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The Phantom v1840 has unparalleled image quality with a full 4 Mpx sensor for exceptional detail.  The camera is built on the proven and reliable UHS series platform and delivers images at speeds not seen before. A variety of interchangeable modes increases flexibility between different applications.

  • 4,510 fps at 2048 x 1920
  • 8,570 fps at 1920 x 1080
  • Exposure Index Range:
    • Standard Mode:
      • Mono 16,000 – 80,000
      • Color 3,200 – 16,000
    • Binned Mode 25,000 – 125,000
      • Mono 25,000 - 125,000
      • Color 5,000 - 25,000
  • 72, 144, or 288GB RAM
  • Easy upgrade for higher frame rates

The Phantom v1840 has the lowest noise rating of any Phantom cameras at just 7.2e-.  It also boasts the highest dynamic range, 64 dB, of any Phantom camera that uses a global shutter. 

Flexibility is further enhanced by utilizing the binning mode (mono only) to reach speeds of up to 17,240 fps at 1024 x 976.  With the FAST* option operators can benefit from a 142ns minimum exposure. Correlated Double Sampling (CDS) in standard mode provides the cleanest images possible for images with dark regions. Likewise, Bright Field Mode increases the Full Well giving cleaner images to bright and very bright backgrounds.

Extreme imaging creates a lot of data that needs to be moved quickly and safely.  The v1840 is compatible with the Phantom CineMag IV and V media storage systems.

*The FAST option is export controlled. To learn more go to www.phantomhighspeed.com/news/whoweare/export

Key Features:

  • 2048 x 1952 max resolution
  • 13.5 pixel size for exceptional detail
  • Programmable I/O
  • Correlated Double Sampling (CDS)
  • Bright Field Mode
  • Advanced Features:
    • Image-Based-Auto Trigger
    • SYNC-to-Trigger
    • Quiet fans

What’s in the box?

  • Power supply with XLR extender
  • Ethernet Cable
  • 10Gb Ethernet Cable
  • Sturdy Pelican case
*Printed Manual and PCC Software CD available upon request. 

Standard Mode

Resolution FPS
2048 x 1952 3,320
2048 x 1440 4,460
1920 x 1080 5,880
1024 x 976 6,470
640 x 480 12,480
1792 x 8 106,850

Standard Binning Mode

Resolution FPS
1024 x 976 12,670
896 x 720 16,740
640 x 480 23,960
256 x 320 33,620
256 x 64 94,710
896 x 16 143,660

High-Speed Mode

Resolution FPS
2048 x 1952 4,510
2048 x 1440 6,080
1920 x 1080 8,570
1024 x 976 10,110
640 x 480 19,840
1792 x 8 225,000

High-Speed Binning Mode

Resolution FPS
1024 x 976 17,240
896 x 720 25,850
640 x 480 37,100
256 x 320 52,260
256 x 64 150,840
896 x 16 225,000

Common resolutions and frame-rates, other resolutions available.
Short Description
  • The Phantom v1840 provides excellent 4Mpx image quality while reaching 4,510 fps at full resolution of 2048x1952. It has dynamic range of 64.1dB and noise of only 7.2e- for clear, detailed images. The v1840 has up to 5 operating modes for maximum flexibility: Standard, High Speed (HS), High Speed Bright Field, Standard Binned and High Speed Binned. The binned modes on a color camera will produce a monochrome image.
  • 18 Gpx/second
  • Max speed at full resolution of 2048 x 1952 is 4,510 fps.
  • Max speed at full resolution of 1024 x 976 in the Binned mode is 19,530 fps
  • Minimum frame rate is 100 fps (Standard, HS, and Binned modes)
  • Minimum frame rate is 1,000 fps (Bright Field mode)
Sensor Specifications
  • CMOS Sensor
  • 2048 x 1952 pixels
  • 13.5 µm pixel size
  • 27 µm pixel size - Binned Modes
  • 27.6 mm x 26.3 mm
  • 12-bit depth
  • TE and heat pipe cooled
  • CAR in 128 x 8 increments,
  • 128 x 16 in Binned modes
  • Standard Mode:
    • Mono
      • ISO 16,000D,
      • E.I. range 16,000-80,000D
    • Color
      • ISO 3,200D,
      • E.I. range 3,200-16,000D
  • High Speed Mode:
    • Mono
      • ISO 12,500D,
      • E.I. range 12,500-62,500D
    • Color
      • ISO 3,200D,
      • E.I. range 3,200-16,000D
  • High Speed Bright Field Mode:
    • Mono
      • ISO 2,500D,
      • E.I. range 2,500-12,500D
    • Color
      • ISO 500D,
      • E.I. range 500-2,500D
  • Standard Binned Mode:
    • Mono
      • ISO 25,000D,
      • E.I. range 25,000-125,000D
    • Color
      • ISO 5,000D
      • E.I. range 500 - 2,500D
  • High Speed Binned Mode:
    • Mono
      • ISO 25,000D,
      • E.I. range 25,000-125,000D
    • Color
      • ISO 5,000D
      • E.I. range 5,000 - 25,000D
  • 1 µs minimum exposure standard, 499ns minimum exposure in Standard mode and 142ns minimum exposure in HS mode with FAST option (export controlled)
  • Global electronic shutter
  • Auto Exposure
  • Shutter Off mode for PIV
  • 72 GB, 144 GB, 288 GB high-speed internal RAM
  • CineMag IV and V for non-volatile storage (up to 8TB)
Record Times
  • 10.6 seconds at maximum frame rate, 12 bits, 2048 x 1952 resolution and into maximum internal memory
  • Longer record times are available when recording directly to a CineMag at lower frame rates
Special Features
  • 10Gb Ethernet standard
  • Segment memory for up to 63 cines in multi-cine mode
  • Continuous recording
  • Memory gate
  • Event marking
  • Frame timestamp
  • IRIG In (modulated and unmodulated)
  • IRIG Out (unmodulated)
  • Sync-to-Trigger
  • GPS input for GPS timing, latitude & longitude
  • Shutter off mode for PIV exposure
  • 490 ns straddle time - Standard and Standard Binned modes,
  • 696 ns straddle time - HS, HS Bright Field and HS binned modes
  • Burst mode
  • Internal mechanical shutter for automatic/remote Current Session Reference (CSR)
  • Secondary IP address
  • Field-based firmware upgrade capable
  • Programmable trigger location (pre/post trigger recording)
  • Image-Based Auto-Trigger standard
  • Trigger from software
  • Hardware trigger BNC
  • High Voltage (HV) trigger compatible
Timing and Synchronization
  • Frame synchronization to internal or external clock (FSYNC)
  • IRIG in/out
  • Ready output (high when camera is armed and ready to record)
  • Strobe output (low during frame exposure time)
  • Programmable I/O ports includes adjustable (assign and define) signals including F-sync, strobe, event, trigger output, ready and more
  • FSYNC, Trigger, Timecode In, Timecode Out, and Strobe BNCs on camera body
  • Range Data input on camera body
  • Remote port
  • GPS input for GPS 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)
  • Break-out-Box compatible (IRIG-in, IRIG-out, NTSC/PAL Video, Trigger, Event, Strobe, A-Sync, Pre-Trigger/Memgate, Ready) Note: cannot power the camera from the BoB
  • 1Gb Ethernet and 10Gb Ethernet for both control and data
Camera Control
  • Phantom Camera Control software (PCC)
  • On-Camera Controls standard
  • Remote Control Unit (RCU)
  • SDK available
Video Out
  • Analog video (NTSC or PAL) available on Break-out-Box
  • Two HD-SDI ports on camera
  • Component viewfinder port
  • Nikon F-mount standard, supports F & G style lenses
  • Canon EOS mount optional
  • C-mount optional
  • (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
  • 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, PCX, TGA, TIFF, LEAD, JPEG, JTIF, RAW, DNG, DPX
  • 100 - 240 VAC, 280 Watt power supply included
  • 20 - 28 VDC backup battery input on camera back panel
Mechanical Specifications
  • 11 x 7.5 x 7.43 inches, 28 x 19 x 18.88 cm (L, W, H) without handle or lens. Handle adds 2.24"(5.7 cm) to height.
  • Weight: 17 lbs, 8 oz, 8.1 kg
Environmental Specifications
  • Operating Temperature: -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
  • 10G Ethernet cable
  • Phantom PCC software
  • Getting Started Guide
  • FAST Option
  • Canon EOS lens mount
  • PL-mount
Popular Accessories
  • CineMag IV / V
  • CineStation for CineMag IV / V
  • Video monitor for use with on-camera controls
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.
Phantom CineStation IV

Phantom CineStation IV

Download station for CineMag IV and CineMag 5 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.  
C Lens Mount for UHS (VXXXX), V-series (VXXX) and Flex2K cameras

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

C Lens Mount for Phantom UHS (VXXXX), V-Series and Flex2K Cameras.

Every Phantom v2640 and v1840 camera includes: Standard, High-Speed (HS), High-Speed Bright Field, and Binning modes. Color cameras will produce a monochrome image when using Binning mode. 

“Bright Field” is a specially engineered mode where we increased the Full Well of the pixel to create a much larger full well than the other mode.  A larger Full Well gives a higher Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). This gives a much cleaner image in applications with a very bright background, like a sky in daylight, or LEDs backlighting an experiment. We applied Bright Field the High Speed Mode, so the frame rates are the same.

FAST option allows the v2640 and v1840 to achieve a minimum exposure as low as 142ns. It is a feature that is Export Controlled, and therefore not automatically included. It is an option that can be added.

In Phantom Camera Control (PCC) software, go to Camera Settings, near the top of the menu.  Select the mode you want from the dropdown menu, and follow the dialog boxes. No need to reboot the camera or restart PCC. If you have Cines in RAM, we make you either save them or delete them before mode switching.

 Of course you can.  You can also upgrade for more memory, up to 288GB, and even add CineMag compatibility.

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.

Food Processor with the v1840

We prepare breakfast in the Phantom camera way.

Red Balloon Water Suspension

v2640 at 17,000 fps

v1840 Right Side

UHS v1840

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v1212 Front

UHS Front

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image UHS front with dark background

UHS Front Dark Background

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v1212 Connector Panel

Connector Panel

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CineMag IV

UHS Front

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CineMag IV & CineStation IV

CineMag and CineStation

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