Best Endoscope Cameras

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 20, 2020
Endoscope cameras enable performing detailed visual inspections in various hard-to-reach places. The best endoscope cameras can even go underwater and in total darkness and provide you with bright, crisp, and clear images and video. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Probe
Video Resolution
Image Output
Memory
Power Source
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS
The LED lights are adjustable. The camera lends 3X zoom, so you'll be able to enhance the tiniest objects. The battery lasts 3-4 hours even when recording at Full HD. The observation distance is somewhere around 1.2 - 3.9 inches (3-10 centimeters). 
CONS

There's a noticeable delay. 

OUR VERDICT

Oiiwak 006USBK Industrial Endoscope will let you access the narrowest spaces. You'll be able to inspect walls, HVAC units, streamline automotive maintenance, invest pipe clogs, the list goes on and on. You'll also be able to view plants, birds nests, small animals, and more.

detailed parameters
Probe

Semi-rigid probe (11.5 ft / 0.22" dia.)

IP67 protection class

LED lighting (6 LEDs)

Video Resolution

1920x1080 (Full HD)

Image Output

4.3" LCD screen

Memory

Slot for MicroSD card (8GB card included) 

Power Source

2800 mAh battery (charging USB cable included)

Extras

Carry bag and accessories set (hook, magnet, and side mirror) included

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

The WiFi module allows you to quickly and easily connect to iOS gadgets (8.0 and above versions) and Android devices (4.2 and above) to share data. The camera's focal range will let you obtain the sharpest images several feet away from the target.

CONS

The probe is not particularly compact. 

OUR VERDICT

DEPSTECH WF010 Wireless Endoscope is all about its 1600 x 1200 resolution ratio that lets you observe the tiniest details and quickly figure out the issue with most things (from HVAC units to machinery to various confined spaces like curved holes and pipes). 

detailed parameters
Probe

Semi-rigid probe (11.5 ft / 0.33" dia.)

IP67 protection class

LED lighting (6 LEDs)

Video Resolution

1600x1200 (UXGA) 

Image Output

Smartphone or tablet (DEPSTECH app is available on iOS and Android)

Memory

No built-in memory 

Power Source

2200 mAh battery (charging USB cable included) 

Extras

Tool for resetting and accessories set (hook, magnet, and side mirror) included

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

The 8 LED lights will provide extra illumination, so you'll be able to take high-quality pictures and recognize every little detail even when accessing dark spaces. The long cable is flexible enough to bend and access narrow corners. 

CONS

The resolution is mediocre. 

OUR VERDICT

Before anything else, Fantronics 8595730525 will streamline daily inspection, including bathroom pipelines, vent pipes, sewers, water leakage and blockage scenarios, and more. The device will allow you to repair different vehicles as well as observe biological plants and creatures. 

detailed parameters
Probe

Semi-rigid probe (16.4 ft / 0.31" dia.)

IP67 protection class

LED lighting (8 LEDs)

Video Resolution

1280x720 (HD)

Image Output

Smartphone or tablet with USB Type-C port (Camerafi app is available on iOS and Android)

Windows PC (USB Type-C to USB Type-A adapter included)

Memory

No built-in memory 

Power Source

No built-in battery 

Extras

Accessories set (hook, magnet, and side mirror) included

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

The intuitive settings menu lets you easily adjust the lights' brightness, eliminating glare and preventing over-lighting when looking into/at reflective and shiny surfaces. The supplied cleaning cloth will allow you to quickly wipe the probe clean.

CONS

The LED lights are not too bright. 

OUR VERDICT

FOCLEN Industrial Endoscope will be able to survive and thrive within most environments, from line detection and lost objects detection to appliance/machinery maintenance to search and rescue to archaeological finds to the drilling industry, you name the project. 

detailed parameters
Probe

Semi-rigid probe (16.4 ft / 0.31" dia.)

IP67 protection class

LED lighting (6 LEDs)

Video Resolution

1920x1080 (Full HD) 

Image Output

4.3" LCD screen

Memory

Slot for MicroSD card (16GB card included) 

Power Source

2600 mAh battery (charging USB cable included)

Extras

Cleaning cloth, protective cap, and accessories set (hook, magnet, and side mirror) included

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

The 4.3-inch screen lets you comfortably view the footage/pictures live, with more than passable image expression. The non-slip pads allow you to hold and use the cam even with wet hands without worrying about dropping the device. 

CONS

The card is not included. 

OUR VERDICT

Facamword Industrial Endoscope will not shy away from any and all environments, including the dirtiest spaces. The product's IP68 protection class makes the components basically immune against submersion, dust, and various different elements.

detailed parameters
Probe

Semi-rigid probe (16.4 ft / 0.31" dia.)

IP68 protection class

LED lighting (6 LEDs)

Video Resolution

1920x1080 (Full HD) 

Image Output

4.3" LCD screen

Memory

Slot for MicroSD card (card is not included) 

Power Source

1800 mAh battery (charging USB cable included)

Extras

Protective cap and accessories set (hook, magnet, and side mirror) included

Warranty

1 year 

Oiiwak (006USBK)

Accessing any and all Spaces

The Oiiwak 006USBK Industrial Endoscope is packed to the rafters with features and its specs are not trailing behind these proverbial rafters. To kick things off, the high-res (1920 x 1080p) miniature camera boasts 3X digital zoom and 2 megapixels, so you'll be able to capture the sharpest full-screen images. But before that, this device is what's colloquially referred to as a complete product, meaning that you won't have to download any apps and use the cell phone to make this cam work.

The obligatory LED lights are variable here, letting you manage the output and enabling easy inspections even when the locations are dim and dark. Industrial endoscope cameras usually come equipped with decent semi-rigid probes, that's nothing new. The difference here is the decreased 0.22-inch diameter.

Despite its miniature size, this probe's field of view is surprisingly wide, allowing easy access to most spaces/applications, including pipe clogs, carbon deposition, wall inspection, HVAC, automotive maintenance, home appliances' maintenance, aircraft and car engine inspection, and more.

Add to everything we've mentioned above the 2800 mAh rechargeable battery that extends the usage duration to 3-4 hours, the anti-corrosion components, and you can see why this product tops our list.

Review of Oiiwak (006USBK) Industrial Endoscope (1080P 4.3-inch Screen, 6 LED Lights, 2800mAh Battery, 11.5ft)

 

DEPSTECH (WF010-3.5M)

The Highest Resolution

The people behind the DEPSTECH WF010 Wireless Endoscope are not necessarily chasing plenitude. From where we're standing, they're fine with making the product lacking and even somewhat underperforming at certain aspects as long as they're able to make the device excel somewhere else.

On the excelling front is the camera's 1600x1200 (UXGA) resolution that goes above Full HD and lets you capture the sharpest footage and the most detailed pictures. Within this price bracket, borescopes are usually unable to tussle with these high resolution ratios. Having said that, going back to that "lacking" part, the device is not entirely standalone. You'll have to install the DEPSTECH app onto an iOS/Android gadget to access the images and footage. That's pretty unfortunate but understandable considering the device's specs. Besides, the speedy WiFi module somewhat offsets this issue, letting you quickly connect to various gadgets and share data.

Aside from the aforementioned resolution, these specs include the probe's IP67 protection class that makes this thing practically immune to rust and corrosion, protecting the components from the elements. Moreover, the unit's focal range is off the charts. You'll have no issues obtaining sharp images even from several feet away.

In conclusion, the DEPSTECH WF010 Wireless Endoscope will keep the imagery sharp and the results sometimes even more detailed than necessary.

Review of DEPSTECH (WF010-3.5M) Wireless Endoscope (HD Snake Camera for Android and iOS Smartphone, IP67)

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Fantronics (8595730525)

More Lights than Before

The Fantronics 8595730525 is relatively basic compared to the devices we've added to this list but the price reflects that and its basic disposition has been deliberate from the get-go.

Removing arguably unnecessary features and components, the engineers at Fantronics have been able to make the unit less convoluted and pack eight LED lights where most endoscope cameras usually have six. You can adjust these lights' brightness and highlight various parts, adding image clarity.

Even taking that sentiment into account though, the footage will not be balls-to-the-walls detailed since the mediocre 1280 x 720 (HD) is unable to provide that.

Less upsetting and even pretty uplifting is the 5-meter (16.5 feet) cable that's semi-rigid and will have no issues bending and holding that bend to access narrow places.

Attached to the probe is the 8.0-mm waterproof wired camera that can be used to inspect underwater areas, including different gaps and holes that most equipment is unable to reach and capture.

Closing the product assessment, this affordable device will be able to accommodate most customers, with its wide compatibility with Android, iOS, and even Windows devices, not to mention the 360-degree rotation and the 2-megapixel camera.

Review of Fantronics (8595730525) Android USB-C Borescope (8 LED Lights, IP67, 16.4ft)

 

FOCLEN Industrial Endoscope

Multi-Scenario Applications

The FOCLEN Industrial Endoscope deserves very little criticism. The six LED lights are not as bright as they could have been but that's basically where the product's shortcomings conclude. Besides, though not all that bright, these lights are long-lasting and waterproof, so you won't be forced to replace them anytime soon and won't have to shy away from spaces filled with water. The screen will let you quickly adjust the LEDs' brightness to prevent over-lighting and eliminate glare when inspecting reflective (including metallic) and shiny surfaces.

Pivoting towards the power source subject, the device's 2600 mAh rechargeable battery is nothing to scoff at, able to last at least 3-4 hours even when recording at 1920 x 1080p resolution.

The USB cable that lets you recharge this battery comes with the device, which brings us to the package part. In addition to the standard accessory set that includes hooks, magnets, and side mirrors, the people behind this product send you a cleaning cloth and a protective cap that will aid both maintenance and care.

Bottom line, this device will let you enhance visual inspection as well as increase the possibility of detecting various defects within different areas, satisfying both professional demands and the DIY crowd's preferences.

Review of FOCLEN Industrial Endoscope (1080P 4.3-inch Screen, 6 LED Lights, 2600mAh Battery, 11.4ft)

Additional Info

User Manual


 

Facamword (41111716)

Enough Moments to Sway the Jury

The Facamword Industrial Endoscope has its moments but, when push comes to shove, this device won't be able to trade blows with the best endoscope cameras that we've looked at.

First off, the camera's 1800 mAh battery is pretty pedestrian compared to the ~2500 mAh batteries that we've reviewed above, meaning you cannot expect more than 2-3 hours from this one. Second, the MicroSD card that stores the captured data is not added to the package, so you'll have to purchase one separately. Are these flaws enough to make the product middling compared to most endoscope cameras though? Not even remotely.

Most endoscope cams are not adopting 4.3-inch screens that let you view the footage live with solid image expression and detailed resolution. Most inspection cameras (excluding the few best picks we've added to this list) are unable to capture 1920 x 1080p (Full HD) footage/images to begin with, limiting these cameras' application range (meaning you cannot use them to view and, subsequently, fix minute defects). Most snake cameras cannot boast probes with an IP68 protection class that makes them immune to submersion, dust, corrosion, you name the element.

Last but not least, most borescopes do not incorporate non-slip pads that let you use the camera with wet hands with comfort and confidence.

The Facamword Industrial Endoscope will be able to satisfy any customers looking to access hard-to-reach and hard-to-see places.

Review of Facamword (41111716) Industrial Endoscope (1080P 4.3-inch Screen, 6 LED Lights, 2600mAh Battery, 11.4ft)

 

What Is an Endoscope Camera?

Endoscope cameras are also sometimes referred to as snake cameras, inspection cameras, borescopes, the list is too long. The multiple names make sense though as these devices can be quite similar yet very different when you look into the details.

Before looking into these details though, what separates these devices is the working principle. To be more specific, these cameras can be standalone units with built-in screens that enable you to shoot, capture, record, and view video and pictures without any third-party assistance. They can also be these compact devices that have to be connected to smartphones and gadgets to access the images and the video that you've taken.

Needless to say, as all cameras do, these devices are primarily defined using such measurements as the native video resolution, battery life, megapixel count, etc. Aside from these specs, these endoscope camera products can be different based upon the accessories that come with the camera, including different hooks, magnets, mirrors, and more.

There's some overlap between these cameras and hidden cameras, so you can look into those too. 360-degree cameras are also quite compact and flexible, though these are less standalone.

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Publish Date: 2020-02-20 15:49:51