Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Chart and Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras

Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Chart and Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras

Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Chart and Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • Consistent Color Control for RAW Imaging
  • White, Gray, and Gray Ramp Patches
  • Color Target Includes Skintone Samples
  • Works with Adobe Camera RAW (ACR)
  • Includes Software for Mac and Windows
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The SpyderCHECKR Color Chart and Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras from Datacolor is a color target for use with digital cameras. It features 48 swatches, including various shades of gray and skintones. You can use the swatches to perform a custom white balance on your camera, ensuring that your camera settings correctly match the lighting conditions in which you are shooting.

The SpyderCHECKR ships with software for Mac and Windows. In order to use it, you'll have to use an Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) post-production workflow. This allows you to use the calibration tool in conjunction with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom.

Consistent Color Control for your RAW workflow made easy and fast with SpyderCHECKR and its powerful software, giving you a color standard for any camera and decreasing your post-production time
Neutral gray target and gray ramp for in-camera white balance and visual neutrality analysis
Extensive skintone samples for portrait and fashion photography
Durable, eco-friendly self casing construction for easy transport and field use, with replaceable targets, tripod mount and Fade strip indicator
Easy-to-use software interacts with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Camera Raw to produce calibration presets, which fit directly into your digital workflow. No DNG processing is required, and a multiple lightsource calibration option is included
UPC: 719821326854
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Datacolor SpyderCHECKR Color Chart and Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    System Requirements Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7; Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6
    Memory: 128 MB
    Hard Drive: 100 MB
    Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements; Adobe Camera RAW
    Languages English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese
    Dimensions Open: 12.250 x 9.125" / 31.115 x 23.178 cm Closed: 6.750 x 9.125" / 17.145 x 23.178 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.7 x 7.3 x 1.7"
    SpyderCHECKR Color Chart and Calibration Tool for Digital Cameras is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 41.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2011-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect For Product Photography 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.
    Date published: 2013-05-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Important tool to have not sold on the construction of it This is a must have i think if you care about matching shots or people will demand it from you. The plastic shell feels sturdy and it comes with to convient ways to mount it via both male and female threads. My only complaint is theres nothing keeping it shut. mine kind of sags open a bit which is not good since its sensitive to light, A simple little latch on one side would have fixed this in the design but... if you just use anything like velcro tape whatever you'll get the job done
    Date published: 2015-09-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2011-02-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accurate Color Photographs 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!
    Date published: 2011-10-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Price This Datacolor color checker works with Davinci software to color correct video footage and is a bargain compared to the X-rite. I like that the gray card for custom WB and color checker are in one package. The tripod mount is especially handy, and the case enclosure for it worked great on the set of my first movie. The gray card and color chip cards can be removed and moved to the side convenient to your workflow, and the opposite chart I'm sure I will use later although I don't know what the muted color chips are for yet. I recommend a cheapo light stand and umbrella clamp for those times when you run tests while alone.
    Date published: 2016-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important tool for my shooting! 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.
    Date published: 2014-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dont Confuse with X-Rite Excellent Product and does exactly what you expect BUT in a large form factor. Compare with the very similar X-Rite Passport product. Same result but fit's in a pocket at about the same price.
    Date published: 2016-04-19
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