Best Inspection Cameras in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 21, 2020
Inspection cameras enable performing detailed visual inspections in various hard-to-reach places. The best inspection cameras can even go underwater and in total darkness and provide you with bright, crisp, and clear images and video. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Probe
Video Resolution
Image Output
Memory
Power Source
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

The 8 LEDs provide sufficient illumination even in-between the darkest corners. But, when they're not enough, you can also use the LED flashlight on the handle, enabling additional illumination. The TF port accepts MicroSD cards up to 32 gigabytes. 

CONS

The device is pretty heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

The ZOTO ZT-NTS305-EU spends more time with industrial endoscopes than with small-time inspection cameras. From its hard plastic case that can take a licking and keep on ticking to the 7-millimetre (diameter) probe that can slide between the tiniest nooks and crannies, this is one flexible device.

detailed parameters
Probe

Semi-rigid probe (5 m / 7 mm dia.)

IP67 protection class

LED lighting (8 LEDs)

Video Resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Image Output

4.5" LCD screen

Memory

Slot for MicroSD card (32 Gb card included) 

Power Source

2600 mAh battery (charging USB cable included)

Extras

Carry case and accessory set (hook, magnet, and mirror) included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The 3300-mAh battery will enable recording for 5 hours straight before running out or even more if you're willing to go with a non-native resolution. Automatically adjusting the exposure level, the camera lets you snap high-quality pictures without fiddling with its settings.

CONS

The LEDs are not very bright. 

OUR VERDICT

The DEPSTECH DS450 will work wonders for professional mechanics and different tradesmen. With the camera's native resolution reaching 2592 x 1944p, you can record highly-detailed videos. Likewise, the 5-megapixel camera will enable inspecting and analysing the tiniest defects.

detailed parameters
Probe

Semi-rigid probe (5 m / 8.5 mm dia.)

IP67 protection class

LED lighting (6 LEDs)

Video Resolution

2592 x 1944

Image Output

4.5" LCD screen

Memory

Slot for MicroSD card (16 Gb card included)

Power Source

3300 mAh battery (charging USB cable included)

Extras

Carry case and accessory set (hook, magnet, and mirror) included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The camera's long (4 - 500 centimetres) focal distance is compatible with the longest pipes, sewers, and walls. The hook and the magnet that are supplied with the package will enable locating and retrieving small items from otherwise inaccessible corners.

CONS

The picture gets all blurry when the probe's moving. 

OUR VERDICT

With its IP67 enclosure making sure that the probe's internal components are sealed from dust and that they can survive ~0.5-metre immersion, the SKYBASIC SK129 will accommodate plumbing applications first and foremost. That being said, the camera is just as good at enabling most maintenance projects.

detailed parameters
Probe

Semi-rigid probe (5 m / 8 mm dia.)

IP67 protection class

LED lighting (6 LEDs)

Video Resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Image Output

4.3" LCD screen

Memory

Slot for MicroSD card (16 Gb card included)

Power Source

~1700 mAh battery (charging USB cable included)

Extras

Protective cap and accessory set (hook, magnet, and mirror) included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The 4.3-inch screen is plenty bright, making the content watchable even under direct sunlight. You can rotate the screen 360 degrees. The ATV output will allow you to stream directly on a TV, whilst the USB cable will enable you to transfer the files to a computer. 

CONS

The viewing angle is limited (~70 degrees). 

OUR VERDICT

The ROTEK RK-13 features rubberised padding, so the camera can survive the most extreme conditions. The battery will last ~4 hours before dying out. The settings menu is straightforward and intuitive, meaning that the instructions that come with this inspection set are practically useless.

detailed parameters
Probe

Semi-rigid probe (5 m / 8 mm dia.)

IP67 protection class

LED lighting (6 LEDs)

Video Resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Image Output

4.3" LCD screen

Memory

Slot for MicroSD card (card is not included)

Power Source

2600 mAh battery (charging USB cable included)

Extras

Protective cap and accessory set (hook, magnet, and mirror) included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

You can adjust the LEDs' brightness. The model lets you switch between 640 x 480, 1280 x 720, 1600 x 1200, and 1920 x 1080 resolutions. The IP67-rated housing will not mind submersion and can handle the dustiest areas. 

CONS

The probe is relatively short. 

OUR VERDICT

The DEPSTECH UKNKJ14 comes without a screen. Instead, this inspection camera adopts a compact wireless unit that utilises iOS- or Android-powered tablets and smartphones, streaming the video onto them without delay. Besides being more compact, this device is also much more affordable.

detailed parameters
Probe

Semi-rigid probe (3.5 m / 8.4 mm dia.)

IP67 protection class

LED lighting (6 LEDs)

Video Resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Image Output

Smartphone or tablet (DEPSTECH app is available on iOS and Android)

Memory

No built-in memory

Power Source

450 mAh battery (charging USB cable included)

Extras

Accessory set (hook, magnet, and mirror) included

Warranty

1 year

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ZOTO (ZT-NTS305-EU)

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The ZOTO ZT-NTS305-EU is an industrial endoscope that will fit both professional and home use. The model enables mechanical and house maintenance, will let you fix drain pipes, work with HVAC units, and more.

Besides delivering Full HD (1920 x 1080p) visuals, the 4.5-inch screen supports 2X magnification, image capture, and video recording. The buttons below the screen will let you move the focus up and down, zoom and rotate it, switch between multiple modes, and adjust the brightness. You can also adjust the handle, making the setup a little more comfortable for different applications.

But, going back to the camera, the model comes equipped with 3 ports: USB, TF, and the 5-metre probe port. There are 8 adjustable LEDs on that probe, providing sufficient illumination practically anywhere. What's more, the handle also features an LED flashlight, delivering additional illumination.

The last stop before wrapping this up is the above-mentioned TF port. Unlike most borescope inspection cameras, this one supports 32-gigabyte MicroSD cards, so you can save and store more footage than usual.

In short, investing pipe clogs, inspecting walls, streamlining automotive maintenance, getting into HVAC units, there's almost nothing that the ZOTO ZT-NTS305-EU cannot do.

Review of ZOTO (ZT-NTS305-EU) Industrial Endoscope with 5M Borescope Snake Camera (2600mAh Battery, 1080P IPS Display)
Last updated price £129.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07Q736MN7

 

DEPSTECH (DS450)

Almost Excessive

As far as most users are concerned, the DEPSTECH DS450 is almost excessive. Sure, we can appreciate its enormous (2592 x 1944p) native resolution but, unless you feel like spying on neighbours in the bedroom, who needs that much? That being said, there's nothing wrong with the equally enormous 3300-mAh battery that lets you film for at least 4-5 hours (ditch the camera's native resolution and you'll get even more). There's also nothing wrong with the USB cable that's shipped with the package.

There's something wrong with the LEDs on the probe though. While the quantity (6 LEDs) suffices, the brightness does not quite. Of course, you can adjust the brightness, but even the highest setting is not as bright as you'd expect considering the device's otherwise brilliant specs. On the plus side, the camera automatically adjusts its exposure, so you can take high-quality photos without affecting the resolution. There's also a torchlight on the main body so that you can brighten the darkness when working at night or inspecting the deepest, darkest corners (ominous much?).

Last but not quite least (not even close), the 5-megapixel camera will let you capture high-detail pictures, meaning that you'll be able to inspect and analyse the smallest defects. When you sum everything that we've covered above up, going with the DEPSTECH DS450 will seem like a fairly smart move.

Review of DEPSTECH (DS450) Inspection Camera with 5M Borescope Camera (1944P IPS Display, 3300 mAh)

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £72.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B08BCKCRBG

 

SKYBASIC (SK129)

Not Basic at All

The SKYBASIC SK129 is not basic at all, so we reckon the company could use a different name as this one does them a considerable disservice. Sure, its image stabilisation tech is not great, which means that the picture gets pretty blurry when the probe is moving. Also, the integrated 1700-mAh battery is nothing to parade, but what most people need from inspection cameras seldom requires more than that anyway.

There's nothing basic about the camera's focal length. Covering 1.6 - 198 inches (4 - 500 centimetres), its long focal distance enables hassle-free inspection even when you work with sewers, pipes, and walls. There's certainly nothing basic about the overall package. The standard accessory set (hook, magnet, and mirror) will let you find and retrieve small articles from hard-to-reach areas, whilst the protective cap will make sure the optics are not damaged during storage or transportation.

Setting the package aside, the 6 LEDs on the probe are adjustable, and the IP67 enclosure protects it from total dust ingress and from ~0.5-metre immersion. Unite these specs with the camera's Full HD resolution and the sizable 4.3-inch IPS screen and you can see why we believe the company's name does them a disservice that they do not deserve, at least not with this product.

Review of SKYBASIC (SK129) Industrial Endoscope with 5M Borescope Camera (1080P LCD Display, Li-Ion Battery Powered)
Last updated price £39.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07ZH9P8QH

 

ROTEK RK-13

Perfecting the Common Recipe

The ROTEK RK-13 brings nothing new to the table and we're completely fine with that. Instead, this model perfects the common inspection camera recipe.

Using its screen as the springboard, the 4.3-inch display is pretty bright, which means you can work with it even with the sun hitting right at the screen. As you'd expect, you can also adjust its brightness, preserving the battery. But preserving the battery is something that will be seldom required since its energy capacity reaches 2600 milliamp-hours (mAh), meaning that the battery will usually last at least 4 hours before giving out.

To add more, borrowing inspiration from smartphones, the screen can be rotated 360 degrees. Besides that, the usual interface arrangement (USB, TF, and the probe port) includes an AV output, so you can stream the video on a TV when the 4.3-screen is not enough.

Naturally, the product isn't perfect. Whilst the probe is generally alright, including an IP67 enclosure and 6 bright LEDs, its 70-degree viewing angle is not excellent. Also, the box is shipped without a MicroSD card. Of course, the price reflects that, and you can buy those anywhere, so this is not the biggest flaw you can find with inspection cameras. Other than that, the ROTEK RK-13 fits most maintenance and repair bills.

Review of ROTEK RK-13 Inspection Camera with 5M Borescope Camera (1080P Display, 2600 mAh Battery)
Last updated price £59.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07KF1ZKYN

 

DEPSTECH (UKNKJ14)

Wireless Inspection Camera

The DEPSTECH UKNKJ14 says that, whilst inspection cameras are necessary, the 'camera' part is seldom necessary. To elaborate, this model ditches the usual body with the screen, so the probe with the camera is still there. Waving bye-bye to the standard package, this camera works with smartphones and tablets. The company's app includes both iOS and Android versions, so there's very little chance you will miss the absent screen. Abandoning the traditional body, this device employs a small WiFi unit that, apart from connecting to an iOS- or Android-powered gadget, lets you adjust the 6 LEDs' brightness.

Does this approach entail its limitations? Sure. First, because its body is so compact, the built-in battery peaks at 450 mAh, meaning that it won't allow you to film for more than ~60-90 minutes straight. Second, the device has no integrated memory, so you'll be using your smartphone's or tablet's memory. Finally, whilst this probably has nothing to do with the said approach, the probe is only 3.5 metres long, so you might not be able to use it to inspect certain pipes or walls. Assuming you're fine with that, the DEPSTECH UKNKJ14 will not disappoint you. Plus, this barebones package costs at least twice less than its orthodox competition.

Review of DEPSTECH (UKNKJ14) Wireless Inspection Camera with 3.5M Borescope Snake Camera (for Android and IOS Smartphone)
Last updated price £29.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B01NBFTAHE

 

What Is an Endoscope Camera?

Endoscope cameras are also sometimes referred to as snake cameras, inspection cameras, borescopes, the list is too long. The multiple names make sense though as these devices can be quite similar yet very different when you look into the details.

Before looking into these details though, what separates these devices is the working principle. To be more specific, these cameras can be standalone units with built-in screens that enable you to shoot, capture, record, and view video and pictures without any third-party assistance. They can also be these compact devices that have to be connected to smartphones and gadgets to access the images and the video that you've taken.

Needless to say, as all digital cameras do, these devices are primarily defined using such measurements as the native video resolution, battery life, megapixel count, etc. Aside from these specs, these endoscope camera products can be different based upon the accessories that come with the camera, including different hooks, magnets, mirrors, and more.

There's some overlap between these cameras and hidden cameras, so you can look into those too. 360-degree cameras are also quite compact and flexible, though these are less standalone.

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Publish Date: 2020-10-21 16:15:09