Torchscope Puts A Camera On A Flashlight For Instant Video Proof Of Weird Things You See In The Dark


Remember that one time when you hiked through the backwoods at night with a flashlight and ended up seeing a chupacabra playing with a gnome? So you pulled out your camera fast as you can to take photographic proof, which, as it turns out, isn’t quite fast enough, because those two scurried out of there in an instant. That won’t be a problem when you use the Torchscope.

Made by General Tools, it’s a heavy-duty flashlight with a built-in camera, so it can automatically record anything the light is aimed at. No longer do you have to convince people to believe your story about the chupacabra and the gnome, since the image will be committed to video as soon as they cross your beam’s path.

The General Tools Torchscope has a maximum brightness of 1,000 lumens, with three settings and two modes. Designed for rugged, professional applications (like, you know, searching for gnomes and chupacabras), it has a stainless steel housing that lets it submerge in water up to 33 feet deep and survive drops from as high as three feet. On the recording front, it has an onboard camera that can capture in HD with a 60-degree field of view, an integrated mic for recording audio, and an SD card port (4GB included) for saving the video. It has an LCD viewfinder on the body that lets you watch whatever the camera is recording, with a variety of settings available for both photos and videos.

Yes, you can always just strap a GoPro on top of your Nitecore Tiny Monster to accomplish the same thing, but the resulting assembly will probably be all sorts of unwieldy. The General Tools Torchscope is available now, priced at $299.

Check It Out

7 Responses

  1. Maddie

    This is a fantastic idea! Whoever came up with this must be making quite a bit of money now. Very cool!

  2. Danny

    I have seen some things in the night before with flashlights that have creeped me out all night long, and I always have wished that i could look back on it, I am getting one of these right now, one of the coolest things yet!!

  3. Déborah Chidharom

    I could see it being useful for security personnel. See something suspicious, or hear a funny noise, and all you have to do is hit record, to get evidence of whatever wrongdoing is going on.

  4. Jeanne Helene Napolitano

    I’ll look forward to that, It truly is a great value.

  5. Marc Defaud

    Interesting. This could be real handy for inspectors and law enforcers/investigators.

  6. Patrick Solly

    i bought this flashlight recently. I am very happy with this tool !

  7. William

    This is a pretty nice flashlight, at 1,000 Lumens it’s going to be pretty powerful.

    I wonder what usage or possibilities there are for using this technology and product with law enforcement personnel and agencies, for enhancing accountability for interactions with perpetrators and victims. I’m under the impression that body-cams easily start around $400-$500.00, so this product definitely seems like a more cost effective solution to the body-cams.

    This would also be a pretty cool product to take along on jogs, playing sports, hiking, camping, or other security-based jobs for accountability and to avoid trouble. I guess looking at it from the prospective of an everyday individual, it could also be helpful in dangerous late-night trips home and the likes, just in case something were to happen it could then be successfully documented and reviewed.

    Pretty neat! It’s amazing how technology continues to change everyday.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.