Product SearchCam 2000

The original search and rescue camera is still used by FEMA, UKSAR, State Urban Search and Rescue teams and Search and Rescue training schools throughout North America. This camera is designed for life detection and body recovery.

"We’re part of a State USAR team.  We talked to other FEMA and state USAR team members when deciding which camera to purchase.  The Searchcam 2000 seemed to be the standard and what was recommended.  We bought the equipment based on the standard for the FEMA teams, relying on the word of the people who are using it most often. The Searchcam 2000 works great on top of the rubble and feeds down through the voids. We wanted more versatility and maneuverability so we bought the Recon II and the Mongoose.  Once physically inside the collapsed voids, we needed a smaller camera.  The Recon and Mongoose work great while inside the tighter void spaces." - Frank Devine, Technical Rescue Team Leader, Station 1, City of LaCrosse, WI


SearchCam 2000 Features

  • Color Camera
  • Telescoping Probe expands from 41” to 92”
  • 180º Articulating Camera Head
  • Video Display of Camera’s position
  • Two-way Communications with victim
  • Video Display shows Camera’s orientation

SearchCam 2000 Accessories

  • Remote Display
  • Video Display Extension Cable
  • CABLEPROBE, Color Camera, Audio - SC2-CBL-C/A
  • Batteries
  • 5 AH Battery, Belt Clip/Lanyard - SC2-BAT50
  • 2.5 AH Battery, Belt Clip/Lanyard - SC2-BAT25
  • Battery Charger - SC2-CHAR


SearchCam 2000 Specifications

Camera Colour, 1/4" CCD, 0.4 Lux, 350 lines, auto iris
Interchangeable Camera Heads No
Probe Articulation Push button servo control
Illumination SARLUX™ illumnation
Display Monitor 5" diagonal, flat screen LCD active matrix
Auxiliary Output YES
Video Standard NTSC or PAL
Victim Communication Two way - located at the camera probe
Operator Headset Noise attenating boom microphone, under helmet style
Modular design NO
System Length Telescopes from 41" to 92" (104.3 cm to 234 cm)
Probe Weight 7 lbs. (3.2 kg) - batteries worn on belt
Camera Housing Diameter 1.7" (4.3 cm)
Minimum Access Diameter 1.75" (4.4 cm)
Articulation Travel 180° total - right to left
Viewing Distance 20' (6 m) total darkness
Type and Endurance Sealed lead-acid, 5 Ahr, 3 hours continuous operation
Operational Temperatures 14° to 140° F (-10° to 60° C)
Recommended Storage Temp 0° - 80 ° F (4° - 26° C)
Water/Dust Highly water resistant, Not designed for submersion
Type Pelican® water tight and dust tight


SearchCam 3000 Technical Comparison

Model SC2000 Std  SC3000  Recon II Mongoose
Primary Use Victim location, audio/video search   Victim location/extrication, video search   Victim location/extrication, video search   Victim location/extrication, video search  
Interchangeable Camera head options No  YES ( Colour & Infra Red)  No No
Colour Yes YES  Yes Yes
ON Screen Function Menu  Yes YES  Yes Yes
Monitor/Display 5" (12.7 cm) TFT-LCD 5" (12.7 cm) TFT-LCD 5" (12.7 cm) TFT-LCD 5" (12.7 cm) TFT-LCD
Picture Rotation Yes (camera head can be rotated LCD has capability) Yes Monitor can be Rotated  Yes (camera head can be rotated)   No
Water Resistant NO YES Submersible  Yes Yes
Adjustment off, low, high variable adjust (20 feet in zero light) 6 Step variable Lighting  high/low (112 feet in zero light) high/low (6 feet in zero light)
Multiple Monitor Support Yes Yes  No No
Video Out - Component  Yes Yes with cable  No No
Video Out - other  No No  No No
Video In  No No  No No
Integrated Audio at Camera Head  Yes Yes  No No
Audio Volume Control Yes Yes  No No
Ability to talk to victim (two way) Yes Yes  No No
Recording Media - Video No Yes - HCSD Card  No NO 
Recording Rescuer Voice Notes No Yes  No No
Recording Victim Audio No Yes  No No
Battery Type Dry Lead Acid  Li-ion Dry Lead Acid  Dry Lead Acid 
Endurance 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Recharge Time  2 hours 90%  1 hour -90%     
Temperature Range  10~140 degrees(-12C to 60C)  10~140 degrees(-12C to 60C)  10~140 degrees(-12C to 60C)  10~140 degrees(-12C to 60C)
Water Resistance - VDU Yes Yes Yes Yes
Water Proof Camera Head Some models Submersible to 100ft  No Yes
Immersion No  Yes  No  No 
Weight 12.8lbs including battery  8lbs(including batteries)  4.5 lbs - 2.04 kg (excluding battery) 3 lbs - 1.36 kg (excluding battery)
Case 53x17x6 53x17x6 unless it changes  39x18x7 28x1+x8
On Screen Graphics Yes Yes  Yes Yes
Camera Head Position on Screen Yes Yes No No
Left/Right Limits Yes Yes  No No
Automatic Centre Stop Yes Yes No No
Illumination Backlight Backlight  Yes Yes
Low Battery Warning  Yes Yes  Yes Yes
One Hand Operation Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silent Operation  No Quiet ( Not Silent ) Yes Yes
Articulation  180 degrees  240degrees 180 degrees  120 degrees 
Type of Articulation electric / remote electric / remote mechanical / remote mechanical / remote
Articulation Control  Pistol Grip  Pistol Grip - Fingertip Control Manual Ring  Trigger Style
Headset Yes Yes - Noise Cancelling - Behind Head Design  No No
Shoulder Strap Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cable Reel  Yes Option - Yes No No
Cable Probe Style of operation  Stand Alone Camera  Option - Yes No No
Extension Cables  No Yes  No No
Pole Sets        
Standard Tube Set  1.4 m - 2.3 m   14"- 78" 45" - 1.14 m 22" - 56 cm
Long Tube Set  1.75 m - 6.5 m ( Super Probe Only)  48.5" - 168" 3m NO
Breaching System Yes Yes Yes Yes
Technical Advantages  Powered Articulation, Solid Construction (except for articulation mechanism )   Powered Articulation, Solid Construction, Clutched gearbox  Simple, Rugged Manual Articulation Mechanism, Quality Image   Solid Construction, Rugged, Reliable,LED Lighting

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