Amcrest vs Foscam – which home security camera is right for you? Both Amcrest and Foscam home security cameras have pros and cons. This article will help you see the advantages and potential drawbacks of both brands so that you can make a more informed choice when it comes to your home security and to avoid common mistakes. We’ll take a look at the popular models from both brands and highlight the positives and the possible downsides for each system. To learn more about both residential and commercial security, contact the experts at Jay360 today!
Amcrest vs Foscam – Which Home Security Camera Should You Buy?
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When trying to choose your home security system, you will have the option to choose between two of the most popular brands – Amcrest and Foscam. Take a look at the comparison chart below to learn more about two popular options from each brand. The two choices at the top of the chart are smaller cameras (Amcrest ProHD 1080p and Foscam F19821P), and the bottom two are slightly more advanced models (Amcrest IP4M-1026W and Foscam FI9900).
A quick comparison between two Amcrest and Foscam cameras
So, which brand should you buy? After reading hundreds of online reviews and checking out pages dedicated to comparing these two brands, we would suggest Amcrest may be right for most homeowners. However, both brands have their pros and cons – and in order to decide which brand is best for you and your unique needs, continue reading and we’ll need to take a deeper look at these specific models as well as the overall brand.
Foscam – Is A Foscam Camera Right For You?
Image: Foscam F19821P
Foscam Top Pros
- Lower price point
- Easily access live camera footage
- Great overall reviews
On average, Foscam cameras cost less than Amcrest. As you can see in the chart above, the smaller camera costs nearly $20 less than Amcrest’s version, while the larger camera costs nearly $50 less. Even though you are paying less, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing quality. Take a look at the video from Foscam to learn a bit more about this model!
As well, Foscam offers great night vision distance and a wider field of view. Foscam’s popular F19821P model is the brand’s very first ‘plug and play’ wireless security camera. It allows you to connect to the camera with your smartphone as well as listen, view, and control your camera right through your phone. This is great for those on the go!
Foscam Top Cons
- Lower resolution than competition on average
- Some connectivity issues
Some reviewers have said that setting up Foscam devices was a complicated process, even though they are marketed as easy to DIY install. Some owners of Foscam cameras have also stated that connecting their camera to Wi-Fi has been a challenge. In order to get their cameras to work, they have to connect it back to an ethernet cable.
Although this camera is ideal for those who want to live-view their camera stream, some reviewers stated that it is not ideal for those who want a camera that can easily document and store all footage. Reviewers had a difficult time accessing stored footage and found that feature to be lacking.
Foscam May Be Best For You If…
- You are looking for an affordable, durable camera
- You prefer to watch a live stream of your home video rather than reviewing the footage later
- You want a camera with high-distance night vision
- Are handy and don’t mind taking extra time to set up your camera
Amcrest – Is An Amcrest Camera Right For You?
Image: Amcrest ProHD 1080p
Amcrest Top Pros
- Excellent video quality
- Wide field of view even on smaller models
- Great customer support
Amcrest cameras typically cost a bit more than their Foscam counterparts, but they typically come with higher resolution. For example, the Amcrest IP4M-1026W costs the most out of all the four options we looked at above, but also has the highest camera resolution and second best night vision range. Take a look at the review video below to learn a bit more.
Even the small Amcrest model (ProHD 1080p) is known for its superior night vision and great visual quality. Many Amcrest cameras come with two-way audio, which means you can not only hear those around your home but you can choose to communicate with them as well.
Many models also have simple and easy storage using an SD card, which allows you to have access to every single moment you have recorded on your camera. This feature is even available with the ProHD 1080p. Many customers also enjoy the fact that Amcrest is typically known for its excellent customer support and ease of use.
Amcrest Top Cons
- Higher price point
- Due to high camera sensitivity, may be ‘glitchy’ when snowing or raining
It is generally hard to find a lot of negative reviews about Amcrest’s cameras. However, they are not without their faults. Some Amcrest cameras must be used with Wi-Fi, which can limit some homeowners who don’t have access to Wi-Fi. Although they can be used with an ethernet cable, you will need to purchase more equipment to set that up.
Amcrest also has a higher price point than Foscam and other similar brands. Because of that, it can be pricey if you want to install more than just one camera. For example, if you want to set up three Foscam FI9900s to ensure all areas of your home are covered, you’re looking to spend over $300.
Amcrest May Be Best For You If…
- You don’t mind spending a bit more for higher resolution
- You want a brand recommended by hundreds of homeowners
- You want to store video footage and have access to it later
- You want a camera with high-distance night vision
- May not have a lot of know-how with security cameras and need customer support
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