foscam ptz wireless outdoor camera

Foscam Outdoor Wireless PTZ Camera

Foscam FI9828P is an outdoor wireless PTZ camera with high resolution of 1.3MP image detail, 3x optical zoom actor and H.264 compression format.

What this product does

Foscam FI9828P is an outdoor wireless PTZ camera capable of recording video with high resolution of HD 960p clear image quality (1280 x 960p). This camera delivers HD video streaming using H.264 video compression you can view remotely using your mobile devices via internet from all over the world, easily and securely by scanning the QR code. See also popular HD PTZ camera with POE supports.

This camera is designed with aluminum shell housing with IP66 weatherproof rating, ideal in placing the camera outdoor in harsh environment. At night? No problem, this camera supports night vision with the embedded 21x IR-LEDs covering up to 65 ft distance (up to 20 meters). It can detect motion and pushing the email-alerts and FTP the image to the user.


  • HD 960p clear image resolution
  • Reduce bandwidth with H.264 video compression
  • Easy to install using QR code scanning
  • 3x optical zoom lens
  • Night vision feature with 21x IR-LEDs up to 20 meters (65ft) distance
  • Motion detection and pushing alerts via email and FTP image to users
  • IP66 weather proof rating
  • Cloud enable for live viewing and storage via Foscam Cloud

Various models of outdoor PTZ camera available in the market today ranging from home usage like this product Foscam FI9828P outdoor wireless PTZ camera with 3x optical zoom factor up to those business class PTZ camera with POE support that support up to 30x optical zoom factor ideal for long distance coverage in plants or warehousing area. See also best PTZ outdoor camera.

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Foscam FI8928 wireless outdoor PTZ camera

Foscam FI9828P is ideal for homes or small businesses, connect to your existing wireless network wirelessly or you may connect using CAT5e network to the nearest Switch or router to allow you connect to the cloud for remote viewing via the internet. For indoor you may also select the indoor camera, even though you can install this camera indoor. However, with home indoor wireless camera such as Foscam FI9821 is enough and is cheaper.

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Foscam FI9828 vs Reolink RLC423ws

Foscam FI9828 is limited up to only 960p resolution @30 fps. Today you might face with higher resolution camera to get higher quality image detail. With nearly the same price as Foscam, Reolink offers higher resolution RLC-423WS wireless PTZ camera you may consider instead of Foscam.

Reolink RLC-423WS wireless dual band PTZ camera

What makes Reolink is different compared with Foscam FI9828?


Foscam fi9828 is limited up to 960p resolution @30 frame per second (fps), while Reolink RLC-423ws’s resolution is up to 5mp (3072×1728) @30 fps. The recording resolution offered by Reolink is almost four times as high resolution as Foscam.

Both camera can deliver the same 4 motorized optical zoom with range of focal length you can customized via your mobile device from 2.7mm up to 12mm (all the way zoom in).

Night vision

The other spec difference is the night vision distance you can reach with each of the camera. Foscam introduces night vision distance up to 65ft only as opposed with Reolink RLC423ws which can reach up to 190ft range with 6pcs high power IR LEDs.


Today’s wifi technology trend is the dual band wireless ac network, the wireless network with dual band both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz band simultaneously. Reolink offers wireless camera with dual band connection. Connecting the camera to the cleaner 5Ghz band is better since it is less signal interference compared with 2.4Ghz band.

The other spec differences are audio and storage features. Foscam with two way audio capability would be beneficial than one way audio.

Take a look at the following spec and feature comparison table between Foscam and Reolink.

Table 1 Foscam vs Reolink

Model Foscam FI9828 Reolink RLC-423
Camera resolution 1.3MP of 960p (1280 x 960p) @30 fps 5mp (3072×1728) @30 fps
Lens type 2.8mm ~ 12mm, F:1.6 2.7mm ~ 12mm; f.6
Image sensor 1/3” color CMOS sensor ½.9 inch CMOS sensor
Zoom 3x optical zoom 4x optical zoom
Video Compression H.264 H.264
Night vision Yes, range up to 65 ft(20m) Yes, 6pcs IR LEDs range up to 190 ft
PTZ Panning 355 degree , tilting ~78 degree Panning 360 degree endless; 0~90 degree tilting
Remote view P2P technology P2P technology
Wifi 802.11b/g/n (N150) Dual band 802.11a/b/g/n with 2x2R MIMO antenna
Audio Two way audio interfaces Audio in interface
Outdoor Yes, IP66 rated Yes, IP66 rated
Storage N/A Micro SD Card ~32 GB
Price May2018) ~$260.00 ~$240.00


Technically Reolink RLC423ws is preference with higher resolution, longer night vision range coverage and dual band wifi connection. Both camera offer easy remote view configuration with P2P technology to reduce technical complication in configuring your router.

To learn more spec and manufacturer’s detail click the link below, you may also see the current price in Amazon.

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