A recent line of video inspection systems offers a cost-effective way to inspect inaccessible or hazardous areas and thus diagnose hidden system problems without having to disassemble or teardown equipment. Advanced units lets users record and transfer still images and video.
Starting at $199.00, The Seeker Video Inspection System, from General Tools & Instruments, gives uses an inspection tool to see into hard-to-reach areas. Three models come with a high-strength, “obedient”, 1m (39.4 in) camera-tipped probe with built-in, adjustable LED lighting along with a mirror, magnet and pick-up hook that can mount on the end of the probe, batteries, a detailed instruction manual, and an impact-resistant carrying case. Probes start from 9.5-mm diameter and are water, oil and dust-proof.
The Seeker 200 ($199.00) features a 70 mm color LCD monitor for real-time viewing, with a slim, 12 mm flexible camera-tipped probe that retains its configured shape for inspecting hard-to-reach areas such as heat exchanger tubing. The camera features a 60° field of view and a depth of field ranging from 25 to 300 mm. Optional 1m, 2m or 3m probe extensions can be added to extend the probe length up to 5m.
The Seeker 300 ($229.00) has all features of the Seeker 200 in addition to a larger, 89 mm color LCD monitor.
The Seeker 400 Wireless, Data Logging Video Inspection system ($299.00 and $399.00) includes two models: the DCS400 and the DCS495. Both have similar specifications with the difference being the type of probe included. Each video scope includes a detachable, 89 mm color LCD monitor for remote viewing, up to 10 m away. The monitor includes a magnetic base for easy mounting on a metallic surface. Both models let users record either still images (jpeg) or up to 3 hours of video (avi) in either NTSC or PAL format. Images and video are stored on the included 1GB micro SD card and can be outputted to a remote monitor or computer via the included video and USB cables. A choice of 10 menu languages is provided. The DCS400 features a 17-mm diameter flexible, camera-tipped probe with built-in, adjustable, high intensity, LED lighting. Probe extensions 0.9 m long are available to extend the unit’s reach up to 5.5m.
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