Datacolor Spyder Checkr Photo review

With the Datacolor Spyder Checkr Photo you can get your colors spot-on in Lightroom, even matching different cameras

Datacolor Color Checkr Photo
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Spyder Checkr Photo is a simple tool that does quite a sophisticated job. You can put in the scene you’re photographing, then use its precisely calibrated swatches and the Spyder utility to correct your colors. The effects are often subtle, but definitely worthwhile for anyone who depends upon repeatable, accurate color rendition – but although the process is straightforward, there is a small amount of work involved in setting up the profiles.


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    Quite straightforward to use

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    Sidesteps complex color management

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    Uses HSL adjustments rather than profiles

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    Improvements are usually subtle

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    Lightroom restart needed to show profiles

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The Spyder Checkr Photo is designed to fix the variations in camera sensors and lenses that can shift colors and tones in unwanted directions. It’s a simple and very portable color swatch tool in a folding plastic case that works alongside Spyder Checkr software to deliver accurate color corrections in Lightroom Classic, Adobe Camera Raw and the Hasselblad Phocus software.

You place the Checkr in the scene you’re photographing and in the same lighting as your subject, take a photo and then use this to carry out a pretty straightforward calibration and colour correction process.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at