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Best Endoscope and Inspection Cameras 2018

Get the best endoscopes, inspection cameras and borescopes for professional and home use. An endoscope is sometimes also called snake camera.

depstech endoscope close viewOriginally, endoscopes were developed for minimally invasive surgery.

Nowadays, an endoscope is also used to examine machines, find defects in pipes or sewers and other hard-to-reach areas.

These endoscopes usually do have a camera and a display.

Moreover, new innovative devices also allow connection to your mobile phone (Android and iPhone) via USB or Bluetooth. Thus you are able to take pictures while examining tight spaces.

Now, please check out our following endoscope top list:

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Depstech Wireless Endoscope

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As already mentioned, there are wireless endoscopes for Android and iPhone available these days and this Depstech endoscope is a perfect example for that.

The Depstech endoscope has a semi-rigid cable and enables wireless connection to your phone. It comes with additional accessories like a magnet, a hook and a mirror. This endoscopes lets you record videos and make pictures. It is waterproof and in my opinion comes at an affordable price.

Depstech endoscope – technical details

  • Semi rigid cable
  • Camera resolution 1280*720
  • Camera diameter: ~ 0.33 inch
  • Cable length: 11.5 feet
  • 6 different adjustable LED lights
  • waterproof
  • Android & iOS compatible
  • Wifi endoscope

Depstech Wireless Endoscope, WiFi Borescope Inspection Camera 2.0 Megapixels HD Snake Camera for Android and IOS Smartphone, iPhone, Samsung, Tablet...

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Shekar Ultra Slim 0.22 inch diameter USB endoscope

The Shekar Ultra Slim is a very cheap Android endoscope. Because of the 0.22-inch camera diameter, the Shekar Ultra Slim is a useful device for smaller holes and tight pipe diameters. On the downside, the resolution of the CMOS sensor is not among the best.

Technical details

  • Semi rigid cable
  • Camera resolution 640*480
  • Camera diameter: ~ 0.22 inch
  • Cable length: 16.4 feet (5 m)
  • 6 different adjustable LED lights
  • IP67 waterproof camera head
  • Android & PC compatible

Shekar Ultra Slim 0.21 inch Dia. Probe USB Endoscope with Semi Rigid Cable USB Type C Adapter Borescope Waterproof Inspection...

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Tougs semi-rigid snake camera

Analyse your vehicle, sewers, kitchen sinks and other hard-to-see places with Tougs semi-rigid snake camera. Because the flexibility of the cable is reduced, it is easier for you to push the camera in a specified direction.

Technical details

  • Semi rigid cable
  • Camera resolution 1280*720 (HD)
  • Camera diameter: ~0.27 inch (8.0 mm)
  • Cable length: 16.4 feet (5 m)
  • Adjustable LED
  • IP67 waterproof rating
  • Android & iOS compatible
  • Additional: Wifi

Tougs Wireless Endoscope Camera, WiFi Borescope Semi-rigid Snake Camera 2.0MP HD Video Inspection Camera with 6 Adjustable Led for Android...

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Bosch GIC 120 C professional – industrial inspection camera

If you are looking for a battery-powered premium endoscope, you might take a closer look at the Bosch GIC 120 C. This stand-alone inspection camera is not cheap but a lot of buyers are very satisfied.

You can switch between photo and video mode. Additionally, when inserting a micro SD card, you can transfer the videos and images to your PC.

Moreover, by pressing a button you can rotate the camera image to make sure that you see the correct orientation. In addition, you can adjust the brightness in 4 levels (0%, 25%, 50% and 100%).

  • Camera resolution 320 x 240
  • Camera diameter: ~ 0.33 inch (8.5 mm)
  • Cable length: 9,84 ft (3 m)
  • 3 different adjustable LED light levels
  • Cater-tight cable
  • Stand-alone device
  • Hook, magnet and mirror are included in the package

Bosch GIC 120 C Professional Industrial Cordless Inspection Camera Endoscope Borescope

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GiraffeCam 4.0 Soft ShortFocus

According to the manufacturer, the GiraffeCam 4.0 is designed and assembled in the USA. Included hook, magnet and mirror accessories help you to reach parts around the corner and pick things up. For maximum cable protection, the GiraffeCam cable is covered in a yellow durable coating.

  • Semi rigid cable
  • Camera resolution 2 MP
  • Camera diameter: ~ 0.35 inch (9 mm)
  • Cable length: 6 ft
  • 6 different adjustable LED lights
  • waterproof
  • Android & iOS compatible
  • Wifi endoscope

GIRAFFECAM 4.0 Ultra Rigid iPhone Android Wireless WIFI Snake Inspection Endoscope Camera - 5X Stiffer, Stronger, Bend Holding Power [Solid...

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Depstech Endoscope NTS200

Technical details

Depstech is a known Chinese manufacturer of endoscopes. Because it is not made in the USA they can offer it for a reasonable price.

  • Camera resolution 640×480
  • Camera diameter: ~ 0.32 inch (8,2 mm)
  • Cable length: 9,84 ft (3 m)
  • 6 different adjustable LED lights
  • waterproof rating IP67
  • Stand alone device

Digital Endoscope, Depstech Waterproof LCD Borescope Videoscope with CMOS Sensor Inspection Camera, 3.5inch Color LCD Screen,4 Zoom Options --10FT

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Teslong  NTS151RS-3M Industrial endoscope

Teslong is another manufacturer of industrial grade inspection cameras. To sum it up, the NTS151RS-3M provides the following:

  • Semi-rigid cable
  • Camera resolution 720P for videos
  • Camera diameter: ~ 0.21 inch
  • Cable length: 9,84 ft (3 m)
  • 6 different adjustable LED lights
  • Waterproof rating IP67
  • Stand-alone device
  • Accessories: Additional mirror, hook and magnet are included in the package

Industrial Endoscope,Teslong 3.5 Inch LCD Screen Borescope Semi Rigid Cable Digital Inspection Camera Kit with 0.21 Inch Diameter Waterproof Snake...

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Milwaukee M12 – 360 degree digital inspection

The Milawaukee M12 is a cordless 360 degree inspection camera that allows you to rotate the display. Inspect pipes drains and look behind wall with this professional tool.

As you can see this is not the cheapest inspection camera on the market. Now, take a look at the core features below:

Features

  • Camera resolution 640 x 480
  • Camera diameter: ~ 0.35 inch
  • Cable length: 9,84 ft (3 m)
  • 4 surround adjustable LED lights provide a 3 stage brightness control
  • Waterproof device
  • Stand-alone device
  • Hook, magnet and mirror are included in the package

Milwaukee M12 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless M-Spector 360 Degree Digital Inspection Camera Kit | Hardware Power Tools for Your Construction or...

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Rigid micro CA-300

The Rigid CA-300 comes with comfortable grip, a large screen and a rugged aluminum camera head. 4 adjustable LEDs make it easy to diagnose pipes. Although the device is powered by a replaceable Li-Ion battery, it can also powered by the included AC adapter.

  • Semi rigid cable
  • Camera resolution 640×480 (JPG & MP4)
  • Camera diameter: ~ 0.7 inch (17 mm)
  • Cable length: 3 ft (up to 30 ft with optional extension)
  • 4 bright adjustable LED lights
  • 4 GB SD card included

RIDGID 37888 Model micro CA-300 Hand-Held Inspection Camera, Borescope

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Applications for endoscopes and inspection cameras

Obstructed pipe in sink

use endoscope to inspect sinks

An inspection camera is excellent to take a look into dark and hard-to-see places because of limited space.

Examples of typical applications of endoscopes, inspection cameras and borescopes:

  • HVAC inspection
  • Pipe & drain pipe investigation with a pipe camera
  • Weld seam inspection
  • Engine maintenance
  • CNC Machine inspection
  • Car repair
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Boat inspection
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Criteria to consider before buying an endoscope

Before you finally chose your inspection camera you should think through the following questions regarding your application:

  • Check the waterproof rating if you plan to use it in wet places. Ideally, the endoscope has IP67 dust- and waterproof protection.
  • What cable length do you require?
  • Do you need a flexible, rigid or video boroscope?
  • Would you require a stand-alone system including a TFT display or would you like to use it with your iPhone or Android mobile phone?
  • Does your endoscope need to be acid resistant?
  • Do you prefer a wireless, battery operated system?
  • Can you afford a more expensive high-quality system?
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Differences between endoscopes, inspection camera and borescope

The Inspection Camera

The term inspection camera is similar to endoscope. But some people also say that a microscope is a specialized inspection camera while a microscope is never an endoscope.

The Borescope

For your reference, the following image shows a typical borescope.

A borescope is a handheld tool with an integrated magnifying glass and an additional light source that allows you to look into tight spaces and little holes. Usually, you can adjust eye focus and light intensity.

BorescopeSchematic

The Endoscope

An endoscope usually has a long cable and a camera on its end. Additional LED lights around the camera illuminate dark places. Below you can see a simple endoscope with wifi and USB connection.

depstech endoscope

No matter if you would like to check damaged drain pipes, repair your car or check clogged sinks. A endoscope or borescope will assist you to take a more detailed look in small areas and around corners.

If you have further experience or additional suggestions for this list of endoscopes, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

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2 Comments
  1. Is there a reason why you didn’t list the BlueFire Endoscope?

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