See which is the Best security cam for you

Are you torn between choices of which to purchase between the Foscam R2 and the Dropcam pro? Are you wondering which does a better job at providing you crisp video over Wi-Fi when it matters most?

This head to head comparison brings a detailed review between two industry’ best IP wireless cameras. The Foscam R2 by America’s versus the Dropcam Pro by Nest. This review focuses on the latest Camera model by both parent companies and exactly what they have to offer and also what they have lacking. Let’s get started.

Head to head comparison:

Specefications: DROPCAM PRO FOSCAM R2
Video Resolution 720p (HD 1280x720p), H.264 Compression Full HD: 1920x1080p, H.264 Compression
Field of view 130° 110°
Night Vision Yes Yes
Audio Two-way audio Two way audio
Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz 2.4GHz
Digital Zoom 8x 8x
Mobile and Web App Yes Yes
Cloud Video Recording Yes Yes
Motion Technology Yes
Pan/Tilt/zoom Yes
Dimension 4.5″ x 3.15″ x 3.15″ 5.43 x 4.48 x 5.94 inches
Weight 0.34 pounds 1.26 pounds
Price $193 & Free Shipping $79.99 & Free Shipping


dropcam pro

Black Dropcam shown

Foscam r2

Black Foscam R2 shown

Product Description comparison

Foscam R2

The Foscam R2 is the latest IP wireless Wi-Fi camera model by Foscam Inc. it boasts of a full 1080p HD video recording with crisp 2way audio which means both parties can hear themselves from each end. The Foscam R2 was released in 2016 as a replacement for the Foscam 19826P by Foscam Inc. The night vision is favorable with a depth penetration of over 26ft.

Dropcam pro was introduced in 2013 by Dropcam Inc., before its acquisition by Nest Inc. the Dropcam pro has a video resolution of 720p with 130° viewing angle coupled with a two-way audio feed. Its infrared camera makes its night vision commendable.

The Dropcam pro comes with an 8x zoom functionality as does the Foscam R2 but what sets both cameras apart lies in the extra functionality of pan and tilt of 300°/100° that the R2 offers. The Dropcam offers a wider field of vision of 130° than the R2 which gives a viewing angle of 110°.

Both camera units offer Cloud video recording and storage but the Foscam R2 offers far more storage option like a memory card slot, NVR storage and local hard drive storage for video files.

The Foscam R2 comes with motion alert smart technology that is tailored to report just human motion.  It also comes equipped with a sound alert notification to alert you based on specific sounds like the cry of a baby or glass shattering etc. making it fit as both a nannycam and a security camera.  The Foscam also offers a 30 days cloud storage trial. Your video feeds can easily be accessed via the free mobile app, available on both iOS and android platforms or from the web.

Here is a look into the good and bad of both:


  • Wide viewing Angle of 130°
  • Two-way audio
  • 4GHz and 5.0GHz Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 8x zoom
  • Free mobile and web support


  • 720p viewing angle is good but competitors offer full HD
  • Lack of night vision
  • No local storage available
  • No pan and tilt
  • Not a full home alarm system
  • Expensive compared to competitors
  • Outdated



  • 1080p video Resolution
  • Two-way audio
  • Night vision
  • Numerous storage options
  • 8x zoom
  • PTZ functionality
  • Free mobile security app and web support
  • Relatively Affordable
  • Motion and abnormal alert
  • Easy to set up.


  • No 5GHz Wi-Fi functionality
  • Poor documentation
  • Pop-up to subscribe for monthly subscription
  • Need subscription for added functionality
  • Buggy app


Our Conclusion

At the end of this head to head comparison, the Foscam R2 wireless camera seems the better choice. At a cheaper cost with a full 1080p HD display. The Foscam R2 should serve your purpose but do note, there is a newer model of the Dropcam pro camera called the Nest camera which offers 1080p video although at a higher cost than the Foscam R2. [frontpage_news widget=”4288″ name=”Trending Articles”]

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