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Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System

B&H # DAS4E Mfr # S4EL100
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You Pay: $199.99
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®

    by PowerReviews
    DatacolorSpyder4ELITE Display Calibration System
     
    4.6

    (based on 95 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (68)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (36)
    • Reliable (30)
    • Great picture quality (17)
    • Easy to use (9)
    • Small footprint (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (14)
      • Movies (4)
      • Photo editing (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (36), Business user (11), Graphics enthusiast (8), Photographer (6), Budget shopper (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (45), Business (37)
        • 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

      Awesome

      By Cujo117

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

      I bought this as a present for a friend, and the way the monitor changed after being re calibrated was unbelievable. Definitely a must need if you're into heavy post production!

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      5.0

      MUST HAVE FOR PROFESSIONALS

      By smartmouthnyc

      from new york, ny

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • True Colors
      • Use On Multiple Displays

      Cons

      • Difficult To Set Up

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Post Production

      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

      This is an absolute must for anyone who needs to see true colors in an image. I'm a videographer/photographer/editor and I wouldn't use a system that wasn't spyder calibrated. Unaffordable inconsistencies emerge in printing and uploading videos/images that were color corrected on an uncalibrated monitor. This product is essential.Down sides: the setup process is inconvenient. Unless I'm missing something, I realized I have to hold the unit still on the designated spot on my monitor for the entire time it calibrates. In that 5 minutes or so, plenty of things can go wrong and make you have to restart. Also, installing a new Mac OS will get rid of your previous calibration, and you'll have to do it again. Still a great product, though.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System

      By James

      from Thousand Oaks, CA

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Quick Monitor Color Calib

      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

      I used the Spyder4ELITE on a Dell U2410 monitor connected to a Dell Precision T7500 Work Station. 24 GB RAM Xenon W5580 CPU @ 3.2 GHz Windows XP Professional x64 Service Pack 2The enclosed instructions were easy to follow and the whole process was approximately 20 minutes.Resulting color improved over monitor factory supplied sRGB.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      1.0

      Incredibly Inaccurate

      By jackthe7th

      from Los Angeles CA

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Difficult To Set Up
      • Not Accurate
      • Poor Mult Screen Support

      Best Uses

      • Paper Weight

      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

      I have a triple monitor setup and tried every possible way to setup calibration. I tried the multi monitor sync and configuring them independently. The 3 monitors are so different that I might as well have done it by myself. I ran it 6 times for each monitor and every single time it came out with a different result. Monitors were always either too blue or too green, and never looked correct for all 3. What was even worse is that brightness across all 3 monitors was different as well. It seems it's unable to properly read brightness levels. Complete waste of $

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Great Monitor Color Calibration Tool

      By Steve

      from NW Chicago

      About Me Value Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • High Glare Settings
        • Relaxing Eyes

        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

        A very effective and easy to use system. I have two LCD monitors and it took less then 5 minutes to calibrate both of them. The calibrations really improved the color quality of the displays. I'm really pleased with this purchase.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Amazing Difference

        By Old Footer

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistency Of Monitors
        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Color Consistency Wprint

          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

          I have been using this for a few months now and calibrating two monitors every two weeks. Before purchasing this device I would not have realized how much of a shift in colors can occur in such a short period of time. The software allows you to see the before and after calibration screen views.....what a difference!

          I calibrate two monitors at the same time every two weeks and am very glad I do. They are placed side by side and the colors are identical. I use my workstation for Lightroom and Photoshop editing. the printed photos truly come close to matching what is on the screen......wasn't like that before.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          1.0

          So far wothless in my opinion

          By vekii

          from Hutchinson, MN

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                I purchased this product to try to get my monitors to match my photos. I calibrated my three monitors - and yes I use three monitors all the time. When I was done they all looked different. So I Tried the Studio Match. The first two ended up similar but my main screen was darker. But when I tried to match the third monitor the program froze with an error message. I tried to Studio Match from the beginning and the same thing happened. I e-mailed the company and they told me to use Studio Match to match them. Apparently they didn't read the original letter. I responded to them, and have never heard back. I tried again tonight and will let you know I hear back. So far I wouldn't even sell this on [@].

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System

                By Budeb

                from Ontario, Canada

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                    Excellent product. I saw immediate resultes after calibrating my monitor and printing a photo. Definitely worth the peace of mind that I am editing with a properly calibrated screen.
                    So happy . . . I recommend this to anyone who is a photographer. The installation was simple and straight forward.
                    I also loved the speed at which B&H shipped this to Ontario, Canada and with the customs clearance they offer at check out it makes dealing with B&H a breeze. Customer service is always helpful, if I need them. Don't hesitate to purchase one of these.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Nice Upgrade

                    By LetThereBeLight

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Calibration

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                      Easy to use and the results are excellent. Overall I have used Spyder Calibration for the last few years and have been happy with my last Spyder 3. Recently however I have been having a difficult time getting my color right and ordered a new Spyder 4 Elite. My calibration from my Spyder3 was way off! glad I upgraded and now my prints are exactly as I see them.

                      Also I like the feature that it helps with monitor brightness... This feature was not on the Spyder3 and I appreciate this so I can get my prints as accurate as possible.

                      I am using this with a 15" MacBook Pro Retina display and the results are near the displays configuration out of box but brings in just a touch more warmth to become accurate.

                      Knowing my Spyder3 was so off I am concerned about the longevity of this device but for now all is as expected.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      DataColor me Happy

                      By Greg

                      from St. Louis, MO

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Wonderful Results

                      Cons

                      • None I've Noticed

                      Best Uses

                      • Any Monitor

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                      Easy to use software, good directions and wonderful results. Well woth the money spent.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Image Color

                      By Cortnie

                      from Tennessee

                      Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                      I waited a long time before investing in a calibrator. I read many reviews and recommendations before making my choice. The Spyder4ELITE has worked great. It was easy to install and use on several different monitors and pc's.

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                      5.0

                      true colors...

                      By @greengo

                      from Cyprus

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Dual Monitor Setup
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • True To Life Color

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Color Printing
                        • Dual Monitor Setup
                        • Lightroom
                        • Photoshop

                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                        easy setup, nice design, allows dual monitor setup, a must have for Photoshop for true color reproduction and printing

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Highly recommend this product

                        By Dear Florence

                        from Northern New York

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Well Made

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photo Color Correctness
                          • Photo Processing Aid

                          Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                          I was very frustrated with not being able to print photos that looked like what I saw on my monitor. After receiving the Spyder4ELITE I was amazed.
                          It was easy to set up and once it is set up the Spyder does all the work. I couldn't believe the before and after difference in my monitor's appearance. Now my photos look as they should. I now have confidence that what I see on my monitor will be what I see in the printed photo.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By emilianozm

                          from Mexico city

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Great Results

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                              I found Spyder4ELITE to be a great product! Highly recommendable! I installed in two computers, and used also in my iPad and iPhone. Great results by the way.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              acurracy

                              By pmac

                              from new york, NY

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Printing

                                Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                great tool for monitor calibration,

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                Wish I had bought it sooner!

                                By Sandra

                                from Reno, NV

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Calibration

                                  Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                  I bought a MAC 27" desktop last year and Lightroom 5. I edited my vacation photos and sent them off to make a photo book. My $2600 MAC's calibration was off. The Spyder corrected it and was easy to use and understand.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  4.0

                                  Inexpensive, useful; the app, however...

                                  By Michael

                                  from Philadelphia, PA

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Improves Color Accuracy
                                  • Reduces Eye Strain

                                  Cons

                                  • Monitoring App Is Buggy

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                    I purchased this for multiple applications, namely for providing color accuracy with desktop and projection displays. It certainly fulfills this requirement with aplomb, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to calibrate their display for better photo/video editing.

                                    My biggest qualm is the included application. The software for calibrating the display is alright, as soon as you get it running. However, the latest version is not on the CD (not entirely shocking), and downloading & updating to the latest version from Datacolor's website is a bit slow & cumbersome, to put it kindly. In Mac OS X, the quick menu application, which runs so the calibration device takes readings, tends to quit after a week - assuming you leave your computer on that long (I'm using this on a MacBook Pro, so my computer rarely turns off and just goes to sleep when I close the lid).

                                    If Datacolor would just spend some quality time on developing their Mac OS application, this package would get a 5 star rating.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    4.0

                                    Helpful Tool

                                    By Gigi

                                    from Becida, MN

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Ensures Privacy

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                        I do a lot of calibration because I am a photographer. Before when I did not know yet about monitor calibration, I was confused because the photo I have in my computer has different color when it send to the internet. Then it came into my study that monitor calibration is really essential for a photographer so I did bought this calibration and once in two week I do calibrate my monitor. It is really 95 percent helping into to the color control of my photos.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business

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                                        4.0

                                        Uncertain Results

                                        By Bud

                                        from Joshua Tree, Ca

                                        About Me Quality Oriented

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Set Up

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                            The device made a significant difference in monitor settings but the print still does not match monitor image, though closer than it was before. Not sure where the problem lies, perhaps the cheap TN monitor or some set-up along the work flow. So, for that question mark only I'm giving it only four stars.

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                                            • Personal

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                                            5.0

                                            Works exactly how I wanted it to!

                                            By maximus-extreme-ocz-revo3

                                            from Gahanna Ohio

                                            About Me Quality Oriented

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Reduces Eye Strain

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Multi Monitor Matching

                                              Comments about Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System:

                                              I used this to calibrate the 4 AOC 2367 monitors I have connected to my GeForce 760. Previously there were subtle differences in the color and brightness of each, now they are perfectly uniform. A nice feature that's not really documented is the tools menu on top of the Sypder4Elite utility, you can open the Colorimeter and check any color any time without going thru the lengthy process of calibration. This allows for quick hue or brightness tweaks and such.

                                              Great tool!

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