Datacolor's Spyder5Elite ready to calibrate a computer monitor's color.
Share this post with your friends:
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Product Review: Spyder5ELITE Monitor Calibrator

Editor’s Note: A special thanks to our partner Datacolor for helping us to bring more information about color calibration to you.

Monitor calibration does not have to be difficult with a solid calibration device.

Special Deals on Datacolor Spyder Elite

Spyder 5 Elite

Datacolor’s new Spyder 5 Elite monitor calibrator is dead simple to use. The software installs from Datacolor’s website. The Spyder 5 device is the same for the three versions of the product: Spyder5EXPRESS, Spyder5PRO, and Spyder5ELITE. The difference is in the software.

  • Spyder5EXPRESS ~ Hobbyist photographers wanting quick simple monitor calibration. $129.00
    Works with laptops, desktop monitors • 4 step process • No ambient room light compensation.
  • Spyder5PRO ~ Serious photographer & designers who want advanced monitor calibration and accuracy with all the features. $189.00
    Works with laptops, desktop monitors • 16 step process • 3 ambient room light compensation settings.
  • Spyder5ELITE ~ Professional photographers, photographic studios, color perfectionists who seek ultimate control of color workflow. $279.00
    Works with laptops, desktop monitors, front projectors • Unlimited user-defined choices for still and video • 5 ambient room light compensation settings.

The "thanks" placard with the URL to download the Spyder5 software is the first thing you see upon opening the box.Software installation

This is very straight forward. Open the Spyder 5 box. The first thing that’s seen is a “Thanks” placard with the URL to download the software. The instructions are clear on how to get the software for the Spyder5 version purchased. There is a user’s manual and a video demonstrating the Spyder5 calibrator. The serial number that comes with the Spyder5 device is required to activate the software.

My experience

I have three monitors connected via Thunderbolt 2 to my MacPro. Two of them are the 27″ Thunderbolt glass screen displays I bought with the computer. The third one is an old matte screen 23″ Cinema display. I really wanted them to look alike. Monitor matching is one of the features of the Spyder5ELITE. The step-by-step assistant guided me through the process. First, the ambient light in my studio was measure. The brightness of the screen was adjusted. The Spyder5 device reported the brightness as I used Displays in the Mac’s System Preferences to adjust them. After the ambient light calibration, the Spyder5 monitored a bunch (technospeak for “a lot”) of colors. Upon finishing it presented a dialog box for me to name the profile it had made. There was also a before calibration/after calibration toggle to show the difference from what the monitors were before and how they look after the process. The difference wasn’t huge. It was significant. I’m interested to see the before/after when it comes time to recalibrate my monitors. The software will remind me two months from now.

My thoughts

Color is ultra important. The benefits of color calibration are clear. Consistent color from camera to monitor to output device begins with seeing accurate color on the monitor. The Spyder5ELITE is easy to use and gives great results. It’s the first step to achieving and maintaining a color calibrated workflow.

Special Deals on Datacolor Spyder Elite

Share this post with your friends:
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

You might also like:

Thanks to our partners who make Photofocus possible:

Drobo – Drobo is the smartest storage solution in the world. Drobo is storage that protects data — photos, videos and everything else — from hard drive failure. Drobo is peace of mind for the working pro or serious amateur who have a lot of external drives cluttering up the desktop. Save 10% with the coupon code PHOTOFOCUS.

Lume Cube – Proudly known as the World’s Most Versatile Light™, Lume Cube represents the future of LED Lighting. Check out the new Lume Cube STROBE, offering anti-collison lighting for drones!

Backblaze – Get peace of mind knowing your files are backed up securely in the cloud. Back up your Mac or PC just $6/month.

B&H – B&H is a world renowned supplier of all the gear photographers, videographers, and cinematographers need and want to create their very best work.

Skylum – Your photos, more beautiful in minutes. Makers of Luminar, Aurora and Photolemur, Skylum adapts to your style and skill level. Check out the new Luminar 3, now available.

Perfectly Clear Complete – Built for precision. Made for beauty. Perfectly Clear has mastered the science of intelligent image correction – creating superior quality photos in record time, so you can get back to doing what you really love…in no time. Special Photofocus deal here.

Viewbug – Learn and improve your photography with over 500 videos. Trusted by millions around the world, join over 2 million photographers who already use Viewbug.