Foscam 720p Outdoor Wireless IP Camera

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Foscam 720p Outdoor Wireless IP Camera
Price: $149.99
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4/23/2014 - $149.99 - 25 comment(s)

Amazon says it’s a 960p camera, Woot says 720p. Also it’s $5 less and free shipping (so $10 less) from Amazon.

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Hmm. Good eye, I’m checking with our buyer to see if ours is 720p or 960p.

Not much of a deal as far as I am concerned.

You can get it for the same price with free shipping if you have prime.

http://www.amazon.com/Foscam-FI9805W-Outdoor-Wireless-Camera/dp/B00GT1423A

I just installed one of these (exact model) for a client 3 weeks ago. I read the reviews… mixed. Lots of reports of unreliable wifi connections and camera not responding. We threw the dice and gave it a shot.

So far, so good. I’ve been pretty impressed with the image quality. Daytime images are fantastic, night vision images are suitable for it’s purpose.

Reliability of the camera and the Foscam Android app has been 100%. Camera setup was easy-peasy, but no-ip for DDNS forwarding was a little less easy.

Still, with a little research I had it all up and running within about an hour and so far, so good. Made me reconsider using Foscam for my own home to supplement my existing Samsung system.

The specs put the resolution at 1280x720…That equates to 720p…

Amazon same model:

Foscam FI9805W 960P Outdoor HD Wireless IP Camera (Silver)
by Foscam
81 | 63 reviews
| 12 answered questions
List Price: $199.99
Price: $144.99
You Save: $55.00 (28%)
Only 13 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
1.3 Megapixel 1280x960 HD Video Quality Megapixel Wireless IP camera, H.264 compression
36 IR lights (8 mm) for night vision up to 30 meters
Fitted with a 4 mm lens for a 70 degree viewing angle, 1280 x 960 Resolution

Either Woot has wrong model # or wrong specs. Also less expensive at Amazon. If it is 720p, that model is 119.99 at Amazon.

I just set up mine and it is indeed 720p.

Take the time and install all the firmware updates. They have to be done with the camera connected to router via ethernet, not wireless. Consider that before installing in final location.

I noticed an improvement in the quality of picture and the interface with all the updates.

Image quality is very nice. The motion triggered recording is very sensitive even at the lowest level for my driveway. I think the passing headlights of each car sets off a recording.

One of my gripes of all these cameras is you still need a wire. Either they support POE (Power Over Ethernet) meaning you only need a data cable or WiFi meaning you need a power cable. They each have advantages and disadvantages.

What would be cool would be a WiFi camera running on battery charged by a solar panel. Then you could really put it anywhere outside (where there’s enough daylight).

Then all you would need is a solar panel, battery and more wires.

I did a simple internet search on Foscam FI9805W and found a lot of choices.

Compare this Woot to the camera at this link http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1000503-REG/foscam_fi9805w_1_3_megapixel_hd_waterproof.html

Which is better? Price is the same except that B&H has free shipping.

WARNING: My other gripe is that sometimes doing the firmware update bricks the unit. I bought three of these some time ago.

1 updated fine but would drop wireless signal if motion engaged on and off repeatedly.

2 others both turned into bricks when I updated the firmware via a cable.

None of them, on ethernet or on wireless, talk well with an FTP server to place the files in. They drop packets left and right.

I would say, don’t waste your time if you are trying to do a legitimate surveillance setup with multiple cameras. If you are just looking to watch live feed they work fine. Recording only half worked if I was only using 1 camera at a time.

[hr]PRICE CHANGE!![hr]

Whoa, lookie here wha’ happened. We done did lowered that thar price. Yep, we sho’nuf did.

Y’all know the drill. If you already bought that thang, that money will be flying back to your pockets shortly.

SPECS UPDATE: We’ve confirmed that this camera is now 960p. You get that for free.

Now, make our buyer happy. He’s done pulled all his hairs out. Go buy a camera or two for him. Wontcha, please?

Do note though that Foscam warranty does not always apply if not purchased from approved retailers. Also, there are a lot of fakes out there. I have been a foscam customer for 7 years. And have purchased over a dozen different cameras from them. If you sign up for their news letter, they have sales constantly. I use mine in conjunction with the Synology NAS surveillance software. It has been working great.
When buying a camera, make sure you get the correct FoV for your application. While you can replace the lenses on many models, it is not a plug’n’play swap. If you like to tinker, it is pretty easy to do in 60-90 minutes.

FYI: We are an authorized FOSCAM reseller.