Datacolor Sypder HD Colorimeter Review

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Datacolor Sypder HD Colorimeter Review
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Provided By: Datacolor
Price: $349 USD MSRP at time of publication


Photography, videography and general image viewing has really proliferated over the past few years and there are many mainstream consumers that are getting into these fields as either armature or on a semi-professional level. As more and more people are making their mark on the world and leaving their legacy in images, video and more, there is an increasing demand for quality. Let’s face it, no matter how cute a kitten is, how beautiful the model or how impressive the scenery, your image is only as good as the color you capture.

Camera sensors have come a long way in the past few years as well. A growing number of point-and-shoot cameras can record video at 1080p and images in RAW. These means that the quality of the output has the potential to be much better as well. All of these advancements mean that we should be to find and consume much better content.

Unfortunately one of the weakest links in this entire system is your display; that, and the unique lighting situations you find yourself capturing those moments. That’s where a company such as Datacolor comes to the rescue. Today we will be looking at the Spyder HD – their latest in the Spyder 4 series of product and check out just what this kit offers in way of photography, video and screen color correction. It should be an interesting ride and a product that any serious (or semi-serious) photographer, videographer or editor should consider.

Spyder HD


About Datacolor:

Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, provides software, instruments and services to assure accurate color of materials, products and images. The world’s leading brands, manufacturers and creative professionals have used Datacolor’s innovative solutions to consistently achieve the right color for more than 40 years.

Datacolor provides sales, service and support in over 65 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. This has given the company an intimate understanding of its core markets and how they depend on color, allowing Datacolor to provide cost-effective solutions to manage color globally throughout its customers’ workflows – enabling them to realize their vision, save time, improve quality, reduce costs, and excite their customers. Industries served include textile and apparel, paint and coatings, automotive, plastics, microscopy, photography, videography, digital imaging, home theater, ink, printing, paper, leather and others.


In supply chains, Datacolor’s award-winning technology electronically controls and communicates color between retailers, manufacturers and suppliers. Offerings include complete computerized systems for color measuring, matching, quality control and communication to industries who must manage color accurately from design through production and marketing. In manufacturing, Datacolor improves efficiency and competitiveness with fast, accurate color matching, color testing and color communication. In digital imaging, Datacolor provides leading-edge, affordable solutions for monitor and printer calibration. These solutions allow serious photographers, creative professionals, and home entertainment specialists to achieve the optimum color experience in all their media.


Company History:

Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Lawrenceville, NJ, USA, Datacolor is a global leader in color management and color communications technology. Datacolor initially developed solutions for industrial color challenges, and then expanded its product offering to include color communication and digital imaging solutions.


On the next page, we'll take a look at the Spyder HD kit and share our first impressions.