CCFC Outdoor Observation and Surveillance Field Camera
18x Optical Zoom and Auto Focus
Multiple lens positions available for each capture event
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The CCFC Field Camera is a high-quality, high-resolution outdoor zoom video and still image camera specifically designed for remote outdoor observation applications. The camera captures high-quality photos and video in wide-angle, and with 18x optical zoom, under various lighting conditions. Our Field 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, very rugged anodized aluminum environmental case that enables its outdoor use in extremes of temperature. The Field Camera is compatible with Campbell Scientific data loggers, as well as other data logger brands.

Featuring New NDVI Capability!

With OS version 2.5 or above, the CCFC Field Camera is able to function as a normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) sensor. This feature uses infrared data to produce a visualization of live green vegetation in the image. This allows the user to determine at-a-glance areas of healthy growth and areas where growth is less abundant. Applications for NDVI include vegetation dynamics, biomass production, grazing management, changes in rangeland condition, soil moisture, and CO2 flux.

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Benefits and Features

  • Auto-focus lens
  • Easy-to-use web interface
  • New NDVI capabilities
  • Configure up to 15 preset lens positions
  • Type 3 anodization for improved performance in corrosive environments
  • IR LEDs for night photos; quality images under almost any lighting condition
  • 16 GB of built-in memory
  • 18x optical zoom lens
  • Can be controlled by internal timer or by external controls: motion detector, web page, data logger
  • Window defroster
  • High-quality; designed for outdoor observation in remote locations
  • Designed to work in harsh environments, this camera operates at temperatures as low as -40°C and as high as 60°C


A scene with normal image settings and the equivalent in NDVI mode.


Operating Power 9 to 30 Vdc
Operating Temperature Range -40° to +60°C
Clock Accuracy ±2 minutes per year (-40° to +60°C)
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 Yes
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Low-Light Capability
  • 2 IR LEDs
  • Configurable night-mode settings
NDVI Capability Yes (The normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) image capture capability requires CCFC OS version 2.5 or higher.)
Image Storage 16 GB internal storage (Can send images to a data logger or computer for storage.)
Diameter 9.3 cm (3.7 in.)
Dimensions 28.4 x 13.2 x 13.0 cm (11.2 x 5.2 x 5.1 in.)
Weight 2.38 kg (5.25 lb)

Communication Switched Power Output

Maximum Output Current 750 mA

Current Drain

Average 250 mA (excludes defroster and IR LEDs)
Maximum Momentary Peak 400 mA
Defroster on 1.5 A
IR LEDs on 700 mA
Quiescent Off power mode < 1 mA
Deep Sleep power mode < 6 mA


Mount C-type
IRIS DC compatible
Focal Length 4.70 to 64.6 mm
Field of View (FOV) 4° to 67.3°
Zoom Ratio 18x

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

Media Capture (photo and video)

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)

Photo Capture Time

-NOTE- Capture 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

Maximum Recommended Cable Length

Power & I/O Cable 20 m (65 ft)
Ethernet Cable 70 m (230 ft)


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 The CCFC is software-compatible with the CR300. Connect using the 9-pin RS-232 terminal or an MD485 RS-232 to RS-485 adapter, depending on the model of CCFC purchased. Connecting via a C1 or C2 terminal requires external signal conditioning not provided by Campbell Scientific.
CR500 (retired)
CR5000 (retired)
CR510 (retired) The CR510 must be the -2M version and must use the PakBus operating system.
CR9000 (retired)
CR9000X (retired)

Communication Devices

Compatible Note
RV50 (retired)


CCFC - Adding GPS Coordinates to the Photo Banner - CR6 v.1 () 07-04-2016

The program example illustrates the use of the CCFCGPSLatitude and CCFCGPSLongitude instructions, which can be used with CR6 Datalogger.

CCFC - SendVariable Instruction - CR1000 v.1 () 07-04-2016

The program example illustrates the use of the SendVariable instruction to alter Still Photo Banner #2, as well as the camera window defroster. 

CCFC - SendVariable Instruction - CR6 v.1 () 07-04-2016

The program example illustrates the use of the SendVariable instruction to alter Still Photo Banner #2, as well as the camera window defroster. 

CCFC - Adding GPS Coordinates to the Photo Banner - CR800 Series, CR1000, and CR3000 v.1 () 05-03-2016

The program example illustrates the use of the CCFCGPSLatitude and CCFCGPSLongitude instructions, which can be used with CR8000 series, CR1000, and CR3000 dataloggers.