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Datacolor SpyderX Studio

Datacolor SpyderX Studio
Key Features
  • SpyderX Elite Colorimeter
  • SpyderCUBE Exposure Calibration Tool
  • SpyderPRINT Printer Profiling Tool
  • Metal Transport Case
Helping to ensure accurate color and exposure, the SpyderX Studio from Datacolor is a comprehensive calibration kit for the exposure, editing, and printing workflow stages. This kit includes the SpyderCUBE, to help achieve accurate exposure and white balance at exposure; SpyderX Elite, an advanced colorimeter to ensure your computer's monitor is color-accurate; and the SpyderPRINT, which helps to manage and create printer profiles for more accurate and repeatable results from your inkjet printer.
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Datacolor SpyderX Studio Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Datacolor SpyderX Elite Colorimeter
  • 3Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool
  • 4Datacolor SpyderPRINT

Helping to ensure accurate color and exposure, the SpyderX Studio from Datacolor is a comprehensive calibration kit for the exposure, editing, and printing workflow stages. This kit includes the SpyderCUBE, to help achieve accurate exposure and white balance at exposure; SpyderX Elite, an advanced colorimeter to ensure your computer's monitor is color-accurate; and the SpyderPRINT, which helps to manage and create printer profiles for more accurate and repeatable results from your inkjet printer.

Datacolor SpyderX Elite Colorimeter

Featuring an advanced lens-based color engine for fast, precise, and versatile performance, SpyderX Elite from Datacolor is an intuitive monitor calibration system for professional photographers and videographers seeking ultimate control of their color workflow. This powerful system provides you with increased precision, color accuracy, and low-light capabilities for maintaining consistently accurate colors. SpyderX Elite meets these needs with an extensive selection of color calibration options including photo, video, and prepress standards as well as additional options for matching and tuning multiple displays and projectors.

SpyderX Elite provides thorough, one-click, and wizard-guided calibration, along with display mapping and analysis to fine-tune your results, and calibrating your monitor takes just a minute or two and happens so fast you won't even consider skipping it. The colorimeter incorporates an ambient light sensor to measure prevailing light conditions for room-light monitoring, and the system's SpyderProof feature provides before-and-after evaluation of your display with full-screen images. A device simulation function allows you to preview how images will print on different printers and papers or appear on different mobile or tablet devices, and SpyderX Elite also features calibration settings for TV and video standards. With SpyderX Elite, you can be sure that what you see on screen is an accurate representation of your image, and you will have more confidence than ever knowing that your screen is properly calibrated for achieving your ultimate goal, the true expression of your creative vision.

Superior Colorimeter Technology
Groundbreaking lens-based color engine technology features higher light sensitivity and more advanced sensors, so you can experience significantly more precise screen color, white balance, and shadow detail
Intuitive Software
One-click calibration and step-by-step assistant modes, along with interactive help every step of the way
Multiple Monitor Support
Calibrates multiple laptops and desktop monitors so you can be confident that your colors are always accurate no matter which of your computers or displays you are working on
SpyderProof Before and After
One-click functionality allows you to compare your monitor colors before and after calibration and see the nuances that matter most
Previews how images will print on different printers and papers and how images will appear on different mobile or tablet devices
Room Light Monitoring
Integrated ambient light sensor measures your room light throughout the day allowing you to adjust your display brightness and contrast to ideal levels
Monitor Performance Analysis
Display Analysis feature evaluates the color, brightness, contrast, gamut, tone response, white point, color accuracy, screen brightness, and color uniformity of your monitors
Calibration Options
Extensive selection of calibration options, including photo, video, prepress, and scientific calibration standards
UPC: 875720001510
Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool

The SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool from Datacolor is a compact (1.5"/3.8 cm square), digital color balancing tool that not only allows you to correct the color temperature but also the exposure, brightness and black point of your images. The SpyderCUBE is a spectrally neutral three-dimensional tool that's small enough to fit in your pocket or camera bag and gives you all the features needed to easily adjust your images in post-production. Its multi-sided construction allows special attention to highlights and shadows, and contains more features for image control than a gray card or white balance tool.

Just place the SpyderCUBE in the lighting conditions under which you will be photographing. Orient the cube so that the lower black face, containing the black trap, is at the bottom front, and the two split white/gray faces are both visible. Take a photograph that includes the Cube. It makes several measurements that make it possible for you to be confident that your colors are accurate, your shadows and highlights are properly exposed, and your image is adjusted to the ideal density, regardless of the lighting conditions. These functions give you the data you need:

1 Chrome Ball - Measures catchlight to analyze specular highlights.
2 White Face(s) - Define highlights in relation to catchlight.
3 Gray Face(s) - Measures color temperature and midtone response.
4 Black Face - Defines shadows in relation to black trap.
5 Black Trap - Defines absolute black.

By using SpyderCUBE under the same lighting conditions as your photos, you can optimally adjust all the
photos in RAW conversion using the information the Spyder 3D shot provides. The SpyderCUBE is easy enough for the advanced amateur and sophisticated enough for professionals.

Reference tool to achieve accurate colors without trial-and-error operations in RAW processing.
SpyderCUBE provides all relevant light information for the RAW adjustments:
* Chrome Ball to measure catchlight to analyze overexposed areas.
* White Faces to define highlights in relation to catchlight.
* Spectrally neutral 18% Grey Faces to measure color temperature and midtones in all lighting conditions.
* Black Trap to define absolute black.
* Black Face to define shadows in relation to black trap.
Easy to use and compatible with all RAW converter software.
Essential for RAW processing but can also be used when processing images in a JPG workflow.
Small and handy, it fits in any photo bag
Ideal for location shooting (outdoor or indoor) and studios
Capture accurate color without a lot of trial and error manipulation
Spectrally Neutral, so that the Cube responds accurately to all lighting conditions
Provides reference values to check and adjust RAW control settings
Includes Black Trap for shadow detail control
Allows users to instantly correct color images by setting color temperature value
Allows users to accurately adjust shadows and highlight detail in any RAW image
UPC: 719821326847
Datacolor SpyderPRINT

Datacolor's SpyderPRINT allows photographers, designers and imaging professionals to manage the color of their print output -- it's a great tool for print matching and can reduce the amount of paper and ink used in the long run.

By selecting any combination of printer, ink and media in the software, SpyderPRINT provides a full assortment of tools. You'll be able to create any number of custom profiles to ICC standards. After installing the software, you can print your choice of targets with your printer and then use the SpyderGuide device to guide you through the process to calibrate and build a profile.

The SpyderProof feature provides a series of images to help you evaluate details and compare it with your images. Additionally, you can adjust profile settings to get the best possible printed output for images.

Please note! SpyderPRINT builds RGB ICC profiles. Please check with the manufacturer of your laser printer of the developer of your RIP software to determine if your laser printer or RIP is compatible with RGB format ICC profiles.

Profiling Speed and Accuracy
The spectrocolorimeter gives you custom profiles in minutes with EZ targets for color and black and white. The SpyderGuide device provides convenience in reading the printed targets to help you create profiles easily and accurately
Intuitive Profiling Software
The step-by-step process affords improved usability. The program makes it easy to follow the calibration of the targets and help you build a profile
This function gives you a series of carefully selected images to evaluate detail with a photographer's point of view. This feature is available for each unique printer profile that you create, providing you with a soft-proofing tool that is invaluable in managing your printed output
Total Control
Advanced controls are included in the Color and Black & White Tinting curves in your Image Editor, which allows you to apply adjustments to the profile rather than to each individual image. The Extended Grays Target allows you to add precision gray and near-gray data to profiles, enhancing the quality of tinted and black and white prints
Extensive Editing Functions
Flexible target options and high patch profiling targets produce gallery-quality prints in color or black and white. Easily select prebuilt or custom sets of advanced profile settings to produce profiles with specific combinations of highlight and shadow tint, details and neutrality settings
UPC: 875720001244

Datacolor SpyderX Elite Colorimeter Specs

USB SupportUSB 1.1, USB 2.X, and USB 3.X
USB Type-A Plug, also Compatible with USB Type-A-to-C Adapters for Use in USB Type-C Ports
System RequirementsWindows 7 (32- or 64-Bit) and Later
Mac OS X 10.10 and Later

1280 x 768 Monitor Resolution or Larger
16-Bit Video Card (24-Bit Recommended)
1 GB of RAM
500 MB of Available Disk Space
Internet Connection for Software Download
Language SupportEnglish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean
DimensionsColorimeter: 3 x 3 x 1.75" / 7.6 x 7.6 x 4.5 cm
WeightColorimeter: 5.6 oz / 159 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5 x 4.5 x 0.63"

Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool Specs

ConstructionABS Cycoloy, a hybrid resin that is fade proof, extremely durable, and flame/shock resistant
Dimensions1.5" (3.8 cm) square
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.155 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.85 x 6.8 x 2.8"

Datacolor SpyderPRINT Specs

System RequirementsWindows 7, 8/8.1, 10 (32/64-bit)
Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11
Powered USB Port
Color monitor resolution 1024×768 or greater
16-bit video card (24-bit recommended)
128 MB of available RAM
100 MB of available hard disk space
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.15 x 7.5 x 2.95"

Datacolor SpyderX Studio Reviews

everything as advertised

By Bill
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-14

Works great. Simple set-up, easy to follow instructions, seamless integration with Lightroom, and great calibration between the monitor and printer. I previously used the X-Rite Color Munki before they dropped vendor support, the Spyder is a definite upgrade.

Great for Photographers

By Roy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-12

This is great for photographers that intend to print their own photos, works awesome!!!

Don't try Spyder PRINT

By Tin Fook
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-20

SpyderX Elite : it's quick, I guess it is accurate but I have no way to tell. My monitors are all semi-pro with 100% Adobe RGB and Pantone approved, so I don't see much difference afterwards. Perhaps my monitors are too good from the start. I guess it would be more useful if you have other monitors that need calibration more, which I did have before and I had used a previous version of the Spyder and it worked well, that's why I bought a new one this time when the old one does not work with modern operation system any more. I would give a 3-4 stars at least for it. Very easy to use and very quick. Spyder PRINT on the contrary IS A JOKE, it is a 0-1 star (2 when combined since it is a Studio for evaluation). It needs reading of color patches printed by my computer BUT it got stuck in the middle for about 100 times that I've tried. Yes, I know how to use it and I have not been successful yet, up to this point when I am writing this review. I've written to Datacolor, don't know whether it is my product or quality of the whole line. But when I found Chris Gough's Youtube video, describing the same problem, I think it is the intrinsic problem. I set it up better than Chris and encountered the same problem in reading the patches. Still failed by the machine at present. If you do not need to print yourself, don't try Spyder PRINT at all. If you need to print, let your printer to color manage. My Epson is OK but I had wanted to improve. That's why I bought the Spyder PRINT at the start. But I am stuck. The product is very very disappointing. Yes, I know how to use it. I have 20+ years of photo taking and photo printing experience and I've been using Datacolor products for more than 10 years, mainly monitor color management, Lenscal etc. But Spyder PRINT for the first time. Very disappointing experience. I repeat, don't try it, although not many people have been frank enough to tell you in the web.


By Thomas
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-08

This product was difficult for me to download. Instructions were not clear as none came with the product. Would not buy another datacolor product again but would try another brand.

Works Great on Catalina

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-27

Finally a working system on the new OS X Catalina. My previous Spyder Studio could not work on Catalina.

Beautiful colors

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-19

So far I’ve only calibrated my BenQ 3200U which I got from B&H and it did a great job and will remind me every 30 days to recalibrate.

Great Color Meter

By George M.
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-03

Spyder Print can be cranky but it works. SpyderX Elite is quick and simple. Better print results.

Inexpensive profiling kit

By Raphael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-23

Works well at a fraction of the price of my old and no longer supported x-rite

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Hi. is it possible to use this SpyderX studio to ...

Hi. is it possible to use this SpyderX studio to calibrate the DNP Dye-sublimation printers?
Asked by: pongpat
Yes, however, whether this can be accomplished with any degree of accuracy and predictability depends on the printer driver for the printer. If you can turn off color management in the printer driver then you can print a "clean" (un-color-managed) target. This will allow you to create an accurate profile. Then your workflow would have the image coming from Photoshop, Lightroom, or some other program that allows you to choose the correct printer profile within that software and turn color management off in the printer driver so that the image is not double color managed.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2022-04-28

Is this system fully operational under Monterey ...

Is this system fully operational under Monterey 12.2 running on an M1Max-based MacBook Pro? Thanks, Pete
Asked by: Peter
I got mine for the same Mac. Not working. Tried all the usb connectors, with original apple adapter. Tried talking with the company and doing all the steps they've recommended. Nothing works.
Answered by: Roi
Date published: 2022-09-19

Is this system fully compatible with Mac OS ...

Is this system fully compatible with Mac OS 12.5.1 (Monterey), or later, running on an M1Max-based MacBook Pro? (In January, I asked about use under Mac OS 12.2 - and was given an evasive answer. Pete
Asked by: Peter
The company Claims that it works. I use a new MBP Max M1, with an original Apple adapter from the usb-c to the old usb (The kit comes with USB connector and an adapter to micro-usb, no usb-c). The computer and the SpyderX won't talk. I opened ticket with the company, they sent me technical instructions which I followed. That enabled the computer to recognise the device once only, for the registration process - but when I tried to continue and do the actual calibration, Nada, garnisht mit gurnisht. Unfortunately, I so far can't recommend this to M1 users.
Answered by: Roi
Date published: 2022-09-19

Is the Datacolor SpyderX Studio the only solution ...

Is the Datacolor SpyderX Studio the only solution to calibrate the screen and printer?
Asked by: Ronald
No. There are others, like this small kit from XRite:
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2020-10-29
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