What are push cameras and robotic crawlers?

Inspection camera systems are essential for a variety of industrial and commercial inspections to identify structural damage or pipe blockages. Push cameras and crawler robots are common drainage inspection systems on the market. They are able to pinpoint areas of damage and carry out CCTV inspections of that specific area or specific pipe. They are cost-effective in that they allow for the identification of problems and the assessment of the condition of pipes and sewers without the need for costly and time-consuming excavations. This can result in significant savings in time and reduce maintenance costs.

Push Camera (Take F5100DJKABTX as example)


Push cameras are designed for harsh and tight conditions. They consist of a slender camera, coiled cable, and control box. Can be manually inserted and controlled, with image feedback to the control unit. The inspection device consists of a semi-rigid cable with a camera. Cable lengths typically come in length options from 20m-120m. The simple system can realize basic photo capturing, video recording, and lighting, while the advanced system also has functions such as meter counting, self-leveling, and positioning sondes.


1. Push cameras are usually more compact and portable, making them easier to carry.
2. They are used to inspect small pipes with diameters ranging from 38 mm to 152 mm (1.5 in. to 6 in.).
3. Another important aspect of push camera systems is their ease of use. A wide range of models have user-friendly interfaces and intuitive controls that help the system to be quickly configured and inspections to begin.
3. Wide range of prices and numerous varieties. There are expensive name-brand products on the market as well as reliable and more economical options.
5. Push camera systems can be used in a variety of applications, including drain inspections, sewer inspections, and pipe inspections in residential or public buildings.

Push Camera

Robotic Crawler (Take U99360 as examples)


Robotic crawlers are ruggedized, remotely controlled inspection robots that typically include a cart carrying a camera and lighting equipment, a spool of cables to retrieve and transmit data, and a control unit. The robots are operated by ground operators, who guide the tracking robot forward through a live image displayed on a computer monitor. Such devices are capable of adjusting their speed and direction and have the ability to pan, tilt, and zoom the camera lens.


1. Ultra-long range detection. With coil lengths typically exceeding 60 m/197 ft, it can be used to inspect longer extensions.
2. For inspecting a larger range of pipe diameters, suitable for pipes with a diameter larger than 30 cm/12 in.

3. The camera pixels are up to 200W, and the lens can rotate 360° at an infinite and constant speed.
4. Full metal body IP68 waterproof, no pressure to enter any sludge, pool, septic tank, or other harsh environments. It can be cleaned by a water gun directly after use.
5. Higher purchase and rental cost, commonly used in engineering, technology and some other fields.

Robotic Crawler

Differences between Push Camera and Robotic Crawler

——Take F5100DJKABTX and U99360 as examples

Push Camera F5100DJKABTX

Robotic Crawler U99360

Camera Head
512Hz Transmitter
IP68 Waterproof
Infinite 360-degree Uniform Rotation
Height Adjustable
IP68 Waterproof
Camera Light Source 12pcs 1W Adjustable LED

4 7W High Brightness LEDs; 2 3W Auxiliary LEDs; 2 Non-Adjustable LED Rear Lights

Display Screen
Fixed Screen
Save Picture
 Video Recording
Independent Tablet
Save Picture
Video Recording
Exclusive APP
Remote Control
All-in-one system, compact and portable
Non-all-in-one system, inconvenient to carry
Tether Reel Type Manual Motorized
Working Length 40m/131ft、50m/165ft、70m/230ft 60m/196ft、120m/393ft
Pipe Diameter

38mm-150mm (1.5 in-6 in)

>30 cm/12 in
Other Functions
Meter Counter
 Multifunction Keyboard
Meter Counter
Four-wheel Drive
 Tablet Remote Control
Application Scenario  Drainage, sewer, and pipeline inspection in residential or public buildings. Suitable for large and difficult detection work, often used in certain fields such as engineering and technology.
Price Economical Expensive

What Are Push Cameras And Robotic Crawlers?


Either way, those two inspection camera systems are used to locate the exact problem or cause of these problems in sewer lines and pipes. Even though these cameras are not used to solve these problems, they are still very important in helping professionals determine the right solution to repair the damage.
In order to ascertain which system is more suitable for your business, it is first necessary to consider your regular work requirements, the frequency with which you seek business, and your expansion plans. This encompasses the diameter of the pipe to be inspected, the length of the line, the presence of bends and traps, the work environment, and any specific features that may be required (e.g., the ability to record high-definition video, side-view viewing, portable design, locating probes, measurements, etc.).