Vimtag vs. Dropcam vs. Foscam Ultimate Comparison

We are going to take a deeper look into some of the top wireless indoor security cameras and find out which one comes out on top. These cameras are very similar overall but looking at them closer reveal different features in different cameras. I’ll compare Vimtag vs. Dropcam vs. Foscam and rate individual features to find an overall winner at the end.

Vimtag vs. Dropcam vs. Foscam

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Video Quality

Vimtag

  • 1280 x 720 25 fps.
  • 320 Degree x 120 degree pan and tilt. (320 deg left to right, 120 deg up and down)
  • 3x digital zoom.
  • Night Vision.

Dropcam Pro

  • 1280 x 720 30 fps.
  • 130 deg diagonal. (no pan)
  • 8x digital zoom.
  • Night Vision.

Foscam

  • 1280 x 980 30 fps.
  • 300 Degree x 120 degree pan and tilt. (300 deg left to right, 120 deg up and down)
  • No digital zoom. (Higher end models have digital zoom)
  • Night Vision.

 

Winner: Vimtag because it has the largest pan/tilt view capability and also has digital zoom. Digital zoom might not be the most used feature but comes in handy when you want it.

Vimtag

 

Storage Capacity

Vimtag

  • Micro SD card up to 32 GB.
  • Automatically overwrites old videos.
  • Around 60 hours of record time on 32 GB.

Dropcam Pro

  • Cloud storage only.
  • 10 day history ($100 a year)
  • 30 day history ($300 year)
  • More secure if someone breaks in.

Foscam

  • Micro SD card up to 32 GB.
  • Automatically overwrites old videos.
  • Recent issues with Foscam firmware in overwriting old videos.

 

Winner: A tie between Vimtag and Foscam because they don’t require a monthly or yearly fee to record video. However, Dropcam Pro is more secure since a burglar could not come in an steal the camera and take the footage with them.

FoscamVimtag

 

Alert Options

Vimtag

  • Motion detection.
  • Can alert the phone app or just start recording.
  • Only in app, not text or email.
  • Sound can trigger an alert.

Dropcam Pro

  • Text, email or app.
  • Motion detection.
  • No pictures in email.
  • Can still get alerts with out a subscription but can’t view the recording.
  • Sound can trigger an alert.

Foscam

  • Email and app.
  • Motion detection.
  • Record upon detection.
  • Sound can trigger an alert.

 

Winner: Dropcam Pro, because of the many ways it can notify you. You don’t need a paid subscription to get alerts. Foscam was a close second because can email or have a push notification arrive if it detects motion or sound. It can also record when it detects motion so only where there is activity will it record. Vimtag is still a good contender for alerts but falls short with only one way of getting notified.

Dropcam Pro

Sound

Vimtag

  • Two way audio.

Dropcam Pro

  • Two way audio.

Foscam

  • Two way audio

 

Winner: A tie with all three. All have two-way audio so you can call out your dog’s name if they are feeling lonely.

 

App Functionality

Vimtag

  • MIPC app.
  • iOS and Android.
  • Browser compatible with a plugin. (Not available for some such as Chrome)

Dropcam Pro

  • Dropcam app.
  • iOS and Android.
  • Browser compatible with all.
  • Compatible with Nest.

Foscam

  • Foscam app.
  • iOS and Android.
  • Browser compatible with a plugin. (Not available for some such as Chrome)

 

Winner: Dropcam Pro. Since it’s integrated with Nest, you can be alerted because of smoke and the camera will automatically start recording even if you don’t have a paid subscription. It also has smart features such as recording when you go out of town. Overall the apps have all okay reviews in the App stores.

Dropcam Pro

 

Drum roll…

and the overall winner is…

Vimtag!

Panning and tilt lets you see anything you need to. Cameras can get bumped or even moved and having the option to remotely move it is huge. Also, the local storage is where you really save money because you are own the videos recorded on your SD card. Although Foscam has many of these features, it still falls short due to reported bugs.

Dropcam Pro is a great option, especially if you want to go the very secure route because there isn’t a camera with a SD card for a burglar to snatch. The $100 a year price tag can be a bit much, but compared to a monthly security monitoring fee it is quite reasonable. But Vimtag has a lot of people speaking very highly of it and is the best option of the three.

 

Vimtag

2 Comments

  1. Merritt Canfield

    Are any of these cameras able to be mounted outside? Our porch can let a small amount of rain water in. The porch id covered but leeks. We could find a place or put a roof over it but this is a beach town and are the cameras able to not rust? While I am at it here are two more questions. 1) How long is the return policy if we are not happy with it. 2) Did I read there is a one year contract on the cloud storage?

    1. Alysa Kleinman

      Hey Merritt! Thank you for your questions. The cameras listed above are typically designed for indoor surveillance, but they each have an outdoor version that can handle basic leaks and rain like you mentioned.

      Here is the outdoor version of the Vimtag, which comes with a mounting kit. You can also check out the outdoor version of Foscam and the weatherproof case for Dropcam, although both products have lower ratings than the Vimtag. Arlo is also a highly respected brand for outdoor surveillance in the same price range and is the only option with free cloud storage. Here are there cameras and separate mounting kits.

      Amazon’s return policy is generous within 30 days of purchase. They have easy on-screen options for returns, and they will pay for shipping and let you print the label at home for a full refund, although you can read the full policy here. I know it mentions returning unopened products, but customers (including myself) frequently return opened packages as well. Just keep the packaging intact when you open the camera.

      The cloud storage options are usually monthly, although some have one-year options. Here’s the break down of your options for cloud storage with the above mentioned cameras:
      Vimtag- no cloud storage, only local SD card
      Foscam– free for 30 videos or 100 images, unlimited plans start at $8 per month
      Dropcam– For storing 7 days of footage, it’s $9.95 per month or $99 per year.
      Arlo– 7 days of cloud storage up to 1GB for free. Premier plan is $9.99 per month or $99 per year.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

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