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Whistler Inspection Camera (borescope) - Costco $150

Norm-- 10 July 23, 2011 at 09:04 AM in Tech & Electronics (6) More Costco Wholesale Deals
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I bought the Whistler Inspection Camera (Model 3409PX) for $149.95 at Costco on 7-23-11. The camera is similar to the Model 3509P that lists for $300, but apparently was made for Costco. http://www.whistlergroup.com/WIC-3509P-spec.html This one also has extras. The Costco model comes with a 9mm 3 ft. flexible camera tube (lighted, waterproof), 3.5 in. LCD Color monitor, 3 Ft. camera extension tube ($30 option), micro SD card (option) for recording video, and some accessories. I tried the camera and it appeared reasonably clear. The monitor is detachable and wireless (but I haven’t tried it that way) with a magnetic swivel mount. I plan to use it to scope inside house walls, inside the combustion chambers of my cars, and behind the engines next to the firewall.

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I bought the Whistler Inspection Camera (Model 3409PX) for $149.95 at Costco on 7-23-11. The camera is similar to the Model 3509P that lists for $300, but apparently was made for Costco. http://www.whistlergroup.com/WIC-3509P-spec.html This one also has extras. The Costco model comes with a 9mm 3 ft. flexible camera tube (lighted, waterproof), 3.5 in. LCD Color monitor, 3 Ft. camera extension tube ($30 option), micro SD card (option) for recording video, and some accessories. I tried the camera and it appeared reasonably clear. The monitor is detachable and wireless (but I haven’t tried it that way) with a magnetic swivel mount. I plan to use it to scope inside house walls, inside the combustion chambers of my cars, and behind the engines next to the firewall.
Can't seem to find this online at Costco. Got a link?
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there no mention of a built-in light on the unit. I assume this only works off of ambient light, correct?
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There's usually some light source. Otherwise there's no point.
Waterproof 9mm Camera with LED Lighting
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I can think of a million uses

none of them involves the use on a car or refrigerator
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Just picked up one of these at my local Costco and it does have a built in light.
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How about an item number?
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I just purchased 1 at the Costco in Lancaster, Ca. The number on the reciept is 582207. The instructions say to charge the unit over night. That means I won't get to play with the new toy until tomorrow.
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Here's my fairly-well-informed "take" on the Costco version of the Whistler fiber optic camera. And yes, it's not all good and not all bad. I have had a dialog with Whistler about my questions with their camera. And it appears, indeed, that their Sam's Club model based on the same camera has incorporated improvements which, so far, make that on a bit better than the Costco version. I will be attempting to start a dialog with Costco in Seattle to see (1) if they are aware of their model's shortcomings; (2) of any dumping of the superseded Costco model into their inventory; and (3) if they will be looking at some point too an upgraded model to Costco customers. Now for the review I wrote in response to reading this forum thread bulband joining up look around--

Like so many gadgets these days, this one, too, is big on (at-first-glance ingenious) features but (for many hopeful users) is apt to come up short on usefulness. Now for the good and the bad together--because they seem to go hand-in-hand for this "digital miracle" product--

Trying to aim the flex tube with lens on the end (no...contrary to advertising and to owner manual, the "camera" comprises the handle, flex tube[s] with internal fiber optics, lens, and monitor - it is not a micro-cam on the flex tube's end) with monitor (analogy of view finder) attached can be quite cumbersome. The rf (radio frequency) transmission (so called "remote viewing monitor") feature whereby the monitor can be mounted independently, from close-by up to 30-feet's distance, could, in some instances, alleviate the aiming/viewing difficulty - that is, provided you have a ferrous metal surface on which the magnetic mounting accessory will "stick"; or you have an assistant to hold the monitor (or vice versa...), one who also can see and think very much in synch with yourself. But, too often, good features come at a price that is not immediately apparent. In this case, as in all cases of built-in ("not-user-replaceable") rechargeable power cells (batteries), when a built-in battery eventually dies (and die it must), so does the entire camera system. For some, say those who can pass on camera repair or replacement costs to customers, that might be an acceptable "price" of ownership; others should plan on using the camera AFAP (as frequently as possible) for many many inspections (or "play" sessions); or on having paid, in advance, a very high per-inspection price. Ironically (or thankfully), the battery (cells) driving the handle (the pistol part mounting the lens tube which also permits user-variable probe light level control) are standard, off-the-shelf, user replaceable cells - naturally, because of the gun's & light's relatively high drain rate ... the same which makes standard cells the better choice than rechargeables (but either can be used) for powering the handle/pistol.

The photo/video recording feature is a very "plus-full" one which allows you (alone or with others, like coworkers or customers, colleagues or clients, or even just the spouse you had to convince to go along with the purchase) to re-view your viewings later on, whether on the (mounted or unmounted) camera monitor or, using the removable thumb drive and adapter, on a computer or TV monitor. As for photo/video recording, controlling the recording process using tiny buttons just out of view on the side of the monitor can seem a bit anti-intuitive as well as cumbersome: you normally must hold both the gun and the frustratingly-flaccid flex tube in order to operate the camera; but, to record, you will need to let go of one (that's right ... let the lens drops and the image be lost; or prop the flex tube with another body part) in order to reverse hands [or not] and push the "record" buttons. I recommend practicing to perfect your "record-by-touch" skills before trying to record an important inspection session; I recommend to manufacturer the repositioning, or duplication, of recording controls on the handle (or elsewhere) in order to "cure" or alleviate the old, "missing third hand" or "can't see around corners" syndrome. Also, the locking mechanism which holds the tiny thumb drive in its interface adapter during computer viewings is neither durable nor reliable and can be readily damaged during removal from a card reader. So make sure you push and release to free the adapter, and pull on adapter and not on card (not as improbable as it seems) when removing from card reader slot.

Finally, for the "un-feature" so many have mentioned; and, yes, it is, generally speaking, the major (albeit unavoidable) design shortcoming of the entire "system." While the camera does have an illumination source co-located with the lens on its "distal" flex tube end, and while the light can be varied for resolution optimization using the "trigger-finger dial" on the "gun" part of the camera - having handle and light powered on is, in fact, necessary for camera functioning - nevertheless, the built-in light is useful only at very short range: a matter of inches (or, better said, centimeters) at most. Farther than that, the image on the monitor fades away rapidly, unless... unless there is an external light source - and, hopefully, one of high intensity, broad flux disbursement, or both. For example: the camera produces excellent images just "looking" around, or around corners, in broad daylight; or in a brightly illuminated room; or at a TV in a dimly illuminated room. Otherwise, and unless looking (probing) in a tightly confined dark space in which the camera lens' visual field is within the camera light's range (and in which the object is more or less directly forward of the lens)...then an external illumination source will be indispensable. Moreover, supplemental lighting will not only need to be conformed or conformable to the inspection space (volume), it will also need, in many instances, to be sufficiently maneuverable so as not be in front of, or be reflected into, the lens, in such manner as its "glare" actually blind's the camera.

Again, for all its advertised (or user-self-persuaded) virtues, some users initially impressed with its obvious conveniences will quickly find themselves under whelmed with its not-so-obvious difficulty of use as a practical tool. So, therefore...a decent bargain at (contractual, multiple-single-source) volume pricing; but do purchase with caution.
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You just "bumped" a "thread" that's over "seven" months old. I do, "however," appreciate your "judicious" use of "quotes" which made it "impossible" to read in a way that didn't make my head "hurt."
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I agree with the statement above. Gave up after rereading the beginning of every line about 3 times.

As for the thread....I have the one from sams club and it pays for itself whenever I use it for replacing electrical runs and its also pretty useful for some computer applications.
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you just "bumped" a "thread" that's over "seven" months old. I do, "however," appreciate your "judicious" use of "quotes" which made it "impossible" to read in a way that didn't make my head "hurt."
this.
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