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Best Monitors for Photographers | B&H eXplora

By Bjorn Petersen | Updated Wed, 11/23/2022

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For digital photographers, a well-calibrated and accurate photography monitor is an indispensable tool for a solid practice. Whether you like to print your photos or share exclusively online, a photo monitor you can trust will make a big difference in how anyone views your photographs, yourself included. Besides just helping to achieve accurate colors and contrast, a finely tuned monitor is also more enjoyable to work on and contributes to a seamless all-around workflow. Additionally, when looking for a monitor, also consider size and resolution as additional variables, with larger screens making editing easier, especially when dealing with multiple images or windows. Here are some of our top monitor picks for photographers.

BenQ SW270C Photographer 27" HDR IPS Monitor

One of the best values out there, BenQ's SW270C is a 27" monitor, with 99% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space and 10-bit support, making it well suited for printing and wider color gamut editing. The 27" size and 2560 x 1440 resolution also suit more detailed and multi-image editing. Additionally, a dedicated shading hood is included with the monitor, in case you tend to work in sunlit or bright environments, and a built-in Hotkey Puck lets you switch display settings easily, from Adobe RGB to sRGB to Black-and-White, depending on your editing needs.

BenQ SW270C Photographer

HP DreamColor Z27xs G3 16:9 4K HDR IPS Monitor

Purpose-built for creatives, designers, photographers, and videographers, the DreamColor Z27x G3, from HP, offers coverage for 99% of Adobe RGB and 98% of the DCI-P3 color spaces for accurate photo and video editing. This monitor also has a 27" screen with 4K resolution: DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB Type-C connectivity. The DreamColor Z27xs G3 also features quick and easy access to important settings such as brightness and user-defined color presets, so you can keep working without interrupting your workflow.

HP Z27xs G3 DreamColor

Dell U2720Q UltraSharp 27" 16:9 HDR 4K IPS Monitor

Another great option for those who rely on accurate color for photo and video editing, the Dell U2720Q is a 27" monitor with UHD 4K resolution and 10-bit color. Speaking of color: the Dell U2720Q offers wider color coverage that encompasses 99% of the sRGB and Rec. 709 spaces and 95% of the DCI-P3 color space. DisplayPort, HDMI, and a USB make setup easy. Additionally, the USB-C port can deliver up to 90W of power to connected devices, so you have the option of charging your USB-C-compatible devices while working on the monitor.

Dell U2720Q

Apple 27" Studio Display

A high-resolution immersive screen that pays attention to details and aesthetics, Apple’s Studio Display is a 5K Retina (5120 x 2880) screen with wide P3 color coverage, an especially thin bezel, and a sophisticated ambient-light sensor that uses Apple's True Tone technology. Configurable depending on your needs, this screen comes with either the standard glass or the nano-texture glass for increased glare reduction and you can choose from a tilt- and height-adjustable stand, tilt-adjustable stand, or a VESA mount adapter for installation. Besides its resolution and quality color reproduction, this monitor also distinguishes itself with its built-in Bionic A13 chip, which drives a series of advanced features, such as spatial audio, the integrated 12MP webcam, and Center Stage.

Apple 27" Studio Display

LG UltraWide 40WP95C-W 39.7" 21:9 Curved FreeSync 5K2K HDR IPS Monitor

For something a bit different, the LG 40WP95C-W is a 39.7" ultra-wide monitor touting a panoramic 21:9 aspect ratio and 5120 x 2160 5K2K resolution. Compared to boxier 16:9 and 17:9 monitors, a 21:9 monitor can feel like working with two separate monitors without the gap or break between separate screens. This wide, immersive format is great for breaking up your editing workflow and keeping some work on one end of the screen while keeping file navigation, toolboxes, or other applications uncluttered on the other end. Also, the monitor has an integrated USB hub (usable when connected to your computer via Thunderbolt™ 4) for connecting various peripherals or drives directly and enabling transfer speeds up to 5 Gb/s for connected external drives.

LG UltraWide 40WP95C-W

Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 Creative Pen & Touch Display

Another unique option is the Cintiq Pro 27 from Wacom, which effectively combines one of Wacom's tablets with a large, 26. 9" UHD 4K display. This monitor is perfect for those who do significant post-production editing or digital artwork because it offers you the experience of drawing directly onto your imagery. It's no slouch as a monitor, either—with 99% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, it can be used for accurate color editing, too. Physically, since you'll be working on top of the monitor much of the time, there is a dedicated accessory stand for propping it up at a 20° angle, and an optional wireless ExpressKey Remote helps with intuitive application navigation.

Wacom Cintiq Pro 27

What do you look for in a photo monitor? What are the essential features when looking for a screen for photo editing? Let us know about your dream setup in the Comments section, below.

Best monitors for photo editing 2023: Get picture-perfect results

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These monitors have lifelike visuals for accurate edits.

By Matthew S. Smith

PCWorld

Matt Smith

Photo editors demand a lot from a monitor. It’s a critical tool, falling just behind a photographer’s camera in importance. A great editor can sometimes salvage a mediocre shot, but that’s only possible when an editor has a sharp, color-accurate monitor to rely on.

Below are our picks for the best monitors for photo editing in 2022. To learn more about what specs and features make a good monitor for photo editing, scroll down past our recommendations.

For even more monitor recommendations, check out our roundup of the best monitors across all categories.

1. Asus ProArt OLED PA32DC – Best monitor for photo editing

Pros

  • The best SDR image quality yet
  • Good HDR performance
  • Long list of image quality features
  • Exceptionally sturdy
  • Numerous inputs, plus USB hub

Cons

  • HDR brightness could be better 
  • Glare can be an issue in bright rooms
  • Only 60Hz, no adaptive sync

Asus’ ProArt PA32DC is a pricey flagship display with amazing image quality and tons of features. It might be overkill for some photo editors but, if you want the best, this is it.

The Asus ProArt PA32DC has a 4K OLED panel. It’s among the few 4K OLED monitors on the market and, unlike less expensive OLED monitors, has a type of OLED panel with a standard RGB subpixel layout that will not cause image-quality quirks on Windows machines.

Going OLED leads to an excellent contrast ratio, but photo editors are more likely to be drawn to its color performance. This monitor can display 100 percent of sRGB, 99 percent of DCI-P3, and 98 percent of Adobe RGB. There are a few monitors that can outperform it in either DCI-P3 or Adobe RGB, but we’ve yet to test a monitor that beats it in both.

In an unusual move, this monitor has a built-in carrying handle, and the height-adjustable stand can be replaced with screw-on legs that fold flat for travel. It’s perfect for professional photographers who need to edit on-site. This is a USB-C monitor, as well, with DisplayPort Alternate Mode and 65 watts of Power Delivery for charging connected devices.

Priced at $3,499, the Asus ProArt PA32DC is expensive. Most photo editors don’t need this level of performance—but this monitor is ideal if you need nearly perfect color.

Read our full Review Asus ProArt OLED PA32DC

2. Dell U3223QE – Best 4K monitor for photo editing

Pros

  • IPS Black panel fulfills its promise 
  • Accurate color with wide gamut 
  • High brightness in SDR  
  • USB-C hub with 90 watts of power

Cons

  • Edges of display are noticeably bright 
  • HDR performance disappoints 
  • Only a 60Hz panel 

The Dell U3223QE is a premium monitor with accurate color and many useful features.

This is a 32-inch 4K monitor with an IPS Black panel. IPS Black is a new type of panel with roughly double the contrast ratio of older IPS panels. The result is a richer, more lifelike image with a better sense of depth.

It’s an extremely accurate monitor with a wide color gamut that spans 100 percent of sRGB and 99 percent of DCI-P3, as well as 89 percent of Adobe RGB. Color temperature and gamma results are also on-target at default settings and can be adjusted to your preferences in the on-screen menu system.

This monitor has a USB-C port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode and up to 95 watts of Power Delivery, which makes it ideal for use with a USB-C compatible laptop. The USB-C port connects to a built-in hub with several USB-A ports, ethernet, and DisplayPort-out.

Want a smaller monitor? Consider the Dell U2723QE. It’s a 27-inch 4K monitor with the same features as the U3223QE. Its smaller size also cuts a couple hundred dollars off the price.

Read our full Review Dell U3223QE

3. Asus ProArt PA279CV – Best mid-range monitor for photo editing

Pros

  • Accurate image
  • High maximum brightness
  • Menu settings allow calibration
  • Has USB-C with 65 watts Power Delivery
  • Competitive price

Cons

  • Unimpressive design
  • Luminance uniformity could be better
  • HDR is bright but otherwise falls short

The Asus ProArt PA279CV is an awesome pick for professional photo editors with less demanding workflows. It will get the job done nine times out of 10—and for less than $500.

This is a 27-inch 4K monitor with an IPS panel. It doesn’t have an amazing contrast ratio but makes up for that with color accuracy. This monitor’s default accuracy sits just a hair behind the Dell U3223QE. It also has an even sharper picture, since it packs 4K resolution into a smaller display space.

Color gamut is the price paid for, well, the price. This monitor handles 100 percent of sRGB but only 84 percent of DCI-P3 and 86 percent of Adobe RGB. That’s often fine, but it could be an issue if you edit photos for clients that use DCI-P3 or Adobe RGB as their go-to color gamut.

Despite its pricing, this monitor has a USB-C port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode and up to 65 watts of Power Delivery for charging connected devices. The USB-C port even connects to four USB-A ports, making it a useful USB-C hub.

Read our full Review Asus ProArt PA279CV

4. NZXT Canvas 27Q – Best budget monitor for photo editing

Pros

  • Attractive and robust design
  • Four video inputs including USB-C
  • Great color performance
  • High motion clarity at 144Hz and 165Hz

Cons

  • Limited image quality adjustment
  • Speakers not included
  • HDR mode is barebones

Most monitors sold for less than $300 are a bad fit for photo editing. The NZXT Canvas 27Q is a rare exception.

This is a 27-inch 1440p monitor with an IPS panel. The monitor’s resolution is its key weakness, as 2560×1440 can feel tight when editing modern photos. However, it’s fine if you often crop down your work.

Color performance is astounding for the price. We recorded better color accuracy from this monitor than from the Dell U3223QE or Asus ProArt PA279CV. Color gamut is good, as well, supporting 100 percent of sRGB, 97 percent of DCI-P3, and 87 percent of Adobe RGB. Its overall image quality doesn’t match these more expensive alternatives, but it’s close.

The monitor even packs a few extras. It has a USB-C port with DisplayPort Alternate mode, and it works as a USB-C hub for two downstream USB-A ports. Power Delivery isn’t supported, however, so the USB-C port won’t charge a connected device. The monitor has an enhanced maximum refresh rate of 165Hz, making it a good choice for gaming.

This monitor has an MSRP of just $319. 99 (and frequently retails for $249.99 from NZXT). That price doesn’t include a stand, which is a $40 extra. It’s a remarkable value and a good pick for photo editors on a tight budget.

Read our full Review NZXT Canvas 27Q

5. LG DualUp 28MQ780-B – Best photo editing monitor for portraits

Pros

  • Unique aspect ratio is useful for photo, video editing
  • Makes an awesome second monitor 
  • Highly adjustable stand 
  • Vivid, accurate color

Cons

  • Difficult to fit in a small home office 
  • USB-C port offers limited downstream connectivity 
  • Can lack immersion in some content

Most monitors have a widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio—and that’s not always ideal for photo editing. Many photos are at least as tall as they are wide, and portrait photos are much taller than they are wide.

Enter the LG DualUp 28MQ780-B. This is a 28-inch monitor with a resolution of 2560×2880 and a 16:18 aspect ratio. It also has a monitor arm that supports turning the monitor 90 degrees for an 18:16 aspect ratio. This is a better fit for portrait photos, as it provides more vertical pixels than a 5K or 4K widescreen monitor.

The LG DualUp 28MQ780-B also delivers on color performance. It has great color accuracy and a color gamut that spans 100 percent of sRGB, 96 percent of DCI-P3, and 90 percent of Adobe RGB.

LG throws in a USB-C port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode and 90 watts of Power Delivery for charging a connected laptop or device. The USB-C port connects to two downstream USB-A ports, providing USB-C hub functionality.

Priced at $699.99, the LG DualUp 28MQ780-B is not inexpensive but feels reasonably priced for what it offers. As for the competition, well, there isn’t any—this is the only 16:18 monitor on the market right now.

Read our full Review LG DualUp 28MQ780-B

What to look for in a monitor for photo editing

The best photo editing monitors have excellent color accuracy, a wide color gamut, and a high resolution. Other aspects of image quality, such as contrast or black levels, can also be important but are less critical for accurate editing.

Great color performance is a must-have

Color accuracy and color gamut are key traits for any photo editing monitor. Accuracy is important because it allows a photographer to see a lifelike, realistic representation of their work. Color gamut, meanwhile, determines the range of colors that are displayed.

Most modern monitors are reasonably accurate, but a large gap seperates the best and worst monitors on the market. Color gamut is more of a challenge, as budget monitors usually fall short of displaying 100 percent of sRGB, and are well short of full DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB coverage.  

All the monitors on this list, however, excel in both color accuracy and gamut. They have superb default color accuracy and support at least 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut.

4K is a must-have

A high resolution is always preferable for photo editing, as photos are often captured in high resolutions. This is true even when snapping photos on a modern smartphone. The iPhone 14 Pro can capture 48MP photos in RAW format.

Most monitors on this list have 4K resolution. The NZXT Canvas 27Q, which is our budget pick, is the exception.

Image quality settings should be extensive

Photo editors need a wide range of image quality settings that can be used to dial in a monitor’s look. Ideally, a monitor should be good enough out of the box, but experienced photo editors often have needs that differ from the default.

All the monitors on this list provide some level of color accuracy, color gamut, color temperature, and gamma adjustment. The level of customization tends to go up with pricing: the Asus ProArt PA32DC has gobs of adjustments. Even experienced photo editors will need to reference the manual. 

USB-C is a useful perk

Photo editors are the perfect audience for a USB-C monitor.

Photo editors are more likely to travel for work than video editors or graphics designers, and may even split between doing some edits at the shoot and some at the office. This more mobile workflow makes an easy docking solution, like USB-C, useful.

All the monitors on this list have a USB-C port that can handle video input over DisplayPort Alternate Mode, and all except for the NZXT Canvas 27Q support USB Power Delivery.

How we test monitors

PC World’s monitor reviews are the result of in-depth testing by staff and freelance writers. We test monitors with a SpyderXElite color calibration tool that provides objective measurements of key metrics like brightness, contrast, color accuracy, color gamut, color temperature, and gamma. These objective metrics help us compare dozens of monitors at once.

Author: Matthew S.

Smith

Matthew S. Smith is a freelance technology journalist with 15 years of experience reviewing consumer electronics. In addition to PCWorld, his work can be found on Wired, Ars Technica, Digital Trends, Reviewed, IGN, and Lifewire. Matthew also covers AI and the metaverse for IEEE Spectrum and runs Computer Gaming Yesterday, a YouTube channel devoted to PC gaming history.

Ideal monitor for a photographer: what is it?

Photography is an ever-evolving industry in which competition is primarily associated with equipment and technology. At the same time, few people think about the right choice of such a really important “detail” for editing and printing photos as a monitor. When it comes to real professionalism, it is necessary to think globally and comprehensively. It is the monitor that determines the quality of the workflow - and to a much greater extent than most of us think. So, how do you choose a monitor that can meet all the requirements of the photographer in terms of editing and printing photographic images? There are many factors to consider, but all of them are closely related to the size, resolution, contrast, image quality and some other features of various types of monitors. Below are seven questions that will tell any photographer what to look for when choosing a monitor. nine0003

  • Question 1: Is “bigger is better” really when it comes to monitor size?
  • Question 2: How can I make full use of the entire screen area of ​​the monitor?
  • Question 3: Is it true that an IPS monitor is the best choice for any photographer?
  • Question 4: At what resolution is the monitor capable of reproducing even the smallest details of the reproduced image?
  • Question 5: What is PPI and how important is it for a photographer? nine0006
  • Question 6: There are two types of contrast. How does each of them affect the image displayed on the monitor screen?
  • Question 7: Which monitor surface is best for professional photographers? Glossy or matte?
  • Question 1: Is “bigger is better” really when it comes to monitor size?

    It doesn't matter who chooses a monitor: a professional photographer or just a person who is passionate about photography - the first thing that comes to mind when choosing a monitor is, of course, the size. Previously, monitors with a diagonal of 19 were especially popular.and 21 inches, now 27- and 32-inch panels receive the greatest non-proliferation. From the photographer's point of view, working with images on a large screen provides a much higher degree of satisfaction from the process itself. In addition, the larger screen can accommodate more windows, which also increases productivity when using professional imaging software. So with that said, is "bigger is better" really when it comes to monitor size? Unfortunately, this is not the case. The optimal distance between the user and the monitor is directly proportional to the size of the monitor. Ideally, this distance should exceed the size of the monitor (viewport diagonal) by 1.5 times. In other words, the larger the monitor, the greater the distance from it to the user should be. If the user is too close to the monitor, the image on the screen will look blurry, which will at least lead to discomfort, and ultimately adversely affect vision. On the other hand, a user who is too far away from the monitor will simply not be able to distinguish image details or even text. Thus, when it comes to choosing a monitor, it turns out that “more” is not always “better”. The ideally sized monitor delivers optimal viewing and viewing experience with maximum visual comfort. nine0003

    Among photographers, 27-inch monitors are the most common. This size is also recommended by experts. This choice is due to two reasons. First of all, 27 inches is a large enough size to provide the user with optimal comfort when working and viewing images. It is also great for when users use professional software for image processing: the overall work efficiency is greatly improved. In addition, if two images are opened simultaneously on a 27-inch monitor, the area of ​​​​each of them will be sufficient to easily process and compare them. Second, the optimal distance between a 27-inch monitor and the user is 100cm, which is where most of us work when processing images. nine0003

    The advantage of large monitors is their ability to fully display all open windows and other content, which increases the user's satisfaction when viewing images. Smaller monitors have lower native resolution and larger pixel spacing, forcing the user to constantly scroll or drag elements on the screen to find the desired content or feature.

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    Question 2: How can I make full use of the entire screen area of ​​the monitor?

    Most monitors have an aspect ratio (the ratio of the monitor's width to its height) of 16:9. A monitor that is 16 units wide by 9 units high is considered widescreen and has an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1. Compared to traditional 4:3 monitors (1.33:1 aspect ratio), 16:9 monitorsmore in line with the anamorphic ratio (2. 39:1) used in the film industry. Another advantage of widescreen monitors, in addition to a full field of view for watching movies, is the ability to display all the necessary windows and toolbars at once for users who use special software for photo editing (for example, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop). This greatly reduces the need for scrolling and constantly switching between windows and allows you to fully use the entire screen area. nine0003

    The benefit of using a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor is that you can fully utilize the display when working with photo editing software (such as LR or PS), which in turn improves work efficiency.

    Question 3: Is it true that an IPS monitor is the best choice for any photographer?

    The main element of the monitor is its liquid crystal display or LCD panel. It is the LCD display that is responsible for the reproduction of content and color reproduction. At the same time, different types of LCD displays have their own pros and cons, which largely affect the final result and the accuracy of image reproduction. In general, there are three types of LCDs on the market today: TN (Twisted Nematic Liquid Crystals), VA (Vertical Alignment), and IPS (In-Planar Switching). Features of these three types of matrices are described in detail below. nine0003

    IPS monitors offer a wide 178° viewing angle and high color fidelity, making them the number one choice for many professional photographers.

    TN matrices

    The main advantage of TN matrices is their low cost. In view of this, TN matrices are commonly used in solutions for home or other non-professional use. Another advantage of TN matrices is the fast response time, which is why most of the simplest monitors for professional gamers are made on the basis of TN technology. At the same time, however, the performance of the TN-matrix in terms of color reproduction, contrast and viewing angle is relatively weak. In particular, due to the small viewing angle, an image viewed on a TN monitor from different angles will look different (a phenomenon known as color shift). In view of this, monitors based on TN-matrix for image processing cannot be recommended. nine0003

    VA panels

    The main advantage of VA technology is the high contrast between white and black. In particular, the VA-matrix provides the ability to reproduce unsurpassed deep blacks. In addition, the 8-bit VA matrix delivers up to 16.77 million colors (8-bit red, green, and blue), far exceeding the color reproduction and color transitions of a 6-bit TN matrix capable of outputting only 260 000 colors. However, VA matrices have their drawbacks, the two most significant of which are a long response time and a viewing angle that is larger compared to TN matrices, but smaller than that of matrices manufactured using IPS technology. nine0003

    IPS panel

    IPS panel is the type of LCD most commonly found in professional imaging monitors. The main feature of IPS matrices is the 178° viewing angle, which ensures color consistency when viewing images from any angle. Thus, this technology effectively combats color shift - one of the most common problems of TN-matrices. In addition, some relatively recent IPS panels used in professional imaging monitors offer 10-bit color depth and are capable of displaying up to 1.07 billion colors with a span of 99% of the AdobeRGB color space, which, in general, guarantees more than realistic color reproduction. It is for these reasons that most monitors designed for professional imaging are equipped with IPS matrices.

    Most high-end professional monitors are equipped with 10-bit IPS panels capable of reproducing over 1 billion colors for maximum color fidelity.

    Question 4: At what resolution is the monitor capable of reproducing even the smallest details of the reproduced image? nine0003

    Resolution refers to the number of "dots" a particular monitor can display. If you look at the LCD monitor through a macro lens or a magnifying glass, you can see that it is made up of a large number of "dots". All images and texts displayed on the monitor consist of these "points". Thus, the more "dots" are in a given area of ​​the screen, the more detailed and clearer the image. If a monitor is labeled Full HD - which for most people is self-explanatory - that means the monitor holds 1920 dots (pixels) in width and 1080 dots (pixels) in height. Multiplying the indicated numbers by each other, we get the resolution of the monitor - 2,073,600 pixels.

    Compare QHD, UHD, FHD and HD. 4K UHD monitors offer greater detail and better color reproduction than Full HD monitors.

    Question 5: What is PPI and how important is it for a photographer?

    The PPI or Pixel Density per Inch indicates how many "dots" there are per inch. In fact, PPI and resolution are practically the same thing. The only difference between them concerns the area unit: in the first case it is an inch, and in the second it is the entire surface area of ​​the monitor. Similarly, the higher the PPI, the sharper the image can be reproduced by the monitor. The equation for calculating PPI is as follows: 90.5/Monitor size (inches)

    This equation shows that PPI is determined by monitor size and resolution, and that a large monitor does not always have a high PPI. For example, imagine two different monitors with the following settings:

    PPI of a 27" 16:9 aspect ratio monitor with 1920 × 1080 resolution is 82.

    PPI of a 24" 16:9 aspect ratio monitor with 3840 × 2160 is 184.

    It's not hard to guess which of the two monitors will display the clearest image. Photographers are advised to choose professional monitors with a PPI of at least 100, as this will provide a high level of precision sufficient to edit image details. nine0003

    Left: The PPI of a 27-inch 16:9 aspect ratio monitor with 1920 × 1080 resolution is 82.

    Right: The PPI of a 24-inch 16:9 aspect ratio monitor with 3840 × 2160 resolution is 184.

    PPI means the number of "dots" per inch of the monitor. A monitor with a higher PPI is capable of displaying a clearer and more detailed image.

    Question 6: There are two types of contrast. How does each of them affect the image displayed on the monitor screen? nine0003

    “Contrast” is a general term that can be found in both photography and monitor performance. The contrast ratio is determined by the ratio between the brightness values ​​of the lightest (white) and darkest (black) parts of an image that the monitor can display. In general, the higher the contrast, the greater the range of brightness displayed by the monitor, on which the quality (naturalness and consistency) of the final picture depends. Two other factors that require special attention are native contrast ratio and dynamic contrast ratio, which can often be found in device specifications. What is the difference between native contrast and dynamic contrast? In short, native contrast is determined at the factory when the display is manufactured. Typically, manufacturers set their own device contrast depending on its position in the market and the requirements of the target audience. After the monitor is made, experts use a color analyzer to measure the maximum and minimum brightness in the center of the screen. The quotient of dividing the two obtained values ​​​​by each other is the native contrast of the monitor. On the other hand, there is dynamic contrast, which refers to the use of a chip built into the monitor to control different settings depending on the dynamic content shown on the screen (videos, games, etc.), and, ultimately, to enhance the contrast of the image. For photographers and users looking to purchase a monitor for processing and viewing images, contrast is a key factor in choosing the right model. In this case, it is the own contrast that should be taken into account. Most monitors used for image processing have a native contrast ratio of 1000:1. Professionals should always keep this fundamental rule in mind and choose the right monitor within the available budget, taking into account individual requirements. nine0003

    As a rule, monitors with a high native contrast ratio also have a high dynamic contrast ratio, which ensures perfect picture reproduction when viewing and editing video content.

    Question 7: Which monitor surface is best for professional photographers? Glossy or matte?

    When you walk into a hypermarket, have you ever noticed that some monitors (glossy) look like a mirror, while the surface of others (matte) seems to be covered with some strange dark layer? The difference between these two types of monitors lies in the use of different technologies for the surface treatment of their screens. Although glossy monitors look "prettier" visually, in practice, such gloss can lead to glare and reflections when used in the area exposed to light sources. There is currently no way to fix the issue of glare and reflections on glossy monitors. nine0003

    In addition, glossy monitors tend to be more prone to fingerprints and accumulate more dust, which in general has a negative effect on the analysis and processing of images by users for whom image accuracy and color reproduction are of paramount importance. At the same time, matte monitors are made from crystalline silicon, which accounts for their ability to efficiently diffuse ambient light while suppressing glare and reflections. A matte IPS monitor that offers a wide viewing angle and superb color reproduction is the perfect choice for the imaging professional or anyone looking for a truly high-end monitor. nine0003

    Monitors with a glossy display may look more aesthetically pleasing, but these monitors often exhibit glare, which has a dramatic negative impact on the quality of photographers' work. Monitors with a matte screen that eliminates glare, combined with all the advantages of IPS panels, are the best choice for any photographer.

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    Photographer Monitors: Models with Accurate Color | Articles | Computer technology

    Whether you're a professional photographer or an amateur, it's always important that your pictures look their best. The first step to this is editing photos on a monitor with accurate colors. There is nothing worse than sending pictures to a printer or a client and finding out that the colors on them are wrong because your monitor cannot display them correctly.

    We will tell you about the models of monitors that are well suited for photo editing in different price categories. nine0003

    A calibrated monitor with sufficient color gamut is essential for correct color grading.


    Budget monitors for a photographer
    Monitors for a photographer for an average budget
    monitors for photography

    Xiaomi Mi Desktop Monitor 1C 23.8"

    Resolution 1920x1080 is the most common among budget models. With a diagonal of 23.8 inches, the monitor does not take up much space on the table. Source: gadgetren.com

    Xiaomi Mi Desktop Monitor 1C is an elegant monitor with good color reproduction and brightness.

    The screen has a matte finish that reduces glare for better viewing in bright light.

    Despite the low price, the monitor is very thin - only 7.3 millimeters. True, in the lower part, where the internal components are located, the thickness is greater. nine0003

    Benefits of Xiaomi Mi Desktop Monitor 1C:
    • IPS panel;
    • premium minimalist design;
    • slim stand.
    Disadvantages of Xiaomi Mi Desktop Monitor 1C:
    • no DVI connector;
    • no VESA mount for brackets.

    AOC 27'' 27B1H

    The AOC 27B1H is one of the most affordable 27" monitors with a three-sided borderless design. Source: nix.ru

    The manufacturer AOC, although not as well known as Xiaomi, specializes in the production of monitors and has established itself well in this area around the world.

    Monitor resolution is 1920x1080, for this diagonal it can be considered low. Therefore, the pixel density is low, the image when viewed up close will be quite grainy. If you need to, for example, often work with text, the monitor does not fit well.

    Built-in speakers let you remove the speakers from your computer desk while still enjoying the sound of your work. nine0003

    The AOC 27B1H features Flicker-Free Technology to reduce flickering and Low Blue Light Technology to block harmful blue light without compromising color reproduction. These technologies reduce eye fatigue while working and protect your eyesight.

    Advantages of AOC 27B1H:
    • large diagonal for its price category;
    • built-in speakers;
    • 3-sided frameless design;
    • technologies that reduce eye strain. nine0006
    Disadvantages AOC 27B1H:
    • 1920x1080 resolution, small for this diagonal.

    Philips 23.8" 241V8LA

    Budget monitors can be used not only for work, but also for games. sensor that boasts high contrast due to deep blacks, which makes the picture more vivid and also greatly enhances the expressiveness of dark scenes in photos and videos, especially when viewed in the dark.0003

    Philips 241V8LA benefits:
    • deep black;
    • high contrast;
    • refresh rate 75 Hz;
    • good, according to reviews, workmanship for its price.
    Philips 241V8LA disadvantages:
    • worse viewing angles than IPS.

    Monitors for a photographer on an average budget

    Monitor AOC 27'' U27P2

    20x1080, then this model uses 4K resolution. Therefore, the 27-inch AOC U27P2 has four times as many pixels on the screen. That is, with a 100% viewing of photos, you will already see four times more information compared to previous models.

    Plain black matt plastic monitor housing. Source: zoneofgames.ru

    The AOC U27P2 also has the ability to rotate 180 degrees relative to the table, so it is suitable not only for photographers, but also for typesetting. nine0003

    Advantages of AOC U27P2:
    • high resolution and pixel density;
    • excellent ergonomics;
    • built-in speakers and USB hub.

    Disadvantages AOC U27P2:

    • small color gamut.

    LG 27" 27UP650-W

    The monitor has an original design with a crescent-shaped silver stand. Source: rtings.com5% DCI-P3, which is much wider than regular sRGB and is commonly used in video processing. Thus, the monitor is well suited for videographers.

    This model supports HDR technology, thanks to which the picture when viewing photos and videos will look more contrast. You can not only work with it, but also simply get more pleasure when viewing various content.

    LG 27UP650-W benefits:
    • 95% DCI-P3 color gamut;
    • 4K resolution and HDR for multimedia functions; nine0006
    • screen height, angle and orientation are adjustable.
    Disadvantages of LG 27UP650-W:
    • poor backlight uniformity on a white field.

    The best monitors for photography

    Apple Studio Display

    The design and build quality of the Apple monitor are on top. Source: rtings.com

    If you're using a MacBook or Mac Mini, the best monitor for photo editing is the Apple Studio Display.

    Studio Display has a very accurate sRGB mode that can only be used with a macOS device. Thanks to this, the monitor does not require calibration and is ready for use immediately after connection. nine0003

    Apple Studio Display fully covers the sRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces, that is, it supports all the colors needed to work with digital photo and video content.

    The monitor has a resolution of 5K, or 5120x2880. Therefore, there is excellent clarity when working with text, graphics and photographs.

    Apple tries to provide users with everything they need right out of the box, so the monitor can be found with a built-in webcam, three noise-canceling microphones and speakers. nine0003

    Benefits of Apple Studio Display:
    • excellent resolution and color reproduction;
    • high brightness and anti-reflective coating;
    • wide viewing angles.
    Apple Studio Display Disadvantages:
    • cannot rotate to portrait;
    • no HDR support;
    • high price and specialization for the Apple ecosystem.

    ASUS ProArt PA27AC

    The ASUS ProArt PA27AC is a 27" Ultra HD 2K (1440p) monitor designed for photo and video editing. nine0003

    The monitor has a four-sided bezel-less design that makes other models look archaic. Source: gadgetmtech.com

    ASUS has its own ASUS ProArt Calibration program to adjust color reproduction, which allows you to calibrate the monitor at the hardware level and correct the uniformity of brightness and color balance over the area. This contributes to a more accurate reproduction of each shade of the image.

    Advantages of ASUS ProArt PA27AC:
    • factory calibrated and the ability to calibrate using a proprietary application at the hardware level; nine0003

      The higher the size and resolution, the more comfortable it will be to work on the monitor, other things being equal.

      Budget monitors are 23 - 27 inches with a resolution of 1920x1080. For example, this is Xiaomi Mi Desktop Monitor 1C. The main disadvantage of such models is that manufacturers do not pay enough attention to quality control. On individual copies, there may be different revisions (factory versions) of matrices, the factory settings in them may be inadequate. Also, models with uneven illumination are common. This drawback is noticeable when using the monitor in a dark room on a black image. Such a monitor, most likely, will not be able to be returned under warranty. Therefore, when buying, it is better to connect the monitor to the computer. After that, you need to turn on the black background and examine the picture more closely. nine0003

      Monitors of the middle price range are more interesting because there is a wider choice of models in terms of resolution, aspect ratio and matrix size. Here there are options with a wide color gamut, like the LG 27UP650-W. If you plan to use such a monitor for serious color work, we recommend that you calibrate it with a calibrator yourself or entrust it to specialists.


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