D-Link vs Foscam vs Nest Cam: DIY Video Surveillance Comparision

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

D-Link network cameras are made by the same D-Link company that creates networking gear like modems and routers. I’ve owned two D-Link cameras for years and they are still going strong. When I first started using D-Link setup wasn’t easy. Since that time they have 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.

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Dropcam is the newest option and has been replaced by the Nest Cam.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. I’ve tested both the Dropcam Pro and 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 that CVR is an abbreviation for cloud video recording.

Compare D-Link, Foscam, and Nest Cam Side-By-Side

ImageD-Link DCS-5222LD-Link camNest camFoscamFoscam-C2W Indoor
ModelD-Link DCS-5222LD-Link DCS-2630LNest CamFI9831PC2W Indoor
Purchase Price$148.99$199.99$199.99$79.99$99.99
Resolution1280×7201920×10801920×10801280×9601920×1080
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
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°180º130º(H) 70°(H) 120°
Warranty1 Year Limited1 Year Limited1 Year Parts2 Year Limited2 Year Limited
Installation Skill LevelEasyEasyEasyIntermediateEasy
Works WithSmartThingsTBDNest Protect, ThermostatNANA
Where to Buy
Image D-Link DCS-5222L
Model
D-Link DCS-5222L
Purchase Price
$148.99
Resolution
1280×720
Frame Rate
30 fps
Wired or Wireless
Wired or Wireless
iOS Compatible
Android Compatible
Windows Phone Compatible
Control from PC
Live Streaming in Color
Night Vision
Other Record Options
FTP, microSD or to a Hard Drive
Private or Public Cloud
Private
CVR for 1 Camera
Upgrade
CVR for 2+ Cameras
Upgrade
Built-in Two-Way Talk
Model
DCS-5222L
Power
Power Adapter
Digital Zoom
10x
Motion Detection
Text Alerts
Push Notifications
Battery Backup
Pivot, Tilt, Pan
340° Pan 120° Tilt
Viewing Angle
(H) 98°
Warranty
1 Year Limited
Installation Skill Level
Easy
Works With
SmartThings
Where to Buy
Image D-Link cam
Model
D-Link DCS-2630L
Purchase Price
$199.99
Resolution
1920×1080
Frame Rate
30 fps
Wired or Wireless
Wireless
iOS Compatible
Android Compatible
Windows Phone Compatible
Control from PC
Live Streaming in Color
Night Vision
Other Record Options
FTP, microSD or to a Hard Drive
Private or Public Cloud
Private
CVR for 1 Camera
Upgrade
CVR for 2+ Cameras
Upgrade
Built-in Two-Way Talk
Model
DCS-2630L
Power
Power Adapter or USB
Digital Zoom
8x
Motion Detection
Text Alerts
Push Notifications
Battery Backup
Pivot, Tilt, Pan
Manual Swivel
Viewing Angle
180º
Warranty
1 Year Limited
Installation Skill Level
Easy
Works With
TBD
Where to Buy
Image Nest cam
Model
Nest Cam
Purchase Price
$199.99
Resolution
1920×1080
Frame Rate
30 fps
Wired or Wireless
Wireless
iOS Compatible
Android Compatible
Windows Phone Compatible
Control from PC
Live Streaming in Color
Night Vision
Other Record Options
Download Locally With Paid Plan
Private or Public Cloud
Public
CVR for 1 Camera
Upgrade
CVR for 2+ Cameras
Upgrade
Built-in Two-Way Talk
Model
Nest Cam
Power
Power Adapter or USB
Digital Zoom
8x
Motion Detection
Text Alerts
Push Notifications
Battery Backup
Pivot, Tilt, Pan
Manual Swivel
Viewing Angle
130º
Warranty
1 Year Parts
Installation Skill Level
Easy
Works With
Nest Protect, Thermostat
Where to Buy
Image Foscam
Model
FI9831P
Purchase Price
$79.99
Resolution
1280×960
Frame Rate
30 fps
Wired or Wireless
Wired or Wireless
iOS Compatible
Android Compatible
Windows Phone Compatible
Control from PC
Live Streaming in Color
Night Vision
Other Record Options
FTP, microSD or to a Hard Drive
Private or Public Cloud
Public
CVR for 1 Camera
Limited*
CVR for 2+ Cameras
Upgrade
Built-in Two-Way Talk
Model
FI9831P
Power
Power Adapter
Digital Zoom
Motion Detection
Text Alerts
Upgrade to Blue Iris
Push Notifications
Upgrade to Blue Iris
Battery Backup
Pivot, Tilt, Pan
300° Pan 120° Tilt
Viewing Angle
(H) 70°
Warranty
2 Year Limited
Installation Skill Level
Intermediate
Works With
NA
Where to Buy
Image Foscam-C2W Indoor
Model
C2W Indoor
Purchase Price
$99.99
Resolution
1920×1080
Frame Rate
23 fps
Wired or Wireless
Wired or Wireless
iOS Compatible
Android Compatible
Windows Phone Compatible
Control from PC
Live Streaming in Color
Night Vision
Other Record Options
FTP, microSD or to a Hard Drive
Private or Public Cloud
Public
CVR for 1 Camera
Limited*
CVR for 2+ Cameras
Upgrade
Built-in Two-Way Talk
Model
C2 Indoor
Power
Power Adapter
Digital Zoom
8x
Motion Detection
Text Alerts
Upgrade to Blue Iris
Push Notifications
Upgrade to Blue Iris
Battery Backup
Pivot, Tilt, Pan
Manual Swivel
Viewing Angle
(H) 120°
Warranty
2 Year Limited
Installation Skill Level
Easy
Works With
NA
Where to Buy

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 DCS-5222L need 12V. Third, the 5222L is newer and has both motion and sound detection, the 5029L has only motion detection.

Earlier MODELS COMPARED

Compare D-Link, Foscam, and Dropcam Side-By-Side

ImageD-Link DCS-932LDropcam Prodropcam hdFoscam-F18910WFoscam-F18910W
ModelD-Link DCS-932LDropcam ProDropcam HDFoscam F18910WFI9821W
Purchase Price$40.19$283.79$208.80$59.99$136.99
Resolution640×4801280×720*1280×720640×4801280×720
Wired or WirelessWired or WirelessWirelessWirelessWired or WirelessWired or Wireless
iOS Compatible
Android Compatible
Live Streaming in Color
Night Vision
Record to Hard Drive or Computer
Private or Public CloudPrivatePublicPublicPublicPublic
CVR for 1 CameraUpgradeUpgradeUpgradeLimited*Limited*
CVR for 2+ CamerasUpgradeUpgradeUpgradeUpgradeUpgrade
Built-in Microphone
Built-in Two-Way Talk
ModelD-Link DCS-932LDropcam ProDropcam HDFoscam F18910WFI9821W
PowerPower AdapterPower Adapter or USBPower Adapter or USBPower AdapterPower Adapter
Digital Zoom4x8x4x
Motion Detection
Text Alerts
Upgrade to Blue IrisUpgrade to Blue Iris
Push Notifications
Upgrade to Blue IrisUpgrade to Blue Iris
Battery Backup
Pivot, Tilt, Pan
Viewing AngleDiagonal 54.9 Degree130 Degree107 Degree60 Degree70 Degree
Warranty1 Year Limited1 Year Parts1 Year Parts1 Year Limited1 Year Limited
Wall Mountable
UpgradeUpgrade
Installation Skill LevelEasyEasyEasyIntermediateIntermediate
Professional Installation
OptionalOptional
Where to Buy
Image D-Link DCS-932L
Model
D-Link DCS-932L
Purchase Price
$40.19
Resolution
640×480
Wired or Wireless
Wired or Wireless
iOS Compatible
Android Compatible
Live Streaming in Color
Night Vision
Record to Hard Drive or Computer
Private or Public Cloud
Private
CVR for 1 Camera
Upgrade
CVR for 2+ Cameras
Upgrade
Built-in Microphone
Built-in Two-Way Talk
Model
D-Link DCS-932L
Power
Power Adapter
Digital Zoom
4x
Motion Detection
Text Alerts
Push Notifications
Battery Backup
Pivot, Tilt, Pan
Viewing Angle
Diagonal 54.9 Degree
Warranty
1 Year Limited
Wall Mountable
Installation Skill Level
Easy
Professional Installation
Where to Buy
Image Dropcam Pro
Model
Dropcam Pro
Purchase Price
$283.79
Resolution
1280×720*
Wired or Wireless
Wireless
iOS Compatible
Android Compatible
Live Streaming in Color
Night Vision
Record to Hard Drive or Computer
Private or Public Cloud
Public
CVR for 1 Camera
Upgrade
CVR for 2+ Cameras
Upgrade
Built-in Microphone
Built-in Two-Way Talk
Model
Dropcam Pro
Power
Power Adapter or USB
Digital Zoom
8x
Motion Detection
Text Alerts
Push Notifications
Battery Backup
Pivot, Tilt, Pan
Viewing Angle
130 Degree
Warranty
1 Year Parts
Wall Mountable
Installation Skill Level
Easy
Professional Installation
Where to Buy
Image dropcam hd
Model
Dropcam HD
Purchase Price
$208.80
Resolution
1280×720
Wired or Wireless
Wireless
iOS Compatible
Android Compatible
Live Streaming in Color
Night Vision
Record to Hard Drive or Computer
Private or Public Cloud
Public
CVR for 1 Camera
Upgrade
CVR for 2+ Cameras
Upgrade
Built-in Microphone
Built-in Two-Way Talk
Model
Dropcam HD
Power
Power Adapter or USB
Digital Zoom
4x
Motion Detection
Text Alerts
Push Notifications
Battery Backup
Pivot, Tilt, Pan
Viewing Angle
107 Degree
Warranty
1 Year Parts
Wall Mountable
Installation Skill Level
Easy
Professional Installation
Where to Buy
Image Foscam-F18910W
Model
Foscam F18910W
Purchase Price
$59.99
Resolution
640×480
Wired or Wireless
Wired or Wireless
iOS Compatible
Android Compatible
Live Streaming in Color
Night Vision
Record to Hard Drive or Computer
Private or Public Cloud
Public
CVR for 1 Camera
Limited*
CVR for 2+ Cameras
Upgrade
Built-in Microphone
Built-in Two-Way Talk
Model
Foscam F18910W
Power
Power Adapter
Digital Zoom
Motion Detection
Text Alerts
Upgrade to Blue Iris
Push Notifications
Upgrade to Blue Iris
Battery Backup
Pivot, Tilt, Pan
Viewing Angle
60 Degree
Warranty
1 Year Limited
Wall Mountable
Upgrade
Installation Skill Level
Intermediate
Professional Installation
Optional
Where to Buy
Image Foscam-F18910W
Model
FI9821W
Purchase Price
$136.99
Resolution
1280×720
Wired or Wireless
Wired or Wireless
iOS Compatible
Android Compatible
Live Streaming in Color
Night Vision
Record to Hard Drive or Computer
Private or Public Cloud
Public
CVR for 1 Camera
Limited*
CVR for 2+ Cameras
Upgrade
Built-in Microphone
Built-in Two-Way Talk
Model
FI9821W
Power
Power Adapter
Digital Zoom
Motion Detection
Text Alerts
Upgrade to Blue Iris
Push Notifications
Upgrade to Blue Iris
Battery Backup
Pivot, Tilt, Pan
Viewing Angle
70 Degree
Warranty
1 Year Limited
Wall Mountable
Upgrade
Installation Skill Level
Intermediate
Professional Installation
Optional
Where to Buy

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. Feel free to share your tips below.

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. Setup a firewall with a rule to restrict MAC addresses.

 

*UPDATE 5/16/16 – Adjusted new pricing