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CC5MPX Digital Camera
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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 its outdoor use in extremes of temperature. It is compatible with Campbell Scientific data loggers. The camera's capture and retrieval modes are highly configurable; camera settings are adjusted through an easy-to-use web interface. 

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 data logger control, motion detection, and 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. 

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.  

The CC5MPX is suitable for the following outdoor observation and surveillance applications:

  • Weather stations
  • Water movement and level
  • Weather forecasting and cloud monitoring
  • Dam safety
  • Construction sites and empty buildings
  • Asset monitoring
  • Flood forecasting
  • Winter resort snow conditions
  • Energy generation and distribution network
  • Infrastructure
  • Iceberg and glacier monitoring
  • Avalanche monitoring
  • Point of interest and learning centers
  • Forest canopy monitoring
  • Public places and special events
  • Solar and wind farms
  • Air quality
  • Forest fire detection
  • Seismic and 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
  • Operates with AC power or solar power battery if AC is unavailable
  • Can be controlled by internal timer or by external controls: motion detector, web page, data logger
  • 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


Detailed Description

The CC5MPX camera is Campbell Scientific’s first high-resolution digital network outdoor observation and surveillance camera with video capabilities. It produces JPG images with a resolution of up to 5 megapixels, and shoots videos with a resolution of up to 720P. The camera can function as a stand-alone camera or can be connected to a Campbell Scientific data logger or another PakBus® device. Several power-conserving modes allow the camera to be used outdoors in remote, solar power battery installations.

This outdoor observation camera is designed to operate in harsh environments; the camera operates at temperatures as low as -40°C and as high as 60°C. It has an integrated environmentally sealed enclosure that protects the camera from moisture and high-humidity. The camera's high-quality, integrated outdoor-rated enclosure also eliminates the time required to install the camera in a separate enclosure.

The CC5MPX camera has several options for image and video acquisition and storage. You can take still images and videos based on an internal timer, motion detection, or a trigger from an external PakBus device (such as a data logger). The images and videos can then be stored on an SD card, saved in a data logger’s memory, sent to a PC via email, or transmitted to an FTP server.


Operating Power 9 to 30 Vdc
Operating Temperature Range -40° to +60°C
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
Programmable Still Image Resolutions
  • 2592 x 1944 (JPEG)
  • 1280 x 960 (JPEG)
  • 1280 x 720 (JPEG)
  • 640 x 480 (JPEG)
  • 640 x 352 (JPEG)
  • 320 x 240 (JPEG)
  • 320 x 176 (JPEG)
Video Capable of up to 720P for the following:
  • 1280 x 720 (MPEG4)
  • 640 x 480 (MJPEG)
  • 320 x 240 (MPEG4)
Video Frame Rate Options 30, 15, and 7.5 FPS (Frames Per Second)
Communication Interfaces RS-232 port, RS-485 port, Ethernet 10/100
Communications Protocols PakBus, FTP, email, web page interface via web browser
Maximum Baud Rate 115.2 kbps (for RS-232 and RS-485 only)
Window Defroster No
Wi-Fi Capable No
Low-Light Capability Not designed for low-light conditions.
NDVI Capability No
Diameter 9.3 cm (3.7 in.)
Length 22 cm (8.7 in.)
Weight 1.06 kg (2.34 lb)

Communication Switched Power Output

Maximum Output Current 750 mA

Current Drain

Maximum 250 mA (at 12 Vdc)
Quiescent ≤ 1 mA (off power mode)


Mount C-type
IRIS DC compatible
Standard Lens 4 to 12 mm, 27° to 80° FOV

External Input Signal

Logic Low Level 0.65 Vdc (-20 Vdc absolute minimum)
Logic High Level > 2.0 Vdc (+20 Vdc absolute maximum)
Minimum Pulse Width 10 ms

Memory Card Interface

Type Secure Digital (SD)
File System FAT32
File Type JPEG (image), AVI (video)
Size 16 GB or less

Photo Capture Time

-NOTE- Time is from wake-up to start of capture.
Fully On < 1 s (5 MP images take longer.)
Partially On 10 s
Deep Sleep 15 s
Off State 90 s


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

Data Loggers

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

Additional Compatibility Information


The 18549 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.

Data Logger Considerations

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


The CC5MPXCBL1 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 data logger 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 CC5MPXCBL2 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


CC5MPX OS v.1.25.1 (13.8 MB) 24-06-2019

Current CC5MPX Camera Operating System.

Note: Do not extract the firmware update file “CC5MPX_FW_1_25_1.tar.gz”.This compressed file gets sent to the CC5MPX as is.

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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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  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. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. Although the CC5MPX can’t stream live video directly into RTMC, it can transfer images via FTP to a webserver that RTMC has access to. Depending on the update frequency, the images can be updated at near real-time, as long as the CC5MPX and the webserver are configured to allow this.

    Embedding a live stream from the CC5MPX into an existing web page can be done using the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP). Contact Campbell Scientific for details.