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What is an inspection camera

Author:Ivan|Editor:Eric|Time:Wednesday on Dec 13, 2017|Page View:

The term “Inspection Camera” is loosely used to categorize all forms of remote visual inspection (RVI) cameras on the market today. Borehole Cameras, Drain Cameras, Fiberscopes, Rigid Borescopes, Video Borescopes, Videoscopes, Endoscopes, and Push Cameras are just a few of the different Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) tools that are often referred to as Inspection Cameras.
An inspection camera, or borescope, is an instrument that functions like a camera, microscope, or telescope: it enables you to observe areas that are too cramped, too far away, or entirely out of reach. An inspection camera has a black-and-white or color display — some of which are detachable for remote viewing — that attaches to a flexible shaft with a camera at the end. The camera often has several LED lights to illuminate the work area. Once the camera shaft is maneuvered into position, you can observe what the camera “sees” on the inspection camera’s display.
When you need to see what's clogging up the works, an inspection camera can snake its way into places your eyes can't: pipes, chimneys, sewer lines and other hard to reach places. Then they can send back images of obstructions, failing seals and any issues that might need taking care of. We've also got infrared and thermal cameras for identifying extreme hot or cold spots, ideal for engineers, building inspectors, electricians, machinists, maintenance personnel and energy efficiency auditors.
Sometimes things happen in places you can't see them, but it is still up to you to fix it. As frustrating as that can be, there are tools you can use to get into those small spaces and figure out the source of the problem. Inspection cameras and borescopes can snake into places you can't reach with your eyes, like pipes, chimneys, sewer lines, and the inside of walls. 
Inspection cameras have myriad industrial applications: automobile and aircraft mechanics use inspection cameras to view engines’ interiors; electricians, plumbers, and HVAC technicians use inspection cameras to determine where to run pipes and wires as well as to check for blocks and breaks; exterminators use inspection cameras to examine pests’ hives, nests, and tunnels; and locksmiths and law enforcement routinely use inspection cameras. Inspection cameras are also very popular for home improvement among do-it-yourselfers.
Some inspection cameras have the ability to capture still images and record video using an SD card, making them especially useful for documenting what you find. Certain inspection cameras feature digital zoom as well as image rotation for improved observation. Whether you are an amateur or a trained professional, a quality inspection camera can be just the tool you need. Their use and application depends on what type of inspection camera is used, and like any equipment, it’s best to learn of the advantages and disadvantages of each to get the most value for your money.
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