Nest Cam (Dropcam) vs. Foscam

Nest Cam (Dropcam) vs. Foscam

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Overview

There are several wireless indoor camera options but D-Link, Foscam, and Dropcam / Nest Cam are consistently among the highest rated options.

Foscam was one of the most popular cameras with our readers last year. They make both indoor and outdoor cameras and offer a wide range of product. Their cameras are unique because they work with third-party software and products. In fact, Foscam recommends the use of several third-party apps. Opening their technology to other developers means better options for Foscam users. Foscam is compatible with third-party video recording software titles like Blue Iris, WebcamXP, VLC, and others.

Dropcam is the newest option and has been replaced by the Nest Cam. Launched in 2009, the Dropcam HD quickly became a #1 seller on Amazon before being gobbled up by Google subsidiary Nest in 2014. The Nest Cam is simple to use and easy to setup. We’ve tested the Nest Cam in-home and agree that ease of use is something that sets these cameras apart from others.

With that said, we’ve created two handy charts to help you compare the most important features of D-Link, Foscam, Dropcam, and Nest Cam.

Note: We use CVR as an abbreviation for “cloud video recording.”

Comparing D-Link, Foscam, and Nest Cam

ModelD-Link DCS-5222LD-Link DCS-2630LNest CamFI9831PC2W Indoor
Purchase price$148.99$199.99$199.99$79.99$99.99
Resolution1280 x 7201920 x 10801920 x 10801280 x 9601920 x 1080
Frame rate30 fps30 fps30 fps30 fps23 fps
Wired or wirelessWired or wirelessWirelessWirelessWired or wirelessWired or wireless
iOS compatible
Android compatible
Windows phone compatible
Control from PC
Live streaming in color
Night vision
Other record optionsFTP, microSD, or to a hard driveFTP, microSD, or to a hard driveDownload locally with paid planFTP, microSD, or to a hard driveFTP, microSD, or to a hard drive
Private or public cloudPrivatePrivatePublicPublicPublic
CVR for 1 cameraUpgradeUpgradeUpgradeLimited*Limited*
CVR for 2+ camerasUpgradeUpgradeUpgradeUpgradeUpgrade
Built-in two-way talk
ModelDCS-5222LDCS-2630LNest CamFI9831PC2 Indoor
PowerPower adapterPower adapter or USBPower adapter or USBPower adapterPower adapter
Digital zoom10x8x8x
8x
Motion detection
Text alerts
Upgrade to Blue IrisUpgrade to Blue Iris
Email alerts
Push notifications
Upgrade to Blue IrisUpgrade to Blue Iris
Battery backup
Pivot, tilt, pan340° pan 120° tiltManual swivelManual swivel300° pan 120° tiltManual swivel
Viewing angle(H) 98°180°130°(H) 70°(H) 120°
Warranty1 year limited1 year limited1 year parts2 year limited2 year limited
Installation skill levelEasyEasyEasyIntermediateEasy
Works withSmartThingsTBDNest Protect and ThermostatN/AN/A
Where to buyView on AmazonView on AmazonView on AmazonView on AmazonView on Amazon
Model
Purchase price
Resolution
Frame rate
Wired or wireless
iOS compatible
Android compatible
Private or public cloud
D-Link DCS-5222L D-Link DCS-2630L Nest Cam FI9831P C2W Indoor
$148.99 $199.99 $199.99 $79.99 $99.99
1280 x 720 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1280 x 960 1920 x 1080
30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 23 fps
Wired or wireless Wireless Wireless Wired or wireless Wired or wireless
FTP, microSD, or to a hard drive FTP, microSD, or to a hard drive Download locally with paid plan FTP, microSD, or to a hard drive FTP, microSD, or to a hard drive
Private Private Public Public Public
Upgrade Upgrade Upgrade Limited* Limited*
Upgrade Upgrade Upgrade Upgrade Upgrade
DCS-5222L DCS-2630L Nest Cam FI9831P C2 Indoor
Power adapter Power adapter or USB Power adapter or USB Power adapter Power adapter
10x 8x 8x
8x
Upgrade to Blue Iris Upgrade to Blue Iris
Upgrade to Blue Iris Upgrade to Blue Iris
340° pan 120° tilt Manual swivel Manual swivel 300° pan 120° tilt Manual swivel
(H) 98° 180° 130° (H) 70° (H) 120°
1 year limited 1 year limited 1 year parts 2 year limited 2 year limited
Easy Easy Easy Intermediate Easy
SmartThings TBD Nest Protect and Thermostat N/A N/A
View on Amazon View on Amazon View on Amazon View on Amazon View on Amazon

More about D-Link

D-Link network cameras are made by the same D-Link company that creates networking gear like modems and routers. We’ve owned two D-Link cameras for years and they are still going strong. When we first started using D-Link, the setup wasn’t easy. Since that time, D-Link’s simplified the experience and now offer a quick setup option and a proprietary app.

In addition to cameras, D-Link has a line of network video recorders (NVRs). NVRs are intended to let you simultaneously record video and view real-time footage for up to 9 D-Link cameras. Finally, the new D-Link cameras will work with SmartThing’s video beta program.

DCS-5029L vs DCS-5222L in greater detail

The DCS-5029L and DCS-5222L are both compatible with SmartThings—and on paper, they look like the same camera, but there are slight differences.

First, the DCS-5222L has a fixed length of 4.57 mm and an aperture of F1.9. The DCS-5029 has a fixed length of 2.4 mm and an aperture of F2.0. In this case, the DCS-5222L aperture is slightly larger—which is better.

Second, the DCS-5029L requires 100-240 VAC power input, while the DCS-5222L needs 12V. Third, the 5222L is newer and has both motion and sound detection, the 5029L has only motion detection.

Earlier models compared

ModelD-Link DCS-932LDropcam HDFoscam F18910W
Purchase price$40.19$208.80$59.99
Resolution640 x 4801280 x 720640 x 480
Wired or wirelessWired or wirelessWirelessWired or wireless
iOS compatible
Android compatible
Live streaming in color
Night vision
Record to computer hard drive
Private or public cloudPrivatePublicPublic
CVR for 1 cameraUpgradeUpgradeLimited*
CVR for 2+ camerasUpgradeUpgradeUpgrade
Built-in microphone
Built-in two-way talk
ModelD-Link DCS-932LDropcam HDFoscam F18910W
PowerPower adapterPower adapter or USBPower adapter
Digital zoom4x4x
Motion detection
Text alerts
Upgrade to Blue Iris
Email alerts
Push notifications
Upgrade to Blue Iris
Battery backup
Pivot, tilt, pan
Viewing angleDiagonal 54.9°107°60°
Warranty1 year limited1 year parts1 year limited
Wall mountable
Upgrade
Installation skill levelEasyEasyIntermediate
Professional installation
Optional
Where to buyView on AmazonView on AmazonView on Amazon
Model
Purchase price
Resolution
Wired or wireless
iOS compatible
Android compatible
Live streaming in color
Record to computer hard drive
CVR for 1 camera
Email alerts
D-Link DCS-932L Dropcam HD Foscam F18910W
$40.19 $208.80 $59.99
640 x 480 1280 x 720 640 x 480
Wired or wireless Wireless Wired or wireless
Private Public Public
Upgrade Upgrade Limited*
Upgrade Upgrade Upgrade
D-Link DCS-932L Dropcam HD Foscam F18910W
Power adapter Power adapter or USB Power adapter
4x 4x
Upgrade to Blue Iris
Upgrade to Blue Iris
Diagonal 54.9° 107° 60°
1 year limited 1 year parts 1 year limited
Upgrade
Easy Easy Intermediate
Optional
View on Amazon View on Amazon View on Amazon

How secure are these cameras?

Video surveillance cameras can be hacked and they have been hacked. Here are 5 steps you can take to make your camera more secure.

  1. Change the password ASAP. Some cameras will not ask you to generate a new password so don’t count on an ask to remind you to create one. Be proactive and use a password generator to create something strong.
  2. Keep your camera’s firmware up-to-date.
  3. Keep your camera’s mobile app up-to-date.
  4. Change the default port number to something higher than 80. In fact, pick something random like your grandma’s birthday.
  5. Set up a firewall with a rule to restrict MAC addresses.

Do you have more ideas on how to keep cameras secure? Feel free to share your tips in comments below.

*UPDATE 5/16/16 — Adjusted for new pricing

  • Bob Huff

    What speed, up and down, do these cameras requite?