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W.D. Stevens

Any difference between basic colourimeters if using third party software?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi all,


Sorry if this question has been done to death but I'm getting a bit over my head here. I'm looking to buy a good monitor to do film editing and colour grading (I'm early-mid career so I'm not looking at anything really pro) and I'm finally going to bite the bullet and get a colorimeter to go along with it. I was planning to use DisplayCAL to do it and was trying to wrap my head around the options I have for colorimeters. All the comparisons I can find talk about the differences in the software they come with which leads me to believe they're all pretty much of a muchness.


I'm looking at the Colormunki Display or the SpyderX Pro right now. The latter I can get for over $50 cheaper which would be a nice saving. Is there much in it if you're not going to be using their software anyway? Or should I perhaps actually use their software?


Any help is much appreciated!

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Get the X-Rite i1 Display Pro, its faster than the Spyder ones. The 'consumer grade' colorimeters themselves all do the same thing, the main thing ur paying for is additional functionalities like ambient light sensors, and the speed at which it can do its job. The software itself is part of the package but DisplayCAL is what most people suggest you use and it works with pritty much all the colorimeters,  its got more functionality, and loads of tutorials online.

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