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

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

Five things to look for in a monitor calibrator

Monitor calibration step by step: Step 4

They might look similar, but these automated colour connoisseurs don’t all see eye to eye

01 Ambient light detection
This automatically sets your monitor brightness to match the lighting conditions around you. Particularly useful when comparing printed images with on-screen equivalents.

02 Speed
You’ll need to recalibrate every few months. Most colorimeters will get the job done quickly, but some are faster than others.

03 Monitor types
The technology inside your monitor will affect how it displays colours, so a calibration device that can accommodate subtleties like LED backlighting should produce more accurate results.

04 Advanced features
Fancy analysing the brightness uniformity across your screen, or setting its colour output to conform to video colour standards? Just some of the features boasted by high-end products.

05 Printers
We’ve tested several monitor calibration options, but should you also want to calibrate your printer you’ll need a catchily-titled spectrophotometer that’ll analyse reflective printed media.

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

  • I agree with Sean, I thought that the Colormunki Photo would have definitely been a contender.