Datacolor Spyder 3 Elite for the Precision Calibration of LCD, CRT, Projector & Notebook Displays

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From capturing images to digital editing and printing your work, you can rely on consistent, accurate color throughout your studio and digital workflow with Spyder 3 Elite. Designed for the way photographers work, Spyder 3 Elite is the next generation in calibration accuracy, precision and speed, allowing you to create profiles to your specifications and bring a new level of color control to your work. The only calibration products that works efficiently on any computer, Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64. Spyder 3 software runs on today's popular hardware and software platforms, including Intel based Macintosh systems.

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Key Features

  • The Spyder3 colorimeter is based on a state-of-the-art optical design, with the industry's only 7 detector color engine and largest light aperture, providing unrivaled performance
  • A unique fusion of design excellence and functionality, Spyder3 offers a smaller footprint, embedded ambient light sensor, and LED indicator. Spyder3's desktop cradle can be used for storage, ambient light monitoring, or tripod attachment
  • Spyder3 increases light sensitivity 400%. It also features the largest screen sample area or aperture in the industry resulting in improved accuracy on LCD screens and a faster calibration time
  • Three superior attachment methods - large area suction cup, counterweight, or tripod mount - can be used interchangeably to suit the needs of any photographer. Building on a foundation of 35 years of color science excellence, Datacolor designed the Spyder3 for the way photographers work
  • ReCAL reduces full calibration time by more than half allowing you to quickly and easily re-calibrate on a more frequent basis or before any important shoot or post-production project
  • Embedded with a next-generation, high precision sensor, Spyder3 automatically measures the ambient light within a room for a new level of precision calibration. Spyder3 provides you with options to change either your studio lighting or display profile if the ambient light changes
  • Unlimited, user-defined choices for white point, gamma, white luminance, and black luminance gives full control of digital color workflow. This means that discerning professionals can tune their calibration to optimize shadow detail, studio light or lightbox matching, and destination output device
  • An essential tool for studio matching, this tool allows precision control of monitor black and monitor white luminance. This means that professionals can achieve the ultimate in calibration accuracy and screen matching
  • Using patented L-Star Technology as an alternative to typical gamma settings, you can generate unique tonal response curves for open shadows and detailed highlights. Especially useful for photographers using L-Star workflows
  • The true pro's choice, the Expert Console puts all of the calibration parameters and actions in one comprehensive window. This means that power users can by-pass the step-by-step wizard and get right down to business
  • Allows you to enter all of the model-specific information for each of your displays and stores them, saving you time on all future calibrations
  • Guides you through calibrating all of your studio displays to a single calibration target. The Assistant accounts for each display's white and black luminance as well as studio light conditions. This gives consistent and accurate color and luminance on all the displays in your studio
  • Enforces consistent calibration standards and settings for all subscribed displays. Warning appears when a display's calibration is out of date or incorrect. Any screen with the Spyder Certified icon is assured of being current and accurate
  • Patented Spyder3 optical design and color engine enable precise calibration and profiling of the latest in wide gamut, LED backlight and AdobeRGB displays
  • Tracks critical monitor attributes including white luminance color primaries. Provides white luminance trend which is a very useful tool to track your displays' performance over time
  • Spyder3Elite is the only affordable calibration system that calibrates front projectors. This gives you the confidence to present and show your work on projected screens with excellent color fidelity
  • Evaluate your calibration in before and after mode using four quadrants of thematic photos targeting Saturated Colors, Skin Tones, Gradients and Black & White. Zoom in on any photo to scrutinize highlights, shadow detail, color or tonal response
  • Advanced feature allows calibration of monitors to Native Gamma, or White Balanced Native Gamma
  • An advanced feature that allows you to take custom measurements of any spot color on the display for analysis and comparison
  • The only calibration products that works efficiently on any computer, Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64. Windows 7 32/64. Spyder3 software runs on today's popular hardware and software platforms, including Intel based Macintosh systems

Technical Specs

Accuracy (typical: ?x and ?y) 0.0025
Light Measuring Aperture (Area) 372 mm2
Number of Filter/Detector Combination 7 Filter/Detector Technology
Initial Calibration Time 5.0 Minutes
Re-Calibration Time 2.5 Minutes
Ambient Light Detector Embedded
Ambient Light Shield 2 Inches
Desktop Cradle Provided
Mounting Methods Universal Suction Cup, Universal Counterweight and Tripod Mount
LED Status Indicator Provided
Desktop Docking Base w/Tripod Mount Yes
Dynamic Range Black Point: 0.02 cd/m2
White Point: >5,000 cd/m2
Accuracy (Chromaticity) x & y: typical +/- 0.0025
Repeatability x & y: < +/- 0.001
Inter-Instrument Agreement x & y: typical +/- 0.0012
Physical Dimensions 18.4 cubic inches
Warranty ColorVision 2 year warranty
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