Plumbing camera endoscope wireless waterproof plumbing sewer inspection camera
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36 of 37 found the following review helpful:
Packed with options for a good price Aug 20, 2010
I purchased this on a wing and a prayer after evaluating a few of the borescopes available out there. It was packed with options, but in a no-name brand and with no reviews. I recently bought an older house and after two months of constant surprises when doing minor repairs, I decided I needed a borescope to save me some headaches.
I find this camera to be great! Huge screen with nice resolution. Good visibility. I bought the extension as well as I wasn't sure if I'd ever be able to find it again if I needed it a year or two down the line.
The wireless monitor option is nice as you don't have to stick your nose into some scary corner to view the image as you would on a fixed mount camera. The video recording feature is a nice addition, even if I'm not really sure how useful it will be. I videotaped some plumbing issues in a wall and tried to share these with someone who could provide an opinion and he was intrigues, but couldn't really help diagnose the problem without coming over to see the problems for himself. Pulling the images off the system and onto a computer was simple as it's a removable SD card.
In terms of the borescope extension... it's fairly rigid and as such you need to have a realistic expectation of the hole you will need to drill to successfully navigate this in a wall or opening. You need to think "doorknob hole bit" not 5/16" hole. There are highly flexible cameras out there that don't require such a large hole, but they won't look "up" a wall, only "down" (gravity... it's the law...). With the appropriate size hole you can have full access without constantly widening the hole and creating a drywall "situation". I find that if I pull a doorknob hole with a round doornknob bit, and save the plug, I can easily put the plug back in using some joint compound as "glue" for the plug and putting a wall patch over that.
Only downside I see to this is that the camera head is plastic... some of the competitors have moved away from a plastic head housing to an aluminum one. We'll see if this causes a durability problem. I don't cram the camera head with force into plubming traps or through any resistance for that reason.
17 of 17 found the following review helpful:
Worth every penny! Dec 23, 2010
By Mike G.
I only write reviews when I feel compelled to. That's why all of my reviews are either 1 star or 5 stars. I was worried about the quality of this device because of the price; however, I think this thing is worth every penny. I've used it many times and after a little practice it's a piece of cake. Why practice you ask? Because the scope arm is stiff, it holds its position. I stuck the camera in my wall only to find out the builder threw a bunch of garbage in there. I had to navigate through debris (2x4s, drywall pieces, and such) to get to the pipe I wanted to see. Without this tool I would have had to cut two big holes in the wall...instead, I cut a 1 inch hole.
1) great light that works well
2) great image on screen. I was looking for mold in a wall full of debris and could easily discern the difference between cobwebs, stains, glue, heck I could even read the tiny print off the cigarette butts in there, apparently the construction workers that built my house smoked Marlboros...
1) Uses up batteries pretty quick.
2) Need to wiggle it from time to time because the screen comes loose.
However, the Pros far outweigh the Cons!
21 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Excellent little camera Aug 19, 2010
By Dragonwort Castle
Works great and is easy to set-up. I used it for inspecting travel trailer air-conditioner ducting for mice sign; and I found their entrance. The one thing to be aware of is the image is upside down when mounted on the "gun" and if you turn the gun the image stays upside down as the camera rotates. But, the monitor is also wireless and easily detachable, so just turn it around. The image is auto focus and very sharp and clear; HD it seems. The flexible camera snake is stiff, which is good for running it into walls or ducts, but is also flexible and can go around corners with some help; one can bend the tip to the side to inspect an area, or use the included tip-mounted mirror. The mirror works but the image is not a clear as without the mirror. The device also comes with a magnet, and a wire retreiver for pulling wires. I recommend getting the extension and the nice case has a space for it. The camera is only in the tip, so the snake and extension are keyed and wired to fit together; it is not fiber-optic. It is very handy and anyone can use it. I highly recommend it for inspection of any hidden problem.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Not perfect, but for the price... you cannot really go wrong Mar 04, 2011
While its not perfect, overall (and taking into consideration the price), its very good. I am giving it five stars since compared to other inspection camera's in this price range this is a fantastic deal. The overall quality of the system is pretty solid (the only gripe I really have is the connection between the handle and the wireless monitor and he plastic shield used on the camera end). Even though the monitor is wireless do not expect to go more than 3-5 feet away from the camera handle grip, it will start to cut out (not an issue at all, really). The picture is clear and the camera's focal distance is good as well (you can adjust the brightness of the led lights on the camera as well). While I have only had a short time to use it, so far it has worked very well and I am quite impressed with it overall. Just because it does not say RIGID or DeWALT does not mean you should not consider it, actually for the price nothing else compares to this in features or quality.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Good Inspection Camera Mar 19, 2011
By Imtiaz Ahmed
What I find good about this device has been said already in the previous reviews, but I want to mention one gripe that would otherwise have me giving it 5 stars: It would be a much nicer user experience to see video right side up when the camera is attached to the unit. The only workaround I'm aware of is to detach the camera and place it on something upside down so video is right side up, but it is usually much easier for me to have the camera attached while working with it. I'm almost fairly certain a firmware update is all that would likely be needed to get the video the right way around, I only hope the manufacturer reads this. For the money its a superb piece of equipment otherwise, thus far.
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