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Cheap Chinese IP PTZ Camera Review

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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got my official Foscam and it didn't seem to work any better than the clone. I upgraded the firmware that Foscam sent me and I can now have it email me. It sends a half dozen jpegs. At the same time, it stores the video as an uncompressed AVI so the files are huge, about 25 mb for 5 seconds. I have not seen an option to turn off the feature that writes the AVI file.

I have not been able to get audio to work, there's no option to setup audio that I can see. Also, no option to set frames per second rate.

Haven't tired FTP yet so see if that's compressed or not, I can't image sending 25MB file via FTP every 5 seconds.

My router is not well, so I can't configure port forwarding so I can try it from my cell phone yet.
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fatjohnny
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a general comment on the subject - Post back in a year and tell us if the cheap Chinese made camera you recently purchase still works.

Although many of the cheap Chinese cameras may have bling, if they are like most Chinese made products the quality and parts may be sub standard (correct me if I'm wrong) and may fail much sooner than a higher priced quality camera. I've been burn many times on the cheap junk such as tools and electronics.

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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clearly I can not tell you that this camera will last a year, but I have two other chinese IP cameras that still work as well as they did when new, one for about year, the other for about 2 years. So while I do agree that these sub $100 cameras are just not as good as my Mobotix M12D cameras, they do serve a purpose. For example, I was able to check my cabin from home and see how much snow accumulated and for $100, it's just what I need.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:15 pm    Post subject: Re: IP Camera Manufacturer Reply with quote

Carfield1980 wrote:
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kd5olt
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:05 pm    Post subject: Irs Reply with quote

I have one and the Irs are a pain. I have the outdoor dome for it graet in day but at night sucks i need to turn off the IR any idel how Twisted Evil
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buellwinkle
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can try an ice pick, but no, there's no way to turn that off from the software that I know off. Even if you did, that camera does not have good night vision without the IR led's, so stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Panasonic has some decent PT and PTZ cameras if that feature is important to you that are rated for outdoor use. Check out the BBHCM735a or if you want to try your dome experiment and want PTZ, the BBHCM580a is decent at night.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like its flexibility, features and especially it's reliability. I have many of these units installed and have never had one fail. May be a biased opinion but the unit speaks for itself.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's funny you say that because I got a brand new one a few weeks ago for a friend that just wants to be alerted if anyone enters his apartment. I worked great for 2 days then died. It still goes through it's gyrations at power up, but no lights come on when you plug in an ethernet cable, so back to China it goes, haha.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

buellwinkle wrote:
Lastly, I thought it would be cool to look at the video from my Blackberry Storm. I can get the login screen, but that's it, doesn't go beyond that.


Buelwinkle, you should be able to view your camera on your Blackberry Storm by building a web page with some code in it pointing to your cam. If you want, I can build you one. Just email me. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, but Blackberries are just too slow to display this, I've tried, it just hangs. I upgraded recently to a Droid X and it's night & day difference, I can see the Foscam as well as my Axis and ACTi cams without any problems at a decent frame rate.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

buellwinkle wrote:
Droid X and it's night & day difference,


My sister's BF has one. That is a nice phone. Do you have OS 2.2 on their with Flash support? I was wondering how that is working.

The smartphone market is really getting competitive. As much as I like my iPhone, other smartphone manufactures have some nice features that I would like, that are lacking on the iPhone.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2.2 (FroYo) hasn't been released yet for this model but is expected this month. I always wanted an iPhone, just didn't want AT&T. Android has come a long way and I really like it. I bought it with the idea that if I didn't like it, I can bring it back to Verizon within 30 days and be done with it, but it's a keeper.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

buellwinkle wrote:
2.2 (FroYo) hasn't been released yet for this model but is expected this month.


Ahhh..

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I always wanted an iPhone, just didn't want AT&T.


I hear ya there. I just bought the phone w/o contract, unlocked it and run T-Mobile on it. I make 98% of my calls using Skype via wi-fi on it and just use the cellphone when I'm not near wi-fi. My home phone is running Skype also. So far this year, my total phone bill is under $100.00.


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Android has come a long way and I really like it. .


Yes it has and should have great potential in the future. We should see different size "pads" coming out running it.
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magohn
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well its three years later and I thought Id apply a small update.

This $60 Chinese camera is STILL going strong. In the late winter of 2009 I placed the camera outside under a roof overhang. This little camera has survived 3 winters of Seattle wind, rain, ice and snow. No enclosure, no maintenance and the camera keeps going and going. I upgraded my system over the weekend and replaced the Chinese cam with a Mobotix. However, we think we have mice in the garage so I fired up the trusty Chinese cam and she's rolling again.

Awesome value at $60, night vision, Pan, Tilt and rock-solid reliability.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What brand? I still have one Foscam clone working after about 2 1/2 years, but the actual Foscam died.
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