An inspection camera has many applications both for the professional and for the amateur. All cameras have different features but all work with 3 main parts, the camera itself, the tubing which runs from the camera, attaching to the monitor at the other end. The camera is used to view structures which the human eye cannot, so it can be used medically by surgeons to examine all sorts of parts of the body, saving them time and effort and allowing much more accurate diagnoses without the need for surgery, which can only be to the advantage of the patient. Professionals use the cameras to look behind physical structures like walls and into small tight corners, as some of the cameras are very small, they are able to be squeezed into very tiny gaps. Builders, surveyors, joiners and many other professionals find them very helpful in their daily working practices. Engineers working on large machinery also find multiple uses for the cameras and the use of the cameras has saved time, effort and also money! The keen DIYer will find a camera within budget and can use it for multiple applications around the home. This article aims to give you tips which will help you to buy the best inspection cameras online.


Different applications will require different sizes of cameras and it is for the user to decide whether the camera will be used in tiny spaces. Does the tubing need to be flexible or would a rigid piece of tubing be better and how long would you require the probe to be? Do you require a monitor and if so, what size should that be or do you need the camera to attach to your own technology such as a mobile phone or tablet? Assess whether you need a lightweight version or is that an aspect which you are prepared to compromise on?

Camera Head

Where will you be using the camera? This will determine how much light you will need. Do you require the camera to be able to tilt or is a fixed head just as suitable?


Are you ever going to be using the camera in water, if so you will need to choose the waterproof version and if you are going to be using it in and around chemicals, you will need to make sure that the material is suitable for that.

Recording / Annotating

Some cameras will allow you to annotate the images either by voice or by text and some devices will let you record the images either as stills or videos. This feature can be extremely important if evidence of a situation has to be provided.