Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Best consumer IP camera for the buck

I've been in the market for a good IP camera for a while now and as it was not very easy to find something good enough for my requirements, I will share my findings with you.
My requirements are the following, and the camera that best matched them in a budget of not more than 150 EUR / 200$ is Foscam FI8918W:

nrrequirementdescriptioncomplianceComments
1must haveto be usable in Surveillance Station (Synology DiskStation) so you can record / motion recordpartialno audio
2must haveto be usable in low light or even better, in no light - with most cameras you can see almost nothing at dawnYESnight vision
3must havehave as much of an wideangle as possible (for indoor use I see a 75-80 degrees angle view optimal so you have almost 100% coverage of the entire room if placed in a corner).partial67
4must haveresolution of 640 x 480 or betterYES15 fps at 640 x 480
5must havestealth - be quiet when panning / tilting and being able to turn off front ledsYES
6nice to havehave WiFi so no data cables are required (just plug it in the air-conditioner wall outlet)YESb/g
7nice to haveuse compression so storage and bandwidth requirements are not high and NOMJPEG only
8nice to havepan & tiltYES
9nice to haveeasy to use web gui - not important if connected to a surveillance station (Synology DiskStation)partialmany clicks to authenticate, no remember password option
10nice to havehave not expensive apps for smartphonesYESfor iOS and Android
11nice to haveto be able to disable WiFi when connected by wireYES
12nice to havebe able to upload motion detected video with sound by FTP so you have a backup if the recording server is not working / not availableNO