v2012

The Phantom v2012 is the “powerhouse” in the Phantom UHS-12 series. With data throughput of 20 Gpx per second and high light sensitivity. Images are delivered at the speeds necessary for extremely fast testing and data management is easy with the CineMag IV and V compatibility.

  • 22,500 fps at 1280 x 800
  • Exposure Index Range:
    • Mono 32,000 – 160,000
    • Color 6,400 – 32,000
  • 72, 144, or 288GB RAM
  • 10Gb Ethernet standard and up to 8TB CineMag
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The Phantom v2012 ultrahigh-speed camera has over 20 Gpx throughput with full resolution frame rates of up to 22,500 fps. The higher throughput allows the v2012 to push the boundaries by reaching speeds of 1 Million fps at 384 x 16 resolution and 290ns minimum with the FAST* option.

The v2012 has interchangeable lens mounts.  It is possible to switch between Nikon, C, and Canon EF (with electronic control) quickly.  This enhances workflow possibilities by eliminating lengthy down times and ensure the right lens can be used for the right situation. Workflow is enhanced further with multiple connections and compatibility with both the CineMag IV and V.

Key Features:

  • 28 micron pixel size for high light sensitivity
  • 12-bit depth
  • Connections Include:
    • Time code
    • FSYNC
    • GPS
    • Range data
    • Trigger
  • On-camera controls for easy for easy field use
  • Internal mechanical shutter for black references

What’s in the box?

  • Power supply with XLR extender
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Capture cable
  • Printed manual
  • Phantom PCC software
  • Sturdy Pelican case
Resolution FPS
1280 x 800 22,600
1280 x 720 25,100
1024 x 512 41,800
640 x 480 62,500
512 x 384 89,550
256 x 256 188,500
256 x 128 347,800
128 x 64* 727,200
128 x 32* 1,000,000
128 x 16* 1,000,000

*FAST Option, export controlled
Common resolutions and frame-rates, other resolutions available.
Short Description
  • The v2012 one megapixel digital high-speed camera is capable of taking over 22,000 frames-per-second (fps) at full 1280 x 800 resolution. And, with the FAST option, up to 1,000,000 fps at reduced resolution.
Throughput/Speed
  • 22 Gpx/s
  • Max speed at full resolution of 1280 x 800 is greater than 22,000 fps
  • Max speed at reduced resolution of 128 x 32 is 1,000,000 fps (requires export controlled FAST option), 651,150 fps without the FAST option
  • Record direct to CineMag at up to 1Gpx/second
  • Minimum frame rate of 100 fps
Sensor Specifications
  • CMOS sensor
  • 1280 x 800 pixels
  • 28 µm pixel size
  • 35.8 mm x 22.4 mm
  • 12-bit depth
  • TE and heat pipe cooled
  • CAR in 128 x 16 increments
  • ISO Monochrome 32,000D; 100,000T
  • ISO Color 6,400D; 10,000T
  • E.I. range 32,000-160,000D (mono);6,400-32,000D (Color)
Exposure
  • 1 µs minimum exposure standard, 290 ns minimum exposure with FAST option (export controlled)
  • Global electronic shutter
  • Extreme Dynamic Range (EDR)
  • Auto Exposure
  • Shutter Off mode for PIV
Memory
  • 72 GB, 144 GB, 288 GB high-speed internal RAM
  • CineMag IV for non-volatile storage (1 TB, 2 TB)
Record Times
  • 8.7 seconds at maximum frame rate, 12 bits, 1280x800 resolution and into maximum internal memory
  • Longer record times are available when recording directly to a CineMag at lower frame rates
Special Features
  • 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
  • 400 ns straddle time
  • Burst mode
  • Internal mechanical shutter for automatic/remote Current Session Reference (CSR)
  • Secondary IP address
  • Field-based firmware upgrade capable
Triggering
  • Programmable trigger location (pre/post trigger recording)
  • Image-Based Auto-Trigger standard
  • Trigger from software
  • Hardware trigger BNC
Timing and Synchronization
  • 18ns timing accuracy
  • 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)
Signaling
  • Capture connector (Available signals: Event, Trigger, Strobe, Ready, IRIG In, IRIG Out, Video Out, Serial Port, Power Out, A-Sync (IBAT Trigger), Pretrigger/Memgate)
  • Capture cable (Ready, Strobe, A-Sync, Pre-trigger, Video)
  • 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
  • Dedicated 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
Ethernet Connection
  • Gb Ethernet for both control and data
  • 10 Gb Ethernet
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
Lensing
  • 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
Power
  • 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
APIs
  • Phantom SDK
  • LabView
  • MatLab
Ships Standard With
  • Power supply
  • Ethernet cable
  • Capture cable
  • Phantom PCC software
  • Getting Started Guide
Options
  • FAST Option
  • Canon EOS lens mount
  • PL-mount
Popular Accessories
  • CineMag IV
  • CineStation for CineMag IV
  • 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 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 (VXXXX), V-series (VXXX) and Flex2K cameras

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 (VXXXX), V-series (VXXX) and Flex2K Cameras

C Lens Mount for Phantom UHS (VXXXX), V-Series and Flex2K Cameras.
The UHS-12 Series are similar to the UHS-11 Series, except for two differences. The first difference is the increase in memory.  The UHS-12 Series can be equipped with either 72GB, 144GB, or 288GB of RAM. The second difference is that the UHS-12 Series take advantage of the CineMag IV and V, which are available with over 2TB of non-volatile memory.  These enhancements are designed to make capturing, accessing, and managing your critical data much easier. The UHS-12 Cameras have the same excellent sensitivity and framerates as the UHS-11 cameras, with the same Phantom Features and outstanding image quality you’ve come to expect from Phantom digital high-speed cameras.

To minimize noise and maximize image quality on any digital high-speed camera, it is important to control the sensor temperature. By keeping the sensor at a fixed temperature, you will get better, more repeatable images. For many years, Vision Research has used thermo-electric (TE) coolers based on the Peltier effect to control sensor temperature. The sensor die is attached to the TE cooler and by monitoring the temperature of the sensor, the camera can supply more or less power to the TE cooler to adjust the temperature.

The TE cooler is typically bonded to a heat sink cooled by an active fan-based cooling system.

This technology is used on the v2512, v2012, v1612 and v1212. However, these cameras run so fast, that additional cooling technology is employed. On these cameras the sensor die is attached to the TE cooler, which in turn is bonded to a copper heat sink which has heat pipes attached. The heat pipes carry excess heat away from the sensor area toward the sides of the camera where heat is removed using dual fans.

The heat pipe is a copper tube that is filled with a liquid under low pressure.  One end of the heat pipe is bonded to the source of heat, in this case the copper heat sink. The other side is bonded to a heat sink which is fan cooled. Liquid in the heat pipe moves toward the source of heat through capillary action. When it gets to the hot side of the pipe, it will turn to vapor and circulate back to the cool side where it gives up heat and turns back into liquid. The process then repeats.

Yes, a copper UTP 10Gbase-T Ethernet interface is standard on all UHS cameras and the CineStation IV. When optimized, this allows for cine downloads at speeds more than 5X faster than the standard Gb Ethernet interface.

While any compatible 10GBASE-T interface card installed in a PC should work, we have been using and recommending the Intel X540-T1 and X540-T2 cards. Be sure the latest Intel drivers are installed, and the appropriate network address is assigned to it (For example, IP 172.16.0.1 and Subnet 255.255.0.0)  Also, ensure either the Phantom 10G Network driver is installed.

Vision Research provides a ruggedized connector carrier to be used when connecting a standard CAT6 or CAT6A Ethernet cable between the camera and the interface card. The customer must supply the appropriate cable.

A CAT6A or CAT7 cable is recommended and gives you a maximum 100m distance between the camera and the interface card. (A CAT6 cable is limited to 50m.)

Yes. In fact, there is a viewfinder port on the camera that will supply video and power to a viewfinder or monitor.

Vision Research offers a component viewfinder cable which can be used to power an on-camera monitor or viewfinder that has an XLR4 power input.  YPBPR Component video is also provided.  This cable’s part # is VRI-CBL-YPRPB-P65-0R8

All UHS-12 digital cameras come with a 280W power supply, providing ample power for a camera with maximum 288GB memory, a 2TB CineMag, and the viewfinder.

Yes. You need to order the optional Canon EOS lens mount and use it with one of the tested and supported lenses (see FAQ). The part number is: VRI-MNT-EOS-VSERIES.

No. We've been able to achieve these rates of speed without the use of such technology.

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.
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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.

UHS Cable Impact Testing

A frozen cable undergoing a stress test. Captured with a v2512 at 28,000 fps

UHS Bee study

Captured with Phantom v2511 at various speeds

v2012 Front Angle

UHS v2012

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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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