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Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with Two-Way Audio and Night Vision (Black)
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- IR-Cut filter for true color video and images.The IR lights can be turned off manually from the software
- Audio quality is improved, there will be no noise when speaking into the camera
- WPA2 Encryption Supported, Light Frequency 50 / 60 Hz or outdoor, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
- Added an audio input jack which can be used with an external microphone
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|Our Best Offer||No.||Yes (Click Link Above to See Offer).|
|Video Resolution||SD: 640*480px.||Full HD: 1920x1080p, H.264 Compression.|
|Field of View and Night Vision||Standard 60° with Night Vision up to 26ft.||Super Wide 110° with Night Vision up to 26ft.|
|UltraSlim Version||No.||Yes (20% Smaller than other Pan/Tilt Models).|
|Motion Alerts, Pan, Tilt, Zoom||Yes / Yes / Yes / No Zoom.||Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes: with 8X Digital Zoom.|
|Two-Way Audio||Yes: Built-In Mic/Speaker, and External Audio Jacks.||Yes: Built-In Mic/Speaker.|
|Plug and Play Setup||No.||✓|
|Cloud Recording||No.||Optional - 30 Day Trial Included|
|Local Recording||FTP, NVR.||FTP, NVR, MicroSD Card, Foscam Cloud.|
|Connection Type||Wired/WiFi (2.4ghz) - WEP, WPA, WPA2 Encryption.||Wired/WiFi (2.4ghz) - WEP, WPA, WPA2 Encryption.|
Remote Internet Monitoring, Iphone/Ipad, Android And Blackberry Compatible. Ir-Cut Filter For True Color Video And Images. Two-Way Audio (Built-In Microphone And Speaker). 300 Degree Pan, 120 Degree Tilt. 11 Infrared (Ir) Led Lights For Night Vision Up To 8 Meters.
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This DSP problem is widespread among Foscam cameras. Many users potentially have cameras with the defect but do not observe the effects because the camera is not pointed at a scene with enough detail to trigger the fault. Other users may observe the defect but incorrectly identify the problem as cabling or other networking gear. At last check, 423 faulty cameras have been reported in the Foscam forums. These forums detail this defect extensively, and also offer a DIY solution for users brave enough to open the camera up and fab a custom USB cable to interface with the DSP. This forum thread can be found by doing a web search for "MJPEG Cameras hanging rebooting based on image data." The defect is reproduced by many users with a variety of Foscam models.
A review has been posted to each of these confirmed models. This includes Foscam models 8904, 8905, 8906, 8910, 8916, and 8919. However, be aware that the defect may exist on additional models as well. Amazon is aware of these details being documented on multiple reviews for different models. Please see the update at the bottom of this review for more information regarding this.
Foscam currently claims that all cameras purchased from specific retailers as of November 2013 have the issue 100% resolved. Unfortunately, the forums show 111 faulty cameras reported from 11/1 through 12/10. To be fair, some users have reported purchasing non-faulty cameras and hopefully this will continue. But other users (as of February 2014) continue to report new cameras from these specific retailers with the defect. Unfortunately, purchasing a Foscam camera continues to be a gamble.
There is a relatively simple way to verify if a specific camera has the DSP bug. The Foscam web GUI has the option to capture a snapshot. Faulty cameras that have the DSP bug are not able to capture a snapshot greater than ~60K. If a camera is able to capture a snapshot above this threshold then it does not have the bug. If the snapshot is smaller than 60K then the current scene does not have enough detail to verify if the bug is present. The camera will need to be pointed at a more complex scene and tested again until a snapshot greater than ~60K is achieved or failure is observed. Faulty cameras that have been repaired by Foscam can also capture above the ~60K threshold.
I do not recommend buying this camera, or any other Foscam MJPEG camera unless you want to gamble with this known and confirmed freezing/black/rebooting problem. Based on the quality of support I recommend staying away from all Foscam cameras in general. They are inexpensive, but your time and sanity are worth a far greater value.
::::Foscam posted a response to this review. If you are seeking additional information, my comments on the response are below::::
Foscam US, thank you for the response. I have been close to this issue since the defect was first brought to Foscam's attention in May and this is the first public acknowledgement that I am aware of. Previously this had only been acknowledged privately through email/phone. As there are currently 62,997 views on this topic in the Foscam forums and over 400 reported faulty cameras I'm glad that there is now an "official" acknowledgement of this defect.
I do contend with some of the statements you provided as these statements do not match the current experience from actual users.
Foscam US - "all cameras currently sold by Foscam US through the Foscam US website as well as through Amazon.com direct and the Amazon store "Foscam Digital Technologies LLC" have the issue 100% resolved as of November 2013"
This is simply not true. Users continue to report faulty cameras from these sources. It is also worth noting that several times over the last 7 months Foscam support told users (privately over email/phone) that the defect has been fixed and newly purchased cameras will function correctly. Regardless of these statements by Foscam, users continue to report defects. Data from 11/01 through 12/10 shows that 111 additional faulty cameras have been reported since November 1. Time may show otherwise, I hope it does, but currently this statement is simply not true.
Foscam US - "Furthermore, Foscam US (not the manufacturer which is Foscam China) is willing to replace any cameras free of charge (shipping cost covered both ways) which are suffering from this defect"
This is also simply not true (unless this policy very recently changed). I have 50+ emails back and forth with Foscam support detailing exactly how difficult it is to process the repair. My experience was not unique, as other users have reported similar experiences. Since 8/23 there have been 7 BBB complaints; overall the BBB gives Foscam a D rating. However, if these policies have recently changed then I applaud the decision to reverse Foscam's previous policy. (Amazon Review Update: Credit where credit is due, my second repair was processed smoothly so this process may indeed be getting easier)
1) Foscam's response claims that cameras sold from specific retailers have the issue resolved as of November 2013. This is simply not true based on consumer reports.
2) The response also claims that Foscam US will replace faulty cameras free of charge. If that is true, then that is a change in policy and a step in the right direction. However, many users outside of the US are also reporting faulty cameras. Unless the manufacturer (not simply a US distributor) steps up to repair the cameras, then these international users are still without a repair solution for their faulty cameras. Foscam the manufacturer needs to assist users in correcting this defect.
--The referenced data and user experiences above are detailed in the Foscam forums and from the BBB.--
:::: Update Regarding Multiple Reviews ::::
On 2/17 a version of this review was pulled-down from the Foscam 8919 listing. I asked Amazon to review the removal. Amazon performed a review (Megan, Kath and Kai specifically) and relisted the review unmodified on 2/20. In an effort to preempt any future problems I have modified some reviews for other affected Foscam models to point to the full details on this review. However, to be clear, Amazon approved the relisting as-is. Thank you to Amazon for taking the time to have humans evaluate this review in the context of my other reviews and to relist. It is always good to see a system/process that works as intended.
I'm thinking of adding a second unit. - May have more remarks when/if I do.
I recently had to change my router, so I am without the camera working and I am probably going to hire someone because I can't figure it out.
Its a great camera. If I can hire someone that can re-install the camera on my new router, I will probably get a few more because they are great cameras.