Nivo C Series Total Station

The Nivo C series total stations are complete, economical and easy-to-use solutions. Additionally, they offer the versatility of three field software options to choose from. Advanced Survey Pro field software and easy to use Survey Basic with Roads software both come pre-installed. Layout Pro field software can also be loaded for construction based layout work.

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Nikon’s next generation total station is the Nivo™ Total Station, available in two exciting lines: the Nivo C Series and Nivo M Series. Both of the Nivo series are the absolute leaders for go anywhere measurement tools. Compact in size and lightweight, they are convenient to carry over long distances. All Nivo models are supported with legendary Nikon high clarity optics, allowing clearer images in bright and low light conditions, making measurements easy and reducing eye stress.

The fast, long range EDM measures in both prism and reflectorless modes. Measure precisely to objects up to 500 m away without the need for a prism*. Nivo models come standard with a traditional optical plummet which can be upgraded to a laser plummet. All models include a lumi guide for stakeout assistance.

The Nivo C Series is designed with a feature-packed Windows® CE touch-screen interface. Field application software functions are supported by the world class Spectra Precision® Survey Pro™ field software for all your surveying and construction measurement needs.

All Nivo C Series solutions are designed with high productivity in mind, including a dual face display for efficient high precision angle and distance measurements. Work all day long with endless power using hot swappable batteries, you’ll never need to worry about interrupting your workflow to change a battery again.

To assist you with the multitude of data needs of the 21st century, the Nivo C Series includes:

     • Support for USB memory sticks
     • Wireless cable-free Bluetooth connections to external data collectors
     • USB High-speed data transfer port

The Nivo C Series is available in 1″, 2″, 3″ and 5″ models to meet your specific accuracy needs.

Features & Benefits

     • Survey Pro software onboard
     • Windows CE touch-screen
     • High quality Nikon optics
     • 1″, 2″, 3″ and 5″ angle accuracies
     • Prism and reflectorless measurements
     • Easy-to-use 2nd face keypad
     • Hot swappable batteries
     • Compact, rugged, and lightweight
     • Cable-free Bluetooth®
     • Optional laser plummet


Distance Measurement
     • Range with Nikon specified prisms (Good conditions)
          – With reflector sheet (5 cm x 5 cm) Nivo 1.C, Nivo 2.C: 1.5 m to 270 m
Nivo 3.C, Nivo 5.C: 1.5 m to 300 m
          – With single prism 6.25 cm Nivo 1.C, Nivo 2.C: 1.5 m to 3,000 m
Nivo 3.C, Nivo 5.C: 1.5 m to 5,000 m
Range Reflectorless Mode
Nivo 1.C, Nivo 2.C
Good Normal Difficult
KGC (18%) 350 m
(1,148 feet)
350 m
(1,148 feet)
200 m
(650 feet)
KGC (90%) 500 m
(1,640 feet)
400 m
(1,312 feet)
250 m
(820 feet)
Nivo 3.C, Nivo 5.C   
KGC (18%) 280 m
(820 feet)
250 m
(820 feet)
200 m
(650 feet)
KGC (90%) 500 m
(1,640 feet)
500 m
(1,640 feet)
300 m
(984 feet)
          – Shortest possible range: 1.5 m (4.9 ft.)
Accuracy (Precise mode) ISO 17123-4
          – Prism
          – Reflectorless
±(2+2 ppm × D) mm
(3+2 ppm × D) mm
Measuring Interval
Nivo 1.C, Nivo 2.C
Precise Mode Normal Mode
Prism Mode 1.7 s 0.8 s
Reflectorless Mode 2.1 s 1.2 s
Nivo 3.C, Nivo 5.C
Prism Mode 1.5 s 0.8 s
Reflectorless Mode 1.8 s 1.0 s
Least count 1 mm  10 mm
Angle Measurement
ISO 17123-3 Accuracy (horizontal and vertical)
1”/0.3 mgon Nivo 1.C
2”/0.6 mgon Nivo 2.C
3”/1 mgon Nivo 3.C
5”/1.5 mgon Nivo 5.C
Reading System Absolute encoder
Circle Diameter 62 mm (2.4 in)
Horizontal/Vertical Angle Diametrical
Minimum Increment
Nivo 1.C Degree: 0.5”; Gon: 0.1 mgon
Nivo 2.C
Nivo 3.C
Nivo 5.C
Degree: 1”; Gon: 0.1 mgon
Tube Length 125 mm (4.9 in)
Image:  Erect
Magnification 30× (18x/36x with optional eyepieces)
Effective Diameter of Objective Nivo 1.C, Nivo 2.C: 40 mm (1.6 in)
Nivo 3.C, Nivo 5.C: 45 mm (1.7 in)
EDM Diameter Nivo 1.C, Nivo 2.C: 45 mm (1.7 in)
Nivo 3.C, Nivo 5.C: 50 mm (1.9 in)
Field of View 1°20’
Resolving Power 3”
Minimum Focusing Distance 1.5 m (4.9 ft.)
Laser Pointer Coaxial Red Light
General Specifications
Level Vials
Sensitivity of Circular Level Vial 10’/2 mm
Optical Plummet
Field of View
Focusing Range

0.5 m to ∞
Left Display Face
Right Display Face
QVGA, 16 bit color, TFT LCD, backlit (320 x 240 pixel)
Backlit, graphic LCD (128 x 64 pixel)
Laser Plummet (optional) 4 levels
Memory 128 MB RAM
1 GB Flash memory
Processor Marvell PXA300 XScale 624 MHz
Dimensions (W x D x H) 149 mm x 145 mm x 306 mm (5.8 in x 5.7 in x 12.0 in)
Weight (approx.)
Nivo 1.C, Nivo 2.C Main
Unit (without batteries)
3.9 kg (8.6 lb)
Nivo 3.C, Nivo 5.C Main
Unit (without batteries)
3.8 kg (8.4 lb)
Battery 0.1 kg (0.2 lb)
Carrying Case 2.3 kg (5.1 lb)
Internal Li-ion Battery  x2
Output Voltage 3.8 V DC
Operating Time
Nivo 1.C, Nivo 2.C approx. 12 hours (continuous distance/angle measurement)
approx. 26 hours (distance/angle measurement every 30 s)
approx. 28 hours (continuous angle measurement)
Nivo 3.C, Nivo 5.C approx. 7.5 hours (continuous distance/angle measurement)
approx. 16 hours (distance/angle measurement every 30 s)
approx. 20 hours (continuous angle measurement)
Charging Time
Full Charge 4 hours
Tilt Sensor
Compensation Range
Liquid-electric detection
Communication Ports 1 x serial (RS-232C)
2 x USB (host and client)
Wireless Communications Integrated Bluetooth
Environmental Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Storage Temperature
–20 °C to +50 °C
–25 °C to +60° C
Atmospheric Correction
Temperature Range
Barometric Pressure
–40 °C to +60 °C
400 mmHg to 999 mmHg/533 hPa to 1,332 hPa/15.8 inHg to 39.3 inHg
Dust and Water Protection IP66 (Nivo1.C IP56)
Class B Part 15 FCC certification, CE Mark approval. C-Tick.
Laser safety IEC 60825-1 am2:2007
Prism mode: Class 1 laser
Laser plummet (optional): Class 2 laser
Nivo 1.C ,Nivo 2.C Reflectorless / Laser
Pointer: Class 3R laser
Nivo 3.C, Nivo 5.C Reflectorless / Class 1 laser
Nivo 3.C, Nivo 5.C Laser Pointer: Class 2 laser


Download the Nikon C Series Datasheet here