$7 Android/PC Endoscope Waterproof Camera

Erco's daily find, a tiny camera on a long cable to look into Corvair spark plug holes. Illuminated! Waterproof! I ordered the 2-in-1, 5.5mm, 2M one for $6.64. It's worth that just for the nifty convertible USB/micro tip. Never seen that before.

Duane, you need 3.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/152404167846

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"When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

- Pablo Picasso
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  • Give us a screenshot or youtube video of the quality when you get it. This looks fun.
    David
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  • GordonMcCombGordonMcComb Posts: 3,099
    edited July 19 Vote Up0Vote Down
    They don't seem willing to put up actual pictures or links to videos. I wonder why.
  • Yet another Erco purchase. I was able to not buy any for a while... but resistance is futile.

    1.3 megapixels, so I'm not expecting much in the way of image quality.
    Tulsa, OK

    My OBEX objects:
    AGEL: Another Google Earth Logger
    DHT11 Sensor

    I didn't do it... and I promise not to do it again!
  • Erco, I double-dog dare you to swallow it!! Maybe soak it in Karo syrup first, lol.

    I might have to get one of these too. Even a crappy image is valuable at that cost.
    Andrew Williams
    WBA Consulting
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,324
    edited July 19 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Erco, I double-dog dare you to swallow it!!.

    I was waiting for some kinda Obamacare colonoscopy joke, but you took the high ground!
    wmosscrop wrote: »

    1.3 megapixels, so I'm not expecting much in the way of image quality.

    If the resolution is half of optimal, is it a semi-colonoscopy?

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • erco wrote: »
    Erco, I double-dog dare you to swallow it!!.

    I was waiting for some kinda Obamacare colonoscopy joke, but you took the high ground!
    wmosscrop wrote: »

    1.3 megapixels, so I'm not expecting much in the way of image quality.

    If the resolution is half of optimal, is it a semi-colonoscopy?
    ROFLO

  • 1.3 megapixels is 1280 x 1024, which is higher than the full-screen resolution of a lot of netbooks and larger than most images hosted on the internet. *WARNING PURCHASE IMMINENT* /ack
  • Purchase made. Now I will finally be able to find out how much stuff I've lost behind my desk!
  • Whether or not 1.3 Mp will produce a decent picture depends on how they count the pixels. Are there 1.3M pixels total, or per color (group)? In fact, the listing doesn't even mention if it's a color or monochrome camera.

    It does say the resolution is 640*480, with 1280*720 for PCs only; the latter spec suggests they're doing pixel doubling in software. It's the output image, not the image pixels (which counts unused periphery pixels), you have to go on to determine image resolution.

    Another seller of the same camera lists the operating temperature is up to 120 degrees C (not F, but C). Yeah, right.

  • BTW, this is a borescope, not an endoscope. Unless you like putting unsterilized things into yourself... Erco, if you write about this, remember to use the correct term.
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,324
    BTW, this is a borescope, not an endoscope. Unless you like putting unsterilized things into yourself... Erco, if you write about this, remember to use the correct term.

    Hey, I'm only quoting the seller, who is bound by honor, duty and eBay rules to maintain accurate item titles & descriptions. But yeah, you're the forum stickler for terminology, Mr. "Don't You Call it Differential Drive. " :)

    I have one of these somewhere. If I find it I'll pick an orifice at random and post a video.

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • erco wrote: »
    I have one of these somewhere. If I find it I'll pick an orifice at random and post a video.

    Please, nothing below the eyebrows.
  • MikeDYur wrote: »
    erco wrote: »
    I have one of these somewhere. If I find it I'll pick an orifice at random and post a video.

    Please, nothing below the eyebrows.

    Or at least below the chin.
    In science there is no authority. There is only experiment.
    Life is unpredictable. Eat dessert first.
  • kwinn wrote: »
    MikeDYur wrote: »
    erco wrote: »
    I have one of these somewhere. If I find it I'll pick an orifice at random and post a video.

    Please, nothing below the eyebrows.

    Or at least below the chin.

    I hope the forum don't become an online ENT clinic.
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,324
    Here I was ready to give you cats a SHOW but my older borescope cam ain't working with Win10 and I haven't found an Android app that works. Just black screen. It worked fine with XP & Vista.

    Ah, what might have been!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi) Posts: 21,129
    edited July 20 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Whew! Sometimes luck smiles upon all of us! :)

    -Phil
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Nice find, I think I saw the same thing yesterday as a Pastebin deal for a lot more $$.

    I've never seen a USB connector like that, pretty neat!
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,324
    Whew! Sometimes luck smiles upon all of us! :)

    -Phil

    I was planning to crack a smile in my video!

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • I use one of these to look at the bore of my rifles. Image quality is so-so. Two pictures posted one of a box of bullets sitting on my bench, the other of the bore of my .308 Savage 12BV near the chamber.

    640 x 480 - 67K
    640 x 480 - 45K
  • Mike, Thanks for the samples.The resolution is a little better than I expected. But I'm curious: what in the bore would you hope to see? (That said, you could do your own version of the James Bond movie opening.)

    I think Erco's planned use as an inspector for the spark plug holes in his Corvair is the best I've heard. He'll discover there are actually no pistons or valves in there. It's all a family of squirrels.
  • Mike CookMike Cook Posts: 820
    edited July 21 Vote Up0Vote Down
    what in the bore would you hope to see?

    With a bore light on the opposite end, and moving the camera around you can see defects in the rifling, copper fouling, and other deposits. I normally just look at the screen while doing this and don't make a video. From the shot of the bore above you can see some lint (dust) and some of the factory goop they use in shipping. This is a new rifle I'm working with so it has not seen it's first clean (scrubbing) yet.

    The still feature I don't use much. But might start using it to document throat erosion over the life of this barrel.

    Just my guess, but using the live video feature works the best, same resolution but it seems like you can 'see' more detail from a series of pictures (video).
  • Got mine today. Same image quality as Mike's.

    LED's run warm, not enough to burn you. You can adjust the brightness with the button at the other end of the cable, but there's only 3 settings (really bright, dim, and dimmer) along with off.

    Seems to be able to focus up to 1 or so inches from the subject.

    The microUSB (or whatever it's called, I gave up trying to track the variations) connector is a bit tight. The dual connector is neat, though when connected to my phone the phone can't lie flat because of the hinged part of the connector.

    I didn't use the software that was recommended for download... so I can't comment on it. I used CameraFi (Android) and YAWCAM (PC) and they both seemed to work fine with it.

    Still, it works well. Thanks for pointing out another toy useful tool, erco.
    Tulsa, OK

    My OBEX objects:
    AGEL: Another Google Earth Logger
    DHT11 Sensor

    I didn't do it... and I promise not to do it again!
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,324
    Got mine today. Works fine on Winders, but no joy on my phone or tablet yet. Think phone is not OTG compatible, the USB connector does not light up in red as it does on the PC. On my RCA tablet it's flashing red, and Camerafi image is all black.
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • eroc wrote:
    Think phone is not OTG compatible, ...
    Yeah, that's why I didn't order one. I have an LG Sunset, which doesn't have the on-the-go feature.

    -Phil
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,324
    Fortunately I have several Windows tablets if need to go mobile.
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Got mine today. Works with Win7 PC, my Motorola phone and LG tablet (which has full size USB port in addition to the micro USB port).

    Not too impressed with picture quality but didn't expect much for $7...

  • Please. No selfies from this thing,
  • Nobody is forthcoming with proof of their inspections. Either the image quality is not that great, or the subject matter isn't that interesting. Lets go for ratings here and see what happens. :thumb:
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,324
    My kitten's due for a checkup, and this thing IS waterproof. heater, it's not a selfie, I promise.

    RAAAAAAANNHHR!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • As my mother-in-law asked the company supplying her new garden shed: "Do you do erections, or do I need to put it up myself?"
    South Saxons - "we wunt be druv".
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