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Foscam FI9826W (Black) 1.3 Megapixel (1280x960p) 3x Optical Zoom H.264 Pan/Tilt Wireless IP Camera

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  • 3x Optical Zoom, 1280 x 960p Display Resolution, H.264 compression for smoother video & smaller files, Wireless B/G/N compatible, Two Way Audio, 300 Degree Pan / 120 Degree Tilt
  • IR lights for night vision up to 8 meters, Free Foscam DDNS Service for Dynamic IP Addresses, Day/Night Surveillance, Motion Detection alarm via E-Mail and FTP, Optional Foscam Cloud service available, and also supports micro SD Card storage up to 32 GB
  • Compatible with free Foscam iOS and Android Apps, Supports IEEE 802.11n Wireless Connection, Supports WEP, WPA and WPA2 Encryption, Built-in Mic & Speaker, Audio Jacks for External Mic & Speakers
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Product Description

Size:Standard  |  Color:Black

The Foscam FI9826W is Foscam's first 1.3 megapixel indoor camera with 3x optical zoom. The optical zoom feature allows you to physically zoom in on objects with amazing clarity and without losing picture quality. The FI9826W features 1280 x 960p video resolution, h.264 video compression, 3x optical zoom, built-in DVR via SD card (upto 32gb), two-way audio, Wi-Fi-N capability, pan/tilt, remote internet viewing, motion detection, night-vision as well as network video recording capability. In addition, it is smartphone compatible (iPhone, Android - app required) as well as viewable over the internet using standard browsers on PC (Firefox, IE & Chrome) or Mac (Safari only). The camera functions well as a smartphone baby, pet or elderly parent monitor or as part of a complete home/office security system with remote internet monitoring ability. (Securing Your Foscam Camera - Important Notice)The FI9826W adopts a high performance media and video processor capable of H.264 video compression which allows for ultra-smooth high definition video transmission, increased FPS and minimal bandwidth consumption. In addition, due to the small file sizes produced by H.264 video compression it has the ability to save tremendous disk space when doing video recording.

Product Details

Size: Standard | Color: Black
User Manual [7.99mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 5 inches ; 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: FI9826WB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at December 27, 2013
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From the Manufacturer

Your Security, in Your Hands

With instant mobile access, protecting what you care about has never been easier. The night vision equipped camera can watch your home when you are away or sleeping and alert you to motion as soon as it occurs. Video is streamed over a secure, encrypted connection, and can also be recorded to a hard drive absolutely free without any expensive storage fees. And if you ever decide that you would like online storage for recordings, Foscam offers a fair cloud subscription that is never mandatory, but available if you need it.





IR LED Night Vision

13 powerful infrared LEDs equip this camera with a night vision range of up to 26ft.

HD 960P

Superb high definition video is captured through an f:4-9mm high quality glass lens.

300° Pan, 120° Tilt, 3x Optical Zoom

Control the camera remotely through your browser or a mobile app: see everything, any time.

More Bells & Whistles

External audio jacks are included in addition to built-in speakers, MicroSD storage, and support for an extended range antenna.

  • Display Resolution: 1280 * 960p (1.3 Megapixel)
  • Image Sensor: Color CMOS Sensor
  • Lens: f: 4~9mm, F:1.8
  • Mini Lumination: 0 Lux (With IR Illuminator)
  • Lens Type: Glass Lens
  • Viewing Angle: 35~70°
  • Input: Built-In Microphone
  • Output: Built-In Speaker (External Speaker Jack Available)
  • Audio Compression: G.711/G.726, Audio sampling Bit rate 128kbps ~ 2.048Mbps
  • Image Compression: H.264
  • Frame Rate: 25fps(50Hz), 30fps(60Hz), Down Adjustable
  • Flip Mirror Images: Vertical / Horizontal
  • Light Frequency: 50Hz, 60Hz
  • Video Parameters: Brightness, Contrast
  • Ethernet: One 10/100 MBPS RJ – 45
  • Wireless Standards: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Data Rate: WIFI (IEEE802.11b/g/n)
  • Wireless Security: WEP, WPA, WPA2 Encryption
  • Pan/Tilt Angle: Horizontal: 300° & Vertical: 120°
  • Infrared Light: 5mm 11 IR LEDs
  • Supports Windows 2000/XP, Vista, Windows7, Windows 8, Mac OS, and Linux
  • Supports IE6 and above, Firefox, Chrome, and other standard browsers
  • Certifications: CE, FCC

FI9826W IP Camera, Wifi Antenna, User Manual, Installation CD, Mounting Bracket, Network Cable, DC Power Supply 5v, Free Technical Support, and 1 Year Domestic Warranty.


The FI9826W has everything you could want in an IP camera for the unsurpassed price and value that people everywhere know and expect from Foscam. 960P HD resolution gives you a superb image, also equipped with 3x optical zoom capability exclusive to this model. H.264 compression produces smooth video and small file sizes, saving recording storage space. You have the freedom to save recordings to an SD card with the built-in DVR or transfer them to a hard drive without paying any storage subscription fees. Panning and tilting night vision up to 26ft enables you to see everything, at any time, and remote internet viewing works on standard browsers and mobile phones. Motion detection, increased FPS and minimal bandwidth consumption, network video recording capability, and two-way audio are also included, so that you can stay connected to what's happening, when it's happening. The versatility of our cameras makes them ideal for almost any use: as a baby monitor, full featured home or business surveillance and remote viewing system, way of checking in on elderly parents, or even as a device for watching pets.

Foscam cameras come with free Android and iOS apps, motion detection alerts delivered via email and FTP, free DDNS Service for Dynamic IP Addresses, and complete compatibility with secure encryption protocols. An optional cloud recording service is also available.

The 1 Year Domestic Warranty that comes with every camera purchased from Foscam makes our full featured, high quality camera products the best value available for an IP camera. When purchasing from Foscam, you receive the assurance of our integrity as a US based operation which thrives on the strength of our relationship to our customers. We also offer a 30 day money back return policy, so if you try a camera and don't like it then you can return it. Our product ratings, however, speak for themselves: people love our cameras because they offer excellent performance and rock solid reliability for less than the larger companies charge. That is what you receive with a Foscam purchase.

Warranty Information

Includes 1 Year Domestic Warranty fulfilled within the United States. If your FI9826W ever becomes faulty or defective, be reassured that your product will be replaced promptly from our US based operation.

HD Video Pan, Tilt, Zoom Viewing Angle Night Vision Two-Way Audio Wireless Security
FI9831 1280 * 960p, with IR Cut Filter Pan & Tilt Only 70° Up to 26ft WEP, WPA, WPA2
FI9826 1280 * 960p, with IR Cut Filter Pan, Tilt, 3x Optical Zoom 70° Up to 26ft WEP, WPA, WPA2
FI9821 1280 * 720p, with IR Cut Filter Pan & Tilt Only 70° Up to 26ft WEP, WPA, WPA2
FI8918 SD: 640 * 480 Pan & Tilt Only 60° Up to 26ft WEP, WPA, WPA2
FI8910 SD: 640 * 480, with IR Cut Filter Pan & Tilt Only 60° Up to 26ft WEP, WPA, WPA2

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

123 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Awkward Hamster TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 5, 2014
Size: StandardColor: Black Verified Purchase
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The 1.3 MP sensor and 3x optical zoom are welcomed additions. I have the video stream set to 960P instead of 720P. I just love this viewing angle.

This unit uses a microSD instead of the standard SD cards and the recordings are in avi format. In some of the recordings, my video stuttered. When it recorded video, the audio was also captured.

Almost everything I liked and disliked about the other HD Foscams got carried over to the FI9826W. Setup was simple. Not Plug and Play QRCode simple but took me less than 5 min to finish my configurations.

I think the unit is very expensive. At $250, that's $100 more than the FI9821P and $60 more than the FI9831W.

Right now, I'm torn between giving this 4 or 5 stars. If the FI9826W had the Plug and Play QRCode, I would gladly give it 5 stars.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Julia Truchsess on March 24, 2014
Size: StandardColor: White Verified Purchase
The picture quality of this cam is a huge step forward from the 640x480 IP cams I've been using. Great color, great sharpness. The software has also been improved greatly and is more intuitive and professional-looking, with a plethora of surveillance/security type features.

When in focus, the image is extremely sharp and clear. The focus range when zoomed out is about 12-30 inches; when zoomed in it's 48" to infinity. It's a shame they can't keep it in focus over the whole zoom range, and there is no manual focus adjustment so you're stuck with the factory adjustment, which limits the usefulness of the zoom feature for me. I use these cameras for remote monitoring of 3D printers, and the focus requirements are different from those of most surveillance applications.

The real deal-breaker for me, however, and the reason it's probably going back, is that a browser plug-in is required in order to view video, and the plug-in does not work under MacOS. Not under 10.6.8 on my Macbook Pro, nor under 10.7.5 on my iMac, with either Chrome or Firefox. Since the camera is very new I can understand they need time to work out all the bugs, but when I emailed tech support they replied "For Mac i would suggest using an app called Evocam as the browser will not have all of the options available." The email came from a no-reply address so I couldn't even write back and tell them I don't care about all the options, I just want to see video. I don't want to use a third-party application, and I don't particularly like Evocam. Requiring installation of a plugin makes it inconvenient for others with whom I might want to share the cam URL. Had tech support replied that they are working on the Mac browser plugin I might keep the cam, but based on their reply I doubt I will, tempting as the image quality is.
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May 7, 2014

We apologize for the poor experience with our camera. When using the camera on a Mac, currently Safari is the only support browser. Both the Chrome and the Firefox plugins are only supported in the Windows version. If you have any other questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us a

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and greatly appreciate your feedback.

Best Regards,
Foscam Customer Service
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By pgmr on January 4, 2015
Size: StandardColor: White Verified Purchase
I have 3 of the old 8910 models and they work okay if I keep the contrast and brightness down. Pictures are fuzzy. I thought the new 9826 with higher resolution and zoom would be great and indeed the resolution is fantastic and the zoom is very nice. As another reviewer mentioned, the zoom doesn't seem like 3x but rather 2x but maybe my understanding of zoom measurements is incorrect. What you get at max zoom is a picture that is half the width and half the height of the zoomed out picture so it's like taking the center "half" of the frame. It does this very well--the picture is very crisp and the colors are rich.
Initially I was very disappointed with the brightness level of the 9826 since I have all my cameras sitting on window sills pointing outside, and while the old cameras do just fine all day long, the 9826 was 95% white-out until about one hour before sunset or on dark, cloudy days. I put the 9826 right next to an 8910 to compare. The 8910's picture was normal while the 9826 was practically all white even with brightness turned down to 0. Then, thanks to Amazon's reviews/comments, someone commented on my old 3-star review and gave me a 1-click solution to my problem: use "outdoor" mode. That made all the difference; the picture now is absolutely perfect even on the brightest days and I've changed my review to 5 stars.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Reviews Gadgets & Stuff on January 10, 2014
Size: StandardColor: White
I have owned 9821 V1 for a while and was looking for better options. 9826 was released a few month ago overseas and only now made it statewide at a higher premium price. 9826 is not a direct replacement of 9821, there is also 9831, but it's the only one available for sale in the US. So is this one better then 9821?


1. Excellent and actually improved image quality over 9821. It has a new sensor with 960p resolution and it doesn't disappoint, there is very little noise and images are quite clean and sharp. Day or Night, looks beautiful. If you use 960p image is 4:3 format, there is option to use 720p for a wider picture.

2. Improved design, overall this one looks nicer. Same size as the rest of Foscam PT cameras which is on a large side.

3. Zoom lens is a nice addition, although not as wider angle lens as 9821 or especially the new 9831 (not available yet).

4. I am using this as a baby cam and built-in speaker/microphone work well, but not quite as loud. Also, there is just no way to control sound levels.


1. Firmware is still far from being perfect and you will run into bugs there and here and some features not fully working. Especially latest firmware where the camera would drop fps and show ghosting with IRs on. (1/2/2014 Ghosting addressed in latest beta) For recording I would probably use some 3rd party software. It's getting better though, at least they added support for "hidden SSIDs" with latest update.

2. Same issue as 9821, but 9826 takes extra time to display picture then my other IP cams. Especially annoying when using Android apps. That doesn't matter if it's on wireless or wired.
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