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Foscam FI8918W Wireless/Wired Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with 8 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens (67° Viewing Angle)
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- Pan & Tilt Wireless Ip Camera
- 480tvl Resolution
- 26ft Night Vision
- 2.8mm Lens With 60deg , Wide-angle Viewing
- 2-way Audio
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|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 - 7 Day Trial Included.|
|Local Recording||FTP, NVR, MicroSD Card.||FTP, NVR, MicroSD Card, Foscam Cloud.|
|Connection Type||Wired/WiFi (2.4ghz) - WEP, WPA, WPA2 Encryption.||Wired/WiFi (2.4ghz) - WEP, WPA, WPA2 Encryption.|
|Connectivity Technology||Wired & Wireless|
|Item Dimensions||4.25 x 3.94 x 4.33 inches|
|Item Weight||0.62 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.35 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution||480p|
Replacing the Foscam FI8908W, the FI8918W is this latest camera from Foscam. The FI8918W is a wireless or wired, pan/tilt IP camera solution for indoor use. It combines a high quality digital video camera, remote pan/tilt ability with network connectivity and a powerful web server to bring clear video to your desktop or smartphone from anywhere on your local network or over the Internet. The high quality video image is transmitted with 30fps speed on the LAN/WAN by using MJPEG hardware compression technology. The image resultion is 640 x 480 (300k Pixels). The Foscam FI8918W camera is based on the TCP/IP standard. The control, management and maintenance of the camera is done simply by using your browser to remotely configure and upgrade the firmware. The Foscam FI8918W IP camera can reach up to 8 meters of visibility in absolute darkness with 11 infrared LED's.
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I installed it okay, upgraded the firmware and web interface. The picture quality is horrible. The top picture below is from my crappy phone at 640 x 480. The bottom is from foscam. Forget about identifying the color of a car to the cops.
video is even worse. Very blurry and jerky. I have a strong network and could not get above 6fps. For the fun of it, I connected a cheap old web cam to an old laptop and connected to it wirelessly from my desktop (also on the network) and it performed 10x better than this.
Also, I was not able to get the IR to turn off. It is going back. Does not live up to its specs.
We apologize for the poor experience with our camera. The FI8918W is one of our older cameras and we have made many improvements on our newer models. Our newer HD models now how 720p resolution as well as an IR-Cut filter to improve the color of the video. The lack of an IR-Cut filter is what causes the colors to wash out or show incorrectly. We do greatly appreciate your feedback and will use it to improve our products. If you have any other questions of feedback, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to hearing back from you.
Foscam Customer Service
The picture is wonderful. The motion alarm is fantastic. We placed on of these inside our barn across the street from our home, about 350 feet away. We added an $80. antenna to our router from Hawking, also available on Amazon, and poof! I can now see what all the sqwak is at 2AM in my barn with out walking all the way out there! Wow, wow, wow. The pan and tilt features are really nice. We setup another at our front door, and three "out door" styles around the outside of the property. I don't know how long this black "indoor" will last in the extreme temps and humitity of our barn and front porch, but that is not Foscam's problem. I will update at the end of the winter, or sooner if they die during winter!
4/3/11 Well they made it through the winter. We have been able to review motion detection alarm triggered video clips that were saved on our pc. We have been able to remote pan across the barn to see who is making all the racket and why. It is lovely to know who has been on your porch while you were sleeping! The cameras are wonderful. the there is an antenna you can get on amazon that will extend you wireless cababilities. We view the inside and outside of our barn across the street. These are great.
I think the picture quality of this camera is awesome. We have been using it for about 3 months now. The picture is clear enough where we can see by looking at the monitor if our daughter is breathing while she's sleeping. We can also see if her eyes are open, or if she spit up. The night vision is incredible, just as clear as with daylight. Before my daughter was born we used this camera as a security camera and it was perfect for that as well. We plan on purchasing one or two more to use as security cameras.
The biggest con of this camera, at least with ours, has been audio. We have never gotten clear audio from either our PC or our iPhones. We have an AngelCare Movement & Sound Monitor and we use that for audio to monitor our daughter.
I did not find this camera nearly as hard to configure as it seems some others have. I found the instructions to be satisfactory. I would say I've had some experience with computers, but never with network configuration or installing anything like this.
The DNS service the instructions tell you to use is no longer free. You can find free sources, but it's not built into their software the way DynDNS is. So, I just paid the $20 for a year of service from DynDNS and followed the instructions and it worked.
I then paid $4.99 for the Foscam Surveillance Pro app on the iPhone. The app rocks. I can take screenshots or video, pan/tilt the camera, and there's a talk button as well so I can use the 2-way talk from my iPhone.
In total it cost me about $110 and about 20 minutes to get this camera working. The average video baby monitor costs between $150 - $300 these days and are not viewable from your computer at work or on your smart phone. The downside to this would be that it will only work as long as your internet is working. Comcast screwed up royally over and over again when we moved and it took about 10 days for us to have internet, and therefore, no monitor during that time.
Overall, if you're not computer illiterate, and you don't mind paying the $20 a year for DynDNS's services (or taking the time to figure out how to use a free service similar to it), I would recommend this camera for you.
If you only plan on using this camera locally via WiFi (no web access) then you don't even need to worry about DynDNS or similar service. My husband and I will be buying more of these low-priced, high-quality cameras!
UPDATE: It's now October 31st (happy halloween) and we've been using this camera for several months now. With our set-up I still have no complaints. In fact, the reason I'm back here is because we're ordering another one to put in another room in our house.
It may be complicated to set-up in the beginning, but once it's ready, you're rewarded with clear picture, amazing night vision and the convenience of using this on my smart phone.
I did bump it down from 5 stars to 4 stars because the audio feature is not really usable, although we've used it before if our other monitor is not within reach. There's a lag and lots of static. Still, I plan on ordering at least 2 more!
On the Alarm Service Settings, enable Motion Detection Alarmed and check Send Mail on Alarm. If you don't want alarms all the time, check the schedule and Set All, then clear the times you don't want alarms.
Next on the Mail Service settings: I recommend creating a NEW and dedicated GMAIL account - it's free and you will get a LOT of alarms depending on where you put it and how much traffic that area gets. For Gmail using settings:
SMTP Server: smtp.gmail.com
SMTP Port: 587
Transport Layer Security: STARTTLS
Need Authentication: Checked
SMTP User: <here enter ONLY the portion of your email address before the @Gmail.com>
SMTP Password: <enter your password>
[Don't click TEST yet] I read that sometimes it throws off some cache or some such, so click Submit first then Test.
I bought BlueIris but had problems if the IP address would cycle. I eventually figured out how to dedicate an IP address in my router, but the above method does not require any of that.
Just note that if the camera is monitoring an area with frequent traffic you may want to routinely delete all the messages in the GMAIL account to make it easier to monitor.