I did a bit of searching and could not find this topic. I’ll start by saying that I have only one side of the story and just my experience… I have 16 total cameras at my home, recording 24 hours a day. Of which 10 are Foscam and 6 are Amcrest.
3 x Foscam FI9831P (2 wireless / 1 POE)
7 x Foscam FI9803EP (7 POE)
6 x Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 4 Megapixel POE Bullet IP (6 POE)
I recently saw the image below on foscam.com
So it turns out that most of us (in the US) have been getting Foscam cameras sold to local retailers (including Amazon) by a US distributor foscam.us, nothing wrong with that…
However foscam.us is claiming that Foscam is going around them and selling to US retailers directly, so now Foscam.us doesn’t really sell Foscam anymore.
The US distributor now only sells Amcrest. They claim they are now Amcrest. It’s confusing and I don’t fully understand.
Also, for most Foscam cameras. The latest firmware that came out in April puts an unremovable watermark in the lower right hand corner of your stream that says FOSCAM. Yes, I said unremovable. I’ve called support and they said they have already passed this issue to their engineering teams. It’s been 3 months since I first called and still no update.
In closing I don’t 100% understand what is going on between the two foscams, but I don’t plan on doing business with Foscam any longer due to the watermark issue and that fact that they don’t have any 3MP or 4MP outdoor bullet cameras available.