Milwaukee Digital Inspection Camera
Based on the great success of last year's Ridgid SeeSnake Micro (our review here), we've been wondering how long it would be before someone else followed suit with a similar tool. Well it turns out that it's Milwaukee and they've added a number of nice features, making their Digital Inspection Camera an across the boards improvement on the SeeSnake.
The basics of the tool are the same; there's a three foot long flexible hose with a camera lens on one end and a hand-held screen on the other. The lens end has a light and, like the Ridgid, hose extensions are available if 3' isn't enough length.
While the tools are very similar, there are a number of important areas where the Milwaukee out-does the Ridgid. The screen on the Milwaukee has a much higher resolution at 320x240 (the Ridgid's is 160x234), and it is also capable of a 2x zoom. In addition, Milwaukee has added an auto shut-off feature, so you don't accidentally drain the batteries down.
The Milwaukee will be available in two models; one that takes standard AA batteries and one that is powered buy a 12-volt lithium-ion battery (it comes with a charger). They won't be available until July and June respectively, and we don't yet know the price. The Ridgid SeeSnake sells for about $200, so with the added features we'd wager that these are at least that amount, with the lithium-ion probably more than that.
We had a great experience with the Ridgid SeeSnake and think that the features that Milwaukee has added can only make the tool better. We're most interested in the screen resolution because with the Ridgid, it can sometimes be tough to tell what you're looking at.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at May 7, 2008 5:16 AM