Now I’ve reviewed some weird and wonderful things in my time; headphones, light bulbs, security cameras even a tiara and a wig. I’ve also managed to bag some cool tools as well such as a car diagnostic kit (which I will also review shortly), but never before did I think I would get to review anything like the Xenta Flexible 3.5” LCD Inspection Camera. Now people may ask why I would ever need one of these, and someone like my Mum would tell them I didn’t. In fairness she has a point sometimes because I do get an unbelievable amount of stuff sent to me which I rarely use, but this device has come in so handy since I unpacked it I’m not quite sure she can accuse me of hoarding “useless junk” anymore.
The Inspection Camera arrived in spectacular fashion (ok being delivered by courier isn’t that spectacular) and I quickly got to unwrapping it from its box. Inside its cardboard prison was a tough plastic case which was lightweight but with a good solid feel to it, enough for you to know that you could throw it across the room and it would be durable enough to survive. Opening the case revealed a lot of empty space and the Inspection Camera kit which consisted of; an endoscope handle, the camera wand, a video output cable and a couple of attachments for the end of the camera wand. It was all neatly placed inside and looked like a quality bit of kit, but I couldn’t help think that maybe the carry case was a little big.
After unpacking the Inspection Camera from the case, I decided to test it out but wasn’t quite sure where to start. I thought that a good place to test it would be the drainage hole in my Mum’s shower because apparently it had been emptying rather slowly. This was perfect not just to test the camera worked, but also to put the water-resistant camera head to the test. I took off the cover to the plug hole and began to feed the camera wand done the pipe, now it was dark so it was helpful that the little wand has dimmable white LEDs on to help you see. With the help of this I was able to locate not too far down the drain what seemed to be some hair blocking the pipe. Using the hook attachment provided with the kit I was then able to bring it out of the pipe (which was disgusting) and put it in the bin, fixing the shower and becoming a hero.
There were also two other attachments besides the hook that I used in the example above; these were a magnet and a mirror. To test the magnet, I thought I’d put the camera down the side of the couch to see if there were any coins lying around in the base. There were a couple of coppers to be spotted but nothing major, not the kind of loot I was hoping for if I’m honest. Still the magnet made good work of picking up the coins I could find, although it isn’t the world’s strongest magnet so it did take a couple of trips to get them all. But the magnet isn’t just useful for finding treasure in your couch, maybe you drop your keys down the grid outside. As long as it isn’t too big a drop, you are able to look down and see the keys and use the magnet to help pick them back up.
As for the mirror, I didn’t really use this that much but I did think it would be good if I was working on my car. It allows you to manoeuvre the camera wand around your engine from the top, with the mirror reflecting under areas of engine parts which you’d otherwise have to lift your car up on ramps for. I suppose it would also come in handy for a dentist whose patient has halitosis, allowing them to keep distance while still giving the teeth a good check over.
Now unfortunately in the world we live in where everything is 3D and 4K and our smartphones can play full 1080p images, our expectations of great graphics are always high. Now this is no HD screen that is going to rival that of a small smartphone, but the screen on the endoscope handle shows a clear enough picture that you can see whatever the camera points at clearly. If you aren’t happy with the small 320 x 240 display though then using the RCA video output cable I mentioned came in the box earlier, you can get a 640 x 480 image up instead, increasing the noticeable detail of the camera a little more. Like I say it isn’t the world’s best screen but it does what you need it to, making it ideal for the Inspection Camera.
To sum up, the Xenta Flexible 3.5” LCD Inspection Camera is easy to operate, it looks good and coming with its own carry case meaning it is easily carried around with you or stored in the back of a van or garage without taking damage. So, if you’re a student who wants to get into a trade and are wondering what tools to get, or maybe you are a keen DIYer and always have odd jobs to do at home, this tool may just be for you. It helps you search those hard to reach places whether it is on your car or in the house, it can help locate the source of many problems like blocked drains or trapped wires and it even works to help you find treasure down the back of your couch. Definitely worth the purchase, the only thing I’d change is maybe a smaller case with a sponge padding inside for extra protection and an option for a longer camera wand than the 1m one that is provided.
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