There is certainly no shortage of endoscopes on the market nowadays. You’ll find a host of them, from budget oriented ones, to some really high end models that will give you incredibly good image quality. However, choosing one that works well with Android might be tricky. Some have better app compatibility with iOS, for example, and they may only give you limited functionality when you have an Android device.
Therefore, below we’ve got a couple of options that are great for users who are on the Android platform. Whether you’re using a smartphone to control your endoscope, or a tablet is your device of choice, let’s take a look at our Android endoscope review and see why these devices should definitely make it on your shortlist.
See our picks for the Top 10 Best Endoscope Cameras.
Best Camera Quality
Resolution: 1920x1080p Full HD
If there’s one brand that constantly pops up in the world of budget endoscopes, it is definitely NIDAGE. They’ve got a host of models available, but their wireless endoscope is our pick for today’s list. It is also our top pick, because even though it’s the priciest one, it’s also the one that works best with Android devices and is more than worth the asking price.
To begin with, you get a 5 foot long cable. It’s semi rigid, and comes with a mirror, a magnet and a hook, which allow you to set things up just right for your use case. Accessing tight spaces has never been easier, especially when you consider that the cable is a mere 5.5mm thick. This length and thickness is just about perfect for a portable endoscope.
The camera is a 2 megapixel one, and records 1080p video, which is actually pretty good in terms of quality. There are six adjustable LED lights at the end, too, so you won’t have issues with dark spaces, something that many endoscopes struggle with.
And last but certainly not least, the Android app works admirably. You can connect to the endoscope wirelessly and see everything it’s seeing, with little to no latency, so you can know what’s going on at any point in time. This is definitely the best Android endoscope, and is more than worth the money. If you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks, by all means go for it.
Best Build Quality
Resolution: 1280x720p HD
With more devices than ever moving from the micro USB standard to the new, universal USB-C one, we’re glad to see that endoscope manufacturers follow. The Fantronics endoscope is perfect if you’ve got a device with a USB-C port, and it’s also pretty reasonably priced. The functionality is great, and it’s built pretty well, so if you need such a device, read on.
To begin with, you get a 16.4 feet long cable. It must be said that many users avoid cables that are this long because they could get difficult to control. However, that is not the case with the Fantronics, as the semi-rigid cable is actually pretty usable even though it’s very long.
The entire device is IP67 waterproof, which means you can use it to inspect areas that might be damp or wet. We wouldn’t suggest dipping it under water though, because even though it has a decent rating, that might damage it and you don’t want to do that. The diameter of the camera is 8mm, which is on the border of being too thick, but we still believe it’s a good size for it to be practical. The thickness is thanks to the wide viewing angle of 70 degrees, as well as the 8 adjustable LEDs that surround the camera lens. For the best image, you should be between 2 and 4 inches away from the object you’re looking at. The resulting video is going to be in HD quality, though, which is pretty nice.
Android compatibility is great, provided you have a USB-C device with OTG compatibility. You can install pretty much any third party app to use the endoscope, and it’s going to work admirably. It’s definitely one to take a look at if you’re looking at an Android endoscope and want to stay within a reasonable budget.
View Angle: 60 degree
We’re rounding out the list with the most versatile option on it, the SEESI USB Endoscope. Why the most versatile? Because aside from it working great with Android, it also works very well with PCs and Mac devices. It comes with both a micro USB and a USB-C adapter, as well as a conventional USB one, so you can use it with whichever is more convenient.
The endoscope comes with a 16.4 feet cable and a camera thickness of 5.5mm. We already mentioned that this length might be a bit problematic, but the SEESI does deal with it pretty well. We noticed no issues with it, and can definitely recommend the semi-rigid cord. The camera is actually pretty thin, especially considering that you have six LED lights surrounding it that will illuminate the subject you’re looking at. Oh, it’s also IP67 waterproof, so you don’t have to worry if you need to inspect any damp or wet areas. We still wouldn’t suggest putting it under water, though.
The only downside we’re seeing with the SEESI is the fairly low image quality. The resolution is a mere 640×480 pixels, and you have a 66 degree field of view. This is, honestly, less than impressive, but it’s the most budget oriented Android endoscope on our list, so we can’t really complain here.
Interested in picking up an endoscope camera? Inform yourself on what you are purchasing because the difference between an endoscope and a borescope camera is very thight.