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The Datacolor Spyder 4 Studio offers you the right tools for the right job and new levels of accuracy and control for all your colour management needs. Designed for professional photographers, production studios, and professional users of all kinds, the Spyder 4 Studio is the cornerstone of any digital darkroom bringing you easy to use photographer-orientated solutions for your digital workflow. With solutions from RAW Camera calibration to quick and easy custom ICC printer profiles you’ll get real-world colours you can rely on. From start to finish, Spyder 4 Studio brings you the results professional studios require and ease of use serious photographer’s demand. More
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Why do you need the Spyder Studio?
Displays render the same image differently: Calibration tunes your display to a reference
standard and brings color consistency across desktop, laptop, multiple displays, projectors, iPad
RAW Calibration: In just one shot the SpyderCUBE can customize white and contrast balance
and other color adjustments using your favorite RAW conversion software. So your images are
captured accurately from the beginning of your workflow.
Prints often do not match display: Both display and printer calibration are essential to provide
a base for superior print matching. This greatly reduces wasted paper and ink with your printed
Highlight and shadow details are inaccurate when not calibrated: Control of brightness,
white point and tone response with calibration assure you that your display and prints will match.
Image colors are not true to life: After calibration, images can be viewed and edited with
Photographers, designers and imaging professionals can work confidently on properly colorcalibrated
screen and printer devices and can assert greater control over the color fidelity of their
digital process. Images can be reliably assessed and adjusted on a properly calibrated display
and printer, enabling true-to-life reproduction of image files.
Quick Introduction: The 4 Elite provides the highest level of monitor calibration and is the ultimate display profiling solution that is capable of profiling one or multiple monitors and projectors.
This advanced colorimeter automates and simplifies display calibration. Install the software, attach the Spyder to the USB port and step through the wizard. The sensor measures a series of colors on your screen and creates a "profile" that brings your display to a reference state. At the end, you can compare how the images look before and after calibration.
Spyder 4 Elite features a patented, full-spectrum 7-color sensor that can accurately characterize a variety of wide gamut and normal gamut displays. Spyder 4 Elite software lets you use the same sensor to calibrate your monitor, laptop computer, iPad, iPhone and projector. No other calibrator has this capability. The fourth-generation sensor uses double-shielded filters for longer life and better performance. On average, accuracy is improved by 26% compared to Spyder3.
The spectrocolorimeter in SpyderPRINT gives you the ability to create profiles for your printers, inks and papers. Simply install the software, print your choice of targets with your printer and then use the SpyderGuide device to help step you through the easy process to calibrate and build a profile.
The exclusive SpyderProof™ feature provides a series of images to help you evaluate detail and compare it with your images. We designed additional features in our software to make it easy for you to adjust profile settings to get the best possible printed output for your images.
This is a 3-dimensional white and contrast balancing tool. It provides a portable solution for photographers to capture an image with the proper data needed to manage all elements of proper lighting to begin the creative process.
Shooting in RAW mode gives you creative freedom but processing a RAW file is often a long, trial-and-error operation. SpyderCUBE accelerates RAW processing in providing references to set the white balance, exposure, black level and brightness right from the start. Simply take one reference shot with SpyderCUBE under the same light condition, adjust, save as preset and apply to the entire series.
Automated Color & Brightness Calibration
Spyder 4 Elite’s simple, clear and automated process makes it straightforward to calibrate your displays to a reference condition. You can view and edit images with confidence on a display calibrated to show true-to-life colors and luminance adjusted for precise shadow/highlight detail.
Full-spectrum color sensor
Spyder 4 Elite's patented 7-color sensor improves upon colorimeters that use 3-channel RGB sensors. Each Spyder 4 Elite unit is individually tuned in the factory to accurately handle a variety of wide-gamut and normal gamut displays with ease.
Single sensor calibrates all your displays
Spyder 4 Elite works with your laptop, multiple monitors, front projector, television (with paid software upgrade on website), iPad and even iPhone. It works with LCD, LED, OLED, CRT, DLP and other display technologies. You can calibrate multiple displays connected to your computer. Spyder 4 Elite is unique in its ability to calibrate all your display devices to achieve greater consistency.
Improved accuracy and stability
The fourth-generation Spyder 4 Elite has double-shielded color filters for an even closer match to CIE color standards and improved long term stability. Accuracy is increased by an average of
Fast Re-calibration Assistant
The “ReCAL” feature makes it quick and easy to recalibrate your display to compensate for changes that occur over time.
Adapts display to surrounding light
The lighting around you will affect image contrast and appearance. An additional sensor on the Spyder 4 Elite measures the brightness of the ambient light and adapts the monitor luminance to an appropriate level.
Spyder 4 Elite software options for greater control
For greater control over color management Spyder 4 Elite provides additional features:
Profiling Speed and Accuracy
The spectrocolorimeter gives you custom profiles in minutes with EZ targets for color and black and white. The SpyderGuide™ device provides convenience in reading the printed targets to help you create profiles easily and accurately.
Intuitive Profiling Software
Usability is improved with the step-by-step process. The program makes it easy to follow the calibration of the targets and help you build a profile.
This function gives you a series of carefully selected images to evaluate detail with a photographer’s point of view. This feature is available for each unique printer profile that you create, providing you with a soft-proofing tool that is invaluable in managing your printed output.
Advanced controls are included in the Color and Black & White Tinting curves in your Image Editor, which allows you to apply adjustments to the profile rather than to each individual image. The Extended Grays Target allows you to add precision gray and near gray data to profiles, enhancing the quality of tinted and b&w prints.
Extensive Editing Functions
Flexible target options and high patch profiling targets produce "gallery quality prints" in color or black and white. Easily select prebuilt or custom sets of advanced profile settings to produce profiles with specific combinations of highlight and shadow tint, detail and neutrality settings.
Please Note: Spyder Studio builds RGB ICC profiles. Please check with the manufacturer of your laser printer or the developer of your RIP software to determine if your laser printer or RIP is compatible with RGB format ICC profiles.
Easy to use
Compatible with all RAW converter software.
Essential for RAW processing
But can also be used when processing images in a JPG workflow.
Small and handy, it fits in any photo bag
Ideal for location shooting (outdoor or indoor) and studios
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Comments about Datacolor Spyder 4 Studio:
The basic kit is good and eventually I managed to get acceptable results, however, I wish Datacolor had spent more on the instructions and keeping them up to date rather than the oversized and fancy case.The quality of the equipment is good and at the offer price reasonable value but I could not get on with the easy reader and reverted to spot reading.You need to accept that you cannot get an exact match but this will get close with a constant and known light source for viewing.The process is complicated, not in the basic operations but in the little details that are hidden in other areas, poor writing and the fact that they are not up to date with the latest print drivers. There is also very little guidance on the extra controls in the print profiling section. Be careful or you will use a lot of ink and paper and end up down a blind alley.I had no software issues
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Does what it says on the box.
I use the kit to recalibrate my wide gamut monitor every two weeks. (It takes about three minutes), and to create custom profiles for every new printing paper I use. Spyder print takes a little time to learn to use properly but, is very easy when once you know how.The correspondence between my monitor and prints from my Epson is remarkable.I can not recomend this kit too highly-it does a remarkable job.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Included Accessories: Datacolor Spyder4ELITE colorimeter, Desktop Cradle/Tripod mount, SpyderPRINT Spectrocolorimeter and Base, SpyderGuide, 6inch USB cable, SpyderCUBE with protective pouch, Spyder4ELITE and SpyderPRINT Software CD, Metal case, Quick Start Guides (in 10 languages)
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