Unless you calibrate your screen regularly, chances are its colour, contrast and brightness will be inaccurate. This is a problem because when you print an image or share it online, it won’t reproduce exactly as you intended, even if it looks right on your screen. While calibration changes can be made using your computer’s built-in system software, it’s a procedure that many find slightly intimidating, and it will never give you the accuracy of a dedicated calibration kit.
The ColorMunki Display is an intuitive solution that simplifies the whole process to make fast and precise calibration surprisingly easy. Through a series of step-by-step instructions the colourimeter first takes an ambient light reading, optimising the screen’s luminance for your location’s conditions. Placing the meter over the display, the screen’s colour profiling is then amended through a series of automated tests. Within 5 minutes the wizard has built a new colour profile and displays clear before and after examples. With the option to allow the colourimeter to continue to take ambient light readings on a regular basis, the screen will remain accurate irrelevant of changes to your location’s lighting. The ColorMunki Display can also be used to calibrate projectors, phones and tablets. At £118 it may not be a pocket money purchase, but for professional image control the ColorMunki Display is a very useful tool at a reasonable price.
- Street price: £119 (As of July 2016)
- For use with: Monitor
- Connectivity: USB 2.0
- Mac OS: 10.7 or later
- PC OS: Windows 7 or later
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This review was first published in the August 2014 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.