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- Expert color accuracy solution for monitors, laptops and projectors - see, share and print your images just as you intended with confidence
- Software designed for calibration perfectionists with dual mode operation - wizard and expert mode, unlimited calibration settings, and advanced gray balancing
- Fast and easy, full calibration takes about five minutes to ensure color accuracy and less than half the time for monthly re-calibrations
- Room light monitoring determines optimal monitor brightness so you see fine shadow detail and highlights in your photos, ensuring your edited images match your prints
- Before and after evaluation of your calibration results using your own images in full screen mode to focus on the details important to you
- Country of Origin: China
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Expert color accuracy solution for laptops, desktops and projectors with room light monitoring and unlimited settings for gamma, white point and advanced grey balancing, for ultimate control of your color workflow.
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Why Calibrate Your Monitor
Most monitors come out of the box with the brightness set too high and with over-saturated colors – plus they degrade over time. Another very important factor to ensure proper image editing and print matching, is having the correct room lighting conditions. Your display is the window into your digital image, you need to be able to trust it. Spyder5 calibrates your display to your environment and to an industry color reference standard to ensure your colors are accurate for better print matching. Your image editing will be easier and faster, you’ll spend less time in the 'print-edit-print' cycle, and you’ll waste less ink and paper.
Top 5 Reasons to Calibrate Your Display
- Monitors display colors differently.
- People see colors differently.
- Prints don’t match your monitor.
- Image colors are not true to life.
- Save time and money.
Room Light Monitoring
Spyder5ELITE has an integrated room light sensor that continually measures your unique lighting conditions and alerts you if there's been a change among five ambient light levels. You can then choose to either modify your calibration settings or adjust your room lighting, to assure optimal color accuracy, both on screen and in print.
True Color in A Flash
Spyder5ELITE creates a unique color profile for each of your monitors and adjusts their brightness level based on your room lighting. Say goodbye to time wasted on manually correcting your monitor’s preset settings without success. Now you can see the true colors of your photographs, both on screen and in print. Skin tones will be accurate and the blue sky you shot is going to look blue – not cyan.
Next generation Spyder technology comes with a colorimeter that's compact, portable and protected. It includes a dual purpose lens cap and counterweight, and guarantees improved tonal response with the industry's only patented 7-detector optical engine resulting in more accurate shadow detail and smoother gradients.
Easy To Use
Spyder5ELITE’s calibration process is fast and easy. A step-by-step wizard and additional advanced options guide you through the calibration process, then through evaluating your image. Evaluate your monitor’s color accuracy monthly using CheckCAL and then if needed, run ReCAL to recalibrate in minutes. In terms of calibration tools, it doesn’t get any easier.
Personalized ‘Before And After’ With Spyderproof
See the nuances that matter most with a 'Before and After' evaluation of your calibration results in full screen mode using your own photograph, or with a professional Datacolor composite image. The choice is yours. Designed for the way photographers work, SpyderProof gives you confidence that your displays achieve precise color accuracy.
Advanced Control For Matching Multiple Displays
SpyderMatch and SpyderTune are two advanced features that allow you to fine-tune all of your connected monitors by matching Brightness, White Point, and Gamma. These controls give you the ultimate flexibility to make each of your connected monitors look identical. No matter how many monitors you edit your images on, you can be confident that you have the ultimate in color accuracy and your images look the same on all of your connected monitors.
With features like fine-tune gray calibration and unlimited choices for gamma, white point, and luminance, Spyder5ELITE gives you the ultimate control in color calibration resulting in a perfectly calibrated monitor. Whether you use the simple step-by-step wizard or the Expert Console, you can be confident that you are using the best tool available to ensure the colors you see on screen are accurate and your prints match.
Spyder5ELITE includes a powerful module that lets you fully characterize your monitor, and track its performance over time with reporting. The software allows you to compare gamuts between displays and standard color spaces, analyze and graph luminance and color uniformity, map tone response curves, and measure and graph display accuracy against SpyderCHECKR color targets. These tools give you an easy way to monitor and compare the overall health and performance of your laptop and desktop monitors over time.
- Windows 7 32/64, Windows 8.0, 8.1 32/64, 10 32/64
- Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10
- Monitor resolution 1280x768 or greater, 16-bit video card (24 bit recommended), 1GB of available RAM, 500 MB of available hard disk.
- Internet connection for software download.
- USB port
What you get
- Spyder5 Colorimeter
- Welcome Card with software download link and warranty registration.
- Software Serial Number
- Reusable storage box
|Designed For||Hobbyist photographers seeking a simple monitor color calibration solution||Serious photographers and designers seeking a full-featured and advanced color accuracy solution||Professional photographers, studios, and calibration perfectionists seeking ultimate control of their color workflow|
|Hardware Calibration Device||Spyder5 Colorimeter||Spyder5 Colorimeter||Spyder5 Colorimeter|
|Software||4 Step Process & Interactive help||Wizard, Interactive Help, Advanced Features||Wizard, Interactive Help, Expert Console, Suite of Expert Features|
|Calibration Settings||Fixed (2)||16 Choices||Unlimited choices, user-defined, and Rec.709 for videography|
|Multiple Monitor Support||Laptops & Desktop Monitors||Laptops & Desktop Monitors||Laptops, Desktop Monitors, Front Projectors & Studio Match Assistant|
|Before & After Calibration Evaluation||Standard Datacolor Image||Standard Datacolor Image & Imported User Images||Standard Datacolor Image & Imported User Images (Full Screen Mode)|
|Room Light Monitoring||None||3 Ambient Light Settings||5 Ambient Light Settings|
|Fast Recalibration Option||None||Yes||Yes|
|Display Analysis||None||Basic||Advanced including Screen Uniformity|
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I was in China recently and checked the price. The difference being only Rs. 2000/- I opted for buying locally because of the backup service and warranty.
Amazon was graceful to understand my upgrade change and cancelled the earlier PRO model order and allowed me to go in for the ELITE.
If you are doing just personal work the two lower end models are just okay for your needs. You will calibrate just once in a while and don't need to put in too much money on this model.
Absolutely stunning changes on my various PCs and there is a before calib / after calib feature which shows you what it was and now is. Awesome perfection in colors.
They have three models. Basic single user will need the EXPERT model. Perhaps some may need the next one called PRO. If you are into heavy duty work, you may need the Elite. IT does your projectors too with a socket for a tripod (required for calibrating projectors).
Very happy with the really professional product.
Must buy if you are a photographer or designer!
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I would STRONGLY recommend going for the "Express" version, as all of the versions are actually the same hardware, just with different software features.
But I tried using the default software, and then tried the open source "DisplayCAL" afterward and displayCAL provided noticeably better results.
Save some cash and get better results by getting the express version and using displaycal
Ob Express, Pro oder Elite, es ist immer das gleiche Sensor dabei nur die Software ändert sich wohl! Ich kann jedem empfehlen sich das Geld zu sparen, die Express Version kaufen und mit DisplayCAL (OpenSource, kostenlos) zu kalibrieren!
En clair, ces trois produits utilisent le même appareil, il n'y a que le logiciel qui change.
Et ça tombe plutôt bien, car le principale problème de la gamme Spyder est justement lié au logiciel proposé par le fabricant. Car si celui-ci est rapide et relativement facile à utiliser, il est également d'une précision et d'une utilité plus que discutables.
Personnellement, j'utilise cette Spyder 5 avec le logiciel gratuit DisplayCAL (facile à trouver et il est en français), qui est considéré aujourd'hui comme l'un des meilleurs pour l'étalonnage des moniteurs. Son utilisation n'est pas totalement intuitive, mais vous trouverez beaucoup d'explications sur le Net qui vous permettront de vous en sortir. Un étalonnage avec DisplayCAL prend en principe entre une et trois heures (oui, c'est assez long), mais le résultat est généralement irréprochable.
Attention: pour employer la Spyder 5 avec DisplayCAL, il vous faudra télécharger un pilote "Argyll" afin qu'elle soit reconnue par le logiciel. Pas de panique, le fichier d'installation le fait en principe automatiquement.
Jusqu'à aujourd'hui, j'utilisais une sonde Spyder 3 pour calibrer mes trois moniteurs (2 PC, 1 Mac), et j'ai toujours été assez satisfait du résultat obtenu... même s'il fallait parfois recommencer plusieurs fois l'étalonnage pour avoir quelque chose de correct.
Avec la Spyder 5 - plus sensible et qui intègre un capteur de luminosité ambiante - les résultats sont nettement plus homogènes, quelle que soit la plateforme.
Ce n'est peut-être pas une sonde colorimétrique professionnelle haut de gamme, mais elle a de quoi satisfaire les photographes exigeants et les artisans de la vidéo (dont je fais partie).
Matériel tout à fait recommandé... associé à DisplayCAL.
La serie Spyder 5 è composta da tre modelli: Express (fascia bassa), Pro (fascia media) ed Elite (fascia alta).
La cosa interessante è che tutti e tre hanno lo stesso sensore! Quindi sono equivalenti in quanto a precisione.
Dove sta la differenza? Nel software. Esso infatti "castra" la fascia bassa e media per renderle meno prestanti (tempi di calibrazione) e con meno opzioni.
Ma c'è una soluzione!
Esiste un software open-source in grado di funzionare correttamente con questo colorimetro e offrire un'infinità (letteralmente) di impostazioni, trasformando quindi il sensore di fascia bassa in uno equivalente a quello di fascia alta.
Il nome del software è DisplayCAL. In realtà questo software funziona come interfaccia grafica per Argyll CMS, che viene scaricato insieme a DisplayCAL dalla pagina di quest ultimo.
Il settaggio iniziale non è intuitivo (vanno installati dei driver alternativi e per farlo bisogna disabilitare il controllo della firma driver nel caso di Windows 10), però tutti i passaggi sono chiaramente spiegati sulla home page di DisplayCAL.
Quindi se siete interessati ad avere un colorimetro per regolare i vostri monitor (e proiettori), il prodotto Spyder 5 Express in combinazione al software DisplayCAL + Argyll CMS vi offrirà una qualità ottima e tutte le impostazioni che possiate desiderare.
Se invece siete professionisti (ambito lavorativo o grandi appassionati) e necessitate della massima precisione vi consiglio il prodotto X-rite i1 Display Pro. La differenza qualitativa è minima ma se vi serve più precisione possibile, la differenza di prezzo non è troppo grande.
RIASSUNTO: Se volete spendere poco prendete Spyder 5 Express e scaricate il software DisplayCAL + Argyll CMS per avere le stesse capacità dei modelli superiori.
Se vi serve qualcosa di ancor più preciso (uso professionale) allora puntate al X-rite i1 Display Pro.
EDIT 05/02/2016: Il programma dispcalGUI ora si chiama DisplayCAL, corretto nella recensione.
The difference between the before/after images sometimes has you questioning as to whether the changes made are beneficial, with one being a cooler image, and the other being a warmer image. But this is because your eyes will only spot the difference between the colours, and I have absolute faith in the colorimeter after seeing a print come out almost identical to the one on the screen, whereas before I would find images would come out too warm, too dark, or too lacking in contrast or saturation.
Being able to synchronize different monitors has been a really big positive point of this tool as well, meaning something I produce on my laptop will look almost identical when I drop it on my PC. As for users who have dual, or triple-monitor setups, this will be found useful for getting the colours and brightness to match exactly. The only exception I have found so far is in situations where the monitors use different technologies (i.e. IPS vs LCD), but even then the Spyder5 Elite will take you as close to matching as physically possible.
If you're serious about colourwork, or need different monitors to match up, then this is absolutely a necessary piece of equipment you should have sitting on your desk.
So what is it like..... The puck itself is very solid and I like how the sensor cap acts as a counter weight. Construction wise I can't fault it at all. As a calibration tool it's brilliant. After using this on 3 different monitor I can say with all honesty this is a brilliant calibration puck, It does exactly what its supposed to and I recommend this to anyone looking.
Buy the basic model only as they are all the same. its the extra bits in software your paying for.. More on this aspect further on....
I loaded the software which you have to download from the website and enter serial number which is inside the box.
Once downloaded you click install and away you go. pretty simple really.
Then it stays simple.. I use a BenQ PD2700Q monitor in Srgb mode powered by a Quadro P400 10bit card.
So I set up for calibration, Did room ambient light test and then hung it on the monitor. You will need to tilt monitor back as far as you can go to get the puck to lay flat on the screen. So after a bit of settings changes ie Colour temp. I hit calibrate. Screen flashes a while then does a few tests of colour swatches then told me to reduce my Brightness to match a figure on a bar that pops up on screen. So I dropped to 28% brightness and to all intense and purposes and 20 minutes later that was it. Calibrated.
Now I have the Pro version of the software and to be honest I was not impressed. I wonder what the basic software is like.
So maybe I won the monitor lottery and my BenQ was almost perfect with factory calibration. maybe, but I had this feeling so I went online and did a search for calibrate my monitor etc.
Pretty much every search I looked at said the same, Software is adequate but not ideal, Puck is brilliant. Which matches what reviews on Amazon say. So I downloaded Display Cal as this is recommended both on Amazon reviews and the internet reviews as The calibration software to use.
So I did and what a difference its made. My gamma level was changed to 2 from 2.2
It then proceeded to run a huge amount of tests of colour swatches. Recalibrated profile on the fly as it made more tests and improved whatever it was improving. ( Im not a techie ) So after 57 minutes.. You read right 57 minutes of calibration I was done. The difference is huge and I'm looking at a screen that feels reborn.
Screen shots are from display cal
My monitor displays 105% of Srgb 80% of Adobe as factory spec.
In conclusion. Buy the basic Spyder 5 it is brilliant, Get Display Cal and use that, Also give them 20 euros donation its worth every cent.
Addition: I have removed a further star based on Datacolor's response which I find to be pretty aloof.
I'm 35, pretty tech savvy, not a stranger to a bit of trouble shooting etc. I'm a full time photographer that has been using Apple iMacs and Macbooks for years. Both have well calibrated screens out of the box and represent the colour profiles I use nicely, but I often check images and video projects on the properly calibrated broadcast monitors at my companies editing suite and then on other screens in my office and home before delivering to clients just to be sure. I'm a pretty darn thorough.
So anyway, I wanted this unit to be something I could use at home to keep my LG pc monitors in check. What a waste of time and money.
I have set this this Datacolor Spyder5PRO up over 40 times now, on my machines, my wife's machine, my PC, my iMac, my work PC, my MacBook Pro. Etc etc etc. EVERY SINGLE TIME the 'custom profile' it kicks out for me to use is garbage. The colours are so off it's just a joke.
At first I thought it was my eyes, but then I asked another few Protogs and they thought it looked awful too. I referenced different monitors. I changed the light and colour temp in the room. Blah blah blah. Nothing worked. I've already given it too much of my time.
Very disappointed because the next tier of calibration device above this seem to be much, much more expensive. Weep.
Ho letto del software compatibile con questa sonda, mi sono documentato su questo, il DisplayCAL è molto lento nella messa a punto ma preciso e performante, però io mi sono affidato al software in dotazione alla PRO, l'ho trovato ottimo e ideale per il mio utilizzo.
Nella confezione non c'è il software datacolor ma un link per scaricarlo e il relativo seriale per la registrazione e l'attivazione. La procedura è molto semplice, il wizard per una calibrazione ti guida attraverso semplici passi, trovate anche un link con un ottimo e utile tutorial video. Prima dell'avvio della procedura occorre riportare tutte le regolazioni del monitor alle condizioni di fabbrica.
Spero che la mia recensione vi sia stata utile.
This Spyder5 is excellent, I particularly found the room light meter on it's top handy. While aiming for sRGB which is not 100% possible with this TN monitor I got it to 98% compliance and 0.01 from 2.20 gamma and spot on 120cd brightness. There's also less banding through greyscale. I used the advanced settings and extended grey tuning function. It did take quite a lot of experimentation and tweaking to get the end result. You can of course use quick calibration, I did try that first and while very good compared to the standard monitor setup it it's not quite good enough with higher brightness and lower gamma results. It is worth spending the time using this package to it's full extent to get a proper result you are happy with.
I'm not too bothered about that last 2% as I rarely edit photos and predominantly game anyhow. Colour calibration helps me with editing game textures in Photoshop and making sure they don't look rubbish for everyone else.
No instructions or software are included, but all are downloadable, the link is provided on the product packaging. Although other versions of DataColor's software could be downloaded, the license restricts that which can be used. The colorimeter needs be in close contact with the screen and draped over the centre of the screen once the cap is removed; once detached, the cap is used as a counterweight, the length of cable between it and the device being adjustable to suit. There is a screw thread of a size that allows fitment to a tripod when evaluating a digital projector. The software can be used on a desktop or laptop, tablet etc provided that the software can be installed and there is a free USB port to which it can be connected. Both systems demand that any personal screen settings be abandoned and all be reset to default. The screen's colour temperature must be set to 6500K in both instances.
Opting for DisplayCAL, downloading and installing the various components was quick and simple, far quicker than the analysis which took around one-and-a-quarter hours! However, once the initial calibration is performed, subsequent ones are supposedly simplified and faster.
The device showed that my screen's green channel output was weakest by far but at the end of the procedure and with the calculated profile installed, there was a clear improvement with greys more neutral having lost a slight brownish tint which was perfectly acceptable if viewed in isolation. There may also be a slight adjustment to brightness and contrast as the screen images are 'snappier' than previously.
Although Datacolor's XPRESS software was downloaded, its installation was deliberately delayed. Later installation was simple and fast but, operationally, there was far more user input required of it than with DisplayCAL although this was a single package against the other's three. Part of the process was registration of the device.
The two systems function somewhat similarly although DataColor's is full screen while the other is a relatively small central window. DataColor's is also a single analysis run whereas DisplayCal requires several stages, each more intensive and time consuming. DataColor was complete in about three minutes! The final results were remarkably similar although DataColor claimed that it needed a white balance adjustment of 0, 0.3, 0.3 relative to DisplayCal's previous profile and settings which is an extremely close result. There was some minor colour difference between the before and after, the before using DisplayCal's prior calculated profile, while DataColor's offers slightly more brightness and contrast. For colour printing and other such requirements, either is perfectly acceptable although with its more extensive analysis DisplayCal's profile is probably the more accurate.
Some of the criticisms that may have previously applied to DataColor's software appear to no longer apply and it has thus far been used on a single monitor. There is no reason to expect a varying experience should it be used to calibrate several, although they may need to be temporarily connected to one PC and the generated profile copied to the true target PC once the monitor is reconnected. For the outlay and with a poorly adjusted (or manufactured) screen, clear improvements are certainly possible. Not all will need it but serious users and photographers will find it, or something similar, a necessity.
UPDATE @ 09-2019 - There was a later upgrade to the much improved XPro hardware and software bundle.
If you've never owned a calibrator before and wondering why you need one then here's the gen. Your screen has the wrong tones, brightness and temperature, that's a fact. When you edit your images what you see as green, red and blue are not the same as what everyone else on the planet sees, they're probably not that far off but they're not standard. The calibration tool like the Spyder will measure your screen then check what it has gathered against an agreed baseline for several distinct colours and their hues and tones, then it will work out a custom made profile, which is basically a file with a set of offset calculations that the operating system in your computer needs to adjust your screen to make your reds, greens and blues as close as possible to the agreed standard RGB that everyone else in the world agrees to match. This is a very, very simplified explaination but it's the principle of what these devices do. The upshot is that when you edit you know that the hues and tones you're playing with are the same as everyone else expects to see, this is especially true when you need to print your images for sale or you wish to sell your images for licensing.
The first time you calibrate a screen, especially if you've never done it before, then it's quite a shock to see how far off your screen is from the "required baseline". The device also takes readings of the ambient light in the room so as to advise on the correct brightness of your monitor during calibration. It takes around 5-10 mins to calibrate from scratch and once done it's worth doing it once a month to ensure the monitor is kept in line, especially you may be close to a window and daylight timings change throughout the year. I do most of my editing in the morning and evening, before and after work so I find that the amibient light around my monitor is pretty consistent but the assurance of this device means I know that my images will be edited inline with agreed colour temp and brightness baselines.
It seems like a lot of money for a hobbyist to pay but it's like most things in photography, your images are only as good the weakest link. What's the point in paying out thousands for L-series glass, full frame bodies only to guess that your images are up to spec when you edit them. Trust me, it might start out as a hobby, just something fun to do but if you find your images improve and people begin to become interested in buying your work this device will pay for itself as you want your work to look it's best so this is small price to pay to ensure your images are perfect for sale.
This is much more compact than the old Spyder which is good but because it is so light now I did have some difficulty getting it to rest on the screen correctly.
The big caveat to this was that I achieved this with DisplayCal instead of the Spyder5Pro calibration software as I was unable to get past driver issues. A read through the forums indicated other users had encountered the same issues and the resolution of ensuring newest display drivers and ensuring displays were correctly identified did not resolve the issue.
Fortunately DisplayCal was compatible and did the job nicely, so I rate the hardware highly and mark down for the compatibility issues of the supplied software in my case.
For reference it was used with.
- Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Ver. 1803
- NVIDIA GTX 970 w/ driver versions 419.17 & 419.35 (419.67 not tested)
- 3x AOC I2369Vm