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v2640 ONYX

The Phantom v2640 ONYX is a Media Production version of the v2640 that is available only via rental. Media Production friendly features deliver the extreme capabilities of the world's fastest 4 Mpx sensor. 

  • 6,600 fps at 2048 x 1952
  • 12,500 fps at 1920 x 1080
  • Exposure Index Range: 3,200 - 16,000
  • 144GB and 288GB RAM options
  • Multiple Imaging Modes
The v2640 Onyx is a special model of Phantom camera only available for rent through Vision Research and select partners in different regions.  Adapted from our v2640 scientific camera the Onyx delivers the world's fastest 4 Mpx camera to the media and production industry. The Onyx includes an all-black housing and optical low pass filter (OLPF) to reduce aliasing artifacts caused by the sensor's bayer pattern CFA. 

Image quality for media and production is of the highest importance and the Phantom v2640 Onyx has multiple features that aid in producing pristine images. The very low noise rating of 7.2e- (the lowest of any Phantom camera) and the 64dB dynamic range (the highest of any global shutter Phantom camera) work well together making the Onyx a great choice for high-speed VFX production.
Interchangeable lens mounts increase flexibility by adapting to Nikon, PL, C, and Canon EF with electronic control.  The correlated double sampling (CDS) in standard mode provides clean image with dark regions. 

Key Features

  • 2048 x 1952 resolution
  • 13.5 μm pixel size.
  • 35mm, almost square, sensor format
  • On-Camera Controls and SDI output
  • 10Gb Ethernet on camera
  • Cinemag V compatibility

What's in the Box?

  • Power supply with XLR extender
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Pelican Case
  • Printed Manual
  • Phantom PCC software

Standard Mode

Resolution FPS
2048 x 1952 4,855
2048 x 1440 6,510
1920 x 1080 8,575
1024 x 976 9,440
640 x 480 18,120
1792 x 8 144,970

Standard Binning Mode

Resolution FPS
1024 x 976 18,390
896 x 720 24,230
640 x 480 34,490
256 x 320 48,060
256 x 64 129,550
896 x 16 190,060

High-Speed Mode

Resolution FPS
2048 x 1952 6,600
2048 x 1440 8,880
1920 x 1080 12,500
1024 x 976 14,740
1792 x 720 19,690
640 x 480 28,760
1792 x 8 303,460

High-Speed Binning Mode

Resolution FPS
1024 x 976 25,030
896 x 720 37,360
640 x 480 53,290
256 x 320 74,460
256 x 64 204,270
896 x 16 303,460

Common resolutions and frame-rates, other resolutions available.
Short Description
The Phantom v2640 Onyx is a special version of the v2640 that includes features important to media production such as a black housing, standard PL mount, and optical low pass filter (OLPF). The v2640 is the fastest 4Mpx camera on the market, achieving 6,600 fps at full resolution of 2048x1952. It has excellent image quality with dynamic range of 64.1dB and noise of only 7.2e- for clear, detailed images. The Onyx is available for rent from Vision Research and select partners around the world. 
  • 26 Gpx/second
  • Max speed at full resolution of 2048 x 1952 is 6,600 fps.
  • Minimum frame rate is 100 fps
Sensor Specifications
  • CMOS Sensor
  • 2048 x 1952 pixels
  • 13.5 µm pixel size
  • 27.6 mm x 26.3 mm;
  • Super-35mm wide; 38.2mm diagonal
  • 12-bit depth
  • TE and heat pipe cooled
  • CAR in 128 x 8 increments,
  • Standard Mode:
    • ISO Color 3,200D,
    • E.I. range 3,200-16,000D;
  • High Speed Mode:
    • ISO Color 3,200D,
    • E.I. range 3,200-16,000D
  • 1 µs minimum exposure standard,
    • 499ns min. exp. in Standard
    • 142ns min. exp. in HS with FAST option
  • Global electronic shutter
  • Auto Exposure
  • Shutter Off mode for PIV
  • 144 GB standard RAM
  • 288 GB optional RAM.
  • CineMag IV and V for non-volatile storage (up to 8TB)
Record Times
  • 3.9 seconds at max fps, 12 bits, 2048 x 1952 resolution and into 144GB RAM.
  • Longer times available when recording directly to a CineMag at lower frame rates

Special Features
  • 10Gb Ethernet standard
  • Segment memory up to 63 times
  • Continuous recording
  • Memory gate
  • Event marking
  • Frame timestamp
  • IRIG In (modulated and unmodulated)
  • IRIG Out (unmodulated)
  • Sync-to-Trigger
  • GPS input for timing and latitude & longitude
  • Shutter off mode for PIV exposure
  • 490 ns straddle time - Standard Modes
  • 696 ns straddle time - HS Modes
  • Burst mode
  • Internal mechanical shutter for automatic/remote Current Session Reference (CSR)
  • Secondary IP address
  • Programmable trigger location (pre/post trigger recording)
  • Image-Based Auto-Trigger
  • Trigger from software, on-camera controls, or hardware trigger BNC
Timing and Synchronization
  • 11.36ns timing accuracy
  • Frame synchronization to internal or external clock (FSYNC)
  • IRIG in/out
  • Ready output (signals ready to record)
  • Strobe output (low during frame exposure time)
  • Programmable I/O ports includes:
    • adjustable (assign and define) signals
    • F-sync
    • Strobe
    • Event
    • trigger output
    • ready and more
  • Dedicated FSYNC, Trigger, Timecode In, Timecode Out, and Strobe BNCs on camera body
  • Range Data input on camera body
  • Remote port
  • GPS input for timing, longitude & latitude
  • Capture connector, Available signals:
    • Event, Trigger, Strobe, Ready
    • IRIG In & IRIG Out
    • Video Out
    • Serial Port
    • Power Out
    • A-Sync (IBAT Trigger)
    • Pretrigger/Memgate)
Gb Ethernet 10Gb Ethernet for both control and data
Camera Control
  • Phantom Camera Control software (PCC)
  • On-Camera Controls standard
  • SDK available
Video Out
  • Two HD-SDI BNC ports on camera.
  • Component viewfinder port.
  • Supports up to 1080p30.
  • PL-mount standard
  • Canon EOS mount optional
  • Nikon-mount optional,
    • Supports F & G style lenses.
    • (lens not included)
Video Processing
  • Brightness
  • Gain
  • Gamma
  • Saturation
  • Hue
  • White Balance
  • Color interpolation algorithm
  • Flare
  • Pedestal
  • Tone curve
  • Filters
  • Color matrix
  • Image flip and rotate in PCC
  • Crop
  • Scale
Data Acquisition
  • National Instruments M- and X-Series
  • DAQ modules with integrated support in PCC
Motion Analysis
  • Basic measurements via Phantom Application:
  • Distance
  • Speed
  • Acceleration
  • Angles and Angular Speed
  • Manual and Automatic point collection for target tracking
  • Compatible with 3rd party solutions
Supported File Formats
  • Cine, Cine Compressed, Cine RAW
  • AVI, h.264 mp4
  • Apple ProRes .mov
  • Multipage TIFF, MXF PAL, MXF NTSC
  • Uncompressed QuickTime
  • Windows BMP
  • OS/2 BMP
  • 100 - 240 VAC, 280 Watt power supply included
  • 20 - 28 VDC backup battery input on camera back panel
Mechanical Specifications
  • Without Handle:
    • 11 x 7.5 x 7.43 inches (L,W,H)
    • 28 x 19 x 18.88 cm (L,W,H)
  • Handle adds 2.24"(5.7 cm) to height.
  • Weight: 17 lbs, 8 oz, 8.1 kg
Environmental Specifications
  • Operating Temperature:
    • o-10 to +50 C
    • 10G Operating Temp: +5 - +50 C
  • Storage Temperature: -20 to + 70 C
  • Humidity: 95% non-condensing
  • Altitude:
    • Operational: 0 to 10 k feet above sea level
    • Non-Operational: -500 to 50 k feet above sea level
  • Regulatory(EMI/EMC/ESD):
    • Emissions:EN 61326-1, FCC part 15
    • Immunity: EN 61326-1
  • Random Vibration:
    • Operational:7.5 Grms, 3axes, IAW MIL-STD-202G.
  • Shock:
    • Operational: 5.5G, 11mSec sawtooth, 3 axes,60 pulses total.
    • Non-Operational: 30G, 11mSec sawtooth, 3 axes,60 pulses total.
  • Safety: IEC 60950
  • Phantom SDK
  • LabView
  • MatLab
Ships Standard With
  • Power supply
  • Fischer Ethernet cable
  • Phantom PCC software
  • Printed Manual
  • Ships in Pelican Case
  • Canon EOS lens mount
  • F-mount
Popular Accessories
  • CineMag V
  • CineStation IV
  • Video monitor for use with on-camera controls
Phantom CineStation IV

Phantom CineStation IV

Download station for CineMag IV and CineMag V recording media.  Includes Gb and 10Gb Ethernet network support standard.
EOS Lens Mount for UHS (VXXXX), V-series (VXXX) and Flex2K Cameras

EOS Lens Mount for UHS, V-series, and Flex2K

Canon EOS Lens Mount for Phantom UHS (VXXXX), V-Series and Flex2K Cameras. Provides electronic aperture and focus control.  
Pickle Switch, 6' (2m) Cable

Pickle Switch, 6' (2m) Cable

Pickle Switch. Connect to the Trigger port on camera or Capture cable, breakout box or Mini-BOB for manually triggering a camera with the press of a button.
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YPRPB Component Video Cable

Connects to camera’s Fischer viewfinder port to provide power via XLR-4 and component video via Y, PR and PB BNCs. Useful for on-camera video monitors with a component video input.  Compatible with Phantom UHS and Flex4K camera families. 
We test the ISO of every Phantom camera model to the industry standard ISO 12232. We use the SAT method which we believe is the best method for determining a sensor's sensitivity. The SAT method does not use gain to boost sensitivity. When using gain to increase sensitivity, you also boost the noise level. A gain adjustment to boost sensitivity is available on all Phantom cameras using image processing tools, if increased noise can be tolerated.

Per the spec, we will often publish both a Daylight (D) and a Tungsten (T) value because the source of illumination has a significant bearing on the result, particularly with monochrome sensors. When T or D is not specified, it can be assumed that the value published is the Daylight variant.

Please note that most modern Phantom cameras include Exposure Index control, which will boost the apparent ISO through the use of pre-defined tone curves that get applied to the raw images. The exposure index (EI) range is specified by Vision Research per camera model to ensure optimal image quality throughout the range.
We do not manufacturer specialized enclosures such as underwater housings directly. There are manufacturers of underwater housings on the market compatible with Phantom cameras. Here are a few examples:

Gates has a specialized housing for the Flex4K: https://www.gateshousings.com/flex-4k/

Nauticam has an underwater housing for the Phantom VEO (all S-model VEO) https://www.nauticam.com/

Prevco is a subsea engineering consultancy and manufacturer specializing in submersible pressure vessels, instrumentation housings, junction boxes, vent plugs, pressure relief valves and other accessories, also compatible with Phantom cameras

If you supply underwater housings or know of another supplier, please let us know so we can add to this list.
Most Phantom cameras come with a fixed amount of high-speed dynamic RAM. When the camera is in the pre-trigger mode (you've pressed "Capture" in the user interface), the camera is continuously recording images into that memory. When it gets to the end of memory, it cycles back to the beginning and continues recording, constantly overwriting itself – until the camera is triggered. This behavior is called "circular buffer recording".

What you end up actually saving in memory is a function of how you've set up your trigger. It can be set so that only frames that occur after the trigger are saved (100% post trigger). In this mode, once the trigger is pressed any images already in memory are overwritten and you record until memory is full, then it stops. If you set the trigger to stop the recording (0% post trigger) and save all frames up to the time of the trigger, the camera will simply stop recording upon the trigger and all the frames in memory before the trigger will be saved. Finally, you can set the trigger anywhere in the middle, for example having 90% of the recorded movie be what happens prior to the trigger and 10% after the trigger.
Yes you can!  Information on discontinued Phantom cameras is archived. Information on most legacy products can be found in the ‘Support by Model’ section at www.phantomhighspeed.com/support
The Phantom RCU is a legacy solution for Flex, Miro and v-Series models. The Bluetooth dongle that was designed for the RCU also works with the handheld PCU from AbelCine, which is also compatible with most modern Phantom cameras. The Bluetooth dongle is needed for wireless connectivity with the RCU or PCU and connects to Phantom cameras with a “Remote port” (v-Series, UHS and Flex cameras). Note that Miro and VEO camera models do not have a ‘Remote’ port directly on the camera body. However, VEO cameras can be connected using the CAMEO VEObob accessory.
There are two third-party solutions that Vision Research recommends highly because they work for ALL Phantom cameras over their Ethernet connection:
  • The Semote handheld remote controller includes a handheld unit and camera unit to transmit the signal. This device provides a connection up to approximately 30 meters.

  • The iPhantom app works on any Apple IOS device, and connects to any Phantom camera that has a WiFi router attached to the camera. This is particularly great for VEO S-model cameras (with firmware after version 106), because those cameras include a USB port for a USB WiFi dongle available from Vision Research.

We offer hands-on training for Phantom cameras at our Wayne, New Jersey facility. The two-day class has both lecture and labs for the best learning experience. This class is targeted at applications where the cameras will be used for scientific and engineering applications.
On-site training is available.

For customers outside of North America, who prefer local training, most of our International Sales Partners offer training courses tailored to your needs.

If your application is TV or Motion Picture production, consider training courses targeted at those applications from AbelCine, or other Phantom resellers around the world who focus on the "entertainment" market.
Yes. Look in the General Support Documents page for the CE Declarations here: phantomhighspeed.com/support
Vision Research welcomes slow motion videos from our industrial users as well as our entertainment customers. Submission is easy. Send us an email (phantom@ametek.com ) that explains what you’d like to share. In the body of the email give us all the details about your shoot, equipment used, workflow and anything else you think we need to know. We will send you a permission to use form to complete. This form gives us permission to use your footage and tells us how to credit your work. Once we get the completed form, we’ll work with you to get the footage (we prefer the original cine file). Then, we’ll post your high speed video in the Gallery and on our YouTube channel. Slow motion videos in our Gallery are rotated on a weekly basis and randomly chosen for inclusion into the Gallery.
Vision Research sends out a monthly newsletter that includes product announcements, featured projects and other news. Fill out a Contact form to be added to our email list! http://www.phantomhighspeed.com/Contact-Us/Contact-Form
All Phantom v-Series cameras with the Airborne option (these are no longer shipping) are classified as ECCN 7A994.

All Phantom Miro Airborne and Miro Airborne HD cameras (these are no longer shipping) are classified as ECCN 9A991D.

Any Phantom camera with the FAST option installed (typically this gives you frame rates >= 1,000,000 fps and/or digital exposures < 1 microsecond) such as the Phantom v611, v711, VEO 710 and the Ultrahigh-speed 10, 11, and 12 Series are classified as ECCN 6A003 and are export controlled.

Cameras with ECCN 6A003 can only be exported to these countries with no license required (NLR):
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

All other countries require an export license.

All other Phantom cameras are classified as ECCN EAR99.


A strawberry explosion demonstrates the detail capabilities of the Phantom v2640 ONYX. Footage from Love High Speed

v2640 Onyx Bees

Footage captured with the v2640 Onyx at 5,000 fps. Lens: Zeiss 100mm macro Power: Blue Shape power vault

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Phantom Rents Onyx

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Onyx Front

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Onyx Rear

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Onyx Side

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