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Fantastic Quality, Fantastic Features! GREAT choice! And NO monthly fee.
on March 7, 2015
Ok so I was hesistant to purchase this camera at first due to the popularity of other IP Cameras like DropCam and the Samsung HD, and due to the slightly larger size, but this camera is FANTASTIC! This review will share our thoughts abut the Foscam F19826P (the P2P for $199). It took a few minutes to set it up the way we want it, but the features were great and there are many options available to customize for however you want to use it. Out of the box, you can literally just plug the camera in, connect via ethernet or wifi, scan the QR Code on the bottom of the camera, and login. Immediately, the app connected to the camera and the 960P video quality was amazing. FAR FAR FAR superior to both the DropCam Pro and the Samsung HD (yes, we actually ordered those first and sent them back cause they were medicore/crappy at best). Even the 720P video quality is heads-and-shoulders better than either of the other two competitors. The user can select their frame rate, their resolution (960P, 720P, VGA 640x480, VGA 640x360, QVGA 320x240, and QVGA 320x180), their preferred bit rate, stream type (HD Mode, Equilibrium, Smooth-Mode, or User Defined. The camera also offers a concurrent sub-stream that also has options that can be selected.
We LOVE that we have so many recording options without having to pay a monthly fee to some company just to see our videos. We dropped in a 32Gb MicroSD card and we are golden. This camera also allows you to record locally on PC/Mac (havent tested linux yet), and also has the ability to record to FTP. Bonus! The camera also offers PPOE, DDNS, UPnP, customizable port settings, preferred SMTP mail settings, and more. We didn't use most of these features, but it is good to know they are already in the camera if we ever needed them. the camera also contains its own IP Filtering and blocking rules if you choose to use them. We didn't need that either but its great to know it exists.
The IR Feature in near pitch black is SO BRIGHT that its just ridiculous. We are using the camera in our home and we can see everything, bright and clear. Even the IR detail is fantastic. I keep watching my living room for no apparent reason other than to marvel at how easily I can see everything in the dead of night.
The camera reacts immediately to changes and the video/still photo latency/lag is almost non-existent. The DropCam was anywhere from 2-4+ seconds and the Samsung HD was like 2+ seconds. Although the camera only comes with 3X zoom, it is very clear and the zoom and focus are incredibly fast. When zoomed on the DropCam at 2x, it was so pixelated that it looked like I was looking at circa 1980's video game content and at 3X zoom, the DropCam was unusable for anything better than answering the question "is 'something' in the frame?"
I will admit that the two-way audio is better than the DropCam and the Samsung, but could still use some work. The Fascam is much louder and easier to hear than the other two, but the audio quality needs a bit more work. The only other negative I can say about the audio is that, using my laptop, when I turn on the mic and the audio, there is a vicious feedback loop, but it is probably due to the placement of my mic and speakers. I will test it again tomorrow with a different placement and see if there is a difference.
Let me just mention a few of the other features: email alerts, push-notifications (via the iOS/Android app), customizable motion detection areas (this could be slightly more granular. The user is presented with a 10x10 grid and can select which areas of the grid the camera will alert on motion, but I would like to see the grid resolution increased at some point in the future, but the 10x10 works just fine.), scheduled recording, and more more more... they really did an FANTASTIC job on this camera and its software. One of my favorite parts of the Foscam control software is that we can add additional cameras and view and control up to 9 cameras simultaneously. As mentioned earlier, the software runs as an iOS and Android Mobile App, and also through a browser on a PC/Mac. So far, we found that the browser version runs great on IE and Firefox in Windows but only on Safari on Mac (they lose points for this cause I prefer Firefox).
Tonight, all three of us were logged in via apps and browsers all ovr the house and the system showed almost no difficulty... even with us all trying to control the camera at once. Of course, the camera was doing a funky little dance at the time, but it held up just fine.
In closing, I have to admit that this camera is extremely impressive, but on video quality and build quality. It feels solid, and is very quiet when being rotated. After comparing the various IP cameras out there, we have to give this one several "thumbs up" and are very pleased.