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Fiberscope vs borescope

Fiberscope vs borescope

Learn about optical fiberscopes and how they compare to borescopes

We often get asked if Teslong borescopes work by transmitting the image over fiber optics, but that is not the case. There are devices that utilize fiber optics - usually referred to as a fiberscope - here we will discuss the similarities and differences between Teslong borescopes and an optical fiberscope.

What is fiber optic scope?

A fiber optic scope is a flexible optical fiber bundle with an eyepiece on one end and a lens on the other that is used to examine and inspect small, difficult-to-reach places such as the insides of machines, locks, and the human body.

How does a fiberscope camera work?

A fibersccope allows someone to see inside of difficult-to-access areas by transmitting the image through a lens and fiber optic cable to an eyepiece. There usually are the two different types of fiber-optic bundles in a fiberscope camera. There is an illumination bundle – designed to carry light to the area in front of the lens. There is also the imaging bundle – designed to carry an image from the lens to the eyepiece.

What is the difference between borescope and fiberscope?

Teslong borescopes use a microscopic digital camera at the end of a flexible cable or rigid rod to send a digital image from the lens to an electronic monitor of some type. Sometimes the image is sent over a WiFi signal to a mobile device, other times it is sent over a cable to a dedicated monitor, which also stores the photos or videos on a memory card. Fiberscopes use a fiber optic bundle to see down a curved path through a small lens, but they don’t always include a means for image or video capture and storage.

Before digital camera technology had reached it’s current level of miniaturization, borescopes were more similar to optical fiberscopes in that they were comprised of an eyepiece and a lens connected by a long thin tube. In these early devices the big difference between borescopes and fiberscopes is that fiberscopes could be bent and curved without degrading the image, whereas borescopes were limited to a long thin, straight tube.

Borescopes can be flexible or rigid but flexible fiberscopes and articulating fiberscopes are most common because the whole poin of a fiber optic cable is to be able to see around corners and bends. As far as expense goes in the borescope vs fiberscope debate, borescopes are less expensive because mobile devices have driven down the cost of miniature digital cameras so much, while fiber optic technology is still not usually made for consumers.

Is a fiberscope an endoscope?

An endoscope is an inspection instrument composed of a viewfinder, optical lens, light source and mechanical device, which is used to look deep into the body, usually during a surgical procedure. Fiberscopes have been used as endoscopes, but not all fiberscopes are endoscopes, it really depends on what they are designed for and how they are used.

Purchase a Teslong borescope camera today!

Teslong is one of the premier manufacturers of borescopes for consumers. Teslong has 10 years of experience manufacturing borescopes and gathering customer feedback to build the best products on the market for an economical price. Whether you want a simple USB scope, wireless WiFi model, or a complete stand-alone unit, Teslong makes a borescope to suit your needs. Shop Teslong today!


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