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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2012
So this camera works exactly as advertised. Do not buy one direct from Foscam as they are extremely relaxed about sending them out and you probably want it this year. I bought one direct and one from Amazon and I recommend getting it from here. One puzzling thing though is that the IR LEDs shine bright red. Not sure if they all do that but on the Foscam cameras they do.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2012
The camera was easy to set up and get running but there are a couple of annoyances I have with it. The plastic on the base is thin and lets through a lot of light from the led's - I had to cover the base with black electrical tape to use it as a baby monitor. Another issue I had is when I set the camera to use a fixed IP - the connection would cut in and out so I just gave up and set it back to dynamic IP. The last thing I want to mention is the IR lights - some times I found it was not dark enough for the lights to come on, but still not light enough to get a decent picture (and the button to turn the IR lights on didn't turn them on).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2013
The first one of these I bought constantly reboot itself when it was in 640x480 in daylight (at night, I had no problems in IR mode). After trying everything, I found that setting it to 320 made it work -- but this resolution was really, way too low. Plugging it in to wired ethernet did not help.

There is a manual focus ring; however, I could not get both the left and right side to focus at the same time. The device is not great as a security camera. First, you can't slow it down to 1-2 fps for constant recording without eating your hard drive for lunch. There is an "alarm" mode, but either you FTP/email a sequence of pictures which are mostly useless, beacuse it takes a while for the camera to deal with the alarm; becuse there is a delay to alarm-based recording, you can only capture someone if they're standing still, moving slowly, or approaching for a far distance. When the unit reboots, it "patrols" the camera, rotating it all around. The problem is, you lose your place.

The second unit that I bought works pretty well so far -- it doesn't reboot unintentionally. For the price, there really isn't anything comparable -- I just hope they spend some time and energy in building better firmware and user experience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2014
This camera worked ok for a few months then it went into a constant reboot cycle. Trying to get support has been a nightmare. Foscam Canada (the seller) is a reseller who is separate from Foscam the manufacturer. They will not support it and will only refer me to other sellers. I would recommend purchasing this directly from foscam.ca so you will be certain of warranty coverage. Amazon advertises 2 year warranty but when I contacted them they said it was up to the seller and they are not responsible. Just a big run a round and waste of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2014
fairly simple to set up. but i did have some problem connecting to the wifi. i still haven't figured it out. but nevertheless the camera is really good for the price.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If you are looking for a budget friendly network camera, this is possibly your best bet. Initially, I have a bit of trouble to get the software (CD provided) to connect to the camera's IP address (which my router assigned by default, once it recognised the camera). The solution? Download the most recent version of the software from Foscam's website. At least that worked for my Windows 7 desktop. Using the same IP address, I can access the camera from both my tablet and my cellphone.
As for the functions, it is a pretty basic camera. The image resolution is pretty low (640 x 480 p), but it has an outdoor mode that makes the quality of the image pretty decent (I have it installed under my porch's soffit). The Infrared diodes are not too powerful, but, in total darkness, they are OK to cover an area up to 6 metres away from the camera.
I would recommend getting a third party software for proper movement or sound alert recording, Internet access when you are away, etc. In my opinion, the Foscam software supplied (Foscam IP camera client) is not very useful for the mentioned applications, and it does not even let you adding a time and date stamp to your recordings. I am using it with iSpy software; it works really well.

UPDATE: As of March 2015, the camera is still working like a charm. It performed perfectly, even during the harsh, cold winter days and nights (as low as -28 C), without a hiccup. So even if not designed as an outdoor camera, you can still use it as long as it's installed on a sheltered spot. I'll keep updating about the camera from time to time.
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on August 3, 2015
Excellent in quality and function, but like so many things we buy today that are made in China, the instruction manuals Chinglish translation can make it sometimes difficult to understand. One would think that this superior economic force would be able to afford Englaih-speaking proof readers for their product manuals....otherwise, it was easy to set up,save for connecting it to our handheld devices - but insure we'll "fligure it out velly soon!";)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2013
Other cameras sell for much more and have the same features as this camera, so this is definitely the best value for your money.
Setup can be tricky if its your inexperienced with network addressing, but otherwise very straight forward.

The audio input/output does not work well via Chrome browser but works well using Internet Explorer.

I used a free app for android and view the video from another room.

If you are going to record the video, you are better using third party software. I have been unable to record video using the software that came with the camera.
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on February 3, 2015
come very handy to monitor my toddlers while doing housework. the image quality is not perfect sometimes the image freeze for a couple of seconds. it is not compatible with Linux had to find a Windows machine to install it. Was not working with my Link Sys router until I upgrade the camera framework.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2014
Great image (day & night). Currently being used as a baby monitor.
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