Foscam FI9831P

Fea­ture packed and af­ford­able.

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For its mod­est price, the Foscam FI9831P has ex­cel­lent spec­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to cap­ture and stream video at 1,280 x 960. It has mo­torised pan and tilt, two-way au­dio, SD-card stor­age and long-range night vi­sion that was our pick for best nightvi­sion re­cep­tion.

The soft­ware in­ter­face left us a bit cold, though — it doesn’t have the con­sumer friendly pol­ish of some of the com­pe­ti­tion. But it has ex­cel­lent op­tions for mo­tion de­tec­tion and cap­ture, colour ad­just­ment and lo­cal record­ing and cap­ture. It can up­load cap­tured im­ages to FTP servers or send them via email, and you can set up mul­ti­ple users with dif­fer­ent ac­cess rights. The mo­bile viewer apps are more user-friendly, but they don’t let you do much other than view feeds and per­form the most ba­sic wire­less con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Foscam also sup­plies a free Win­dows app for cap­tur­ing and record­ing streams as well as a free DDNS ser­vice that makes it pos­si­ble to ac­cess the web in­ter­face re­motely, though you need some tech­ni­cal know-how to set that up. If you want re­mote ac­cess to your feeds, you’ll need to sub­scribe to Foscam’s paid Cloud Ser­vice.

If you’re com­fort­able with the tech­ni­cal stuff, or plan on us­ing third-party soft­ware to con­trol the cam­era, the Foscam is great value. Its night vi­sion is great, its gen­eral im­age cap­ture is good (though we thought the com­pres­sion a lit­tle too high, re­sult­ing in some blur­ring and block­i­ness) and its hard­ware specs are bet­ter than most of the other cam­eras here.


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