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DatacolorSpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras
 
4.5

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95%

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Pros

  • Reliable (7)
  • Accurate colors (6)
  • Easy to collaborate across programs (4)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional quality (5)
    • Portraits (4)
    • Everyday (3)
    • Photography (3)
    • Studio (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (7), Quality oriented (5)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (14), Personal (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
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      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (8), PC (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Using the SpyderCheckr for Real Estate

    Datacolor recently released their new SpyderCheckr Camera Calibration Tool, to compete with the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport. After doing a bit of research, I decided to pick up the SpyderCheckr over the Passport, and...Read complete review

    Datacolor recently released their new SpyderCheckr Camera Calibration Tool, to compete with the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport. After doing a bit of research, I decided to pick up the SpyderCheckr over the Passport, and I'm fairly happy with my decision. In this review I'll delve into why I bought a color tool at all, why I chose the SpyderCheckr, how I use it in the field and in post-processing, and my general thoughts on the subject matter. .

    ACCURATE COLOR IS VERY IMPORTANT
    As a real estate photographer, I have to make sure that I accurately portray the homes I am photographing. A huge part of this is getting accurate color. Using a camera calibration tool allows me to recreate the color in the room with scientific accuracy, ensuring that the images I deliver to my clients are exactly correct.

    DIRECT COMPARISON: BEFORE AND AFTER
    A great way to see the difference this makes is too look at a photograph corrected with the SpyderCheckr, and the same photograph uncorrected. The difference is subtle, but noticeable. Getting that accurate color is very important, and makes the SpyderCheckr worth the time it takes to use.

    WHY SPYDERCHECKR?
    While X-Rite may be the big player in the camera calibration world, Datacolor and its Spyder3 products rule the world of monitor calibration. They recently launched the SpyderCheckr, and it has some definite benefits over X-Rite's offerings.

    First, the SpyderCheckr has replaceable color cards, because paper does fade over time. This means in a few years when both the Passport and the SpyderCheckr are fading, I can pay about half as much to replace just the cards in my SpyderCheckr, whereas owners of the Passport have to replace the entire product.

    Second, the SpyderCheckr has a tripod mount on the top AND bottom. This means it can be set up on a tripod (or light stand) in the field, and the SpyderCube can also be attached to it. In fact, the product is always advertised with the SpyderCube attached, which led to some major confusing and disappointment that I will get to later.

    Third, the SpyderCheckr software creates preset for Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom that is a Develop Preset that edits the HSL sliders. The Passport software creates a camera calibration profile. This means it is easier to manage, edit, and delete the presets SpyderCheckr creates, and you can still use Adobe's camera calibration profiles. Since real estate photographers have to create a preset for every lighting situation (which means every room), this is a big benefit.

    Check out their video on YouTube for Datacolor's introduction of their SpyderCheckr.

    HOW I USE IT IN MY DAY-TO-DAY WORK
    Every time I finish composing and lighting a shot, I take an additional shot with the SpyderCheckr in the frame. Because each room has different lighting, it is necessary to do this for every composition. I tend to hold my SpyderCheckr in my hand and trigger my camera with a cable release, because I had a bad habit of forgetting to remove it from the scene if I set it on something.

    Once I get back to my workstation, I follow the workflow outlined in the video above, creating a preset for each composition. I tend to create all the presets at once, then re-launch Lightroom and apply them, to avoid spending extra time waiting for Lightroom to quit and start again. After I have applied the preset, I simply right click on the preset name to delete it. Because I often create a dozen or more presets for every home I shoot, it is quite nice to be able to delete them so easily.

    CAVEAT EMPTOR
    When I purchased the SpyderCheckr, it was advertised with the SpyderCube attached, and the online doucmentation indicated that the SpyderCube was, indeed, included with the package. In fact, this inclusion was another reason I was willing to spend $30 more on the SpyderCheckr over the Passport. However, when my SpyderCheckr arrived I was dismayed to find no SpyderCube in the package! I am still trying to resolve this with Datacolor, and I will try to post an update when I figure things out.

    GENERAL THOUGHTS
    Even if you choose a different camera calibration tool, I do recommend using one over just an 18% grey card or ExpoDisc. You will get more accurate color in every shot you use it in, which will represent the property more accurately, especially in rooms with bright, vivid, or strange colored walls or decoration.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not as usable as other, similar products

    The included software can't automatically find the color chart within an image. This means that every time the camera requires a calibration due to a change in lighting it will need to have the...Read complete review

    The included software can't automatically find the color chart within an image. This means that every time the camera requires a calibration due to a change in lighting it will need to have the color checker positioned to fill the frame and the photographer will have to crop and adjust the image to get the color checker to be used by the software... who has time for all that.

    I've since switched over to the X-Rite Colorchecker Passport which includes software for identifying the color chart automatically and imports a profile into Lightroom for me to apply automatically. The SpyderCheckr is a great tool for in the studio but not out in the field.

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    5.0

    SpyderCHECKR

    By David S

    from NE Florida

    About Me Professional

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          Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

          Works great.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Simple and straight forward

          By cwSFBay

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Came Poorly Packaged - As

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Home
          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

          This actually came bundled with my Spyder4PRO and is nice little tool to keep consistent color. It was very helpful in photographing interior design images for a client of mine where the real life representation of paint colors for rooms is essential in conveying the sense of life and atmosphere of a re-designed room. My client was very satisfied with the end result and I'm glad that it made my workflow faster.

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          5.0

          Important tool for my shooting!

          By Bob

          from Mexico

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good design
          • Reliable
          • Well Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Product Photography
            • Studio

            Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

            My work is mostly product and fashion photography, so color consistency is very important for me, after reading so many reviews about different options/brands i decided to get this item. What i love about this color card is that have replaceable cards (so I don't to buy again all the set again), a color degradation indicator (i think a cool feature to know when replace my cards) and a hard case (great to reduce the color degradation, keep the cards as new, enough space to hold it in front the camera and a tripod/lightstand mount on top and bottom!).

            All these features convinced me about getting this color card. The Spyder Checkr calibrate the color through the HSL slider meanwhile other tools create a DNG table, have in mind this when making the purchase; for me it's ok to have HSL.

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            5.0

            works

            By quantumrider

            from new york, ny

            About Me Professional

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                  Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                  using it with davinci resolve 11

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                  5.0

                  Color check lets calibrate your camera!

                  By Chrissy4605

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Colors and Controls
                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                  • Easy To Customize
                  • Easy To Navigate
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Educational Purposes
                    • Professional Quality

                    Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                    Are you a photographer. Then you need this product. It will allow you to calibrate your camera. So that you shoot the colors that work!!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    4.0

                    Correct color is important

                    By RPhoto

                    from Reno

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

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                          Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                          I use this at every shoot to get accurate color.
                          X-rite's equivalent of this is much more compact.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          3.0

                          Good tool for target color

                          By Lindy

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Colors and Controls

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Professional Quality

                            Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                            Used to accurately set & balance color

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            4.0

                            seems to work

                            By Edwizer

                            from Boulder, CO

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Colors and Controls
                            • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs

                            Cons

                            • Difficult To Navigate

                            Best Uses

                            • Professional Quality

                            Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                            haven't put it through the true test of having photos published using it yet

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            Satisfied customer

                            By Ismael

                            from San Juan, PR

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Colors and Controls
                            • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                            • Easy To Customize
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional Quality

                              Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                              Fast shipping and items as described!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              Perfect For Product Photography

                              By Vinni

                              from Eureka, CA

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Colors and Controls
                              • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                              • Easy To Customize
                              • Replaceable Color Cards

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Quality

                                Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                                I use this product to ensure color accuracy when shooting products, especially fabrics, for accurate color output. I have the Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO Color Calibration Bundle for monitor and printer calibration and this is a great addition to that workflow. NOTE: The Spyder Cube, which is pictured and listed as optional, is not included with this set. The case seams durable and the addition of a bottom threaded mount is great. I use a table-top tripod that screws into the base to position the checker. I also like the cards can be replaced if they fade. The software is easy to use and provides excellent color accuracy. Others have mentioned that there is no auto detection of the grid like other systems, but that has not effected my workflow.

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                                • Business
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                                • Mac

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                                4.0

                                How can you shoot without?

                                By Wunder

                                from Oslo, Norway

                                About Me Pro photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate colors
                                • Reliable Performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                                  Very easy to use and you get accurate colors. Comes in a solid box. On the downside it can't handle RAW files. You should take one photo at the beginning of your session and that photo (RAW) should you be able to directly add to the software and make the profile to wheter ACR og LR og whatever but instead you have to make a JPEG and then make you profile.

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                                  • Business
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                                  • PC

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                                  5.0

                                  Great for color consistency

                                  By BillyOPhotog

                                  from Boston, MA

                                  About Me Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Reliable Performance

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                                      This is great to use to keep consistency between cameras and scenes. Unlike in the picture this did not come with the the SpyderCube.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      5.0

                                      SpyderCheckr Color Calibration

                                      By Maxmaxium

                                      from sydney

                                      About Me Business User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Large Viewing Area
                                      • Reliable Performance

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                                          Love the light stand tread
                                          Great raw processing

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                                          • Business
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                                          • Mac

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                                          5.0

                                          Accurate Color Photographs

                                          By Ron

                                          from Southfield, MI

                                          Pros

                                          • Great picture quality
                                          • Reliable Performance

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                                              I was eager to find a solution for color accurate photographs, I started to search for a product and I found Datacolor's Spyder Checkr. I decided to give it a try, and boy I'm glad I did.

                                              I followed their procedure which was simple, easy to follow, and I soon discovered that it rendered accurate colors! I did several tests and even compared shots using the exact same settings then applying the profile made from X-Rite and from Datacolor's Spyder Checkr. Hands down, the Spyder Checkr wins on accurate colors.

                                              I just tried shooting the same photo again and applied both the Spyder Checkr and the X-Rite Passport profiles. Spyder checkr = accurate colors, and details of the photo texture are seen. X-Rite passport = severely rich and some colors are oversaturated, and the some of the details are washed out.

                                              Congratulations Datacolor! Excellent product!

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                                              • Business
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                                              • PC

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                                              5.0

                                              It works well.

                                              By Matt

                                              from Santa Rosa, CA

                                              About Me Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Adjustable Viewing Angles
                                              • Large Viewing Area

                                              Cons

                                              • Very delicate

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Photography

                                              Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                                              I have used it once and it does work great the only thing, I thought it comes with the cube, but no cube. I think you can get it with cube for the same price from different vendors. B&H only sell them without cube.

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                                              • Business
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                                              • Mac

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                                              4.0

                                              Great product, but a little pricey

                                              By gunzzel

                                              from Melbourne, Australia

                                              About Me Advanced amateur

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Improves consistency

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Portrait shooting

                                                Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                                                This calibration system is excellent. I have installed the software on both my Macs (which have different screen profiles) and have found it works well. I am especially excited about the improvement in the rendering of skin-tones. The main con for me is that I now need to add Lightroom to my workflow, as I usually use Nikon Capture NX2 as my RAW converter. Perhaps adding NX2 and say, Aperture to the software's compatibility would be an improvement. The system is also a little pricey for what it is. Overall, though I am impressed and would definitely recommend this product.

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                                                • Personal
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                                                • Mac

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                                                5.0

                                                Easy to use

                                                By Gerryj19

                                                from MA

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy to use
                                                • Quick to learn

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Studio use

                                                  Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                                                  I am new to this side of image processing and I found this very easy to setup and use. I am still learning about its full capabilities but I'm impressed with the results so far. I have used it to help me get better color reproduction when I am photographing my wife's artwork for her website. I can definitely see the difference in the accuracy of the colors. I shot in the studio with controlled lighting (usually daylight) and haven't tried it yet with outdoor shots.

                                                  I'm not sure I'd use this outdoors as I use an Expodisc to get the best White Balance to record the colors as faithfully as possible. I get great results with that and I don't think that this is easy enough to replace that approach for me.

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                                                  • Personal
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                                                  • Mac

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                                                  3.0

                                                  Not as usable as other, similar products

                                                  By Hunter

                                                  from Pinehurst, NC

                                                  About Me Professional

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Not Durable
                                                  • Not Functional
                                                  • Software Limitations

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Camera Calibration
                                                  • Everyday use
                                                  • Studio

                                                  Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                                                  The included software can't automatically find the color chart within an image. This means that every time the camera requires a calibration due to a change in lighting it will need to have the color checker positioned to fill the frame and the photographer will have to crop and adjust the image to get the color checker to be used by the software... who has time for all that.

                                                  I've since switched over to the X-Rite Colorchecker Passport which includes software for identifying the color chart automatically and imports a profile into Lightroom for me to apply automatically. The SpyderCheckr is a great tool for in the studio but not out in the field.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  High Accuracy, Sturdy Product,Fair Price

                                                  By jcarrphoto

                                                  from Myrtle Beach, SC

                                                  About Me Professional

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Lightweight
                                                  • Reliable

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Indoor

                                                    Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                                                    I shoot on the beach and in the studio, but only use the checkr for studio shoots to avoid sand contamination. The accuracy for this product is phenomenal. The software makes it very easy to use and it integrates perfectly in to Lightroom. I would highly recommend this product for anyone who wishes to have the most accurate color for their photographs.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Easy to use.

                                                    By JTS

                                                    from Edmonton, AB

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Color correction

                                                        Comments about Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras:

                                                        Works exactly as intended, with great results. Have only used it a few times, but it definitely makes color correcting a breeze.

                                                        I get my assistant to hold it while I quickly snap a reference frame. Nice to have when shooting in mixed lighting.

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                                                        • Business
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                                                        • PC

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