In September of last year I decided to remove an X10 camera that underperformed beyond my expectations (the same can be said of the software that came with it). I replaced it with a Foscam IP Camera (FI8918W), which is a much better device. The Foscam is a good, all-around IP camera for general use and may work well as a security camera in certain situations. At about $90 it’s a good price for a reliable IP camera.
The video quality isn’t exceptional, but it’s good and far better than the old X10 camera. If you’re interested in purchasing one then you should consider purchasing additional software for monitoring the camera. The built-in Web interface has a limited set of features and is a bit clunky.
I’ve been using the basic version of Vitamin D Video (about $50), which I’ve actually ran under Windows and OS X at different times and with the same license. In addition, I also manage the camera remotely using an iOS app called Foscam Surveillance Pro for iPhone ($4.99) that replicates many of the Web interface functions including saving snapshots and moving the camera.
Here’s a rundown of some of the core features of the camera:
- 640×480 resolution
- IR-LED based night-vision
- Wireless and wired network connections built-in
- Remote pan/tilt control
Updated 08/31/2011: A commenter raised the question of whether or not this camera will work with Vitamin D Video. This is a good question and leads to a piece of information I failed to include in this post. I’ve added another post that explains how to make it work. In addition, I sent an e-mail to the company praising them for their choice of license management and I also mentioned the fact I am able to use this Foscam with Vitamin D Video.
I received a response this evening stating that the ability to use the license across platforms was intentional. I was also asked if I could provide information on the settings I used as other customers have asked about using this camera, so I reviewed my settings and e-mailed the information. Perhaps this information will assist them in adding it to the list of officially supported cameras. Regardless, it does work.