Best monitor calibrator for photographers: 6 top models tested and rated

Best monitor calibrator for photographers: 6 top models tested and rated

Best monitor calibrator for photographers: 02 Kodak Color Management Check-Up Kit

Best monitor calibrator for photographers: 02 Kodak Color Management Check-Up Kit

Price:  £48, $78
This colour reference kit is cheaper than a colorimeter and includes a selection of photos printed on a pre-calibrated printer, plus a CD containing their digital counterparts.

There’s a grey card to ensure your camera’s White Balance is spot-on as well.

The theory is that you display the digital images on your monitor and use the print versions as a reference.

A special sticker detects the colour temperature of your ambient lighting to ensure optimal viewing conditions.

However it’s then down to you to faff about with your computer’s colour settings until your monitor output resembles the printed colours, and don’t expect to achieve anything better than an approximate match.

Calibration time:
2 minutes – 2 hours
Colour accuracy after calibration: how good is your eyesight?

Verdict
Pros… Useful for correcting monitors with bad colour casts.
Cons… Tedious, nowhere near as accurate as a colorimeter.
WE say… Spend a fraction more on the ColorMunki Smile.

Score: 2/5

PAGE 1 – Best monitor calibrator: 01 X-Rite ColorMunki Smile
PAGE 2 – Best monitor calibrator: 02 Kodak Color Management Check-Up Kit
PAGE 3 – Best monitor calibrator: 03 Datacolor Spyder4Elite
PAGE 4 – Best monitor calibrator: 04 X-Rite i1 Display Pro
PAGE 5 – Best monitor calibrator: 05 X-Rite ColorMunki Display
PAGE 6 – Best monitor calibrator: 06 Color Confidence Studio Photo
PAGE 7 – Five things to look for in a monitor calibrator

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  • http://blog.seanholderphotography.com/ Sean Holder

    Hi Jeff, I am curious, I have a Colormunki Photo (spectrophotometer) whereas the Colormunki Display (colorimeter); why did you not include the Colormunki Photo?