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Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System

B&H # DAS4E Mfr # S4EL100
You Pay: $242.99
Product Highlights
  • Calibrate to Reference Condition
  • High Level of Color Control
  • Flexibility in Post-Production
  • Patented 7-Color Sensor
  • Double-Shielded Filters
  • Calibrates Desktop/Laptop, Projectors
  • Calibrates iPad/iPhone Using Free App
  • Works With Multiple Display Technologies
  • Step-up Features for Greater Control
  • Mac/PC Compatible

Datacolor's Spyder4ELITE is a display color calibration tool well-suited for photographers, videographers and video editors who require the highest level of color control in the studio as well as flexibility in post-production.

The Spyder4ELITE features a full-spectrum 7-color sensor that can accurately characterize a variety of wide-gamut and normal displays. Calibrate your monitor, laptop computer or projector. If you have an iPad or iPhone, you can even calibrate them after installing the SpyderGALLERY app (which is free for all Spyder4 and Spyder3 users). The fourth-generation sensor employs double-shielded filters for longer life and optimal performance. Additionally, several useful step-up features are available that afford greater control.

Automated Color & Brightness Calibration
Simple, clear, automated process makes it straightforward to calibrate your displays to a reference condition. You can view and edit images with confidence on a display calibrated to show true-to-life colors and luminance adjusted for precise shadow/highlight detail
Full-Spectrum Color Sensor
Patented 7-color sensor improves upon colorimeters that use 3-channel RGB sensors. Each Spyder4ELITE unit is individually tuned in the factory to accurately handle a variety of wide-gamut and normal gamut displays with ease
Single Sensor Calibrates All Your Displays
Works with your desktop, multiple monitors, front projector, television (with paid software upgrade on website); works with LCD, LED, OLED, CRT and other display technologies. You can calibrate multiple displays connected to your computer
Calibrate iPad/iPhone Using Free App
The SpyderGALLERY app can be downloaded to your iPad or iPhone from the iOS App Store. It's an easy to use calibration utility for Mac and Windows, and even includes integration with Facebook and Flickr services. Once downloaded, you can enjoy color corrected viewing from your standard photo library albums and confidence in knowing your display is accurate for all photos
Improved Accuracy & Stability
The fourth generation Spyder4ELITE has double-shielded color filters for an even closer match to CIE color standards and improved long-term stability. Average accuracy increased by 26% and consistency between Spyder units has improved 19%
Fast Re-Calibration Assistant
The "ReCAL" feature makes it quick and easy to recalibrate your display to compensate for changes that occur over time
Adapts Display to Surrounding Light
The lighting around you will affect image contrast and appearance. An additional sensor on the Spyder4ELITE detects changes to surrounding light and adapts the display luminance accordingly
Additional Features
  • StudioMatch enables visual fine-tuning of studio displays to match the way you see color
  • Built-in presets for video standards like Cineon, NTSC and PAL
  • Color analysis of your display quality by plotting uniformity, color gamut, and change over time, tone response and allowing comparison with other displays
  • Calibrate to professional workflow targets with L-Star tone response curve
  • Unlimited choices for gamma, white point, white luminance and black luminance
  • Iterative gray balance algorithm for the most accurate grays
  • Front projector calibration for color accurate presentations
System Requirements Windows XP 32/64, Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64, Windows 8 32/64
MacOS X Tiger (10.4), Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), and Mountain Lion (10.8)
Color monitor with at least 1024 x 768 resolution (1024 x 600 netbook option) or front-projector TV
24-bit video card
Powered USB port

For calibration of an iPad or iPhone, the SpyderGALLERY app must be installed to your device. Calibrated images can only be viewed within this app.
Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System
  • Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Colorimeter
  • Desktop Cradle/Tripod Mount
  • Spyder4ELITE Software CD
  • Quick Start Guide (in 10 Languages)
  • Free Support
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
    (Limited 2-Year Warranty for Countries of the EU)
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    DatacolorSpyder4ELITE Display Calibration System
     
    4.6

    (based on 75 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (53)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (30)
    • Easy to set up (21)
    • Great picture quality (17)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Small footprint (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (13)
      • Movies (4)
      • Photo editing (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (19), Business user (11), Graphics enthusiast (8), Photographer (6), Adult (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (35), Business (30)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (22), Mac (21)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      You will need this for good work

      You might not think you need color calibration at first, but the more you expect from yourself and your work, the more you are on your way to getting one.

      There's...Read complete review

      You might not think you need color calibration at first, but the more you expect from yourself and your work, the more you are on your way to getting one.

      There's really no way around needing to work on accurate colors. I know that now after working on inaccurate colors for years and just using multiple displays to gauge whether my photo is "good enough".

      I have great monitors. One being the Wacom Cintiq 21UX. I thought that because the monitor used an IPS panel, that I didn't need to worry about calibrating it.

      I was wrong.

      After calibrating my monitor with this, the difference was like night and day. You can never go back to working in an uncalibrated environment.

      Go with the Spyder4Elite or Spyder4Pro if you work in varying lighting conditions and multiple monitors.

      The Elite versions have many more industry standard reference profiles that a high level professional that works with a large team will need, but not necessarily appropriate for a journeyman level professional or hobbyist that is working alone.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      It's OK but print designers be careful!

      We purchased this after it was recommended by one of our graphic designers. We were having problems because every time she sent mean image (from her MAC) to approve (on my PC),...Read complete review

      We purchased this after it was recommended by one of our graphic designers. We were having problems because every time she sent mean image (from her MAC) to approve (on my PC), if the image had blue in it, the blue looked purple on my screen. We purchased this model for that reason and because my computer has 2 displays. Long story short, it helps tremendously however on the computers that have multiple monitors such as mine, the changes made by the software don't always turn on when you come out of standby mode and if you don't watch out, you won't notice.

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      5.0

      Just Right

      By Self-Editor

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

          There isn't much to say. I was able to install and run through calibration using the wizard with ease. I have used it twice - intentionally in two different locations in my house where I do my editing. Both were nearly identical, which is the point. Although I can't compare to the other well-known (i1 Display by X-Rite), I can say I love this tool.

          I did some test prints using Bay Photo Labs (uncorrected), and they were all beautiful. Keep in mind, that no matter where you print, differences in paper type need to be taken into account. More matte or lustre prints have lower brightness, contrast and saturation than the glossier papers. Make slight adjustments as necessary. You will just have to learn those.

          I will say that I compared these calibrations to my built-in MacBook Pro calibrations I have done previously, and quite different. I didn't realize how different my previous ones to each other, and different from this tool. My pics were way too cool on screen, so I was over-compensating.

          Great product.

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          • Business

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          5.0

          Great Product

          By Stanley A.

          from Easthampton, MA

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • Worked As Advertised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Calibrating Monitors

            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

            I have been looking for an affordable calibration tool to calibrate my Apple Cinema display and the display on my laptop and this product fit the bill perfectly. I had read about this product in a Photoshop book and decided to give it a try. It was easy to set up and did a great job calibrating my two monitors. I would not hesitate to purchase this product again and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quality calibration tool.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            Great piece of gear, huge difference!

            By Matt

            from Long Prairie, MN

            About Me Quality Oriented

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                  Great job at calibrating the screen! I never knew there would be such a big difference, really helped my photos

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                  • Business

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                  4.0

                  Solid hardware works well in pro studio

                  By Airman

                  from USA

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Dual Monitor Capability
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Mac And Pc

                  Cons

                  • Price

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                    Use it for video, compositing 3D to Live action and photography production. We have a DaVinci color station, Smoke and After Effects compositors and 3 photographers processing for 2 magazine publications and needed a new calibration software for the studio. This worked well for dual monitor setups and was quick. Color across all the different monitor manufacturers was accurate and has helped maintain color while reviewing at different stations We had the older Spyder setup but this one is more robust.

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                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Couldn't ask for a better tool

                    By Reuben

                    from Colts Neck, NJ

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                    • Pricey When Not On Sale
                    • Sometms Hard To Position

                    Best Uses

                    • Any Video Monitor Cal

                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                    So far I've calibrated four monitors...iMac 27", McBookAir, and two 23" monitors on my Windows 7 system. Incredible how consistent the color is across them (with the exception of an Acer 23" that is on it's last legs)... I'll purchase the TV Monitor adaptor/software so I can do all my HD TV Monitors in the immediate future.

                    Easy to use, Very complete (could have gotten by with a less complete solution) but being an engineer drives my technology junkie drive..

                    Definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to come as close to true colors as possible.

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Works as advertised.

                    By william

                    from boston ma

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Multiple Monitor Setups
                      • Photography

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                      My goal was to make my two monitors (both the same brand and model, but different size and age) look the same for photo editing. The calibration wizard worked well and they now look pretty good for photos, much better than before. Looking at individual colors on a sample palette, some dont match up well, but that may be a limitation of the monitors rather than the calibration.

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                      5.0

                      Simple to use

                      By Steven Gotz

                      from San Lorenzo, CA

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                          I was curious how it would work, but once I figured out how to adjust the counterweight, and that I needed to tilt my monitors back a bit, the software did the rest. Well, almost. I had to make sure my monitors were set for their default first. Fair enough.

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                          5.0

                          Easy to use

                          By Eduardo

                          from Carollton. VA

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • High Glare Settings

                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                            An upgrade from the Spyder2Pro. No messing with settings, just plug it in and it does its miracle. Use it to calibrate my monitors and notebooks.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent and easy to use

                            By Blen

                            from Arkansas

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                Very easy to use. Calibration worked very well, I can really see a difference in my photos. Would highly recommend.

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                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                Easy to use

                                By Jimijam

                                from Greentown, PA

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                    Seems to work well. I use Literoom and the prints off my epson printer are coming out as what I see on the monitor screen.

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                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Purchase!

                                    By Jasminandmatt

                                    from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                        Already calibrated 2 monitors, 1 laptop and soon my HDTV. It's quick, the tones and colours look amazing after. Well worth the investment.

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                                        5.0

                                        I Would buy this product again.

                                        By Mr Sunshine

                                        from Australia Darwin N.T.

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Reduces Eye Strain
                                        • Reduces Glare

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                            It is a good product for photographers "a must have". Highly recommended as i am a photographer.

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                                            5.0

                                            Must if printing via Internet

                                            By Leo

                                            from San Jose CA

                                            About Me Quality Oriented

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Excellent Functionality
                                            • Excellent Support
                                            • Excellent Tech Support
                                            • Functionality Support
                                            • Must For Photo Editing
                                            • Must For Photo Edition
                                            • Must Have For Photo Edit
                                            • Must To Have For Printing
                                            • Reduces Eye Strain
                                            • Well Thought Functionalit

                                            Cons

                                            • Have Not Found Yet

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Must For When Printing
                                            • Must To Hav When Printing
                                            • Must When Editing

                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                            Very well defined calibration steps and very simple to follow. At the beginning steps through adjusting the screen brightness. the rest is fast and done by the Spyder4Elite.
                                            However, the best feature is the excellent customer support. The Datacolor Spyderhas has Call In Tech Suppor and also present on facebok. I could not install as removed Spyder3 by deleting the Datacolor folder. Called Datacolor - no waiting, was help how to fix the problem just in one call.

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                                            5.0

                                            Easy to use, good instructions.

                                            By Cal K

                                            from Georgia

                                            About Me Quality Oriented

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Well Designed Software

                                            Cons

                                            • Data Interpretation Lacks

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Display Calibration

                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                            I've owned another brand of calibration system for several years. It was very difficult to use. Spyder4Elite is quite easy to use: instructions are a part of the calibration software procedure, and follow along with the process. With the other system, the instructions were on the CD which could not be displayed while the calibration software was running.

                                            I would wish for a bit of explanation and interpretation of the results. There is a comprehensive data panel ranking the monitor post calibration. Explanation of the numbers would be meaningful.

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                                            4.0

                                            Easy Screen Calibration

                                            By Bob

                                            from Charlottesville, VA

                                            About Me Quality Oriented

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                                The Spyder4Elite did a nice job of calibration my monitor on the first pass. Installation (Windows 7) and registration was easy and it knew what the settings were for my monitor (NEC PA271W). Changes made to the monitor calibration made sense and will correct differences between what I was seeing and what was being printed.The only drawback was the USB cord was a bit short and stiff.

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                                                4.0

                                                Big improvement, but...

                                                By Jenn

                                                from Deptford, NJ

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                                                  Cons

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                                                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                                      The Spyder4Elite made a big improvement in my monitor. However, when I was doing the calibration, I ran into an issue where I couldn't change the brightness on my HP LP2065 to the value the software suggested.

                                                      I did the best I could with it and it did make a big improvement but it would make me a lot happier if I could get a more accurate calibration.

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                                                      4.0

                                                      Nice tool

                                                      By Binu

                                                      from Sydney, Australia

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                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy To Set Up

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                                          Very useful product.

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                                                          • Business

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                                                          5.0

                                                          What a difference!

                                                          By Dave Laymon Photo

                                                          from Kodak, TN

                                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Easy To Set Up

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Expensive

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Photography

                                                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                                          As a photographer what I see on the screen needs to match the print. Just what the doctor ordered, the Perfect Effects 4 software was a bonus.

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                                                          4.0

                                                          Good for modern displays

                                                          By Randy

                                                          from Huntsville, AL

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                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Color-corrects Displays

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Calibrate Monitor
                                                            • Calibrate Tablets

                                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                                            I bought this to replace an older calibration system, because many of the older sensors are not suited for use with modern LED-backlit monitors. However, another GREAT thing about the Spyder4Elite is that it also allows you to calibrate iPads, a capability that I haven't found anywhere else. Makes a big difference for viewing photos on the iPad. An add-on kit {$) also allows it to be used for HDTV calibration. Very pleased so far!

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                                                            5.0

                                                            Works great with dual monitor setup

                                                            By Richard in CT

                                                            from Newington, CT

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                                                            Pros

                                                            • Easy To Set Up

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                                                Keeps both screens calibrated for photo editing with Lightroom.

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