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Gattopardo

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Advice on buying a usb endoscope
« on: December 25, 2020, 08:07:27 pm »
so my cheapo 640x480 usb cam is a bit useless and finally broke so looking to get a better cam, from ali express so what should I be looking for?

Do I mean boroscope?

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Re: Advice on buying a usb endoscope
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2020, 08:50:03 pm »
Depends what you want to do with it. I had disappointing results from the sub £20 ones I tried from Amazon. “Straight ahead” the camera was great but when I attached the periscope mirror to look at right angles* it was useless. Was great for viewing the inside of my guitar though; unfortunately the internals of my guitar were purely academic interest.

* was trying to work out which way the joists run in my house by drilling a small hole and poking the camera through.

Re: Advice on buying a usb endoscope
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2020, 09:11:43 pm »
I bought one years ago, because they were silly cheap. I thought it would be useful for inspecting the inside of frame tubes, but I haven't used it for that.

Trying to inspect under a floor was useless, because the light and focus only works close up.

I think they do ones that connect to a phone/tablet now, which would have been so much more use than lugging a laptop to wherever you want to use it.
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Re: Advice on buying a usb endoscope
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2020, 09:12:20 pm »
One with no sharp edges, and easy to clean, I guess.

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Re: Advice on buying a usb endoscope
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2020, 09:55:57 pm »
I think they do ones that connect to a phone/tablet now, which would have been so much more use than lugging a laptop to wherever you want to use it.
If it has a standard USB plug, should be able to plug it into a USB OTG adapter, then connect that to a phone/tablet. So long as your phone/tablet supports USB OTG, and you have a suitable app.

Gattopardo

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Re: Advice on buying a usb endoscope
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2020, 11:25:31 pm »

I think they do ones that connect to a phone/tablet now, which would have been so much more use than lugging a laptop to wherever you want to use it.

Yes looking at usb mini.

Mine is this camera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbOzrkQFA04,

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Re: Advice on buying a usb endoscope
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2020, 11:41:48 pm »
One with no sharp edges, and easy to clean, I guess.

Are you calling me a proctologist?

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Re: Advice on buying a usb endoscope
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2020, 08:42:48 am »
One with no sharp edges, and easy to clean, I guess.

Are you calling me a proctologist?

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Re: Advice on buying a usb endoscope
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2020, 09:09:53 am »
Are you JAG accredited?
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