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What are the parts of an inspection camera?

What are the parts of an inspection camera?

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What are the parts of an inspection camera?
All inspection cameras are similar in terms of parts Although each model’s appearance may be slightly different, all inspection cameras are similar in their parts and design. They consist of a camera, which is placed on one end of a flexible cable, along with a screen, a handle and some control buttons. Below is further information on each individual part.


Inspection camera head The camera is positioned at one end of the cable. This is the part that is placed into out-of-reach areas to allow the user to see into hidden places.
Camera can take pictures and record videos The camera relays the image to the main unit which can take pictures and record videos, allowing the user to use the replay option and have another look at its findings.
LED lights on the camera head The camera head is usually equipped with up to six LED (light-emitting diode) lights to provide a light source for the user to see in dark spaces.

For more information, see What additional features can an inspection camera have?


Inspection camera cable The cable is the part that connects the camera to the inspection camera’s screen. The cable can also be known as a ‘snake scope’.
Cable is flexible to allow it to be moved in various positions The cable is flexible, meaning it can bend to allow the camera to be positioned at different angles.


Inspection camera screen An inspection camera commonly has an LCD (liquid-crystal display) monitor and is usually in colour (although some models also have a black and white option).
Screen resolution The screen resolution refers to the clarity of the image displayed. It is measured in pixels and can vary depending on each individual model. The usual rule of thumb to consider is: the higher the number of pixels, the better the image. For information on each model’s screen resolution, check the manufacturer’s product specifications.

Control buttons

Buttons are used to control the camera's features and settings The control buttons are usually situated underneath the inspection camera’s screen. These allow the user to control the camera settings and features. They can vary on each model, depending on what features the camera is designed with.

For more information, see Wonkee Donkee’s guide to an inspection camera’s control buttons!


Hold the inspection camera by the handle The handle is rounded to provide a comfortable grip for the user. When trying to locate an item or fault, the user may have to hold the device for long periods of time, and so a comfortable grip is essential for an inspection camera handle.

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