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Foscam FI9805P 960P Outdoor HD Wireless IP Camera (Silver)

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  • 1.3 Megapixel 1280x960p HD video resolution. 60 second easy setup with QR code scan via Smartphone.
  • Cloud enabled camera for live viewing and storage via FoscamCloud (free trial included), or record to your computer's hard drive.
  • H.264 compression for smoother video and smaller file sizes. WiFi-N, WPA2 and IR-Cut filter for true colors
  • 36 IR lights (8mm) for night vision up to 100ft. 4mm lens for wide 70 degree viewing angle.
  • Compatible with Windows PC and Apple Mac Web Browsers (IE, Firefox and Safari) as well as iOS and Android mobile devices and FI8905W/FI8904W and all other Foscam MJPEG cameras
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Product Description

The Foscam FI9805P is one of Foscam's latest "Plug & Play" cameras featuring the ability to connect via smartphone by simply scanning the QR code on the underside of the camera. Bypassing the need to access your router and setup port forwarding, the FI9805P can be set up effortlessly by anyone, even those with very little IT experience.

The FI9805P adopts 960p HD video quality (1280 x 960) as well as a high performance media processor, single SOC chip (built-in ARM+DSP) and high speed video protocol processor. As a result, it is capable of H.264 video compression allowing for extremely smooth video transmission with minimal bandwidth consumption. In addition, due to the small file sizes produced by H.264 video compression it has the ability to save tremendous hard drive space when doing manual video recording.

The Foscam FI9805P features 960p HD quality video, H.264 video compression, Wireless-N capability, remote internet viewing, motion detection, and night vision. In addition, it is smartphone compatible (Iphone, Android & Blackberry) as well as viewable over the internet using a compatible app. The camera functions well as part of a home or office security system with remote internet monitoring ability. With 60 second easy setup with QR code scan via Smartphone and the option of live viewing and storage via FoscamCloud (free trial included), this is one of the best values available for an outdoor surveillance camera purchase.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 10 x 8 x 5 inches
Item Weight 3.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.1 pounds
Item model number FI9805P
Batteries Lithium Metal batteries required.
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars 446 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,949 in Camera & Photo
#95 in Camera & Photo > Surveillance Cameras > Bullet Cameras
#1,382 in Electronics > Security & Surveillance
Date first available at November 20, 2013

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By J. Blattman on September 21, 2014
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This was a tough purchase, since there are so many vehemently negative reviews. Considering the (low) price, I decided to give it a try. There really aren't many alternatives to Foscam in this price range.

I've had this mounted outside for about 3 months now with no problems. I'm not exactly a videophile, but the picture is definitely good enough for me. LED night lights works great. WIFI reception is good. I have it about 50 feet from my router, through a wall. It doesn't get *strong* reception, but it works.

Now for the issues ...

1. The software. I own another indoor Foscam (FI8910W). With this one, I was able to use 3rd party Android apps on my smartphone to access that camera. Not the case with the FI9805P (this camera). The only software I found that worked was the app from Foscam (Android). Foscam's software is mediocre at best.

You can use a browser to access the camera, but you must install a plugin. Why it doesn't just use HTMl standards I don't know.

2. Updates. Getting this camera running the latest software was really hell. Absolutely crazy. You can't just update to the latest, you have to update from version A to B, B to C, C to D, and so on ... for both the camera firmware and web access components. I had to perform a total of 5 software updates. Trying to figure out what version I needed at each step, and finding the software on Foscam's website version was really, very confusing.
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My review won't be as technical as some of the other ones on this product. I've never owned another wireless camera before so I have nothing to compare with. I bought this camera to put outside for surveillance purposes since we'd been having some trouble with neighborhood kids. I had not set it up yet, when my indoor cat went missing after slipping out through a door that had been left open. I decided to use it to find out where he was hiding. The basic installation was easy but I did need to contact technical support to get help with the wi-fi settings and motion detection settings. I spoke with Stephen Scott, who was incredibly helpful and patient, and explained everything he was doing in detail. We got the camera set up and running. He was very professional and scoffed at me when I complimented him on his service, saying he was only doing his job, but I feel he went above and beyond. After moving the camera to a couple of locations around our house, we put it in our garage attic after hearing noises. Low and behold, within a half hour, we saw images of our cat, and were able to catch him after he had been trapped up there for several days.
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After various firmware updates, this looks like a fairly promising item.

-- Image quality is pleasing. If IR is turned off and the camera allowed to go into severe underexposure there is some pattern noise on the sensor but this shouldn't be an issue in normal circumstances.

-- IR illumination is a little hot in the middle of the image w/periphery a bit underexposed compared to some other products (Dahua, for instance). For longer range this might actually work out OK; hot middle on short range should mean more useful dispersion on long range.

-- It's absolutely imperative to apply latest firmware upgrade (at least through May of 2014) to allow wireless to function properly. Without the May upgrade, the first wireless disconnection due to interference or fringe coverage is permanent until the camera is rebooted. Applying the May firmware appears to solve this issue. As received w/older firmware, this camera was only marginally usable, not useful with wireless at all.

-- As always, RTFM. Foscam has done a much better job than average with their documentation, covering many use cases with explanations. May as well enjoy the benefits.

There are not a lot of choices in reasonably rugged outdoor cameras equipped with wireless which do not cost a fortune. This camera looks like a good value, on first impressions, if wireless is a key feature.

It would be great if Foscam could invest the time and effort required to make this camera fully functional w/ Firefox and Chrome on the Linux platform, or amend documentation and marketing materials to indicate that the camera is not able to be configured unless operated with Windows or Mac.
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I bought the 8905W but was not satisfied with the lens, needed more coverage for my front yard. I picked up the 9805 and love it. It was fairly easy to set up as I knew the process from prior camera. The antenna seems to grab the signal well and stay connected to WiFi.

The best thing about this camera is the picture quality and wide angle I can see what I need to. I highly recc.
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Update 3/13/2014: 2 stars to 4 stars

I got my replacement and it works perfectly. The video quality is incredible compared to my older indoor FI8910 cameras. You can see things clearly and definitely will be able to recognize what's going on.

Things to know:

- Video is definitely HD and works well wirelessly. I have a Wireless N router. I have no problems getting 25 - 30 fps consistently.
- Blue Iris software is highly recommended for desktop and for your mobile device. I am able to view all my camera's on my Android device and control them.
- You cannot pan or tilt this camera. It is fixed.
- It is not wide angle. If you plan to put this above your front door to see who is not knocking, you wont see them. I have this placed in front of my garage out towards the street to see who is coming up to knock. They can come up 2/3's up the driveway before they start getting cut off. You need a good 15 ft if you plan to point this towards your door (see their back).
- Power is wired, so you will have to drill through your house to get it powered. -1 star because of the width of the widest part of the wires. I needed to drill a good 3/4" - 1" diameter to get that thing through.
- Get better screws to mount the bracket to the house. I don't trust the short screws.

Old Review Below:

I have two indoor wireless camera's from Foscam and I love them. I wanted an outdoor one for the front door and garage. Unfortunately for me, the light sensor couldn't adjust to sunlight. That's a huge problem for an outdoor camera. It worked fine at night with the IR and low light situations. I even disabled the IR and turned the brightness down manually to 0, but it was still too bright to recognize anything. I returned it and bought directly from Foscam.US in the hopes of getting a good one.

Plus one star for the easy return process. I'll update this review after I get the new one.
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