It’s not always possible to completely disassemble something to discover what is causing the problem and then the cable inspection camera can save the day. The cordless inspection cameras are here for some time now but beware of cheap no-name cameras or cable extension cameras for you mobile phone because those cameras are essentially toys and they can’t be used when you need a serious inspection on machine or engine. In this article we will review one of the most popular and most commonly used inspection cameras, the Milwaukee M-Spector 360 Digital Inspection Camera.
The Milwaukee M12 12-Volt lithium-ion Cordless M-Spector 360 Digital Inspection Camera Kit features a ground-breaking rotating display so you can orient the image without having to fight the cable. With a dense 640 x 480 digital image sensor and four LED lights, you get best-in-class image quality without shadows or glare. The 2.7 in. LCD display and 9 mm aluminum head provide easy viewing in the tightest of spaces and optional accessories that attach to the cable head are available for added versatility. With unmatched image control, clarity and brightness, this inspection camera is not only reliable, but durably made to withstand job site wear and tear.
Features and Specifications of Milwaukee M-Spector 360
- Rotating Screen: Screen rotates providing the user fluid image control
- Optimized 2.7” LCD: Digital Image and Larger screen delivers crisp, clear image
- 9mm 640×480 Digital Image Sensor: Superior Image quality in nearly half the size
- 4 Surround LED Lights: Best in Class Brightness without shadow or glare
- Enhanced Cable: Aluminum head and improved flexibility deliver unmatched durability and pipe maneuverability
- Accessories: Hook, Magnet, and Mirror attachments help to inspect and solve
|Display Resolution||320 x 240 pixels|
|Image Sensor Pixel Density||640×480|
|LED Work Light||Yes – 4 LED’s, 5 settings|
|Switch Type||On/Off Button|
|Battery||12 Volt Lithium Ion|
|Charge Time||30 Minutes|
Review of the Milwaukee M-Spector 360
The most impressive thing on Milwaukee M-Spector 360 is the small focal length. At just 1″ away, the camera gave a really good view of materials and let you get right up close to check out what’s happening in pipes, behind walls, etc. When you compare it to most inspection cameras they can’t get that close without losing focus. We also appreciated the detailed and colorful images that the new camera presented. There is at least one competitor that does an equally impressive job, but the Milwaukee is far and above most of the typical inspection camera, which looks, for all intents and purposes, black and white. The Milwaukee M-Spector 360 Inspection Camera also has a very narrow 9mm camera head as opposed to the more common 17mm head. Right off the bat it’s already suited for residential, commercial and automotive applications.
To increase cable flexibility, Milwaukee opted to provide the Milwaukee M-Spector 360 inspection camera with both 3′ and 9′ cables and do away with extensions whenever possible. A brand new pipe guide attachment is also available and it lets you run the camera head through some very difficult places. The 2.7″ LCD display does well to convey the clear color images produced by the 9mm 640×480 digital probe. There are also 4 dimmable LED lights that surround the camera and light the target area without producing much in the way of shadows or glare. The tool has three LEDs that tell the battery status of the M12 battery when inserted.
If you want to check out similar products on the market then we must point out the DEWALT DCT411S1 9mm Inspection Camera which has a removable wireless screen and ability to save your videos and pictures on the SD Card. Unfortunately the DeWalt model is the only one that can stand side by side with Milwaukee M-Spector 360 but it cost a little more. If you are fun of saving your videos and pictures, the M-Spector has an AV model with SD card.
Milwaukee M-Spector 360 comes with the industry standard 3ft cable (2313-21), as well as a 9ft cable version that comes with the new Pipe Guide attachment. A mirror, hook and magnet will also be included to help the user inspect, diagnose and solve countless problems in service, maintenance and repair applications. A bare tool model is also available without a battery and charger to allow current Milwaukee M12 users to add to the versatility of their system and get an inspection camera at a tremendous value vs. competitive alkaline units. The new Milwaukee M-Spector 360 Inspection Camera Kit comes with Milwaukee’s M12 Red Lithium Battery!
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