Video Inspection System has pocket-sized design.

Press Release Summary:

Built to survive harsh environments of HVACR maintenance and plumbing, PalmScope™ (DCS950) can be operated with one hand and facilitates use via 5 control buttons: power on/off, brightness up, brightness down, video zoom (up to 4X), and video flip (180°). Features include 2 ft long probe with 0.35 in. dia camera tip, 2.7 in. color LCD screen with 320 x 240 pixel (QVGA) resolution, and LED illumination. Camera offers depth of field of 1 in. to 10 ft and 60° field of view.

Original Press Release:

New PalmScope Is World's Smallest Full-Featured Video Inspection System

Fits in Pocket or Clips to Belt; Specs Rival Far More Expensive Units

(New York, NY)  The new PalmScope™ (DCS950) from General Tools & Instruments (General®) is more than the world’s first full-featured pocket-sized video inspection system. It’s also built to survive the harsh environments of HVACR maintenance and plumbing, not to mention any rigorous tasks DIYers might subject it to. The PalmScope’s clamshell design allows the camera-tipped probe to be coiled safely and conveniently inside the device. Plus, it can be operated with one hand, leaving the other hand free to use tools. Retailing for less than $150, the PalmScope sets a new affordability standard and outshines competitors in utility, convenience and bang for the buck. It’s ideal for busy techs, contractors and DIYers.

The PalmScope has countless HVACR and plumbing applications, such as detecting leaks and cracks in ducts and piping, inspecting for corrosion and deposit buildup, and reading hidden part and serial numbers. This cutting-edge precision specialty instrument offers a cost-effective way to visually inspect inaccessible or hazardous areas and diagnose hidden problems without disassembly or teardown.

With just five control buttons—power on/off, brightness up, brightness down, video zoom and video flip— the PalmScope is incredibly user-friendly. The video zoom button allows the user to zoom up to 4X, increasing the odds of spotting elusive problems. The 180-degree video flip function makes it easier to read upside-down labels and serial numbers by instantly turning them right-side up.

The PalmScope’s easy operation is complemented by superior specs and safety features. The integral 2 ft. (0.6m) long probe with a 0.35 in. (9mm) diameter camera tip enables users to maneuver in very narrow, tight spaces. It’s also water-, oil- and dust-proof to IP67 standard. The camera offers a depth of field of 1 in. to 10 ft. (25mm to 3m) and a 60-degree field of view. Four LEDs on the camera head produce bright, crisp video on a 2.7 in. (69mm) high-contrast color LCD screen with 320 x 240 pixel resolution (QVGA). Featuring thermoplastic rubber (TPR) housing, the unit is certified drop-proof to a height of 3.4 ft. (1m). The PalmScope includes four probe tip accessories—45-degree mirror, pickup hook, magnetic pickup and thread protector—plus a nylon pouch with belt clip, a User’s Manual and a 1-year limited warranty.

See General’s new PalmScope (DCS950) at Booth 8152 at AHR 2014, January 21-23, 2014 at the Javits Center in New York City. The instrument will be on display and available for order.

About General Tools & Instruments

Headquartered in New York City since 1922, General Tools & Instruments remains the market leader in precision specialty hand tools. Recent product advancements and corporate acquisitions have expanded General’s line to include over 1,500 precision tools and hand-held instruments. This vast array of products is widely used by contractors, professionals, technicians, DIYers and hobbyists in a broad range of industries. To learn more about General Tools & Instruments and its products, visit or call Customer Support at 1-800-697-8665.


For additional product information and photographs, contact Sue Minichiello, Senior PR Associate, SpaceAge Media Consultants, 617-783-2700, or Peter Harper, VP Strategic Marketing, General Tools & Instruments, 212-431-6100 x267,

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