Updated 24 Aug 2016

Foscam

FI9828P

Snapshot: This outdoor wireless IP camera has HD image quality. It detects motion and can be remotely accessed on iOS and Android devices and from the internet. But how good is the picture?

FI9828P
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$339

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Test results

Overall score
76
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Good image quality.
  • Easy to use.
  • Can send smartphone notifications.
  • Sends emails with images.
  • Sounds alarm when motion is detected.
  • Remote access via iOS, Android and web.
  • Motion detection.
  • Has an HD camera.
  • Cloud storage, but it requires a subscription.

But

  • MicroSD card slot location requires dismantling of camera to install card.
  • Focus function was fiddly after performing a zoom operation.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (60%), Ease of use (40%)

Image quality
When assessing how well an IP camera performs we look at its image quality in daylight and low-light conditions. We look at the clarity of the images, the contrast at close range (2m) and a moderate distance (4m). We look at how well they show a person, objects and graphics/text for reading any signage on vehicles or name badges.

Ease of use
Assesses the set-up and use of the camera, including installation, ease of recording and motion detection. We also look at how easy it is to receive alerts when motion is detected. A camera scored higher if it sent an email with a screenshot, but any email or push notification to a mobile was considered good. We also scored cameras on how easy it is to automatically and manually take photos or recordings, irrespective of whether a notification was sent, and how easy it is to store footage to cloud storage.

Full specs

Model

Avg price
$339

Specifications

Kit or camera only
Camera only
Kit required
×
Model or kit description
HD Wireless PTZ Dome IP Camera
Camera type
Outdoor
Resolution
1280 x 960
Wireless connection or WiFi band (GHz)
2.4

Features

Weatherproof rating
IP66
Night vision
Yes, 20m
Pan
Yes, 355-degrees
Tilt
Yes, 75-degrees
Zoom
3x, optical
Microphone
Speaker
×
Motion detection
Yes
Motion detection scheduler
Notification method
Email with images, smartphone notification and alarm
Email alert with picture attached
Local storage
MicroSD
FTP storage
Cloud storage
Yes, paid subscription based
Remote access
Automatic
Remote access via Android app
Remote access via iOS app
Remote access via web browser
Ethernet

More info

Notes

Available online at cbay.co.nz