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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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.
I didn't get it great on the first go round and had a really lackluster sRGB % for a monitor (ViewSonic VP2770-LED) that should be pretty high. The first time I got 88% and the Spyder complained about brightness. I did some research and then set the settings to it's native output, jacked the contrast to 100 and lowered the brightness to 120/cdm (took some time to figure out). THEN I ran the calibration and got 99% of sRGB.
After this I can honestly say I've never had a properly setup monitor before. I get it now, I can have pure whites, smooth gradients AND deep blacks at a brightness that doesn't melt my eye balls.
This thing is worth every penny, you can probably save a few bucks and get the regular model. I went pro because I have two laptops and a dual screen desktop.
// Update after a few days
You can't go into this calibration stuff blind, you have to spend a few minutes to research your monitor(s and workspace. I ended up at a really low brightness (my eyes were hurting at 120/cdm, so I went to 88) and now have 100% of sRGB covered.
I upgraded to the elite software to match both of my displays, they're now perfectly aligned in their color space. It was a little annoying matching them each to 88/cdm, one is on a brightness of 0 while the other is on 7 and I had to use the contrast to dial them in to my target).
Highly worth it to spend a few minutes and get the brightness where you'd like it, then calibrate. If you're dealing with expensive and multiple displays I suggest the Elite version off the bat to get everything in sync. If you have the Pro and are reading this now, you can upgrade the software license on data color's website.
I'm going to buy the TV upgrade thing in a bit.