camera” however they only gave it a rating of 1 stars. Lmd wrote “The slightly rubberised black finish is unobtrusive and the motors are pretty quiet so it doesn't really stand out”.

Several customers who reviewed this webcam wrote that it 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. S. Roberts wrote “The camera itself is well finished with pan and tilt smooth and precise” in their review of the Foscam FI8918W.

One Foscam FI8918W owner who bought the product reckoned that it was neat. David said on Amazon “This is a neat little IP Camera that we use for monitoring the house whilst we're out”. One customer said in their reviews that it had a good case.

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Robust

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

A few customers who bought it said that it was reliable. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “ProsVery good quality image (even over a 3G wireless connection)Control software works very well and seems to reliable (so far anyway)Sound”. Cheryl said in her review of this webcam on Amazon four years ago “This is a reliable camera which you can set up in your home”. Julie mentioned on Amazon “Amazing brilliant reliable” and scored the Foscam FI8918W very highly.

One Foscam FI8918W reviewer considered that it was good at resisting water ingress. Viv said on Amazon “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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A Best Selling Webcam

According to Amazon sales data, the FI8918W is a popular choice amongst people who purchased webcams in the last 3 months.

Good Sound Quality

A number of Foscam FI8918W reviewers thought the Foscam FI8918W 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 said in their review of this webcam “The booklet makes it sound simple”. Six years ago Hc said “Surveilance pro is good too, no audio though” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

Acceptable Noise Level

Several customers who bought this webcam said that it was quiet. Jerry mentioned in his review of this webcam on Amazon “So my password had been silently truncated and I couldn't log in”. Two years ago Julie wrote on Amazon “They are so silent they don't hear or notice them when they are moved! So that was great” in her review of this webcam.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy.

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Good Size

One person who purchased the Foscam FI8918W wrote that it was heavy and bulky. Andy wrote “Not heavy”. One Foscam FI8918W reviewer who bought it considered that it was compact. Dennis gave it a rating of 4 stars and he said in his review of the Foscam FI8918W “The compact shape and build quality that doesn't feel very "cheap”.

Foscam Has Good Webcam Reviews

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

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Has a Built-In Microphone

Like most of the other similar spec webcams that have been available for a comparable time to the FI8918W, the Foscam FI8918W has a built-in microphone.

Other webcams with a built-in microphone currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Microsoft LifeCam Studio[plb_2600530_price].

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Fairly Wide Viewing Angle, Horizontal

The average viewing angle, horizontal of webcams that have been on the market for a similar time to the FI8918W is 110°, and the viewing angle, horizontals range from 45° to 300°. With a viewing angle, horizontal of 300 degrees, the FI8918W has a quite wide viewing angle, horizontal compared to most of the other webcams that have been around for around the same time as the FI8918W.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Picture Quality

A number of people reckoned that it did not have good colour saturation. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Foscam FI8918W on Amazon six years ago “The second time it then sees all the wireless networks Colours are not perfect”. Two years ago B Kay rated the product 3 stars and said on Amazon “Colours are poor when pointed outside” in their review of the Foscam FI8918W. Jonnycabs wrote on Amazon “Admittedly the colours aren't great (brown looks pink” however they still scored this webcam very highly.

Several Foscam FI8918W owners mentioned in their reviews that this webcam produced a good quality image. Dc1980 said “Although the image quality isn't brilliant, its still very good, even in complete darkness” in their review but despite that they still rated it as very good. Mark Booth mentioned on Amazon “The image quality is a bit grainy & the colour a bit wonky” in his review yet he scored it very highly.

One Foscam FI8918W reviewer who bought it reckoned that it produced a sharp image.

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Does Not Have a Motion Detector

The FI8918W does not have a motion detector. Most of the other comparable spec webcams that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a motion detector.

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Not USB Powered

Most webcams that have been available for a similar time to the FI8918W are not USB powered. The Foscam FI8918W is no exception to this as it too is not USB powered.

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Does Not Feature Face Tracking

Most webcams that have been on the market for more than two years do not feature face tracking. The Foscam FI8918W is no exception to this as it too does not feature face tracking.

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Not Mac Compatibility

The Foscam FI8918W is not mac compatibility. Most of the other webcams that have been around for more than two years are also not mac compatibility.

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Only 640x480@30fps Resolution At Capture Speed

This webcam has a resolution at capture speed of 640x480@30fps, which is typical of many webcams that came out around the same time as it.

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Does Not Have a Zoom Capability

The FI8918W does not have a zoom capability, although this is within the context that most of the other webcams that have been available for a similar time to the FI8918W also do not have a zoom capability.

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Not Full HD

Like most of the other webcams of this age and type, the Foscam FI8918W is not full HD.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most webcams of this age and type do not have a night mode. The Foscam FI8918W is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Snapshot Button

The FI8918W does not have a snapshot button, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other webcams that have been around for more than two years also do not have a snapshot button.

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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 age and type the weights range from 16g to 840g. The FI8918W is quite heavy (418 grams) compared to most of the other webcams that are a comparable age to the FI8918W.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Foscam FI8918W

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Foscam released the FI8918W.

Average Maximum Frame Rate

The FI8918W has a fairly standard maximum frame rate (30 frames per second) compared to most of the other webcams that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this webcam to all the other 30fps maximum frame rate webcams and we think because of it's better review score, the Microsoft LifeCam Studio[plb_2600530_price] is also worth considering.

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640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Foscam FI8918W is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

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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

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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers foscam fi8908, foscam fi8916, foscam fi8908w, foscam fi8916w, gomadic fi8918, foscam fi8918ww, gomadic fi8918w, foscam fi8918wb, foscam fi8916wb, foscam fi8916wbe, foscam fi8916wbeu
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