PRODUCT REVIEW: Crenova iScope Waterproof Inspection Camera

By Rebecca Dmytryk

In our line of work, sometimes we need to inspect inside walls or other inaccessible spots to locate trapped or nesting animals. The Crenova iScope was recommended by a colleague, and seems to be a decent tool for the job, and, at $20.00 on Amazon - you just can't beat the price.

The quality of images isn't bad. The HD model supports 1280 X 720. The camera's 6 LED's can be turned On and Off and dimmed. The optimal focus area is about 2" to 3" and the cable is about 16' in length. Overall, I think this will be an excellent addition to our toolbox.

I played around with it a bit this morning. While I don't have the right adapter for my iPhone, I was able to connect the camera via USB to my MacBook and iMac successfully.

With the camera connected, I opened Photo Booth and from the dropdown menu under Camera, selected the HD Endoscope Camera, and voila. To capture images, you can turn off the annoying countdown by holding the Option key when selecting the camera icon or hitting Return.

Here are a couple of images captured through Photo Booth:

Tufted titmouse nestlings.

Here is a shot taken from my iMac using an interface from VideoLan. Here are the instructions on using it:
1. Download the latest version of the VLC Media Player and install it; 
2. Connect the endoscope to the computer and open the VLC media player; 
4. In VLC Media Player, click File in the Menu and select Open Capture Device; 
5. In that window, click in the video check box and select the HD Endoscope Camera; 
6. Set the resolution to 1200 for Image Width and 720 for Image Height, then click on Open.