Guide To Choosing The Right Endoscope Camera

If you need to see inside a tight space, you can get a lot of value out of an endoscope camera. It can be hard to tell which endoscopes you’ll end up loving when shopping online. There are so many to sort through, and it can be hard to compare them to get a good deal.Here are some Buyer's Guide

Compatibility

The most important thing to consider before buying an endoscope is what devices it will be compatible with. Many of the endoscopes on our list work via Wi-Fi with smartphones, while others connect via USB cable to certain phones and computers.

If you’re going to be working outside, it’s a good idea to get an endoscope that connects to smartphones, as you typically won’t want to lug a laptop or desktop out there. If you’ll be working primarily indoors, it can be okay to get one that connects via USB.

Camera quality

While you may be hoping to get a camera that provides crisp full-HD video, the miniaturization that goes into this process means that full-HD video can be really expensive in endoscopes. However, you still have some options that can deliver crisp video without a huge price tag.

1200p endoscopes are a good choice. They provide image quality roughly halfway between 720p and 1080p, though it’s not as standardized as the other two, so it can vary. 720p endoscopes also produce good image quality at a reasonable price.

Length

Length can be misleading with endoscopes. While you might think that more is always better, many users find that they just need a few inches or a few feet of cable, and anything beyond that gets in the way.

Something else to keep in mind is that most of the endoscopes on our list use semi-rigid cable. Semi-rigid cable bends, but it takes a little force to do so. That can make this type of endoscope bad for exploring pipes or tight areas with many narrow bends. There are other kinds of endoscopes that are better for those applications.

Battery life

If you’re working with a battery-powered endoscope, you need to know if the camera and the Wi-Fi chip, if applicable, use a lot of power. If you have a battery with 1000 milliamp hours or less of capacity, you’ll get two hours, or less, of juice per charge.

At the other extreme, endoscopes that have battery packs with 2000-plus milliamp hours can provide more than five hours of work. If you’re looking for a device that can work for a big portion of a workday, you’ll need a device with a big battery.

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