Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Foscam FI9821W (or any other 720p IP cam) and wide-angle lens

Like I mentioned before I replaced the original lens of my Foscam FI9821W V2 with a wide-angle lens to get a larger field of vision.

This is the original lens (3.6mm) that came with the camera. It gives a view angle of 70°. Simply screw it off and screw another lens in (with the same M12x0.5mm thread).



This is the lens I'm going to replace it with. It's a 2.1mm 2MP HD lens (since the FI9821W is a HD camera after all) and gives a view angle of 115°. I got it from eBay from a seller called Andy.lig.
Unfortunately this seller is as of November/December 2016 not active anymore on eBay. But I found that you can buy a similar lens on Banggood that works just as good and is cheaper as well! I'm using this lens myself on my "LIVING ROOM CAM", so check that out to see what the quality is like.



Now on the camera it looks like this. It's a pretty small lens with a rather short screw-thread so it's recessed somewhat into the casing of the camera when screwed in.


This creates the problem of the lens being behind the IR leds causing IR light to shine directly into the lens when the IR leds are on. A distorted image full of glare is the result.


I solved this problem by adding a ring of thin cardboard paper around the lens that protrudes a little so that IR light does not shine directly into the lens anymore.


Below is an example of the difference in view angle between the original and wide-angle lens.

Original lens 70°
Wide-angle lens 115°

14 comments:

  1. Awesome! I have been looking for a wide angle lens for my 9821. Thanks for the write up.

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    1. No problem, glad it helped you out :)

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  2. nice! Wel done; was looking for a wide angle as well....

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  3. Wanted to thank you.
    I bought the wide lens from the same seller as you did, last week, and it did amazing job.
    Well Done!
    David

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  4. Wanted to add another +1 for good 9821 lens info. Thanks!

    -JR

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  5. Hi.can I use this lens with FI 98 31 ? Thanks

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    1. Yes, I think you can because the FI9831W uses the same camera shell as the FI9821W (only other electronics). So this lens should fit on that model as well.

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  6. gREAT mAN, YOURE THE BOSS

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    1. What seller did you get the lens from ?

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  7. can any one send me the direct link to this seller I need this wider angle. I put 17 of them up in a school and the factory angle of the lens will not cover the entire class. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I did go to ebay and type in the advanced search by seller Andy.lig. and got no result.

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    1. Hi Jacob, why make it so difficult for yourself when you can just click the link I put there (Andy.lig is clickable) :) and then select the first result. Anyway, here's the direct link to it:
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/CCTV-HD-IR-Lens-2-1-2-8-3-6-4-2-6-8mm-For-720P-1080P-Dericam-Security-IP-Camera-/231046981770

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  8. Seems like 2.1mm for FOSCAM is sold out. Is there any information such as tread I should look at for FOSCAM 9821W lens?

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    1. Any lens with a M12x0.5mm thread should fit, as mentioned in the post.

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