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Inspection camera (boroscope) $39 at Amazon

(copied from a post made a couple of days ago on another sub-forum)

Just ordered an inspection camera (endoscope): https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01MYTI2HV

$39, total $49.98 with Saturday deliv. - need it this weekend for home project. View on your phone thru wi-fi connection. Up to 1600x1200 resolution (record photos/videos at 640x480).

Could borrow one from work, but it is old and bulky, and poor image quality (Iíve used it before).

Looked at ones Harbor Freight has, but at twice the price ($170 if you want the 320x240 res. model that also records photos/videos). Much of the cost is in the built in display, but resolution is only 234x160 - probably about the same display quality as the older, bulky one at work. You save money with ones from Amazon w/o display that link to phone, and gain lots more resolution, downside being you need the second hand to handle the phone, but worthwhile trade-off for cheapskates, IMO.

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Received it yesterday (Saturday) a.m. Had the free iPhone app. downloaded and the camera wifiíd to the phone in less than 10 minutes - zero glitches.

Yes - tip is lit with a circle of LEDs. Has brightness adjust (actual knurled wheel on control head). with plenty of light. I used it in a totally dark cubby-hole type of situation and could see details crystal clear.

It has three types of tips that screw on with super-fine instrument-grade threads (not cheap friction-held spring clips that always slip off - bye-bye tip) - a small hook, a magnet, and a 90į mirror - each the same diameter as the tip - about 1/4Ē. Used it with the magnet tip to locate and retrieve a small screw that I dropped down a piece of duct work. Also retrieved a metal 6Ē ruler that I dropped down the same piece of duct (Iím now tieing a string to everything I use on the project). The ruler is stainless steel, so magnet no help, so I put a loop of duct tape (the good kind - Gorilla Tape - not grocery store junk) on the tip - expected for it not to work, but dang if it didnít snag it and pull it right up.

That was really just playing around with it and getting used to it. The real use for which I bought it was in getting the lay of the land in a blind compartment under a bathroom vanity so I could determine dimensions of a box I needed to build and figure out how to attach and seal the box over a misplaced floor vent in that same blind compartment without removing or cutting additional holes in the vanity which I would have had to do without the camera. The one hole I did cut was needed for the box to direct HVAC air to the adjoining compartment. Without the boroscope, I would have had to either do major surgery or temporarily completely uninstall the vanity.

Today I finish the details of the box and install it using the camera and tools that reach into the cavity from 90į with the camera being my eyes even for using the tools.

I was surprised to find that using the phone for the display to actually be easier than having a display attached to the boroscope cable (like the one at work). By being untethered, you set the phone where you can see it and are free to manipulate the camera tip without simultaneously managing the display (phone) - so it actually freeíd up one hand. Plus you can rotate the phone so that the direction of movement of the tip exactly corresponds to direction of movement of the field of view when scanning an area and searching for features or items. Besides the poor image quality of the boroscope I had borrowed from work in the past, I found the direction of camera motion never lining up with display motion to be very disorienting and frustrating - totally screws up eye-hand coordination.

This thing is a huge bang for the buck.

I canít say for sure how long a charge lasts, and donít know if it is resolution dependent, but I used it for a good half hour (on 1600x1200 and tip LEDs to full brightness) before it ran out of battery, and that was right out of the box with maybe 15 minutes of charging from a USB charger so I donít know how charged it was. BUT - I kept it running continuously after that by simply letting it run off the USB charger. So, doing that, charge life is not a limitation.


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Just ordered one for $29.00 using your link!
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Good savings, Hank!

I noticed there were less expensive ones out there but nice that you got this one for less than I did (darn!).

The customer comments on this one were extensive and overwhelmingly positive. It may be that ones by other sellers and manufacturers are just as impressive, but I was willing to pay a little extra for something described so completely and positively appraised by purchasers, and I needed it for Saturday delivery.

The tips that come with it are a plus - I see that you can buy them separately for around $15. I see Deptech also sells a carry case for around $18. I might get that case later on. So glad I did a search on Amazon before paying lot more at Harbor Freight for one that I would not have been nearly as happy with. Maybe they are just a little behind the curve on this and will be coming out with something competitive for $9 (I doubt it will be that low in price and maybe won’t have the quality).

I really do think that evolving to linking to smart phones is a key step for price and performance - I mean 1600x1240 vs. 340x160 at twice the price - woof!! And as I said, after having used both types, I think having the untethered phone be the display is a huge advantage in orienting for direction of motion and not needing both hands to hold the display head and control the tip motion.


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Got mine in a few days ago and set it up. A few comments.

Surprised it was WiFi connection. Works well but obviously boots you off any Internet WiFi connections while connected.

When downloading the Depstech app which in my case is Android from the Playstore make sure you get the App that has the Icon that matches the one in the manual. A search for Depstech on the Playstore will get several different results. I downloaded the wrong one and it wouldn't connect to the camera.

The Thumbwheel for the LED brightness adjustment only has a small range. Most of thumbwheel movement is useless with just a small portion that actually adjusts brightness. Not a big deal. It works just be aware of that.

Resolution is adjustable in settings. Not intuitive as you end up with an initial screen asking for a WiFi password. Just continue on without changes and you'll be able to scroll down and change resolution.

Overall for $29 it's a very good product and recommend it. Thanks Bill !

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Youíre welcome, Ron. Good write-up.
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Need to take some pictures at a few different resolutions and post them. My 7" Android Tablet is a cheap one with a marginal display and all looks good to me. Need to take and store some pictures at a few different resolution settings to see if there's big difference on a 1080p monitor. Maybe tomorrow.
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OK - I finally got some photos sent from my iPhone to my desktop so I can post them. Wanted to include a video also, but gave up on getting that sent from my iPhone to my desktop or uploading to youtube. For being so advanced, Apple sure makes dealing with photos and videos difficult.

Will break this up into 2 posts.

I forget what the manual says about focal distance, but the focus is best from about 1 to 2-1/2 or 3". It is definitely useable at much greater distances - the last photo (next post) shows field depth from a few inches to 2 or 2-1/2 feet (using the light in pitch black).

I didn't time it precisely, but I did let the battery run down twice on purpose with battery fully charged and the LEDs at full brightness the whole time - my guess is about 20 minutes. But as I pointed out earlier, it works indefinitely running off a charger (a standard USB wall-to-cord charger - the control head accepts a micro USB just like many phones and audio devices).

Photos listed in order from left to right. All but the very first photo were taken in total darkness using the built-in LEDs at full brightness:

Photo 1: close-up of blue jeans in normal room lighting. I'm guessing the tip was about 1" from the jeans.

Photos 2 thru 4: Different shots of top of a floor HVAC vent box (showing particleboard flooring and Hardiboard - this was under a bathroom vanity in total darkness). No. 3 is good focal distance. 2 and 4 are beyond the best focal distance - might be some motion blur too - or maybe not.

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Continuing with the photos...

Photo 5: Best-focus close-up of a nail in the floor vent box. (I think I see some motion blur too.)

Photo 6: Down at the base of the vent box where metal meets the flex duct.

Photo 7: Further down - fully into the flex duct.

Photo 8: Showing a field of view from a few inches to 2 to 2-1/2 feet (again - total darkness, with LEDs on full brightness). Not sharply focused at those distances, but useable detail to see what's going on in general.
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Additional info./updates:

• A guy at work got a different brand off of ebay, and, though it's different in form and appearance, it appears to be made from the same camera and the internal electronics is likely the same stuff (probably developed under a program of the Chinese government for Chinese companies to purchase the guts and incorporate into their own designs) as the operation, wifi, focal distance range, and picture specs and quality appear to be identical. One difference is that the Depstech has a "semirigid" cable, and my co-worker's is not simi-rigid - it's fairly flexible/floppy. I see the semi-rigid as being much preferred, because in situations that you have to extend it (into a pipe, duct, wall, etc.) and can't hold the tip in your hand, you would have little to no control in guiding the tip position and angle.

• Came across this one on Amazon last night: https://www.amazon.com/Depstech-Semi...wifi+endoscope

Besides that cable being blue, it's focal distance is up to 15" (all the others are in the 1 to 3" range). I can see advantages to that. But at over $50, I won't be buying the second one any time soon. As I said earlier, mine works Ok beyond 3", though the picture quality gets fuzzy - you can make out main features, but not much detail. 1" to 3" is very clear. Oh wait - the blue one has a min. focal distance same as mine, so - yeah - I could see it being more universal. If I hadn't already bought the one I have, I might prefer that one, though it does cost more.

• There's the pretty yellow one which has a larger battery, the standard 1" to 3" focal distance: https://www.amazon.com/Depstech-Semi...wifi+endoscope

That's a non-issue for me, as you can run it indefinitely hooked up to any USB charger. It comes in choice of 3.5m @$43 and 5m @$40 compared to 10m for most of these things. Probably not a big discriminator for me, as I don't see needing beyond a few meters anyway.

• I bought the Depstech carry case @$16: https://www.amazon.com/Depstech-Endo...wifi+endoscope

It's actually pretty nice and packs the endoscope perfectly and compactly. Without it, I could see storage being a pain and higher chance of damage from catching on stuff or just getting hit.

There's another brand case for $14 (https://www.amazon.com/Professional-...NV91QVCJM0FF7X), but I liked the description of the one I got a little better, and for the $2 difference in price, I'm happy with the Depstech one.


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Went ahead and bought one of the Depstech carrying cases. Mainly based on your review and recommendation.
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Got the Depstech case in today. Nice little case that fits the scope perfectly. Zippered compartment for the cables, etc.

I like how they included a Velcro strap to keep the camera tubing bundled up and secured.
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