The Eizo Color Edge CG277 Monitor: Budget-Friendly and Higher than HD
Now that 4K cameras are becoming more readily available, and 4K post-production workflows are becoming well established, you still need to view your footage on a monitor. Eizo’s 27" monitor offers 4K compatibility for 4096 x 2160, as well as 3840 x 2160 at 30p through the DisplayPort input. However, because it scales your 4K image to 2560 x 1440 for display, you can’t technically call it a 4K display. So why mention it here? Well, at about 1/5 the cost of some 4K monitors, you can still view your 4K image on a higher-than-HD monitor, and as part of Eizo’s Color Edge lineup, it incorporates features such as displaying 100% of REC709, 99% of Adobe RGB, and 93% of the DCI Gamut, allowing you to get very accurate image reproduction in a variety of color spaces. Another feature is the built-in calibration sensor, which allows the monitor to auto-calibrate at programmable times―an important feature for doing color-correction work on 4K material, where color reproduction and an accurate monitor are more important than 4K resolution with a poorly calibrated monitor.
Although the CG277 doesn’t feature a native 4K display, Eizo did show off two new 4K monitor prototypes at the 2014 NAB show, a 24" monitor displaying 3840 x 2160 natively, and a 31" monitor that displayed 4096 x 2160. Both these prototypes strain against the limits of how tightly pixels can be packed together. Looking at the images on the monitors it was difficult to see the individual pixels, even up close, which makes for an extremely life-like viewing experience. However, it does lead to one question, which may plague smaller 4K monitors as we move forward. If you can’t see individual pixels, how can you be sure that you are actually getting 4K resolution out of your monitor? I think this might be a good problem to have.