Datacolor has revamped its Spyder series of monitor calibration tools. According to Datacolor, the new Spyder5 series offers a redesigned optical engine that delivers up to a 55 percent improvement in tonal response at low luminance levels compared to the prior model.
The Spyder5 will be available in three configurations. All will use the new colorimeter, which offers a 27mm aperture with 7 filters. Initial calibration takes five minutes to complete and re-calibrations take 2.5 minutes (available in Pro and Elite versions only).
An Express version, for $129, offers a colorimeter with two fixed calibration settings. It lets you view before-and-after results of your calibration using a preset image and uses a streamlined, four-step process to guide users through monitor calibration. Express offers support for ICC 2 color profiles.
The $189 Spyder5 Pro offers 16 calibration settings and lets you perform before-and-after reviews using your own images, not just Datacolor presets. The Pro version also features ambient light monitoring in three settings. Pro offers support for ICC 2 and ICC 4 color profiles.
Finally, the $279 Spyder5 Elite builds off the Pro by adding an unlimited number of calibration settings, including user-defined and Rec. 709 options for videographers. It can calibrate front projectors in addition to monitors and laptops and offers five ambient light settings. You’ll also get a full-screen option for comparing before/after calibration images. Additional features available to Elite owners include gamma curve editing, continuous profile and calibration checking, a display history utility and more.