The new PalmScope (DCS950) from General Tools & Instruments, which the company claims is the world’s first full-featured, pocket-sized video inspection system is also a rugged device that’s built to survive harsh environments and rigorous tasks. The instrument’s clamshell design allows the camera-tipped probe to be coiled safely and conveniently inside the device for storage. Plus, it can be operated with one hand, leaving the other hand free to use tools. Retailing for less than $150, the PalmScope sets a new affordability standard while boosting utility, efficiency and convenience.
The PalmScope offers a cost-effective way to visually inspect inaccessible or hazardous areas to assess and diagnose problems, or read hidden part and serial numbers. This precision specialty instrument empowers users to “see” behind walls, under floors and above ceilings; under objects; inside machinery, appliances, drains, pipes and ducts; under the hood and much more — all without the need for disassembly or teardown.
About the size of a smartphone, the PalmScope is easy to carry. And, with just five control buttons — power on/off, brightness up, brightness down, video zoom and video flip — it’s is incredibly user-friendly. The video zoom button allows the user to zoom up to four times, increasing the odds of spotting elusive problems. The 180-degree video flip function makes it easier to read upside-down labels and serial numbers by instantly turning them right-side up.
The PalmScope’s easy operation is complemented by superior specs and safety features. The integral 2' long probe with a 0.35" (9mm) diameter camera tip enables users to maneuver in very narrow, tight spaces. It’s also water-, oil- and dust-proof to IP67 standard. The camera offers a depth of field of 1" to 10' (25mm to 3m) and a 60-degree field of view. Four LEDs on the camera head produce bright, crisp video on a 2.7 in. (69mm) high-contrast color LCD screen with 320 x 240 pixel resolution (QVGA). The unit’s thermoplastic rubber housing and integral LCD are certified drop-proof to a height of 1m (3.4'). The PalmScope includes four probe tip accessories — 45-degree mirror, pickup hook, magnetic pickup and thread protector — plus a nylon pouch with belt clip, a User’s Manual and a 1-year limited warranty.
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