Digital Cameras / CC5MPX
CC5MPX Digital Outdoor Video Camera for observation and surveillance
High-Quality Camera, High-Resolution Images
Weatherproof enclosure for outdoor observation and surveillance
weather applications supported water applications supported energy applications supported gas flux & turbulence applications supported infrastructure applications supported soil applications supported

Overview

The Camera

The CC5MPX is a high-quality, high-resolution digital network video camera specifically designed for remote outdoor observation applications. The camera consumes low power, making it ideal for outdoor observation in remote locations using a solar power battery. The camera can also operate with AC power where AC is available. It has a high-quality and very rugged environmental case that enables it's outdoor use in extremes of temperature. It is compatible with Campbell Scientific dataloggers. The camera capture and retrieval modes are highly configurable and camera settings are made through an easy-to-use web interface. 

High-Quality Still Images and Video

The camera can produce still images of up to 5 megapixels and video up to 720p. The camera's image and video capture trigger modes include two independent self timers, or external triggers such as datalogger control, motion detection, web page control making it an ideal camera for a wide variety of outdoor observation and surveillance applications. An outdoor rated SD memory card for image storage is available as an option. 

Getting your Images and Video

The camera can send images and video directly to your desktop or publish them to the web via various communications options!  Images and video taken by the camera can be delivered to you from remote locations via cellular modem, Ethernet 10/100, RS-232, RS-485, Satellite, and PakBus. You can configure the camera to act a a webcam that publishes images and video directly to a website using various communications devices.  

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The camera is in use worldwide and is ideal for the following outdoor observation and surveillance applications:

  • Weather Stations
  • Water Movement / Level
  • Weather Forecasting / Cloud Monitoring
  • Dam Safety
  • Construction Sites / Empty Buildings
  • Asset Monitoring
  • Flood Forecasting
  • Winter Resort Snow Conditions
  • Energy Generation & Distribution Network
  • Infrastructure
  • Iceberg / Glacier Monitoring
  • Avalanche Monitoring
  • Point of Interest / Learning Centers (ex: National Parks, Historic Sites, etc.)
  • Forest Canopy Monitoring
  • Public Places / Special Events
  • Solar / Wind Farms
  • Air Quality
  • Forest Fire Detection
  • Seismic / Vibration Monitoring
  • Snow Monitoring
  • Vegetation Monitoring
  • Animal Observation
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Benefits and Features

  • High-quality; designed for outdoor observation in remote locations
  • Low power consumption
  • Can be controlled by internal timer or by external controls: motion detector, web page, datalogger
  • Operates with AC power or solar power battery if AC is unavailable
  • Various communications options available; can publish images and video directly to the web or send images to your desktop
  • Designed to work in harsh environments, this camera operates at temperatures as low as -40°C and as high as 60°C
  • Type 3 anodization for improved performance in corrosive environments

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Specifications

Clock Accuracy ±2 minutes per year (-40° to +60°C)
Photo or Video Capture Triggers Two independent self timers, external trigger, motion detection, web page control

Compatibility

Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.

Dataloggers

Compatible Note
21X
CR10
CR1000
CR1000X
CR10X The CR10X must be the -2M version and must use the PakBus operating system.
CR200X
CR206X
CR23X The CR23X must be the -2M version and must use the PakBus operating system.
CR295X
CR300 Limited to RS-232 Port with Null Modem, NO USR Drive Capability.
CR3000
CR310
CR500
CR5000
CR510 The CR50 must be the -2M version and must use the PakBus operating system.
CR6
CR800
CR850
CR9000
CR9000X

Additional Compatibility Information

Mounting

The L18549 Camera Mounting Kit is used to mount the CC5MPX camera to a CM202, CM204, or CM206 crossarm. The crossarm then attaches to a tripod, tower, or user-supplied pole (1.0-in. to 2.1-in. outer diameter). The bracket’s design facilitates the aiming of the camera.

Datalogger Considerations

The CC5MPX camera is compatible with any PakBus datalogger that has 2 MB or greater of on-board memory. The datalogger must have a current operating system.

Compatible Contemporary Dataloggers (RS-232)

CR200(X) Series CR800/CR850 CR1000 CR3000 CR300 CR6 CR7X CR9000X
*

Notes:

*Limited to RS232 Port with Null Modem, NO USR Drive Capability.

Compatible Retired Dataloggers (RS-232)

CR500 CR510 CR10 CR10X 21X CR23X CR9000
** ** **

Notes:
**The CR510, CR10X, and CR23X must be the -2M version and must use the PakBus operating system.

Connections

The CC5MPXPWRCBL-L Power and I/O Cable connects the camera to:

  • Power supply
  • COM port of a CR800, CR850, CR1000, or CR3000 datalogger
  • MD485 Multidrop Modem (for connecting more than one camera to a datalogger or if long cable lengths are required)
  • PC (for configuring camera via the Device Configuration utility; also requires the DB9M-TERM interface that is shipped with the camera)

An Ethernet cable is required to configure the camera. Typically, the RJENVCBL-L Environmental Cable is used. The Ethernet cable connects the camera to a network router, cellular modem, or laptop. With this connection, the user can access a web interface that:

  • Allows adjustment of camera targeting/focusing
  • Supports camera configuration
  • Displays camera information, system status, date and time

Downloads

CC5MPX OS v.1.25 (13.8 MB) 23-06-2017

Current CC5MPX Camera Operating System.

Note: Once the update is downloaded, unzip the "CC5MPX_FW_1_25.gz" file. Save file to the desired location. Do not uncompress the "CC5MPX_FW_1_25.gz" file. Send the file 'as is' to the camera.

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CC5MPX PIC OS v.2.0 (18 Kb) 18-11-2014

Current firmware for the CC5MPX Peripheral Interface Controller (PIC)

Note: In order for the CC5MPX to accept the PIC firmware the CC5MPX OS 1.23 or higher must be running in the camera. Retrieve the CC5MPX_PIC_UPDATE_V2_JUNE_17_2014.hex.gz firmware from the .zip file. Do not extract the firmware update file "CC5MPX_PIC_UPDATE_V2_JUNE_17_2014.hex.gz". This compressed file must be sent to the CC5MPX as a “.gz” file.  Details related to updating firmware can be found in the CC5MPX manual.

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FAQs for

Number of FAQs related to CC5MPX: 14

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  1. The idle timeout on the FTP server is set for 15 minutes. If the server doesn’t see any communication from the client within 15 minutes, it will close the connection.
  2. The CC5MPXCBL2-L is an environmentally sealed Ethernet (RJ45) cable that provides access to the network functionalities of the CC5MPX family of cameras. This cable is used with a camera to do the following: send emails, transfer images via FTP (accessing either a web server or an optional internal SD memory card), synchronize with a network time server, or gain access to the camera’s configuration web page. The CC5MPXCBL2-L can also be used to connect the CC5MPX directly to an Ethernet port, such as a cellular modem or wireless router. In addition, Campbell Scientific recommends using this cable if the CC5MPX is mounted on a tall tower or in a location that is not easily accessible.

    Note: The camera’s internally served configuration web page is the only way to view the real-time streaming video that is used to manually zoom and focus the camera.

  3. This may be possible. Contact Campbell Scientific for assistance with this.

  4. This is done by sending images via PakBus to a Campbell Scientific data logger with a cellular modem telemetry option. The cable that is used is the CC5MPXCBL1-L Power and I/O Cable, which provides power from the data logger, as well as an RS-232 or RS-485 connection.

  5. The CC5MPX uses a standard C-Type mount lens. If a lens fits within the lens tube barrel, or if the camera will be used in an environment where the front lens tube barrel is unnecessary, other lenses, such as a zoom or fisheye may be used.

    Note: Use of an alternate lens may void the product warranty.

  6. This depends. Typically, most camera applications require an environmentally sealed cable, such as the CC5MPXCBL2-L, rather than a generic Ethernet cable. However, for indoor or temporary applications where the cable will not be exposed to weather elements, use a standard 10Base-T CAT5e Ethernet cable, such as pn 28900.

  7. PoE, or Power over Ethernet, is commonly used as a way to power devices and equipment using the unused conductors in a standard Ethernet cable. To accomplish this, there must be a sending device, or power source equipment, as well as a powered device.

    The CC5MPX family of cameras does not work with PoE. For the family of CC5MPX cameras to be powered, a separate accessory, the CC5MPXCBL1-L cable, must be used to provide both power and RS-232/RS-485 communications.

  8. No. A data logger is not necessary if the CC5MPX will be used in a stand-alone mode. In essence, a camera that is used without a data logger is an IP web camera. The camera does, however, need access to a 9 to 30 Vdc power supply.

  9. Although the CC5MPX’s enclosure is weather resistant, it is not designed for underwater use. However, if a watertight enclosure is rated suitable for saltwater environments, and there is physical space for the CC5MPX within the enclosure, then the camera will function as designed.

    Note: Campbell Scientific does not offer any watertight enclosures rated suitable for saltwater environments.

  10. Images can be obtained from the CC5MPX’s Ethernet connection through either FTP or email.