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VRI Phantom v2640 ONYX Ultra High Speed Cinema Camera

Abel Code: phantomonyx
The Phantom ONYX is a Media Production version of the v2640, with user-friendly features that deliver the extreme capabilities of the world's fastest 2K sensor.
Key Highlights
  • Ultra-High-Speed 2K Cinema Camera
  • Capture up to 12,500 fps at 1080p
  • 64dB dynamic range


The VRI Phantom v2640 Onyx Ultra-High-Speed Cinema Camera offers an exclusive solution for our rental partners and direct rental clients, with user-friendly features, an all-black, low-profile housing, and a specially designed optical low pass filter (OLPF) to reduce aliasing artifacts and moiré caused by the sensor's bayer pattern CFA. The sensor's huge 13.5 μm pixel size makes it very sensitive to light (far superior to Phantom Flex cameras in lower light conditions, or at very high speeds).

Onyx is the world's fastest 2K sensor high speed camera, designed specifically for the media and cinema production industry, capturing up to 6,600 fps at its full resolution of 2048 x 1952. Onyx can capture up to 12,500 fps at 1080p, and a staggering 19,690 fps at 720p (in High Speed Mode). Standard Modes are also available to achieve the least amount of noise, though maximum frame rates are reduced (see detailed Specifications below). The Onyx saves full internal RAM (144GB) to a compatible CineMag in 1 minute. 

The Onyx features a very low 7.2e- noise rating, the lowest of any Phantom camera. When combined with its 64.1dB dynamic range (the highest of any global shutter Phantom camera), the user will experience exceptionally clear footage with fine detail in the brightest and darkest areas of the image (Correlated Double Sampling, or CDS, in standard mode provides a clean image in dark regions).

IMPORTANT NOTE: This camera is very power intensive, drawing 7.6A at idle, and over 8.5A at max fps on 24V (i.e., 208W without the EVF). The camera runs on dual 280W AC power supplies, rather than a more common single PSU configuration. Use of a robust 24V block battery will be the only (current) option for remote power. 

Interchangeable lens mounts increase flexibility by adapting to Nikon, PL, C, PV, and Canon EF with electronic control. The Canon EF mount is identical to that of the Flex 2K (i.e., different from the Flex 4K EF Mount).

NOTE: When changing a lens mount, the OLPF detaches along with the mount, exposing the sensor (just like the Flex 2K, and unlike the Flex 4K/VEO). Extreme care must be taken when changing the lens mount due to the exposed sensor.


  • Captures up to 6,600 fps at 2048 x 1952
  • Captures up to 12,500 fps at 1080p
  • Captures up to 19,690 fps at 720p
  • 64.1dB dynamic range
  • 13.5 μm pixel size
  • 35mm (1.05:1 aspect ratio) sensor format
  • Global Shutter
  • Exposure Index Range: 3,200-16,000
  • 10Gb Ethernet on camera
  • 144GB onboard RAM
  • CineMag IV / V compatibility
  • Multiple Imaging Modes (Standard, Standard Binning, High Speed, High Speed Binning)
  • On-Camera Controls & SDI output
  • Interchangeable lens mount system
  • Capable of anamorphic de-squeeze, but not via PCC/PVP software or camera menu (only via Telnet)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Actual contents of rental kits are variable, based on client requirements and availability. Please contact your AbelCine Rental Agent for details, or to request a specific configuration.


Detailed Specifications & 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
  • TE and heat pipe cooled (sensor)
  • CAR in 128 x 8 increments
  • ISO Color: 3,200D (Standard/High Speed Modes)

Record Times:

  • 3.9 seconds at max fps, 12 bits, 2048 x 1952 resolution with 144GB RAM
  • Longer times available when recording directly to a CineMag at lower frame rates

Recording Modes:

  • Standard:
    • 2048 x 1952: 4,855 fps
    • 2048 x 1440: 6,510 fps
    • 1920 x 1080: 8,575 fps
    • 1024 x 976: 9,440 fps
    • 640 x 480: 18,120 fps
    • 1792 x 8: 144,970 fps
  • Standard Binning:
    • 1024 x 976: 18,390 fps
    • 896 x 720: 24,230 fps
    • 640 x 480: 34,490 fps
    • 256 x 320: 48,060 fps
    • 256 x 64: 129,550 fps
    • 896 x 16: 190,060 fps
  • High Speed:
    • 2048 x 1952: 6,600 fps
    • 2048 x 1440: 8,880 fps
    • 1920 x 1080: 12,500 fps
    • 1024 x 976: 14,740 fps
    • 1792 x 720: 19,690 fps
    • 640 x 480: 28,760 fps
    • 1792 x 8: 303,460 fps
  • High Speed Binning:
    • 1024 x 976: 25,030 fps
    • 896 x 720: 37,360 fps
    • 640 x 480: 53,290 fps
    • 256 x 320: 74,460 fps
    • 256 x 64: 204,270 fps
    • 896 x 16: 303,460 fps
  • NOTE: Common resolutions & frame rates listed; other resolutions available.


  • Programmable trigger location (pre/post trigger recording)
  • Image-Based Auto-Trigger
  • Trigger from software, on-camera controls, or hardware trigger BNC

Timing & Sync:

  • 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 (for control via AbelCine's PCU Phantom Control Unit)
  • 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)

Camera Control:

  • Phantom Camera Control software (PCC)
  • On-Camera Controls standard
  • SDK available

Video Out:

  • (2) HD-SDI BNC ports on camera
  • Component viewfinder port
  • Supports up to 1080p30

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


  • Altitude:
    • Operational: 0-10,000' above sea level
    • Non-Operational: -500 to 50,000' 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

What's in the Box

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Actual contents of rental kits are variable, based on client requirements and availability. Please contact your AbelCine Rental Agent for details, or to request a specific configuration.


Key Highlights

  • Ultra-High-Speed 2K Cinema Camera
  • Capture up to 12,500 fps at 1080p
  • 64dB dynamic range
  • Interchangeable lens mount system

Inputs & Outputs

SDI Output:
2 x HD-SDI


Input Voltage:
20-28V DC - Block Battery Backup Input on camera rear panel
100-240V AC
Power Adapter:
Dual 280W PSU (Included)

Sensor Specifics

Sensor Size:
Super 35 - 38.2mm diagonal
Sensor Type:
CMOS - 12-bit depth; 13.5 µm pixel size
Sensor Dynamic Range:
Sensor Dimensions:
27.6mm x 26.3mm
Low Pass Filter:


Anamorphic Option:
Yes - de-squeeze via Telnet only
# Media Slots:
1 - CineMag IV / V compatible (up to 8TB)
Camera Features:
High-Speed Internal RAM - 144GB
Ethernet Interface:
10Gb Ethernet standard
Native ISO:
Exposure Mode:
Auto Exposure (Shutter Off mode for PIV) - 1 µs minimum exposure standard; 499ns min. exp. in Standard, 142ns min. exp. in HS with FAST option
Exposure Index Range - 3,200-16,000D
Shutter Type:
Global Electronic Shutter

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