The R-Cam 1000 XLT Portable Borehole Camera

The All New R-Cam 1000 XLT Color Video Water Well Inspection System is equipped with two cameras in a single housing, each with a wide-angle lens, for viewing downhole and side view images in water wells or boreholes. Low light level CCD sensors allow the cameras to detect images with minimal lighting power, as low as 1 LUX.

R-CAM 1000 Portable Borehole Camera for Water Wells
R-CAM 1000 Portable Borehole Camera for Water Wells
R-CAM 1000 Dual View Underwater Well Camera for Boreholes
R-CAM 1000 Dual View Underwater Well Camera for Boreholes


Continuous innovation has been one of the core tenants of Laval Underground Surveys since our founding in the 1940’s. Although the world has changed and technology has improved, this ideal is a core focus of everything we do. Laval Underground Surveys is proud to announce the latest iterations of two of our most iconic products, the R-CAM 1000XLT and 1300XLT.

Controlling the R-CAM XLT is easier than ever before with our newly updated R-CAM XLT control unit. Survey The R-CAM XLT control unit comes equipped with a state-of the art solid state DVR that records survey footage to either 16GB of internal storage, or to an expandable USB flash drive. Survey footage is exported natively in an .mp4 format, meaning the footage will play on all major PC operating systems without the need for file conversion. All DVR recording and playback functions can be controlled by the included mini-Bluetooth keyboard, including adding text details of your well survey to your recording. The R-CAM XLT also features a built in microphone recorder. Now, adding voiceover commentary to your recordings is as simple as pushing a button.

Existing R-CAM customers can upgrade their existing control units to take advantage these exciting new features. Contact your Laval Underground Surveys sales representatives for more details.

One of the most necessary elements to conducting a successful downhole survey is the ability to increase and decrease the cameras lighting on demand. With this in mind, we have engineered the R-CAM XLT to include side view and down view LED’s with five stages of adjustable lighting, ensuring that you receive the optimum amount of light with simply a click of a button.

The inclusion of new, more efficient LED’s has increased the side-view light output of the R-CAM XLT by nearly 5 times, while down-view light output has increased nearly 3 times. In certain situations, too much light can be a hindrance rather than an asset. The R-CAM XLT features two low light settings designed to allow you to select the perfect level of illumination in any condition. LEDs are shock proof, and long lasting, providing approximately 5,000 hours of use.

The video output from the camera duplexes with the control signals and power, going down to the camera, on a single conductor armored, Kevlar reinforced, coaxial cable. The camera is operable only with the R-Cam control unit supplied with the system and is not compatible with other types of closed circuit survey systems.

A single coaxial cable head connector on the rear of the camera is connected to the cable by a watertight pressure rated connector. The R-Cam control unit provides all the controls to operate the camera and reel assembly, and is equipped with a 9-inch LCD color video monitor/DVR Combo is also provided to view and record the survey.

A 12 VDC rechargeable gel cell battery pack is used to power the system and video recorder, making the entire system completely portable. The battery pack will provide approximately 4-5 hours of operation depending on the amount of video recording and/or reel usage.

R-CAM XLT Control Unit with DVR for Underwater Wells and Boreholes
R-CAM XLT Control Unit with DVR for Underwater Wells and Boreholes

Technical Specifications

  • Diameter: 2 inches (5.1 cm) O.D.
    Overall Length: 20 inches (50.8 cm)
    Housing: Stainless steel
    Cable: 1,000 feet (304.8 m) Kevlar-reinforced, small diameter coaxial cable. Single conductor electronic technology.
    Lens: BK-7 glass
    Power Supply: Portable 12VDC battery pack and charger. Rechargeable by local current (please specify at time of order).
    Total Camera Weight: 18 lbs (8.2 kg)
    Pressure Rating: Pressure tested and waterproof to 500 p.s.i.
    Scanning System: Camera Modules greater than or equal to 540 TVL for NTSC and PAL
    Operating Temperature: 32° to 122° F (0° to 50° C)
    Recorder: Records onto a 9″ Monitor/DVR 16GB SD Card or USB drive.
    LED Lighting: High intensity, long life, shock proof LED lighting, side view and forward view with 5 adjustable brightness settings. 
    Depth Counter: On-screen depth display measured in feet and tenths, or meters. 
    Monitor: 9-inch LCD color monitor/DVR Combo with 16GB SD Card
    Winch, Reel, Motor, and Cart: 12VDC electric powered, variable speed reel for raising and lowering the camera in well. All parts are mounted on a small, two-wheeled cart with an extendable 36-inch boom.

Note: Specifications subject to change; please confirm when ordering.

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Uses + Applications

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New Construction Inspection

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Recover Lost Tools

Facilitates tool recovery with efficient tracking and location features.

Ground Water Monitoring

Determine Quality, Mineral Conditions, Geological Strata, etc.


What Customers Say

The camera is excellent and it makes a night and day difference in our business.

Gary Shawver

Shawver Well Company

I used to borrow a friendly competitor’s camera.  He had a small one with a hand reel and a tripod made of PVC.  It worked for me at times, but the R-cam 1000 is heads and shoulders above that.

Scott Miller

Northern Virginia Drilling

I hoped we would use our new R-CAM 1000 at least 1 time per month... but we're averaging closer to 10. Plus, I don't have to subcontract the work out to my competition anymore, and I'm picking up a bunch of additional well rehab work.

Al Boone

Boone Water Systems, Inc

Frequently Asked Questions

The downhole facing SC-166 is suitable for boreholes up to 10 inches in diameter. The R-CAM dual view camera can view boreholes up to 16 inches in diameter. The DC5150 is suitable for borehole diameters up to 30 inches in diameter. Please note, visibility downhole will be impacted by the clarity of the fluid and the available light.

Some manufacturers will claim that a wide-angle down-view lens can provide just as much viewing area as a dedicated side-view camera module. This is simply not the case. To achieve the clearest, most detailed view of the side of the borehole you will need a dedicated side-view camera. The R-CAM dual view camera and DC5150 come equipped with 360-degree side-view and dedicated down-view cameras.
When you view the system as a whole, the cable is one of the least expensive components at the time of purchase, yet one of the most difficult to upgrade at a later time. Our recommendation is to equip your system with more cable than you initially think you’ll need. A camera system will be in service for many years, and while you may only survey wells that are 500 ft. today, in seven years you may be surveying wells that are 600-700 ft. deep. Additionally, the cable will be removed periodically when replacing the cable head as a part of normal maintenance. Having additional cable is a great way to future-proof your system and ensure your peace of mind.
While a real-time video survey is preferable to having no down-hole data at all, the real value of a down-hole survey is the video data is generated and can be analyzed and reviewed at a later time. With this in mind, nearly all of our systems come equipped with state-of-the-art DVR’s that easily capture and store your video data. These videos are stored on an included 16 GB thumb drive for easy sharing with customers.
Having your depth displayed on-screen in real-time is a critical data point when conducting an underground survey. Without your depth count on screen, it is very easy to become disoriented down-hole and miss critical bits of information, like a break in the well casing. Nearly all of our down-hole camera systems are equipped with a highly accurate digital encoder, ensuring you know the exact depth of your camera while conducting a survey.

Every camera system will eventually require a repair to the cable head, the point at which the cable and camera physically connect. Over time, the internal connections within the cable head can be strained to the point where they disconnect and cause interference or a complete loss of the video signal. To expedite the repair process, we have cable head repair kits available for both portable systems and large vehicle-based systems.

Conducting surveys with the included centralizers and available lens shield accessory is the best way to ensure that the camera head remains protected downhole. When not in use, store the camera head in an area where it will be safe from unintentional drops or damage. If your camera system is damaged, we offer full repair services at our headquarters in Fresno, California.

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