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TriVision NC-336W VS Foscam FI9805W
on September 8, 2014
I am comparing this, the TriVision NC-336W to the Foscam FI9805W. All setups are using wireless and are NOT using ethernet or POE.
This is probably the most important aspect of a security camera so I will cover it first. The TriVision NC-336W is 1080p or 1080 x 1920 resolution. That means it records in wide screen and will play in wide screen just like an HDTV and will cover the full screen of an HDTV, no cropped borders of any kind. The Foscam FI9805W is 960p or 1280 x 960 resolution which means it records in full screen and you will have black borders on the left and right side of the screen, no wide screen. However, the field of view is limited to the TriVision. It seems to be focused 2x or 4x closer then the Foscam which has a much better field of view in my opinion. After a bit of research I found out why. The TriVision NC-336W is fitted with a 6mm lens which is only a 50 degree angle field of view VS the Foscam FI9805W is fitted with a 4mm lens which covers a 70 degree angle field of view. So that is the reason why the fields of view are different. However, you can purchase a 4mm lens for the TriVision for around $25 to give it the same field of view as the Foscam FI9805W. I also performed a snapshot comparison between the two to see how clear a persons face could show up while the person was standing back roughly 20 ft from the cameras. The TriVision clearly has a higher resolution then the Foscam and comparing the two snapshots side by side I was able to make out the persons face more clearly with the TriVision's snapshot. So the quality of the TriVision is noticeably better.
There are a couple different ways to record using the TriVision. The best would be to have the camera record to a micro SD card which you can insert into the camera and then auto transfer to an FTP server or NAS(this is a feature built-in to the TriVision camera's interface). This way the recorded video has less frame skips and less lag then if recording directly from the camera to an FTP server or NAS. The TriVision offers just that. However, the Foscam does not offer this and the recordings from the Foscam show frame skips and sometimes severe lag which lead to a person appearing on the left side of the camera field of view to the right side of the cameras field of view as if the person teleported. So there are extremely noticeable frame skips with the Foscam. It seems to do a bit better when plugged in via an ethernet cable but the reason for purchasing these cameras are to use their wireless capabilities. However, when viewing the TriVision recordings there are constant skips that flow with the video which looks better then huge frame skips like the Foscam. Mind you I am using local gigabit LAN and 300N LAN networks for testing so I have plenty of bandwidth.
The user interface, which is what you see when you log into the camera using its built-in interface, is far more friendly for the Foscam then the TriVision. The Foscam is more eye candy and has eye friendly buttons and has a nice feel to it when navigating. The TriVision looks old school with very few buttons and instead text as buttons and you have to click right on the text in order for it to respond. The TriVision interface could definitely use a major upgrade.
Even though Foscam has support phone numbers you ALWAYS get a hold of someone outside the USA country and have a very rough middle eastern accent agent. I have called their support numerous times and I feel like I am talking to a teenager with very little to no experience about their products. And the first thing they always want to do is remote in and take control of your computer using Team Viewer. And then when I ask for a more qualified level 2 technician to call me back they never do. Lets just say I have had extremely painful phone conversations and it ends with me being frustrated. However, they have a website where you can post on their forum, email support, which I never used so can't comment on it, and a download site to download your most current firmware updates in pdf form that have picture illustrations and very detailed instructions. As for TriVision support, there is no current website, no support phone number (they stated in an email that they would have both soon) and the only way that I have seen to contact them is by when you purchase their product you get a contact email in the support manual. However, I have had more educational and above all better support experience with TriVision's email support then Foscams phone support. TriVision usually emails you back within 24 hours with mostly a non-broken English email with pictures and details instructions to your problems. This is also the only way you can stay up-to-date with firmware updates is to contact their support and ask if their have been any firmware updates. Its crude, and I don't usually trust companies without a website and contact number, but TriVision has shown they are more responsible about their products and have better knowledge about their products then Foscam does.
Cost VS Quality
The TriVision NC-336W is more than double the price of the Foscam FI9805W. Why? Well, the TriVision camera obviously has better video quality but not as better that it costs us double. So then we go onto how well the camera is built. The TriVision is skinnier but a little longer then the Foscam. The TriVision's socket ball mount is much more flexible and can be rotated in pretty much any direction you can go. The Foscam socket ball mount is more limited and is not as flexible as the TriVision. The TriVision's camera is made up of hard metals and you can tell it would last a lot longer. It also looks more modern and very expensive. The Foscam seems to be made up of aluminum or maybe even very hard plastic. But you can tell side-by-side that the TriVision is more slick, more modern and more durable then the Foscam. Also, the antenna can be bent and screwed in much easier then the Foscam. But does all this make up for the steep cost of the TriVision camera? In my opinion, no.
In my opinion, the TriVision NC-336W recording quality is superior to the Foscam FI9805W and that is usually what counts in video surveillance systems. In fact, the TriVision is superior to the Foscam in every way except for the expense and the user interface which the TriVision is a little more then double the price of the Foscam but is it worth the extra money? I believe no, it is not worth the money. I believe the extra cost for the TriVision is more than 25% of what it should be. However, if they included the 4mm lens with a viewing angle of 70 degrees rather then the 6mm lens that has a viewing angle of 50 degrees, I may have overlooked the price. I took two stars away, -1 for being too expensive and another -1 for not having a website or phone support available.
I hope this review helps you choose between these two security cameras.