Foscam Low Cost HD PTZ Tested

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Jan 24, 2014

The $68 SD PTZ we tested disappointed, due primarily to poor image quality and high bandwidth consumption.

A member suggested we test a newer HD version that cost $40 more - the Foscam FI9821W, so we bought one from Amazon for $127 to put this to the test.

This model claimed 3 major improvements over the original one we tested:

  • 720p HD instead of SD
  • H.264 instead of MJPEG only
  • ONVIF conformance

So we put the new model to the test against the old one and two fixed HD cameras from Dahua and ACTi.

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*******, *** ********** ********:

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Physical ********

*** ****** ******* *** *** **** ******** ************ ** *** Foscam *******, ** ** **** ******** *** *******'* ******** ******** for **** ***********.

Web ********* ********

*** ***** ***** ****** *** *** ******** *** ************* ** the ****** ******* *** *********.

****** ******

****** ****** ** *** ****** ** *** **** (******** ** *** *** ****) ** ****** **** **********, **** ** ** ********* '***** home' ********** (*.*.,*******). ** ****, ***** *** ** ********** *** ***** * lot ** **** ****** **** **** ****** ********* ****** (******* holes ** *********, **** **********, ***.).

IR *********** ***********

** ****** *** *******'* ** ************ ***** ** ******* *********, starting **** ******'* ********* ***** ** * ****** (~**-**'), *** tested ** ******* *** ***** ******* *** *** ** ****** FI9810W ********* ***********. ************ ** **** ***** *** ******, *** ** can **** ******* **** *** *** ***** **** ** *** eye *****, ** **** ** *** ********** ********** ******* **** on *** *****.

**** **** ***** *** ** ***** ******* *** ***** ******, they **** ********* ** ********* ********* **** *** ******* ** this ****, ** **** *********** ** ***** *** **** ** the *********** *****.

**** *** ******* ****** ******* **** **** *** ******* (~**'), the *******'* ***** ******* ** ******** ****** **** *** ***** HD2100N, **** *** *******'* **** **** *********** *** ***************, *** more ** *** *** ***** ** *******.

Image ***********

** ******** *** ******* ** *** *** **** ** *******, the**** *********** *******(**** ~$*** ******), ** *** *** ********* ** ********** **** using * ****** **** ***********. ** ****** ** *** *****, ~20' **** * **' ****, ** ********* ***********

**** *****

** **** *****, *** ****** ******* ******** **** ***** *** Dahua ******, *** * *** ***** *** **** ***. ******** to *** ****, *** ******** **** ** ******* *** **** defined. *******, **** ******** ** *** *****, ***** *-* ** our *** ***** *** **** *******, *** *** ******* ***** details **** *** ******. ****, **** *** *** *** ***** appears ****** *** *** *********** (**** ** ******** ******** ** the ******), ***** *** **** *** ***** *** *****'* *** not ***********.

*** *****

** **** *****, *** ****** ******* ******** *** ********* *** of *** ******* ******. *** ****** *******'* ** ********** ************* impacts ***** ******* ** **** *****, *** *** ***** *** substantial*************** ******** ******* **** *** ****** ******* *** **** ** capture.

Bandwidth ***********

*** ******* ** *.***, *** ****, **** ** ******* *** VBR/MJPEG. *******, ***** *** ** ***** ******** ***** **** ********** (720p ** ****), ***** **** (* *** ******* ** ***), Keyframe ******** (* ** ***), *** *** **** (***** ** 20Kbps).

** ****** *** ****** ******* *** ** *****, *** * levels **** ~** ** **** *****, ~** ** *** *****, and ~** **** *** ** * ****. **** ** **** lower **** ******* ****** ******* * ****** ** **-**. ** such, *** *** ******** ******** *** ******* ** * ***** level ** **** *********.

Comments (4)

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*** ****** **** **** * **** ****** *** ***** ******** image *** ***** ********* ***** **** *** ****** *** *** audio ********* ** *** **** ***** ** *** ******. ** HDW2100 **** * ***** *** ********* ** *** ****** *** does ****** **** *** *****.

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*** **, * ** *** * *** ****** ***** *** they *** ** ** *** ****** ** ** ** ****** spectrum.

* ****** ** *** ****** ****** ** ** **** **** to *****, ***** ** *** **** ** *** *******, *** for *** ******* ******. ** ** ************* **** *** ********* identical, ****** *** ********* *** ***** ****.

***** *********** **** **** *** ***** *** ******. ******* * later ***** *** ***** ****** **** **.

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