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Datacolor Spyder4Pro S4P100 Colorimeter for Display Calibration
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- Automated Color and Brightness Calibration
- Full-spectrum color sensor
- Single sensor calibrates multiple displays
- 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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|Item Dimensions||8 x 6 x 2.6 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.25 Kilograms|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
Spyder4Pro was designed for advanced photographers that require a higher accuracy of color in their digital workflow. It can calibrate multiple displays and includes an ambient light sensor to adjust display luminance. It has Monitor Quality Analysis tools to help fine tune your displays. Step up to a higher level of control!
From the Manufacturer
Spyder4Pro is a display color-calibration solution designed for photographers and creative professionals who need to match prints with their displays. Featuring a full-spectrum seven-color sensor that can accurately characterize a range of wide gamut and normal displays, Spyder4Pro lets you use the same sensor to calibrate your monitor, laptop computer, iPad, and iPhone. Spyder4Pro uses double-shielded filters for long life and optimum performance, and it can adapt to ambient light conditions, giving you true-to-life image reproduction.
The three-legged design sits flat on your display to ensure precise readings.
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, or iPhone, Spyder4Pro Software allows you to calibrate all your devices with a single sensor to achieve 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
Spyder4Pro'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 Spyder4Pro 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. This means you can view and edit images with confidence on a display calibrated to show true-to-life colors.
MQA Tools for Maximum Color Management
This Spyder colorimeter also features Monitor Quality Analysis tools to help with gamma and white point tests, calibration accuracy, and gamut graphing, giving you maximum color management control as you work.
Adapts Display to Surrounding Light
Spyder4Pro features an additional sensor that detects light changes in the surrounding environment and adapts the display luminance to preserve image contrast.
Improved Accuracy and Stability
The fourth-generation Spyder4Pro 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.
Spyder4Pro is backed by a one-year warranty.
For installation, Spyder4Pro 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
Spyder4Pro colorimeter, desktop cradle/tripod mount, Spyder4Pro Software CD, and Quick Start Guide.
|One-Click, No Options Calibration|
|Ambient Light Measurement|
|Number of Displays per Computer||1||MULTIPLE||MULTIPLE|
|Basic Multiple Display Tuning|
|Advanced Multiple Display Tuning|
|Advanced Calibration Functions|
|Gamut Graphing final screen|
|Basic MQA (monitor quality analysis)|
|% sRGB, AdobeRGB, NTSC|
|Advanced Calibration Accuracy Test|
|Monitor Quality Rating|
|Display Gamut Graphing|
|Gamma & Gray Ramp Test|
|White Point Test|
|Luminance Uniformity Graphing|
|Color Uniformity graphing|
|Advanced Error Reporting|
|Info Sharing (Datacolor Only Feature)|
|New High Stability Color Filters|
|iPad and iPhone Ready|
|Updated Firmware for Improved Accuracy|
|Software Version 4.5|
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Besides being a photographer I'm also a freelance Macintosh Tech that installs Mac systems and teaches color management and workflows using Lightroom, Bridge and Photoshop. As mentioned I'll recommend the Spyder to my clients over the Eye-One for a number of reasons. First the monitor profiles are excellent, I can't ask for any better and of course the user interface, the wizard, is much more user friendly than the Eye-One. With the Eye-One Wizard I don't know if it's asking me to do something or if it's telling me the results and I need to do something else, it gets confusing for my clients. Enough said about the Eye-One!... Let's move on to the Spyder4Pro.
The Spyder4Pro package consists of the Spyder4Pro unit, Stand, Software Installation Disk for Mac/Windows and Quick Start Guide. I know this isn't important but the design of the Spyder4Pro is really sleek and sexy! Mama-Mia! The USB cable attached is nicely supple so there's no need to twist the USB cable for the unit to remain flat on the monitor's screen. Also a little trick is to tilt the monitor up slightly so there is additional weight of the Spyder4Pro pressing against the monitor screen for a nice tight "seal". I recommend doing this regardless of profiler brands.
Installing the software is straight forward. Install the software using the installation disk and let the installer find the latest Spyder4Pro driver via the internet. ( Also Datacolor is very, very good about updating their drivers in a timely manner... another big plus with Datacolor ) During installation enter the serial number that's on the DVD sleeve label, the installer will contact Datacolor servers and return a License Code that will be used if you need to re-install the software. There's an option to print the License Code, which I recommend, and also Datacolor emails the License Code to you for safekeeping. I'm going to guess here, once you have the License Code you don't need to be connected to the internet for further installations... I could be wrong!
Once the software is installed attach the Spyder4Pro directly to the computer's USB port if possible. USB hubs/keyboards sometimes don't have enough power to run a unit so this is the best approach. Launch the software and you are greeted by the Spyder4Pro Wizards's Welcome screen. The screen prompts are easy to understand and have a Help and "?" button if further explanation is needed. The first time around you'll be prompted to do a "FullCAL" ( Full Calibration ) and on subsequent calibrations there will be options to not only run "FullCAL" but to "ReCal" and "CheckCAL".
After the "Welcome" screen, that suggests/recommends certain display settings, there is the "Measuring Ambient Light" screen. Place the Spyder4Pro on it's stand in front of your monitor and click the "Next" button and the Spyder4Pro will read the amount of light falling on the monitor. The "Ambient Light Analysis" screen will display the results. You'll have the option to "Keep current settings" or "Accept suggested settings". Select your choice and click "Next" to bring you to the Calibration screen! Hang the Spyder4Pro over the monitor and slide the counter-weight along the USB cable until it's nicely balanced and center the Spyder4Pro right over the outline shape. Click "Next" and the Calibration process begins... I nice feature is the software displays the status of it's brightness readings in realtime and checks the stability of brightness over a period of time. My Apple Cinema Display is getting long-in-the-tooth and I could see that it was having trouble staying stable at the recommended brightness setting. Calibration completed in about 7 minutes and the "Saved Profile" screen appeared. I saved the profile adding the current date in the file name and set the Calibration Reminder for 2 Weeks.
Next is the "SpyderProof - Calibrated View" screen where you can switch back and fourth from the profiled calibrated monitor view and uncalibrated monitor view. This gives you an idea on what the profile is doing. Clicking the "Next "button brings us to "Profile Overview" screen where you can compare old and new profiles and how they related to each other in a specific Colorspace. Looking at my results... dang I think I need a new monitor! You can "Quit" or there's an "Advance Analysis" feature that can test the profile's "Gamut", "Tone Response", "Brightness and Contrast", and "White Point at Different OSD Settings". But I'll let you play around with this!
My monitor is dead neutral - displaying a grayscale in Photoshop CS5.1 there is no rain-bowing in any of the gray steps. ( Meaning there's NO color banding/color contamination along the grayscale )
Spyder4Pro is great for novices and advance users alike. The software has nice advanced features that users can grow with.
Installation was fast, and it downloads its updates inline (no need to download and run another installer). The steps that it walks you through are clearly illustrated. You simply place the reader on your screen and let the weight on the wire, which you place over the top of your display, hold it in place. It runs for like 5-10 minutes and then gives you a brand new calibration profile. I ran it on three monitors that I use, all made by different manufacturers, and it came up with profiles for each of them which are worlds closer than they used to be. I can drag an image across the three screens without it going through color and temperature shifts.
The Spyder4 Pro can be installed on multiple computers and used on multiple displays. You can also use it to sorta calibrate your iPad. The way that works (because I was wondering too) is that you download the iOS Datacolor app to your iDevice, then download the corresponding software to your PC. Plug the Spyder into your PC, pair the two, and let it run. When it's done, it comes up with a profile for your iDevice, but it is not universal. It only affects the way pictures look when using the Datacolor Gallery program. It won't make Safari or anything else show pictures accurately. So... this may not be as worthwhile as you were expecting.
To everyone saying "Dude, I bought this and it made my monitor look all weird" probably don't know what a monitor calibrator actually is. This isn't supposed to make your display look better, it's supposed to make it look more accurate. As in, when you send your pictures off to a professional print shop, the blue that you see on your screen will be the same blue that gets printed on their muulti-thousand dollar professional printers. If you think it made your screen look blue or messed up or something, it's probably because it looks different right now. Do what I like to call the "get up and do something else, then come back and look at your screen with a fresh set of eyes" test. If you let this run how the instructions say to (let the display warm up, set the display parameters to neutral, kill any harsh room light, if you've got a laptop, make sure it's plugged into power, and make sure the screen doesn't dim to save power during the calibration.
It's good stuff... I think some people just don't bother reading instructions.
I was initially disappointed with the first few profiles I created using this product after providing information about my laptop's display. The profiles had either a definite yellow or green cast. They were far better than my uncorrected display, but not really what I needed for accurate viewing and printing.
So I experimented with telling the software that my display's characteristics were different from what I know them to be. Although this laptop has LED backlighting, I finally got a good profile when I entered that it was fluorescent backlighting.
Compared to other calibration software that I've used previously, this software provides very limited options for modifying settings. Mostly, you pick the characteristics of your display from dropdown boxes, and the software then decides on the whitepoint and gamma. There is no obvious way to change them. That is odd for "professional" software. In fact, this is the most basic and least flexible software of the three colorimeters that I have owned. Perhaps I'm overlooking some features, but that is not surprising given that there is no manual--another disappointment for a $169 supposedly professional tool.