In the past, I showed you many extremely useful electronic gadgets in this video. Today, I'll show you and test this high-end video camera inspection system. This camera system can be used to inspect or trace the path of a sewer line, large diameter conduit, storm drain, or even lowered very deep into an opening in the ground to see what's below. This camera system was sent to me by a company called Sanyipace. But as always, you can expect a fair review. Let's get started.
As you can see, the system is packed inside this very nice case—Aluminum around the edges. It's plastic and very well insulated, with a nice handle. Something like this is really ideal for an inspector or if you have a problem with a sewer line. Like underneath the slab in your home, you want to be able to trace that sewer line to find out where the problem is. You may also want to put an addition on your home and tap into the existing sewer line. This will allow you to trace it and find where to tie it. Let's open this up.
What's in the case?
9 Inch LCD Monitor
This particular system is made by a company called Sanyipace. The entire thing located in the cover of this case is your monitor that you're going to be using to view what's inside the conduit sewer line or whatever else you're looking at. Velcro around the monitor creates a sun visor. It helps you to see everything on the camera more easily. You have your manual and the locating device. Later, I'll show you in a minute exactly how it works.
Over here is a huge reel. Just lift this very carefully. This is all steel with a chrome finish. Since the cable is fiberglass, it's very rigid. Unlike this, the other one I showed you in previous videos is the most common type of bendable, which you would not want to use inside a pipe. Because as you're pushing it in, it can bind up like that. When coming around a turn, it would just bunch up and can't go smoothly into a pipe. You're going to have to really work it hard if you're going down a long distance or around turns.
But this cable device of Sanyipace is helpful. You can hold it in your hand. You can easily take out and retract the cable. It is flexible but stiff at the same time. What I like about this cable setup is its built-in meter counting. You pull the cable out as you insert the camera into a sewer line or anywhere else. The device will rotate. It's counting or measuring how far this cable is going into the pipe. You will get meters/feet displayed on the screen. So if you hit an obstruction, you'll know how far in it is. There is also a clear button. Push this button that says clear and that resets the count. Meter counting is a great feature to have. We will test it out to make sure it works.
Waterproof IP68 Camera Head
Let's take a look inside the box further. Now you can see underneath the fiberglass coil are the camera accessories, which are placed in compartments made of foam. Taking out the camera head, it feels heavy in the hand and is completely waterproof. You can see it has this coil spring. This end has gold-plated contacts and an o-ring seal on the cable spool's end. The purpose of having this flexibility is to make going around the turns much more manageable. As you insert this, it'll go around the turn. It'll bend, and then the fiberglass cable will follow as it makes the turn.
Here is the charging cable. You can use it directly from the USB port or plug it into an AC outlet. This also has a protective camera cover with nylon set screws around it. It's the same diameter as the camera. If you're inside a smaller opening, you should put this on here and tighten it. It will help you guide through more easily because it has a rounded edge and protects the camera's body.
In addition to being equipped with 12 white LED lights, the camera probe has a built-in 512 Hz transmitter. It works perfectly with the locator to locate the exact position of the camera inside the pipe buried in the earth or underneath a concrete slab.
Equipped with 512Hz Locator
Now, the one here is a 512Hz visual pipeline position detector. It is remarkably similar to the one I showed you in a previous video. The one I had is a little shorter. This one's much more sensitive.
There are far and near functions on the wand, as well as sensitivity adjustment buttons. The closer these lights are to the top, the stronger the signal and the closer the camera is to you. We first turn on the far function and adjust the sensitivity to the highest level. Once the light is at the top, switch to near mode and slowly lower the sensitivity. At the same time, move to the position with the strongest signal, which means you are right above the camera.
There are many interfaces on the control box, which are connected to screens and cables. There is also a power switch and LED adjustment button on it. When I turn the power on, these lights indicate the battery level. If they go down to the bottom, you need to charge the battery. Many people are curious about the resolution of this camera. The resolution for this camera is 1000 tvl, its diameter is 22 millimeters by 42, and the front viewing angle for the camera is 145 degrees. The color LCD monitor is a 9-inch monitor. The display resolution is 1024 by 600. It has a tf memory card slot right over here and several options for language for the system.
Let me connect all these interfaces and turn on the power and screen switch. You can adjust the brightness, chroma, and contrast via the menu. There are buttons for taking photos, recording videos, and viewing images. I am not very satisfied with this screen flip function because the menu will also flip when the graphics flips.
All right, let's take this outside to test it out. I want to ensure the feet or the distance into the pipe shows up fine. I want to ensure this camera is bendable in the pipe with no problem. And then I also want to use the locator to make sure I can locate the head of the camera. So, let's give it a try.
I will demonstrate inside my three-inch sewer line, which starts as PVC and then goes into the older cast iron. Before I start, I want to mention one thing. Fiberglass cables are designed to bend at most 90 degrees. If the bend is less than 90 degrees, there's a very good chance that you're going to snap this cable.
Let's slowly insert the camera into the pipe. Hold the handle while you rotate the reel. I'm in a very tight spot against the wall between bushes. Here, you can see the inside of the pipe, which is a 50 or 60-year-old cast iron sewer pipe. Not too bad. There is a bunch of build-up. It'll be a little thicker as we go further in. More than likely, there's some standing water in the bottom. That's due to the build-up as well as some sludge. This pipe would benefit from a cleaning of the walls internally.
Further, there's some more build a little thicker in certain spots. Luckily, this line does drain well. Now we're about 11 feet away. The fiberglass reel goes up to 100 feet if I need to. My cast iron sewer line runs this way down the side of the house. According to the monitor, it's one foot deep below these two-inch thick concrete stones. It's roughly 11 feet or 3.3 meters away from the opening.
We're going to turn the locator on. Turn it to Far mode first and set the sensitivity to maximum. A very strong signal lights up at about 10 feet 6. Now, switch to Near mode and turn down the sensitivity to find the location with the strongest signal. So, underneath this piece is where the camera probe is located.
You cut an opening here if you had to access the sewer line. One thing to keep in mind. If you locate a deep cast iron sewer line, it will be much more difficult when you get past about a foot and a half two feet. If you're dealing with plastic, it's going to be easier.
Okay, you're probably wondering what I think of this system. With respect to the quality of the real control box, the camera, and the very nice case, I'm giving it a high mark, probably a 9 out of 10. As for the camera, you can see everything inside the sewer line. Very clearly. If there's any blockage, build-up, or crack, you'll be able to see it with the camera included in this kit. Now, considering the price range of this kit, I would have liked to have seen a higher resolution camera in the range of 1080p. Besides, this locator works excellently, but you have to follow the proper steps to use it, as I just demonstrated.
Things that need improvement
There are two issues I need to raise with this unit. One is what I mentioned before a problem with the camera screen flip feature. The menu bar would follow the image flip and turn upside down. Maybe they can correct this. The other thing is when I popped out the memory card and put it into my computer, and it said the Avi files had a broken index. Every single one of the video files said that they played. But it did say that. Luckily, the software on my computer corrected the problem with those files to get them to play smoothly on my computer.
Besides that, there's not much else I can say about the product. I'll place a link in the video description area if you'd like to purchase this unit. I hope you enjoyed the video. Thanks for watching.
Product link: https://bit.ly/498QBxP
Our official website: https://sanyipace.com/
Check the video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfRXND7RleM