Friday, April 6, 2012

Datacolor SpyderElite SEL

Datacolor Spyder4Elite
Datacolor Spyder4Elite S4EL100
by Datacolor
Platform:    Windows Vista / 7 / XP, Mac OS X
4.2 out of 5 stars(5)

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Spyder4Elite is a display color-calibration solution designed for photographers, videographers, and video editors who need the highest level of color control in the studio and flexibility in post-production. It features a full-spectrum seven-color sensor that accurately calibrates a variety of wide-gamut and normal displays, including monitors, laptops, iPads, iPhones, and projectors. Spyder4Elite uses double-shielded filters for longer life and optimum performance, and it can adapt to ambient light conditions, giving you true-to-life image reproduction.

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At a Glance:
  • Single sensor easily calibrates a variety of display types, including projectors
  • Full-spectrum seven-color sensor produces true-to-life images
  • Fourth-generation sensor increases accuracy by 26 percent
  • Ambient light sensing preserves image contrast
  • Advanced MQA tools provide maximum color management control
  • Designed for photographers, videographers, and video editors
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The three-legged design sits flat on your display to ensure precise readings.
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Datacolor Spyder4Elite Product Shot

Spyder4Elite's step-by-step calibration wizard helps you calibrate your displays.
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Calibration results in neutral greys and corrected white point. View larger.

Single Sensor Calibrates All Your Displays

Whether you are using the latest in LED technology, an older CRT monitor, a laptop, iPod, iPhone, or projector, Spyder4Elite Software allows you to calibrate all your devices with a single sensor to achieve all-around consistency in color and brightness.

A simple upgrade kit, available online for an additional charge, allows you to add calibration for your TV. You can also calibrate multiple displays connected to your computer, a valuable function for professional photographers and studios.

Simple Calibration Process

Spyder4Elite's step-by-step calibration wizard helps you calibrate your displays. After performing a few preliminary steps, you can easily define the display type, model, and system of calibration.

A configuration of 2.2 gamma, 6500K white point, and 120 brightness is recommended, but with unlimited options available, you can easily adjust these settings to your preference.

A "ReCAL" feature allows you to quickly and easily recalibrate your display to compensate for changes that occur over time.

Patented Full-Spectrum Color Sensor

The patented seven-color sensor makes Spyder4Elite an improvement upon colorimeters that use three-channel RGB sensors.

Each unit is individually tuned in the factory to accurately and easily handle a variety of wide-gamut and normal-gamut displays.

Adapts Display to Surrounding Light

Spyder4Elite features an additional sensor that detects light changes in the surrounding environment and adapts the display luminance to preserve image contrast. This means you can view and edit images with confidence on a display calibrated to show true-to-life colors.

Improved Accuracy and Stability

The fourth-generation Spyder4Elite has double-shielded color filters to better match CIE color standards, and it has improved long-term stability over previous generations.

The three-legged design sits flat on your display to ensure precise readings and includes a wide aperture, honeycomb baffle, and diffuser to remove angular sensitivity.

Overall, Spyder4 offers an increase in average accuracy of 26 percent over the previous generation of Spyder3.

Additional Features and Software Options

Additional features for even greater color management control include: built-in presets for video standards, such as Cineon, NTSC and PAL; customizable workflow settings; unlimited choices for gamma, white point, and white-and-black luminance; gray balance algorithm for the most accurate grays; and front projector calibration for color-accurate presentations. StudioMatch and SpyderTune features allow for visual fine-tuning of multiple displays in the studio.

This Spyder colorimeter also features Advanced Monitor Quality Analysis tools for professional users, offering uniformity luminance and color graphing tools, as well as advanced calibration accuracy testing, display gamut graphing, and support for CRT displays.

Spyder4Elite is backed by a one-year warranty.

Installation Requirements

For installation, Spyder4Elite requires Windows XP 32/64, Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64, MacOS X Panther (10.4), Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), or Lion (10.7); a color monitor with at least 1024 x 768 resolution; a 24-bit video card; and a powered USB port.

What's in the Box

Datacolor Spyder4Elite colorimeter, desktop cradle/tripod mount, Spyder4Elite Software CD, and Quick Start Guide.

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Features Spyder4Express Spyder4Pro Spyder4Elite
One-Click, No Options Calibration Check Mark

Ambient Light Measurement
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Number of Displays per Computer 1 MULTIPLE MULTIPLE
Projector Calibration

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Basic Multiple Display Tuning

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Advanced Multiple Display Tuning

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Advanced Calibration Functions

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Basic MQA (monitor quality analysis)
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% sRGB, AdobeRGB, NTSC
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Advanced Calibration Accuracy Test
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Monitor Quality Rating
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Display Gamut Graphing
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Gamma & Gray Ramp Test
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White Point Test
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Advanced MQA

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Luminance Uniformity Graphing

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The Spyder4Elite is for pro photographers and color perfectionists. The advanced multiple display tuning is perfect for studios. It provides complete color calibration control for multiple displays, laptops, iPads and projectors. The advanced luminance and color graphing features deliver the utmost in color management. Go for the best!

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