The Wizard guides you through each step of the way and Help is just a click away if needed. Advanced Color and Tone Adjust Features Sophisticated Gray Balance and Tonal Response Algorithms provide demanding users with exceptionally smooth gradient steps and neutral grays, while an advanced feature set is available including RGB Pre-Calibration function, multiple gamma and color temperature options, and multi-monitor capability. All we can do is make subjective comparisons between how the screens look. The sRGB standard uses gamma 2. If you’re concerned about matching multiple monitors to each other, you’ll want to use Measured, as it lets you set the black and white brightness levels of all your displays to the same values. Of course, if you’re content with the limitations of the Spyder2 Express, we certainly won’t stand in your way. For the sake of illustration here though, we’ll suppose that we want to change the settings, so we can step through all the option screens.

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All we can do is make subjective comparisons between how the screens look.

Datacolor Spyder2Pro Color Calibration System S2P B&H Photo

It’s still an annoyance that we’d like to see ColorVision fix in future versions of the Spyder’s software though. If you’re concerned about matching multiple monitors to each other, you’ll want to use Measured, as it lets you set the black and white brightness levels of all your displays to the same values. I’m realizing just how warm I was editing the colors in my photos without calibration.

Spyder2PRO Professional Monitor Calibration System Award-winning Spyder2 Colorimeter The state-of-the-art Optical Science incorporated in the Spyder2 colorimeter provides a five-fold increase in color sensitivity over previous technology with a patent-protected light baffle for accurate characterization of LCD displays.

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Spyder2Pro Color Calibration System is rated 5. None Previous Equivalent Items Owned: But remember, this is matching to the accepted standard for color.

It’s important to note that ColorVision recommends leaving your display’s controls at the manufacturer’s default settings unless you need to correct an obvious problem.


We’re now ready to perform the calibration, so I’ve selected “Continue with these settings. I guess that’s OK if you have no options available for controlling the light levels in your coolor area, but if you’re doing critical color work, it’s crazy not to try to control the ambient lighting.

We’ll make some references to calibration quality at the end of each review, but suggest that you take these comments with a large grain of salt.

I’ve seen proud LCD owners crank their screens up to the point that you almost need sunscreen to sit in front of them. Unlike some other devices we tested though, the Spyder’s suction cups hold well if they’re even moderately clean. If we were trying to match this monitor to another, this is one place where we might need to make an adjustment.

Real expert users can elect to create their own target setup, varying the gamma, tone curve you can even edit the tone curves manually for each color channel, which might be helpful in matching the display to the characteristics of a non-color-managed photographic output devicewhite point in either degrees Kelvin or actual CIE color coordinatesenable ambient light compensation, select luminance modes measured or visual and plug in specific values for white and black luminance if you’re using measured mode.

The LCD baffle also inserts a pale blue-green filter between the sensor and display surface that helps the Spyder spydsr2pro the color spectra of LCDs more accurately. Lower-end versions of the ColorVision Spyder2 provide fewer capabilities, but for readers with more modest requirements and only a single monitor, the trade-off may be worthwhile.

Particularly with lower-end LCDs, some systems we tested would occasionally produce obviously wild-looking results with a given monitor, but then come back and generate a decent-looking calibration on the next run.

On most LCDs, you’ll do best to avoid these, but on high-end LCD monitors and CRTs, the RGB adjustments shown here let you set the white point very precisely, leaving less work for the calibrator to do, which generally results in a better profile.


But it’s easy enough to figure it all out. These are the gamma and white point values for the sRGB color standard. It probably goes without saying, but for the calibration to remain valid, you need to leave the display controls at their current settings. If I’d told the Spyder2PRO software that I was calibrating a display with separate contrast, brightness, and spyder2prp adjustments, this step might involve manipulating one or more of those controls as well.

Monitor Calibration with the ColorVision Spyder2PRO

The adjustments were excellent, and it VERY closely matches the color on my prints. After the white point adjustment if anythe software repeats the measurement sequence, stepping through the full brightness range for each of the RGB primaries, as the prior values may have changed after the white point adjustment.

I’ve found this doubly true with LCD panels: This gives it a more complete picture of a display’s colorimetric characteristics, which appears to be a significant help in calibrating LCD displays.

No product is ever perfect, but we found the Spyder2PRO to be better than most and it offers a flexibility found in few other monitor calibration solutions.

Pro-level features include multiple monitor calibration and matching, custom targeting, and curves manipulation. With some monitors, the on-screen menus would overlay the calibration window, interfering with the measurements.

Not to mention that it really makes the colors look great when calibrated The easy-to-use editing tools let you optimize your prints as you see fit, even adjusting for viewing conditions. This isn’t the case with CRTs though. This made the calibration cycle take longer than it might have, were we able to just shift the calibration window an inch or two one way or the other, to avoid the monitor’s menus.