Is a Videoscope App as Good as the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope?

You can do a lot of things with your smartphone beyond its basic use in calling and texting. You can take pictures and videos, browse the Internet, and other things such as video calling.

Now, you can turn your iPhone or Android phone into a visual inspection tool with the help of “videoscope apps.” These apps can be downloaded on your App Store or Google Play. In order to transform your smartphone into a working videoscope, you have to buy a mobile videoscope (or endoscope, boroscope, or any other inspection camera) that is specifically designed to be used together with a smartphone, tablet, PC, or Mac.

Such videoscopes are wireless, which means that you can connect the videoscope to your smartphone via Wi-Fi. They mostly feature a Wi-Fi unit which searches the Wi-Fi signal of your smartphone. These videoscopes typically come with a proprietary “videoscope app” which you can download from the App Store or Google Play. Once you installed the app and activated it, you are now ready to use the mobile videoscope.

These videoscope apps enable you to see into areas that are not normally seen by the naked eye. These are helpful especially when you are looking for small lost items (such as lost keys), or when you're doing gardening, plumbing or mechanical work. Mobile videoscopes have an articulated shaft which can be inserted into narrow areas, and a LED light source like the videoscopes used in law enforcement. The only big difference between the videoscope used by police and a smartphone is the use of the smartphone camera which serves as the monitor or eyepiece.

But while these videoscope apps and mobile videoscope systems are good as they're designed to be, can they be as good as the videoscope used in law enforcement such as the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System from Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO)?

Here are some things to consider. To begin with, the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope comes in one piece which means that you can use it as it is. You don't need camera cables or any other bothersome attachments. You don't even need apps or Wi-Fi to get the Perfect Vision V20 activated. Just turn it on, and you're good to go.

Many smartphones nowadays have screens that measure at least 5 inches. The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope also has the 5-inch multi-directional and high-resolution color LCD display plus with push-button dimming and digital zoom. You can zoom in/zoom out or brighten the screen while your other hand grips the handle – no need to for a separate monopod!

The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope's two-way articulating shaft is protected by a tungsten coating, making it not just waterproof but also fuel-proof. Your mobile videoscope system may be waterproof, but is it also fuel-proof as the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope?

But the most important question will be: are your videoscope apps and mobile videoscope systems safe? The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope has a safety certification from the Underwriters Laboratory (UL), which means the tool has met the applicable UL standards and requirements. This makes the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope perfectly safe to use in hazardous locations (such as fuel tanks).


Videoscope apps and mobile videoscope systems are good for their own designated purpose of finding and locating lost household items, for instance. It's so amazing just to think that a simple smartphone can be transformed into many uses and functions, thanks to a variety of apps and other secondary gadgets that can be attached to it.

But if you're looking for a videoscope for the purposes of locating hidden narcotics and other contraband, it would be best to leave videoscope apps and mobile videoscopes to the amateurs. Do they provide clear and crisp images of the areas you're inspecting? You're not sure whether they're durable and completely safe to use inside gas tanks or otherwise cause dangerous sparks on them (or your equipment, or both).

Get yourself a videoscope that is used widely by most of law enforcement agencies across the United States and elsewhere – the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System from CSECO.

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