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Endoscopes used to be only for professionals, but the technology available now allows anyone to use one by merely connecting it to a phone.
Since this technology is unfamiliar to many, we have reviewed several of them and put together a list of five that we think you may be interested in.
We will give you some pros and cons of each one for a complete understanding of the product.
|Best Overall||Foxnovo 1080P Wireless WiFi||
|Best Value||SUKEY Wireless||
|BlueFire Semi-Rigid Flexible Wireless||
The Foxnovo 10m 1080P Wireless WiFi Endoscope has a HD camera that supports 750P output, a 5.5mm boroscope and six LED lights. It has a CMOS sensor and special lenses to give you the highest quality and highest-definition imaging possible.
The Foxnovo is waterproof, so you can use it for things like plumbing lines without it getting damaged. It’s made with a durable semi-rigid snake-like cable, so you can bend it into any angle you need in order to see what you’re looking at. We did find that the angle doesn’t hold as well when the cable is fully extended. Overall, this is the best endoscope for iPhone that we have tested.
The NIDAGE Wireless Endoscope is a semi-rigid cable with a 1080P WiFi camera, a 5.5mm boroscope, and LED lighting to give you the best possible picture. It also has 30fps velocity, which helps to control natural vibration to provide you with a smoother picture.
When we used this camera, we found that no matter what we set the resolution at, the picture looked the same. The image is also blurry if the item being viewed is closer than two to three inches from the camera. If you need a close-up picture, this camera will give you a general idea of what you’re looking at, but it won’t be clear enough to see the little details.
The SUKEY Wireless is a 1200P HD camera with eight levels of LED lighting to improve the visibility of whatever you’re looking at. It’s made with a semi-rigid cable that is great for getting into small places, but it would hold bends better if the cable were just a bit firmer.
This endoscope is wireless, so it’s easy to use anywhere, and it’s waterproof so you can use it to inspect things like water leaks without damaging it.
We did find a couple of frustrating things about the SUKEY Wireless, though. The instructions are absolutely the worst to follow. They are very confusing, and you have to do a lot of reading between the lines and try things to get the camera working. Once you do get it working, it’s a great little tool, as long as the app works. We did have some issues with the app not working at all, but that happens with any app. All in all, this is the best endoscope for iPhones for the money.
The BlueFire Semi-Rigid Flexible Wireless Endoscope is a CMOS HD camera with two megapixels of resolution and adjustable LED lighting. It has an extra-long semi-rigid cable, but we found that it isn’t firm enough to use much beyond a five-foot distance.
The instructions that come with this camera are hard to understand. It feels like someone was given a word limit, so there are some things missing. You have to fill in some of the gaps yourself.
Anything that isn’t directly in front of the camera is blurry, and the lighting isn’t sufficient enough to always get a clear picture of what you can see. The company claims that this endoscope has two megapixels, but from our observation, it’s more like a VGA. What you see is grainy, at best, and the colors are washed out.
Probably one of the most frustrating things about this scope is the battery. It only lasts a maximum of ten minutes before it needs to be recharged. Know what you are looking for, and exactly where it is, so you have time to view it before the battery dies.
The AttoPro WiFi Wireless Digital Endoscope has a HD resolution camera with three different resolution settings to improve your picture. It also comes with six adjustable LED lights to help see better in dark places, though they aren’t bright enough to see much detail.
We found that the semi-rigid cable isn’t quite firm enough to hold the angles that we put it at, and the WiFi didn’t work well at all. This camera works best if plugged into an electrical outlet.
The picture is of very low quality, especially if the camera is closer than three to four inches away from the item being viewed. Once you get closer than that, you’ll lose your focus, and the already not-too-clear picture becomes even more blurry.
a. Quality of picture
VGA to three megapixels
For quality purposes, we recommend either two or three megapixels.
You never know what the conditions will be. Be prepared no matter what the circumstances are.
You want a cable that’s rigid enough that it can bend to and hold the angles you need.
Cords are usually six feet or longer. Know what you will be using the scope for to determine what cord length is best for you. If you get one that’s too long, it can be hard to manage.
LED lights are the brightest and will give you the best light available, but different pictures require different amounts of light. Get a camera with a dimmer switch for the best quality pictures.
a. Rechargeable batteries can save you a lot of money in the long run. We recommend ones that are 500mh or more, so they will last longer between charges.
Get the clearest and sharpest display of your image possible.
Now that we have given you some things to consider while you are shopping for your endoscope, here are the five we reviewed that we believe you may like.
1. Foxnovo 10m 1080P Wireless WiFi Endoscope – Top Pick
2. NIDAGE Wireless Endoscope – The Runner-Up
3. SUKEY Wireless Endoscope Inspection Camera – Best for the Money
4. BlueFire Semi-Rigid Flexible Wireless Endoscope
5. AttoPro WiFi Wireless Digital Endoscope
You now have enough information on endoscopes and what to look for in one that you can make the best choice for your needs.
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Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.
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