datacolor SpyderCube review: smarter than a gray card for overall accuracy

The datacolor SpyderCube is like a little magic box that helps you edit photos accurately and consistently

datacolor SpyderCube
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I find it all too easy to clutter my life with unnecessary and ultimately unused gadgets, but I think the datacolor SpyderCube is a genuinely useful photographic accessory. As an aid to editing, it enables me to get accurate and consistent results in terms of white balance, brightness and contrast.


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    Small and lightweight

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    Well-made and robust

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    Enhances accuracy while editing


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    Virtually no instructions in the box

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    Adds an extra step in the workflow

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To me, photography is a movable feast. There are endless parameters that I can monkey around with for creative effect, which is all for the good and makes life fun. Sometimes though, I just want things to be ‘right’. Inaccurate white balance, blown highlights, and lost lowlights can ruin a good shot. As well as accuracy, I find that consistency throughout a series of shots is really important if I’m creating prints that are going to be viewed in a book or hung next to each other on the wall. 

That’s where the datacolor SpyderCube comes into the equation. It’s a little resin cube measuring 1.5 inches on each side but, despite looking pretty basic, it can help me to easily nail white balance, color, brightness, and contrast under even the trickiest of lighting conditions. I’d expect nothing less from the datacolor company. It’s a world leader, renowned for making some of the best monitor calibrators and the best photo editing tools and accessories on the market.

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ConstructionABS Cycoloy resin
Mounting socket¼” tripod thread
HangerElastic loop
Included accessoriesSoft pouch, lanyard
Dimensions3.8cm (1.5”) square
Datacolor Spyder Checkr Photo

If your primary concern is maintaining consistent color accuracy, even when using different cameras, the Datacolor Spyder Checkr Photo is a better tool for the job.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.