Foscam FI9901 4MP Outdoor POE Camera

Foscam offers FI9901 series high resolution 4MP outdoor POE camera with 6x digital zoom for much better image detail. It’s a bullet model IP camera with IP66 rated weatherproof, ideal for outdoor. How good is Foscam FI9901 camera compared with other similar products have been around in the market such as Lorex?

What this product does

Foscam introduces various models of IP camera for homes or businesses. Foscam FI9901 is one of bullet model cameras in addition of wireless home cameras such as Foscam R2 and Foscam C2 or Foscam FI9900 wireless bullet camera.

2K resolution

In addition of Foscam FI9900 wireless version bullet model camera with 1080p resolution, Foscam offers FI9901 outdoor POE camera – a wired model IP camera with higher resolution. Foscam FI9901 is designed with 4mm fixed lens of high definition color CMOS sensor with night vision supports. It can deliver video recording at a maximum of 4MP (2560 x 1440 pixels) @25 frame per second (fps). Foscam offers 6x digital zoom to compress the distance of objects to produce high resolution sharper image detail, no distortion and no noise. See also 2K outdoor POE camera – Amcrest IP3m-941 bulet model camera.

Night vision

With the inclusion of 30 pcs IR LEDs, this camera supports night vision recording video at darkness in black and white video recording. This is contrary different with camera that comes with color night vision (CNV) technology to allow you record objects in night with the ambient light in color video recording such as Lorex IP cameras.

Remote access

The good thing with Foscam FI9901 is that this camera and any other models of Foscam cameras is that they come with built-in P2P technology for easy remote access configuration, eliminating complicated of DDNS and port forwarding and so forth.

foscam outdoor poe camera
Foscam FI9901 outdoor poe camera


  • High resolution 4MP (2560×1440 pixels) @25 fps
  • 6x digital zoom
  • 4mm fixed lens with 78 degree field of view
  • Support night vision with 30 pcs IR LED range up to 65 ft (20m)
  • Support POE with power interface in addition of POE
  • Two way audio with In/Out audio ports
  • IP66 rated weatherproof
  • P2P protocol
  • Local memory storage SD-card, NVR storage

Like other bullet model outdoor IP cameras, Foscam FI9901 is ideal for businesses connecting to Foscam NVR system and other Onvif compliant NVR system with built-in POE switch such as LaView 16 channel NVR system or GW Security 32 channel NVR system.

Foscam Vs Lorex

For business purposes, 4MP high resolution IP cameras are mostly popular for delivering high resolution video recording and image detail. There are lots of high resolution IP cameras you can find in the market today, and to help you choose which one is suitable to meet your businesses the following spec comparison table is an example of comparison between Foscam FI9901 and Lorex LNB4321 bullet model IP cameras.

Lorex LNB4321 with color night vision
Lorex LNB4321 with color night vision


With the same high resolution of 4MP CMOS sensor, even though with different vertical and horizontal pixels resolution, Foscam FI9901 outdoor POE camera offers 6x digital zoom factor to provide sharper and clearer image detail zoom. There is a slightly wider field of view between the two products, Lorex with 3.6mm fixed lens provides 83 degree field of view. While Foscam with 4mm fixed lens provides 78 degree field of view. Should you require adjustable field of view angle, you may consider varifocal lens camera such as 5MP GW Security varifocal lens. you can adjust the viewing angle manually to meet your need.

Bullet model camera is not typically offering as wide as fish eye model camera, for example Geovision and Axis fish eye cameras which are capable of providing 180 and 360 degree panorama view.

for higher resolution of outdoor POE camera, you may consider USG 5MP Speed dome camera with PTZ features, high speed panning and tilting camera.

Night vision

Most IP cameras that supports night vision recording video in black in white when the time shifts from day time to night time. Unlike Foscam FI9901 with black and white video recording in dark condition, Lorex LNB4321 with CNV (color night vision) technology can record video in color at night as long as there is still ambient light around. However, the camera system will record in black and white when the light is completely dark.


Foscam offers two way audio with the included two port interfaces of In and Out audio. You need to add additional audio Microphone and Speaker to use these In and Out audio ports to activate the two way audio feature. Lorex doesn’t offer audio feature in LNB4321 model.

Remote access

Remote viewing technology for IP camera is evolving and you can find that P2P technology is the easiest way to configure your IP camera for remote access via internet from anywhere around the world. No hassle of port forwarding in the router and other complicated router configuration, just scan QR Code then you can connect to your NVR or direct to your IP camera. that’s what Foscam offers with its FI9901 series, but Lorex doesn’t offer this feature.

Table 1 Foscam Vs Lorex Outdoor POE Camera

ModelFoscam FI9901Lorex LNB4321
Lens typeFixed lens 4mm f2.1

High definition color CMOS sensor

6x digital zoom
Fixed lens 1/3” 4MP 3.6mm f/2.0
Field of view78 degree83 degree
Resolution4MP (2560×1440)  @25 fps4MP (2688×1520) @ 20fps
Night visionYes, with 30 pcs IR LED

Range up to 20 meters (65ft.)

Yes, with Color Night Vision Technology (CNV) 850n high quality IR LEDs

Range 130ft (40m) ambient light / 90ft (27m) dark night

POEYes, 802.3af with 10/100Mbps RJ-45 port , 12VYes, with 12V
HousingIP66 rated weatherproofIP66 rated weatherproof
ONVIFYes,Only compatible with Lorex’s NVRs
AudioTwo way audio with audio In and audio Out portsN/A
StorageSD Card slot, NVR’s storage and foscam cloud storage service planNVR storage
Remote accessYes, with P2P and DDNSManual with DDNS configuration
Price (May 2018)$149.99$88.99

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Foscam FI9901 outdoor POE Camera is one of best 4MP outdoor bullet model IP camera in the market today, easy to configure for remote viewing via internet with its P2P technology and IP66 rated weatherproof for ideal placement in outdoor.

See also best outdoor POE cameras in the market.

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