Choosing Between A Borescope And A Fiberscope For Your Project

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If you are new to the market of audio-visual devices, you may be confused about whether you need a rigid borescope or a flexible fiberscope for your project. These imaging devices are known as endoscopes when used in a medical capacity, but they are also invaluable for mechanical applications like peering inside a broken engine or other device. While both a borescope and a fiberscope are used for the same general purpose, they actually function very differently, and you will need to compare the two carefully to determine which is right for your needs. 

Getting Where You Need to Go

As their names might suggest, rigid borescopes and flexible fiberscopes are primarily distinguished by their maneuverability. Borescopes are made of metal and cannot be bent or wiggled down small, difficult passages. Fiberscopes, on the other hand, use a bundle of fiber optic cables, which can carry light and render it as an image even when they are bent at a strange angle. If you need to inspect a simple tube or can easily access the area in question, a borescope should be more than adequate. More tricky cases, however, will need a fiberscope. 

Comparing Image Clarity

The downside of fiberscopes is that the image they produce is less clear, divided into pixels at a resolution based on the number of fiber optic cables in use. Borescopes, on the other hand, use a standard camera to relay images back to a screen, allowing you to opt for higher quality resolutions. A fiberscope can still deliver a clear enough picture to get the job done, but if you need fine details, you may be better off with a borescope. 

Measuring Articulation

Another point to consider when buying a visual device is the space you will need to image. Can you capture it all with a camera pointing straight ahead, or will the camera need to move around to get a comprehensive look at the problem? Both fiberscopes and borescopes can offer articulation, though it may be a somewhat more common and advanced feature in borescopes, since fiber optics cables can only rotate so far without breaking. 

Considering Cost 

Fiberscopes are well worth the cost when you need a flexible imaging tool, but there is no denying that fiber optic cables cost more than standard metals and a camera. You will also need to be careful with your fiberscope to protect the fragile cables inside. If your project can be reached through a straight line, then a borescope is typically your best option. Otherwise, go with a fiberscope to ensure you get the image you need to move forward. Whenever you have any further doubts or questions about the right product for you, contact your audio visual manufacturer or seller to get a more personalized recommendation based on your specific needs.   

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