In the hustle and bustle of NAB 2015 a couple weeks ago, I missed a few things like Datacolor’s release of its next generation of Spyder monitor calibration tools. Spyder5 is available in three versions: EXPRESS, PRO, and ELITE and priced at $129, $189 and $279, respectively.
All Spyder5 product versions adjust, or calibrate, monitors to an industry color reference standard so colors are accurate and shadow and highlight details are preserved. Datacolor has redesigned Spyder’s patented 7-detector optical engine to deliver up to a 55% improvement in tonal response, resulting in more accurate shadow detail and smoother gradients.
Below is a summary of each version via Datacolor’s press release:
Spyder5EXPRESS is a cost-effective tool for serious photographers seeking an easy-to-use color accuracy solution through a simple, interactive four-step process guide. Using it’s before and after feature, users can evaluate calibration results using a professional Datacolor composite image. Spyder5EXPRESS also supports multiple monitor calibrations.
Spyder5PRO is ideal for photographers and creative professionals looking to take their skill and artistic vision to the next level by achieving precise color accuracy. Advanced features include an integrated ambient light sensor for room light monitoring, an extensive range of calibration settings, display analysis and the ability to import images for before and after calibration evaluation.
Spyder5ELITE offers professional photographers, studios, and calibration perfectionists who demand the highest levels of color accuracy, ultimate control of the calibration process. Spyder5ELITE offers a built-in tripod mount to easily calibrate front projector displays. Expert features include an unlimited range of calibration settings, comprehensive display analysis, advanced before and after evaluation of imported images, monitor matching and tuning, and optimized gray balance routines.
All versions are now available here at B&H Photo.