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Alvium 1800 C-1240

Alvium 1800 C -1240
Alvium 1800 C -1240
Alvium 1800 C – High-performance camera modules for embedded vision

Machine vision sensors for embedded system developers

Alvium 1800 C-1240 with Sony IMX226 runs 41.0 frames per second at 12.2 MP resolution.


The powerful Alvium 1800 C MIPI CSI-2 camera series gives embedded system developers access to Sony’s high-performance image sensors popular in the machine vision industry. These sensors with resolutions up to 20 megapixels deliver excellent image quality and up to twice the frame rates compared to similar Alvium 1500 C models.

Technical data

Interface MIPI CSI-2, up to 4 lanes
Resolution 4024 (H) × 3036 (V)
Sensor Sony IMX226
Sensor type CMOS
Sensor size Type 1/1.7
Pixel size 1.85 µm × 1.85 µm
Shutter mode RS, Global reset shutter (GRS)
Lens mounts (available) C-Mount, CS-Mount, S-Mount
Max. frame rate at full resolution 41 fps using 4 lanes, RAW8 (GREY)
ADC 10 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 74 %
Temporal dark noise 4.8 eˉ
Saturation capacity 10500 eˉ
Dynamic range 65 dB
Absolute sensitivity threshold 6.3 eˉ
Bit depth 10-bit
Monochrome pixel formats PFNC: Mono8, Mono10, Mono10p, Mono12, Mono12p | CSI-2: RAW8 , RAW10, RAW12 | FOURCC: GREY, Y10, Y12
YUV color pixel formats PFNC: YCbCr411_8_CbYYCrYY, YCbCr422_8_CbYCrY, YCbCr8_CbYCr | CSI-2: YUV422 8-bit | FOURCC: UYVY
RGB color pixel formats PFNC: RGB8 (default), BGR8 | CSI-2: RGB888 (default) | FOURCC: RGB3
Raw color pixel formats (Bayer) PFNC: BayerGR8, BayerGR10, BayerGR10p, BayerGR12, BayerGR12p
TTL I/Os 2 programmable GPIOs
Power requirements (DC) 5 VDC over MIPI CSI-2
Power consumption Typical: 2.9 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

  • Adaptive noise correction*
  • Binning (digital)
  • Black level
  • Color transformation (incl. hue, saturation; color models)
  • Contrast*
  • Custom convolution*
  • De-Bayering up to 5×5 (color models)
  • DPC (defect pixel correction)
  • FPNC (fixed pattern noise correction)
  • Gamma
  • Lens shading correction*
  • LUT (look-up table)*
  • Reverse X/Y
  • ROI (region of interest)
  • Sharpness/Blur*


Camera control

  • Acquisition frame rate
  • Counters and timers*
  • Firmware update in the field
  • I/O and trigger control
  • Image chunk data*
  • Serial I/Os*
  • Temperature monitoring
  • User sets*


*GenICam for CSI-2 Access

Software and firmware

FAQs and application notes

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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