More 10.8v Lithium Ion Goodness: the DeWalt DCT410 Inspection Camera
Posted by Mark Hunter - May 16, 2011
We've previously written extensively on the Toolstop blog about inspection cameras, doing our best to point out the sort of features and benefits you should expect from the best inspection cameras on the market.
We recently spent a couple of days with our hands all over the latest power tool offerings from DeWalt, including one new addition to their stable of 10.8v lithium ion sub compacts. They're calling it the DCT410 S1 inspection camera.
Right off the bat, there are a number of obvious features that are worthy of singling out.
First, it packs the 1.5ah power of the diminutive 10.8v lithium-ion DeWalt battery. So, if you've already bought into this range of power tools, then you're going to want to give it a close look. It goes without saying that being able to slap a power tool battery that's already part of your kit onto a new tool is going to save you time, hassle, and - potentially - money.
Secondly, the ergonomics. DeWalt seem to have developed an obsessive, compulsive need to provide its end-users with a consistent experience.
Well, DeWalt are aiming for you to be able to pick up any of their sub compact power tools and have the same tactile experience on each one.
However, potentially the biggest benefit of the DeWalt DCT410 S1 inspection camera is also it's biggest selling point.
The screen. Now, the screen itself isn't particularly remarkable. It's a good screen running a very respectable 320x480dpi. It's a bright screen. But those aren't it's main selling points; you'll find the same spec of screen on other inspection cameras.
In simple terms, you untether the screen from the battery using a very similar movement to the way you unslot the battery. Squeeze. Slide. It's off.
Now you can wander off up to a distance of 20m away from the camera, and the screen will continue to display whatever the camera is seeing, aided by 2 LEDs on its 17mm head.
A screen like this is ideal when you want to send a lackey up a ladder to have a poke about in a ventilation shaft, while you stand on solid group, mug of tea in one hand, DCT410's screen in the other.
Slot in an optional extra SD card and you can capture the video or still images for playback later. Perfect when you need to show a customer a blockage down a pipe, up a chimney etc etc. And a magnet and hook come as helpful accessories.
So, for these 3 reasons (battery, ergonomics, detachable screen), the DeWalt DCT410S1 inspection camera is worthy of consideration.
We can't wait to see what DeWalt plugs a10.8v li-ion battery into next!
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