Noticed some inspection cameras in Lidl the other day (Sunday). Not on the
Sunday offer list, and no price, but probably still there today.
Has anyone got one?
If so, how useful are they?
I am about to start delving into the wiring loom of our Ducato based motor
home and access isn't that good.
I was wondering if one of these would be good to inspect nooks and corners.
I haven't tried the Lidl device, but it looks very similar to one which
I bought from Maplin a years ago. I've been rather disappointed with
mine. The picture quality isn't very good, and when you've bent the
probe to get it into an awkward place it's very difficult to work out
which way up things are! I usually find a powerful torch and a small
mirror a lot more useful.
Camera modules have moved on an awful lot in the last few years.
Raspberry Pi camera 30fps Full HD £20 but that's with inteface
electronics the bare camear module will be peanuts.
That must be solve able. I'm not sure a mark on the lense would work
very. Bit of wire sticking forward ito the field of view? If there
isa ring of LEDs mabe blank one out to produce a dark section,
proably too sublte though.
But you are then limited to what you can see from the hole and
probably by light reflected from the mirror you are looking in.
At least with a camera ona stick you can shove it further in, ideally
it needs a proper remotely steerable endoscope head so you can see
round a corner some distance from the access point. Recording or at
least a frame hold would be useful.
Has that got the tool lust going again?
I've got one similar to this to tinker with
mine's 1280x960, it's a linux SoC with ethernet and camera onboard,
supply your own MTV mount lens, picked up and configured by free ONVIF
software, so far I've noticed VLC doesn't entirely like the RTSP stream
if you enable a high-res and low-res substream at the same time.
Yes they are. Some endoscopes such as those used to inspect the
"exhaust" end have devices that can take samples and snip out polyps
that can and do cause cancer.
Very informative website here and of real interest to those over 55
where bowel cancer runs in the family etc..
And where it doesn't. I had some rectal bleeding once and it was
inspected and a 22 mm diameter pre cancerous polyp was discovered
snipped out and fine ever since.
Not a particularly pleasant procedure but neither is having half your
guts removed once you have developed it!.
And don't try this at home !...
The one that does the top end also takes biopsies.
I didn't find the procedure too awful, but happy pills were on offer,
which resulted in some embarrassing behaviour from some of the male
patients. Poor nurses. "Oh, we're used to it", they said.
I have two rather similar CDs -
one is from an endoscopy and the other from a drain-clearing company.
The latter found a brick obstructing the drain
about 10 metres from the house (in the garden).
The former showed no obstruction or polyps, TG.
I'm using this to replace an analogue 'board' camera, so I swapped the
lens mount and lens from the old one to the new one, the analogue board
had some sort of 'sapphire' filter in front of the sensor which did a
good job of reducing IR in daylight, and letting it see by background
illumination at night (I don't use IR illumination).
The new IP board gave very false daylight colours (white grass etc) so I
ordered a switchable IRCUT filter which arrived from .hk today, and is
The populated micro-JST headers on the board are for ethernet, power,
ircut. I think I've located unpopulated TX/RX pins for a serial port
(I'll hook up my 3V/5V USB serial dongle and check that out).
I gather "unofficially" from the manufacturer the unpopulated 8 pin
header has a USB port and audio in/out, but they seem reluctant to
provide pinout, I'd like to connect a mic, what's a safe way to discover
the right pin for GND/MIC on this connector?
I assume one pin will be +5V for the USB, I should be able to find that
and another couple ought to have continuity with the power GND connector
for USB and audio grounds, not fussed about the USB D+/D-, presumably I
won't do much harm just prodding a mic onto the pins in turn until I
hear something via RTSP, I can tell there's audio in the stream as
there' some hiss ...
Put some sort of mark on the lens, at the top, then mark a line down
the cable to correspond to the top. Its not an entire solution, but it
helps a bit.
Yes they work, but it is difficult to make out what you are looking at.
Yes - my intended use was to look inside car box sections etc to make sure
wax had covered them all. And it really didn't show this - although
spraying wax over steel is obvious to the naked eye in good light.
*A closed mouth gathers no feet.*
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
Leftover from 15th June - £40
Came in handy the day after I bought it when water dripping from
kitchen downlighter. Was able to insert it and locate which direction
the water was coming from. (45 year-old fibre washer failure in bath
As others have said, visual orientation is not easy - but mirror and
torch can be just as fiddly and the camera lets you illuminate and see
further along a narrow tube.
/Save yourself £30 by using your laptop as the display and get one of
these from Ebay
And work around the flimsy droopy cable that you can't point, whilst findin
g a position where you can try to control the camera whilst still being abl
e to see the screen...
I bought a lidl one, for 40 I've no serious complaints
As already posted by another, that isn't a particularly usable solution.
In my case I would be trying to handle a bulky laptop by an engine bay
with greasy hands as well as poking the webcam into tight corners.
Could work better with two people but I prefer the integrated solution,
subject to testing.
The one I have has a long 1 mtr flexi and a further 1.5 mtr USB lead from
the controls to the laptop. Rather have a decent sized screen than a
mobile phone sized one. Problem is the low res (640/480 pixels) camera.
I'd guess HD ones will be around now.
I suppose it depends on whether you already have a suitable sized laptop.
The one I use for this has an approx 10" screen.
*Cleaned by Stevie Wonder, checked by David Blunkett*
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
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