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How to choose the right subsea camera system for your operations

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A CAMSCAN subsea camera module – shown here with optional slave lighting unit. 

CAMSCAN cameras operate in water depths up to 2,000m in high resolution. The high-sensitivity camera operates in low level light levels and can pan 360° and tilt 180° too.

Developed to support platform well tieback operations, CAMSCAN is a versatile option for deploying downhole to identify issues with threads or junk.

All digital recordings are made to digital tape within CAMASCAN’s Peli case control unit, and are easily backed up onto DVD in JPEG or MPEG data file versions. This gives you the benefit of both physical and digital copies in the event of an issue with your data.

This camera has been successfully used in numerous downhole operations as well as wellbore trouble shooting, fishing operations and the inspection of landing shoulders.

Versatile, quick and easy to set-up and apply to components, the CAMSCAN is a valuable piece of equipment.


When installing subsea equipment it’s often more practical to leave items subsea than undergo retrieval.

MULTICAM comes into its own in this arena – being designed as a high quality, cost-effective “sacrificial” camera, whilst still performing at the high visual performance standards of other camera systems available.

Combined with a mounting bracket, MULTCAM’s compact size means it can monitor in tight locations or at acute angles. This capability is ideal during any subsea installation operations such as template landing, pile running and jacket location.

With a multiple camera and light system squeezed into a small area, the MULTICAM can be used in tight locations too making it incredibly versatile.

This system is  supplied with a compact control centre and screen and like its big brother CAMSCAN, All digital recordings are made to digital tape within a Peli case control unit, meaning verifying infrastructure lockdowns can be done with ease.


Designed to assist crane operations in the safe movement of large objects in blind locations, the Claxton Crane Boom Camera boasts a best-in-class 324:1 zoom capability.

The camera gives crane operators complete ‘birds eye’ views of the area around any loads, helping to ensure safe practice.

Claxton’s Crane Boom Camera – shown here with mounting bracket and integrated damper.

With standard VESA mountings or bespoke brackets available to suit your crane and control cab, the camera can really become the ‘third-eye’ for the driver.

With a day/night auto switching feature, high-res LCD monitor and EEx rated modules provided for controlled zone, or cross zone applications, this really is a straightforward system to install and use.

For added ease, the crane boom also comes with an ‘in-chair’ control with large screen for added safety and accuracy.


When light conditions are poor or the sea is murky, the ultra low light camera – which is based on the same high quality equipment as CAMSCAN, really comes into its own.

With the ability to work at light levels of just 0.0003 LUX and 3,000m deep, the camera still produces visual performance which can be relied on.  The sensitivity of this camera means it can be used with low light – avoiding ‘bloom’ associated with light bouncing off subsea particles.

All recordings are be saved in file formats for easy transfer and sharing with colleagues and stakeholders meaning the footage can be used retrospectively as well as for surveillance purposes.

As with CAMSCAN and MULTICAM, all digital recordings are made to digital tape within CAMASCAN’s Peli case control unit, and are easily backed up onto DVD in JPEG or MPEG data file versions.


Bespoke requirements for projects are now the norm, meaning all the camera systems are available with unique brackets or fittings to suit your operation.

Additional tools can also embed a camera within casing, or attach flushing ports for enhanced visibility during the process. Drill-pipe and sandline conveyed tools are also available with the same ruggedness and exposure to previous projects.


The cameras mentioned above all have a proven track record offshore, read the case studies below for examples of how they’ve helped to keep projects on-track for operators around the world, or get in touch and we’ll help you select the best camera to help you succeed offshore.

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