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


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.  

See real-time images from the Edmonton skyline webcam taken with the CC5MPX camera!

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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


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 datalogger 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 datalogger). The images and videos can then be stored on an SD card, saved in a datalogger’s memory, sent to a PC via email, or transmitted to an FTP server.


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


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


Compatible Note
CR200X (retired)
CR206X (retired)
CR295X (retired)
CR300 Limited to RS-232 Port with Null Modem, NO USR Drive Capability.

Additional Compatibility Information


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


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

Compatible Retired Dataloggers (RS-232)

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

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


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


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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