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Alvium 1800 C-030 VSWIR

Alvium 1800 C -030 VSWIR
Alvium 1800 C -030 VSWIR
Alvium 1800 C – High-performance camera modules for embedded vision

Machine vision sensors for embedded system developers

Alvium 1800 C-030 VSWIR with Sony IMX991 | InGaAs runs 132.0 frames per second at 0.3 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 656 (H) × 520 (V)
Sensor Sony IMX991 | InGaAs
Sensor type InGaAs
Sensor size Type 1/4 VSWIR
Pixel size 5 µm × 5 µm
Shutter mode GS (Global shutter)
Lens mounts (available) C-Mount, CS-Mount, S-Mount
Max. frame rate at full resolution 132 fps using 1 to 4 lanes, RAW8 (GREY)
ADC 12 Bit
Image buffer (RAM) 256 KByte
Non-volatile memory (Flash) 1024 KByte
Bit depth 12-bit Bit
Raw pixel formats RAW8 (GREY), RAW10 (Y10), RAW12 (Y12) [MIPI CSI-2 (FOURCC)]
TTL I/Os 2 programmable GPIOs
Power requirements (DC) 5 VDC over MIPI CSI-2
Power consumption Typical: 1.8 W

Image control: Auto

  • Auto exposure
  • Auto gain


Image control: Other

  • Black level
  • DPC (defect pixel 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

Alvium 1800 C-030 cameras are sensitive in the visible and the SWIR spectrum and are well-suited for many typical SWIR applications in various industry branches:

  • Semiconductor industry: Solar cell and chip inspection
  • Recycling industry: Plastic sorting
  • Medical imaging, sciences: Hyper- and multi-spectral imaging
  • Glass industry: Defect detection through hot glass
  • Agriculture industry: Airborne remote sensing
  • Printing industry: Seeing hidden features
  • Surveillance: Vision enhancement (for example, seeing through fog or haze)
  • Security: Counterfeit detection (such as for money, faked hair, or skin)

Software and firmware

FAQs and application notes

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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