Inspection Cameras: What Features Matter and Which Don’t

An inspection camera, or the technical term “borescope”, is exactly what you’re probably imagining when you say the word: it’s a small camera attached on a cable that’s designed to be used for seeing and inspecting places you can’t see with a naked eye. Think deep narrow holes, drains, underneath appliances, dark wall cavities and similar. It’s the type of instrument you want to own so you can make your life and job as a plumber or electrician a lot more easy and attractive for doing.

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What exactly is an inspection camera?

It’s actually a kind of scope made of a tiny head, or a brain, that’s attached to a cable that holds the camera, and a LED light which is designed to provide the much needed illumination when the scope reaches the dark spaces. There are simpler models of inspection cameras for people who need to look and inspect more simpler and shallower drains and holes; people who need to do a recording of sounds and imagery, should look for a more advanced model.

What to look for when you buy one?

  • The important thing about an inspection camera is that it has a small head and an easily bendable cable, so you’re able to use it in more than just narrow holes, but also to go around corners and pass obstacles easily.
  • Make sure the cable is thick and stiff so it serves you a greater rigidity when a blockage comes on the camera’s way.
  • Pay attention to the cable’s length; make sure it’s a long one so you don’t have any trouble inspecting hard-to-reach locations.
  • The ability to zoom is rather beneficial; you want to have a clear view of any obstacle or problem.
  • Resolution of the camera is important so you can give a beneficial diagnosis. Along with that goes a record feature, so you can make a footage of whatever is happening in the location and analyze it by playing it again.

You really do not need to worry about charging these cameras; any type will eventually need to be charged, so whether you choose one that runs on disposable batteries, or one that’s cordless and rechargeable, it’s really up to you. The difference is that rechargeable batteries will need to be replaced only after many hours of use, and the cordless cameras take some time to get charged.

And finally, although quite handy, inspection cameras aren’t suitable for every job. They shouldn’t be used in wet environments, and on sites where abrasives and chemicals are used frequently. There are some models that are labelled as able to endure exposure to such substances, but still, make sure you talk to the seller about the issue.