Historic Charleston & Fort Sumter 360° Zoom, Pan & Tilt Webcam

Welcome to the world's first live webcam located in downtown Charleston providing our internet visitors with the ability to freely zoom, rotate and pan our webcam to experience amazing views of Historic Fort Sumter, the Charleston Battery, Downtown Historic Charleston, Charleston Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.... all from the comfort of their computer... no matter where they live.

Our internet visitors have real time control of our powerful zoom webcam. Simply choose a view from the 20 presets below to move the webcam lens to see sites and landmarks through the zoom lens up to 5 miles away in live, full motion video.

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Scroll down for an Interactive Satellite View of Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor!

We are the group responsible for www.FollySurfCam.com, where anyone with a computer can go online and watch live video views of Folly Beach from the webcams mounted on various beach houses that are pointing out towards the beach and Atlantic Ocean.

...And now, with the help of Charleston SC Real Estate, we present one of the world's most advanced webcams perched on top of the Calhoun Mansion to show off the beauty of Historic Charleston and Fort Sumter National Monument.

This Is The World's First Webcam of Its Kind!!

There is a huge following of American Revolutionary War and Civil War Era enthusiasts as well as the general public who are just plain interested in Charleston. Mounted on top of the Calhoun Mansion, this webcam allows our internet visitors to zoom-in on details of Fort Sumter, as well as the Battery, Rainbow Row, ships at dock, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the Atlantic Ocean and all the natural beauty our area has to offer. For those interested in Charleston, SC real estate, the zoom webcam above and satellite camera images below give potential home buyers unequalled capability to scope out downtown Charleston and Charleston Harbor surrounding neighborhoods.

Interactive Satellite View of Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor
Click and Drag! Zoom In and Out!

So who are we and why are we doing this? Click here to learn more about us.

Help us get the word out about what we are doing to help share our beautiful Charleston area with the world. By creating a worldwide buzz about our area, we stimulate our local economy largely based on Charleston, SC real estate and tourism ...And please remember to support our local businesses.

Thanks for taking the time to read our message and hopefully we'll see you back here soon... taking over the controls of the very first webcam of its kind; panning and zooming live, real time views of Historic Charleston and Fort Sumter all through your internet browser.

Thanks in advance,
Craig, Nicki and Greg.


Charleston, South Carolina Resources

  • www.CalhounMansion.net
    The Calhoun Mansion is the largest privately owned home in Charleston. Built in 1876 immediately after the Civil War by George Walton Williams, it is fashioned in the baronial Italianate manor. Fully restored over the last 25 years by the current owner, the home is now open to the public.
  • www.Charleston.com
    This is a travel portal website providing information for tourism and vacations in Charleston, nearby Islands, beaches, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, Daniel Island and Summerville.
  • www.Charleston.net
    This is the website for Charleston's largest newspaper, The Post and Courier. The website provides everything from the delivered paper including local, state and national news, sports, business, obituaries, weddings, advertisements and more.
  • www.CharlestonCity.info
    This is the official website for the city of Charleston covering city departments, boards, commissions, places of interest, culture, resources for citizens, taxes, businesses and families.


Resource Listings for Charleston SC Real Estate Companies and Realtors


Examples of Sites You Can See Through the Webcam

Fort Sumter

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Historic Charleston Homes

Ships Coming in to Port

Instructions on How to Control the Panoramic Telescopic "CHAS CAM"

After clicking the "Start Control" button (next to the video, not this one), you will see a countdown timer.  If someone else is using the camera, your countdown will limit their time and give you control after 20 seconds.

If several people are waiting to control the webcam, the countdown will show your wait time before it is your turn.

When it is your turn, the counter will turn green and give you at least  20 seconds to choose preset views for the camera. You can continue controlling the webcam until someone else clicks the "start control" button on their computer.

If people are waiting in line after you, your turn will last 20 seconds.  Click the "start control" button again if you wish to get back in line for another turn.

About the Webcam

The camera being used on this website is a Cannon VB-C50-IR.  It has 26x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom, the highest magnification currently available for a live motion webcam.  You have full control in real time for zoom and pan.  When you pan, the camera actually rotates and tilts as you control it from your internet browser.  It can rotate a full 360° and tilt up & down a complete 90°.  Pan speed is 90° per second and tilt speed is 70° second.