Foscam FI9900P Vs Amcrest Wireless Outdoor Security Cameras

Various models of wireless outdoor security cameras available in the market today including Foscam FI9900P and Amcrest IP2M-842.

Wireless Outdoor

One of the difficulty steps in installing the outdoor security camera is running the cabling from the camera into the room, generally connecting to the router, the NVR or the nearest POE switch. The minimum cabling system consists of power cable and video data cable. You can remove data cabling if your camera supports wifi connection to allow you connect the camera wirelessly to the wireless router or to the wireless-capable NVR or DVR system such as Lorex LH024501C4WB a 4-Channel DVR with repeater, see this article Lorex wireless security camera. And some DVR or NVR models doesn’t come with wifi repeater but cameras connect to the wifi router wirelessly and then connect to the NVR system such as Amcrest and Zmodo 8 channel DVR.


Both Amcrest IP2M-842 and Foscam FI9900P in this article are wireless outdoor security cameras.


Some models of outdoor camera support POE feature, a feature to allow you run a single CAT5e network cable for both power and video data, for example Amcrest and Hikvision 4MP POE outdoor cameras or PTZ models which typically supports POE such as Sunba, Sumpple or GW Security. see also most popular PTZ POE cameras. With POE camera you run a single cable for power and video data, with wireless outdoor security camera you still require a power cable except the camera is powered by the dry battery such as Arlo outdoor wireless camera.

Amcrest IP2M-842 Vs Foscam FI9900P

Both Amcrest and Foscam are affordable bullet model wireless cameras for homes, or you can also use them for your small office. You may consider business type cameras with large mega pixel resolution such as 5MP cameras with varifocal lens.

foscam fi9900p

Foscam FI9900P outdoor wireless camera

The easiest way to compare two products is by presenting spec comparison table, take a look at the following table 1.

Looks like both wireless outdoor security cameras have similar features. Both are bullet type designed for outdoor even though you can install them indoor, they are IP66 rated waterproof. You may also consider Amcrest 3MP dome model outdoor, or you also consider Foscam PTZ outdoor cameras.

Two way audio

At a glance, you can notice that Amcrest doesn’t come with two way audio but Foscam does. It’s a good thing that camera with two way audio allows you to talk in two way direction, ideal for retail supermarket to help supervisor talk to the crew.


Both camera can record with the same full HD resolution @30 frame per second (fps). The lens type is slightly different in focal length, Amcrest offers 3.6mm slightly longer than Foscam with 2.8 mm. no wonder that Foscam provides wider angle of 106 degree.

amcrest outdoor wireless camera

Amcrest Outdoor wireless camera

Foscam lens uses new magic zoom technology to magnify image details with its 2MP lens, it’s like the way optical lens magnify the image optically even though Foscam FI9900 is built with a fixed lens. You can easily zoom in or zoom out with high quality image details.

Remote view

For remote view, no worries both cameras offer technology to help you connect the camera easily via your mobile devices with the QR code scanning and the APP. Even Foscam offers P2P technology, the easiest way to remote viewing the camera without the hassle of router configurations, open port or DDNS etc.

Amcrest offers you optional cloud storage to help you easily playback the footage remotely via internet when you are away from home.

Table 1 Amcrest IP2M-842 Vs Foscam FI9900P outdoor wireless camera

Amcrest IP2M-842 ProHD Foscam FI9900P
Model Outdoor indoor bullet model Outdoor indoor bullet model
Resolution Max 1080P(1920 x 1080 pixels)@25/30fps 1920 x 1080 pixels @30fps
Lens 1/3″ 3.6 mm fixed lens; f/1.8

3MP progressive scan CMOS

1/3” CMOS 2.8mm; f/1.2


Angle of view 72 degree Diagonal angle of view: 118 degree

Horizontal view angle: 106 degree

Night view Yes, distance up to 98 ft (30 meters) Yes, distance up to 66 ft (20m)
Compression H.264H/H.264B/H.264/ MJPEG H.264
Network RJ45 10/100Mbps

Wifi 802.11b/g/n up to 50m

RJ45 10/100Mbps

Wifi 802.11b/g/n

Weatherproof IP66 rated IP66 rated
Vandal resistant No No
P2P No Yes
QR Code scan Yes Yes
POE supports N/A N/A
Multi streams Yes, dual stream Yes, dual stream
Two way audio N/A Yes
Price $120 $129


Read more details information about each of the products, manufacturer’s description and spec details and prices in Amazon.

Both are ideal solution for homes or small businesses, now you may also like to equip your vehicle with dash cams, see here for most popular front and rear dash cams or Auto-Vox and Rexing dash cams.

For newer version of Amcrest, you may consider Amcrest IP3M-842


Both products are wireless outdoor security cameras. With the price tagged are almost the same, Amcrest is slightly cheaper actually and you can find that Foscam FI9900P offers richer features including lens with magic zoom technology – a fixed lens that provides image magnification quality like optical zoom. Moreover, Foscam comes with P2P technology for easier remote viewing tasks.

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