CCFC Outdoor Observation and Surveillance Field Camera
18x Optical Zoom and Auto Focus
Multiple lens positions available for each capture event
weather applications water applications energy applications gas flux & turbulence applications infrastructure applications soil applications

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The CCFC Field Camera is a high-quality, high-resolution outdoor zoom 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. The CCFC 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 it is available. The field camera has a high quality, very rugged anodized aluminum environmental case that enables its outdoor use in extremes of temperature. The CCFC is compatible with Campbell Scientific dataloggers as well as other datalogger brands.

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Benefits and Features

  • 18x optical zoom lens
  • Auto focus lens
  • New, easy to use web interface
  • Configure up to 4 preset lens positions
  • Type 3 anodization for improved performance in corrosive environments
  • IR LED's for night photos
  • 16GB of built-in memory
  • Can be controlled by internal timer or by external controls: motion detector, web page, datalogger
  • 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


CCFC mounted (other items sold separately)

Detailed Description

The Wi-Fi enabled CCFC has several options for acquisition and storage. Media (photo and video) can be captured using timed capture, an external trigger, or motion detect. The CCFC is then able to send the media files via FTP, email, or PakBus, or save the media to internal memory.

Wi-Fi Camera Access

This outdoor camera, which includes Wi-Fi access, can be controlled using a smartphone from the safety of the ground. The CCFC features a web interface that makes setup and configuration easy. The interface works on any desktop or mobile browser and contains built-in tips. The camera capture and retrieval modes are highly configurable, enabling even the most advanced users complete control of settings.

Camera Zoom and Auto Focus

The CCFC comes with a high-quality 18x optical zoom lens and an upgraded image sensor (when compare to the CC5MPX camera model). Users can designate up to four preset lens positions to capture images or video from different zoom lengths for each capture event. The camera's auto focus features enables it to automatically re-focus at each zoom length so each trigger event captures a collection of clear photos and video.

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, as well as external triggers, such as datalogger control, motion detection, and web page control. This flexibility makes the CCFC an ideal camera for a wide variety of outdoor observation and surveillance applications. The camera comes with 16 GB of outdoor rated internal memory.

Getting Images and Video

The camera can send images and video directly to a 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. The camera can be configured to act a a webcam that publishes images and video directly to a website using various communications devices. The CCFC comes with 16 GB of internal memory to store captured media.

Night Mode

The CCFC Field Camera is equipped with two IR LEDs and configurable Night Mode settings, so images can be captured under almost any lighting condition.


Two mounting options add versatility to the camera's applications. The camera can be used worldwide and is ideal 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 onitoring
  • Avalanche monitoring
  • Point of interest and learning centers (such as national parks, historic sites, etc.)
  • 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


Operating Power 9 to 30 Vdc
Operating Temperature -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)
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

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
Zoom Lens 10 to 40 mm, 9° to 35° 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

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)


Datalogger Considerations

Compatible Contemporary Dataloggers

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

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.

Compatible Retired Dataloggers

CR500 CR510 CR10 CR10X 21X CR23X CR9000 CR5000
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*The CR510, CR10X, and CR23X must be the -2M version and must use the PakBus operating system.


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

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

CCFC Firmware v.v2.2 (10.8 MB) 03-28-2017

Latest firmware for the CCFC Field Camera - verison 2.2.

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

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

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

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 () 04-07-2016

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

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