PC33C Color Camera

© Brooke Clarke 2007

Supere Circuits PC33C Camera


The PC33C is the prior generation general use security camera at Super Circuits.  The current general use cameras (4th Generation) cost 50 to 250% more.  This camera has been sitting outside (great California wine country weather) for the last week or so feeding the 24/7 still image web cam.  The Kodak DC290 still camera that took the above photo sure has much better quality than the TV cameras shooting the same scene.  I hope that is just because the camera is not properly setup.  It also may be the setup of the digitizer in the computer.

Arri Tripod holding camera.  The siamese cable from the P164C has a male DC power plug, so I've made a short pigtale adapter that feeds the 12 VDC to the camera.

Rear Panel

PC33C CCTV Camera Rear PanelAudio Out on RCA connector.
Switch for DC Diaphragm or Video Diaphragm i.e. Auto Iris.
Pot for DC Auto Iris level.

Up and Down buttons for phase when A.C. power is used. multiple cameras should make phase the same on all cameras when A.C. power connected.  The cable shown is from an Auto Iris lens and that's the orientation of the plug.  It seems that all the DC auto iris lens have the same plug.  Video type auto iris lens may come with bare wires.

DIP switches for:
1 AES = Automatic Electronic Shutter OFF for Auto Iris Lens otherwise OFF (this works at the light input stage)
2 BLC = Back Light Compensation. Normally off, when ON increases exposure.  May be interesting in low light situations.
3 FL = Flicker Lock. Normally OFF.  Only used when needed.
4 AGC = Automatic Gain Control. Normally OFF.  (This works on the output signal)
5 LL = Line Lock.  When ON camera syncs to A.C. power line so can only be used when A.C. is used for power.  Otherwise OFF and camera syncs to internal crystal oscillator.

Auto Iris Lens

Auto Iris Lens openedThis is a fixed 4.0 mm focal length DC Auto Iris lens.  The only adjustment is for focus.  But there is a 4 corner sun shade which should be in the correct rotation and to get that you need to loosen the set screw (hole visible in photo at left on camera body).

The white cylinder in the photo is a small motor that controls the iris diaphragm.  When no power is applied it's closed all the way to no light.


To open remove the single screw at the front and rear top (holes visible in photo at left.).
Push rear panel forward until it stops at the mounting threaded inserts. 
Unplug the big connector from the CCD assembly.
Unplug the 3 wire cable from the center power supply board.
From behind the camera the Red wire in each cable connects to the Right.
Super Circuits PC33C CCTV Camera Opened to show inside

CCD Assy

The big IC on the CCD assembly is a Sony CXD2163BA.
In addition to the 1/3" Color CCD at the front there is also a microphone and a LED.
This CCD is rated for 0.4 Lux at f1.4.

Power Supply Assy

The center board gets it's input on JP1 from the two screw terminals on the rear panel.  The output DC goes to the CDD ASSY (CN10 JP4) on two white and one red wire.  Red on the Right for both jumpers.

Marking Top: SZOP-DVR1204 ( ) (GP)
Marking Bottom:  <KM> 6FR4-94V0 and PCB-T061026A-1.  Below JP1: AC/DC In.  Below JP2:  CTL, GND, +12V (red wire).

Power Supply

PC33C Pwr Supply Top
PC33C Power Supply Bottom
Top of Power Supply PCB
Bottom of Power Supply PCB

In the top view the yellow sticker is on the transformer.  Note this power supply accepts either "12 Volts" DC or "24 VAC" and delivers +12 VDC to the camera electronics.  Also there's a wire going to the camera electronics marked CTRL.  The input is in the lower left corner of the top view and immediately goes through the black horizontal fuse then to 4 diodes and a similar looking part marked "V1" which I suspect is a zener on the output side of a bridge rectifier.

PC33C power supply partial schematic

A full wave bridge on the input either passes "12 VDC" and adds about 0.4 Volt drop or rectifies "24 VAC" into DC.  In either case the DC appears across C2 which powers a switching mode power supply U1 3845B which drives the input side of T1.  The output of T1 is rectified by D6 supplying C5 with +12 VDC.  Also from D6 inductor L1 and C6 filter the switching AC and that signal is used to provide feedback by means of an opto isolator cosmo 1010 to U1.

There are what appears to be a couple of opto isolators on the left straddling the line that separates the input from the output.   One is probably feedback  as part of a switch mode power supply that's on both sides of the separator.  The other may be related to the control signal on JP2?

This means that the camera has a very rugged power supply.  In addition it works down to about 10 volts but I didn't want to press the high voltage limit but expect it's over 30 volts.  Being a switch mode supply as the current increases the current drops, an advantage where there's a long run of DC wiring.

There's a remote chance that there is  a "Camera Link" data bus as part of the power supply board.   That would explain the back to back opto isolators where only one is needed for the power supply function.


Since this camera uses screw terminals it's convenient when experimenting to have a standard 2.1x5.5mm power jack for the camera, then pre made (very low cast) cables can be used.  So some adapter cables have been made:
Power Pole to 2.1 x 5.5 mm DC power Plug
Power Pole to
2.1 x 5.5 mm DC power Plug
2.1 x 5.5 mm DC power Jack to bare wires
2.1x5.5 mm DC power jack
wire ends
2.1 x 5.5 mm DC power Jack to terminals for CCTV camera spade terminals
2.1 x 5.5 mm DC power jack


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