~~UPDATE 1/1/2015~~ iGaging has been hard at work since I made these videos. No one had heard of them before I took a chance and put them to the test against the competition. The absolute origin caliper that won the round-up is now available with a fractional output display and is still under $50. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KDUD67G/?... What's more, they have just released a High Speed Micrometer and I got my hands on one to give it a try. It is a market changing device. No other company is doing anything like it. Check out the video: http://youtu.be/GRfTRsspOnw
~~Video Details~~ Here it is. The Showdown video. Which calipers are up to snuff and get my recommendation?
7 different digital calipers were tested multiple times at set points along their measuring faces to get an average accuracy and repeatability value.
In all of this data gathering it became very clear which digital calipers are worth your consideration.
Whether you depend on a quality digital caliper everyday in an engineering/shop environment, or you just need a caliper every once in a while, accuracy and precision are really important. You need to be able to trust the measurements you get from your caliper. I'm going to tell you which ones you can depend on, that won't break the bank.
Be sure to watch the other videos in the series for individual reviews of the various calipers, testing procedures, flaws an other important details.