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Datacolor Spyder4Elite S4EL100 Colorimeter for Display Calibration

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  • Automated Color and Brightness Calibration
  • Full-spectrum color sensor
  • Calibrate all your LED, OLED, LCD and CRT displays, Laptops and front projectors
  • Improved accuracy and stability - The fourth-generation Spyders have double-shielded color filters for even closer match to CIE color standards and improved long term stability. Average accuracy is up 26% and consistency between Spyder units is 19% better.
  • Fast Re-calibration Assistant - The ReCAL feature makes it quick and easy to recalibrate your display to compensate for changes over time.
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  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 6 x 8 inches ; 9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006TF36TM
  • Item model number: S4EL100
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 4, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Spyder4Elite is a display color-calibration solution designed for photographers, videographers, and video editors who need the highest level of color control in the studio and flexibility in post-production. It features a full-spectrum seven-color sensor that accurately calibrates a variety of wide-gamut and normal displays, including monitors, laptops, iPads, iPhones, and projectors. Spyder4Elite uses double-shielded filters for longer life and optimum performance, and it can adapt to ambient light conditions, giving you true-to-life image reproduction.

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Spyder4Elite
At a Glance:
  • Single sensor easily calibrates a variety of display types, including projectors
  • Full-spectrum seven-color sensor produces true-to-life images
  • Fourth-generation sensor increases accuracy by 26 percent
  • Ambient light sensing preserves image contrast
  • Advanced MQA tools provide maximum color management control
  • Designed for photographers, videographers, and video editors
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The three-legged design sits flat on your display to ensure precise readings.
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Spyder4Elite's step-by-step calibration wizard helps you calibrate your displays.
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Calibration results in neutral greys and corrected white point. View larger.

Single Sensor Calibrates All Your Displays

Whether you are using the latest in LED technology, an older CRT monitor, a laptop, iPod, iPhone, or projector, Spyder4Elite Software allows you to calibrate all your devices with a single sensor to achieve all-around consistency in color and brightness.

A simple upgrade kit, available online for an additional charge, allows you to add calibration for your TV. You can also calibrate multiple displays connected to your computer, a valuable function for professional photographers and studios.

Simple Calibration Process

Spyder4Elite's step-by-step calibration wizard helps you calibrate your displays. After performing a few preliminary steps, you can easily define the display type, model, and system of calibration.

A configuration of 2.2 gamma, 6500K white point, and 120 brightness is recommended, but with unlimited options available, you can easily adjust these settings to your preference.

A "ReCAL" feature allows you to quickly and easily recalibrate your display to compensate for changes that occur over time.

Patented Full-Spectrum Color Sensor

The patented seven-color sensor makes Spyder4Elite an improvement upon colorimeters that use three-channel RGB sensors.

Each unit is individually tuned in the factory to accurately and easily handle a variety of wide-gamut and normal-gamut displays.

Adapts Display to Surrounding Light

Spyder4Elite features an additional sensor that detects light changes in the surrounding environment and adapts the display luminance to preserve image contrast. This means you can view and edit images with confidence on a display calibrated to show true-to-life colors.

Improved Accuracy and Stability

The fourth-generation Spyder4Elite has double-shielded color filters to better match CIE color standards, and it has improved long-term stability over previous generations.

The three-legged design sits flat on your display to ensure precise readings and includes a wide aperture, honeycomb baffle, and diffuser to remove angular sensitivity.

Overall, Spyder4 offers an increase in average accuracy of 26 percent over the previous generation of Spyder3.

Additional Features and Software Options

Additional features for even greater color management control include: built-in presets for video standards, such as Cineon, NTSC and PAL; customizable workflow settings; unlimited choices for gamma, white point, and white-and-black luminance; gray balance algorithm for the most accurate grays; and front projector calibration for color-accurate presentations. StudioMatch and SpyderTune features allow for visual fine-tuning of multiple displays in the studio.

This Spyder colorimeter also features Advanced Monitor Quality Analysis tools for professional users, offering uniformity luminance and color graphing tools, as well as advanced calibration accuracy testing, display gamut graphing, and support for CRT displays.

Spyder4Elite is backed by a one-year warranty.

Installation Requirements

For installation, Spyder4Elite requires Windows XP 32/64, Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64, MacOS X Panther (10.4), Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), or Lion (10.7); a color monitor with at least 1024 x 768 resolution; a 24-bit video card; and a powered USB port.

What's in the Box

Datacolor Spyder4Elite colorimeter, desktop cradle/tripod mount, Spyder4Elite Software CD, and Quick Start Guide.

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One-Click, No Options Calibration Check Mark

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Number of Displays per Computer 1 MULTIPLE MULTIPLE
Projector Calibration

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Advanced Calibration Accuracy Test
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Monitor Quality Rating
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Display Gamut Graphing
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White Point Test
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Advanced MQA

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Product Description

The Spyder4Elite is for pro photographers and color perfectionists. The advanced multiple display tuning is perfect for studios. It provides complete color calibration control for multiple displays, laptops, iPads and projectors. The advanced luminance and color graphing features deliver the utmost in color management. Go for the best!

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Overall, a good investment and a very useful tool.
David Saffir
In the post processing workflow, using the Spyder and a color calibrated monitor, you will accurately process your images for print.
NyReckDiver
I definitely recommend this if you run multiple monitors in your setup.
PDCreative

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

84 of 89 people found the following review helpful By mhnstr VINE VOICE on November 14, 2012
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I use both the Spyder4 Elite model and the Xrite EODIS3 i1Display Pro and so I can compare the different calibration systems.

If you are a professional or just serious about digital photography, you will probably be interested in the Xrite i1 Display Pro in addition to the Spyder4 Elite. The Xrite calibration default settings are more advanced than the default settings of the Sypder4 calibration systems. However, the Sypder4 Elite does offer the same features as the Xrite systems if you are willing to dig through the advanced settings. In addition, the Sypder4 software is more user friendly and easier to use than the Xrite software. With the Xrite software, you really need to spend time getting the settings correct and I am always frustrated that my calibrated display doesn't match so many of the swatches used in the Xrite analysis.

A very significant advantage of the Spyder4 Elite is that it can have one profile for each monitor attached to your computer. As far as I can tell, the Xrite software only allows for one profile to be used at a time. This is fine if you swap between monitors (such as a laptop monitor and an external monitor where you only use one at a time) but results in not being able to calibrate two or more monitors if you use them all at the same time. If this is unacceptable to you, then you should consider the Spyder4 Elite instead of the Xrite systems.

First Impression of the Spyder4 Elite
The first time that I used the Spyder4 Elite, I thought it was too simplistic and many of the features that I have come to expect after using the Xrite colorimeters were missing.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David Saffir on February 5, 2012
The Spyder4 Elite is a great tool for photographers. I use it on both my wide-gamut desktop display and my laptop, both running Snow Leopard. Install is a snap and trouble-free, and operation is as promised. (software needs a key code to operate). It can be used fully automated or customized to my needs. The software interface is wizard-driven, and the help screens actually make sense!

As I am both a photographer and printmaker, I need a device that can provide excellent color detail, smooth midtone transitions, and can protect shadow/highlight detail. In the end, I find that performance in these areas, and screen to print match are _excellent_ - which is a good thing, as lately my print customers all seem to be leaning toward more exotic fine art papers, which require a bit of finesse in image editing to tease out the best color. Delta-E on my display after calibration is 0.7, excellent performance by any standard.

As an additional note, in the past I have not had much luck calibrating projectors, but the Spyder4 is uncomplicated in operation and gets the job done. Last, the Elite version provides a suite of display quality control checks and tests that go way beyond color pass/fail.

Overall, a good investment and a very useful tool.

David Saffir
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By PDCreative on February 1, 2012
After owning a Pro Spyder3 model for about 3 years, I decided to upgrade. I A friend told me about the new Spyder4 products and said the Elite model had some new features, so I checked the Datacolor website to see what was new. I run dual monitors in my Windows setup and have always had a problem getting them to look consistent. I read a review about a new feature in the Elite that is called Spyder Tune that makes it easy to fine-tune the settings of both monitors. After installing the new Elite, I agree that it is the best feature and is very easy to use. You can adjust the brightness, gamma and white point of multiple monitors side-by-side. This feature has slider controls that adjust these settings and you can see the results immediately, so it's easy to match the monitors. Once you are satisfied with the adjustments, you just save the settings and that's it. I'm very fussy about matching images and this is just what I needed to help with this problem.

Datacolor claims the new Spyder4 is more accurate than the previous 3 model. After calibrating, the color does seem a bit better than with my old Pro model. But I love the new Tune feature - that is worth the upgrade just by itself! I definitely recommend this if you run multiple monitors in your setup. It is easy to tweak the settings and saves you lots of time.

Overall, this product works well and I am very happy with it.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful By AFSDMS Pro User Reviews on January 27, 2012
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Note: In case the title is unclear, at no time has the workstation had BOTH versions of SpyderElite installed.

2012-02-23 UPDATE: END OF THE LINE - BACK TO THE Spyder"3"Elite
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Since some others apparently have gotten the Spyder4Elite to work (although other reviews are general in nature and not clear that they have actually placed them in use) I think it likely that the particular Spyder4 Colorimeter I received was defective. I will up their rating by 1 Star on that possibility. If others have success I may try the "4" again at a later date.

Hopefully any other owners who might get a defective unit, or a refurbished one, will meet with more attentiveness from DataColor.

One Comment mentioned the previous Spyder might not have done a good job of cleaning up after itself when it was uninstalled. That is not the case here as DataColor when we were trying to debug the issue provided two special technical applications to completely clean all entries left behind by their products.

I am now back to the "3" version which runs without problems.

IMPROVED EXPERIENCE with DataColor Customer Support:
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After Datacolor suggested I request an RMA to return the sensor for them to look at I responded that I expected some sort of expedited exchange to see if this could be made to work. After 2 business days with no response, I returned the non-functioning unit. A day later I did hear from Datacolor. They offered to expedite the exchange and actually had a unique way to do it. . .but it was too late. Too bad, but not exactly stellar performance since the ticket I opened with Customer Service was flagged as High Priority.
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