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Alvium 1500 C-120

Alvium 1500 C -120
Alvium 1500 C -120
Alvium 1500 C – Powerful camera modules for embedded vision

Revolutionary MIPI CSI-2 camera module

Alvium 1500 C-120 with ON Semi AR0135CS runs 52.0 frames per second at 1.2 MP resolution.


Alvium 1500 C is a revolutionary MIPI CSI-2 camera optimized for embedded vision applications. The Alvium 1500 C offers the performance and versatility of industrial cameras for the embedded world. Equipped with industrial-grade CMOS sensors from ON Semiconductor, Alvium 1500 C cameras deliver excellent image quality and high frame rates.

The standardized CSI-2 driver ensures quick integration with the flexibility to change camera models easily.

Technical data

Interface MIPI CSI-2, up to 4 lanes
Resolution 1280 (H) × 960 (V)
Sensor ON Semi AR0135CS
Sensor type CMOS
Sensor size Type 1/3
Pixel size 3.75 µm × 3.75 µm
Shutter mode GS (Global shutter)
Lens mounts (available) C-Mount, CS-Mount, S-Mount
Max. frame rate at full resolution 52 fps using 1 to 4 lanes, RAW8 (GREY)
ADC 12 Bit
Image buffer (RAM) 256 KByte
Non-volatile memory (Flash) 1024 KByte

Imaging performance data is based on the evaluation methods in the EMVA 1288 Release 3.1 standard for characterization of image sensors and cameras. Measurements are typical values for monochrome models measured without optical filter.

Quantum efficiency at 529 nm 69 %
Temporal dark noise 6.1 eˉ
Saturation capacity 9430 eˉ
Dynamic range 63 dB
Absolute sensitivity threshold 6.7 dB
Bit depth 12-bit
Monochrome pixel formats CSI-2: RAW8, RAW10, RAW12 | FOURCC: GREY, Y10, Y12
YUV color pixel formats CSI-2: YUV422 8-bit | FOURCC: UYVY
RGB color pixel formats CSI-2: RGB888 (default) | FOURCC: RGB3
TTL I/Os 2 programmable GPIOs
Power requirements (DC) 5 VDC over MIPI CSI-2
Power consumption Typical: 1.1 W
Operating temperature You can find these specifications after configuring your camera below.
Body dimensions (L × W × H in mm)

Image control: Auto

  • Auto exposure
  • Auto gain
  • Auto white balance (color models)


Image control: Other

  • Binning (digital)
  • Black level
  • Color transformation (incl. hue, saturation; color models)
  • De-Bayering up to 5×5 (color models)
  • DPC (defect pixel correction)
  • FPNC (fixed pattern noise correction)
  • Gamma
  • Reverse X/Y
  • ROI (region of interest)


Camera control

  • Acquisition frame rate
  • Firmware update in the field
  • I/O and trigger control
  • Temperature monitoring

Software and firmware

FAQs and application notes

  • Knowledge base:

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  • Application notes overview:

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  • Application notes recommended for Alvium CSI-2 cameras:

Data sheets

3D CAD files (STEP) for Alvium cameras and accessories

You can download STEP components for Alvium models and Alvium accessories at the Alvium STEP file download page.

Or you can download prepared sets of components for standard Alvium models like this:


  1. You need a 3D CAD viewer application to view and measure the STEP files. Download a STEP viewer free of charge:
  2. Go to the Camera Selector, select your Alvium model, and configure the corresponding hardware option (such as an Open Housing C-Mount camera).
  3. In the tile showing your Alvium submodel, open the "STEP files" link. See the image below.
  4. Download the files from the link selection shown at the bottom of the tile.
  5. To assemble housed cameras from the STEP file components, follow the Instructions included in the link collection.

Configure your camera!


Allied Vision approved machine vision accessories have been selected by our experts to deliver best possible image quality to your application with the greatest possible reliability. Our technicians and engineers conduct extensive tests with accessories such as lenses and interface cables in combination with our cameras. That way, we can recommend the best possible accessories and ensure maximal performance of your Allied Vision camera.

Perfectly connected - thanks to powerful software

Software integration made easy

Alvium GigE, 5GigE, and USB cameras can be easily integrated into embedded systems with Allied Vision's next generation  Vimba X SDK, a fully GenICam-compliant platform-independent SDK for all Allied Vision cameras with GigE, 5GigE and USB3 Vision Interface.

GenICam-based Transport Layers support the Alvium cameras and can automatically connect them to third-party software solutions such as MATLAB, OpenCV, Halcon, CVB, and many more.


To operate Alvium CSI-2 cameras on your vision system, Allied Vision provides different access modes:

  • GenICam for CSI-2 Access controls the camera by GenICam features, using the Alvium CSI-2 driver and CSI-2 transport layer (TL) directly.
  • Direct Register Access (DRA) to control the cameras via registers for advanced users.
  • Video4Linux2 Access allows to control the cameras via established V4L2 API and applications like GStreamer and OpenCV.

Open-source CSI-2 drivers are available on GitHub for different