X- rite Colormunki Display
Calibration for displays and projectors / Simple to use set- up / For PC & Mac
Price: £ 119 Website: www. xpdistribution. com
HAVE YOU EVER compared the colours of your on- screen digital files with prints, or on other screens, and noted a big difference? If so, it's possible that your monitor( s) need to be calibrated for more accurate colours. While this sounds technical, it doesn't have to be.
While there are several calibration kits offering extensive options that calibrate from screen through to printer, there are also some simpler yet sophisticated models that make the whole process much easier.
The X- Rite Colormunki Display is one such device and is designed for photographers wanting a fast yet accurate calibration set- up that doesn't require prior experience or expertise. Supplied with the colorimeter is a quick start guide, USB cable and a software disc ( install it and when prompted, update it to the latest version). Following the instructions is a breeze – once the software's installed the device is connected to your computer via the USB lead and then mounted on the central part of the monitor, before the calibration process is started. You can choose between Easy and Advanced modes, with easy- tofollow wizards helping you with each stage. The process takes less than ten minutes, so you don't have to wait long, and once finished you can flick between the new and old profi profile le to compare the changes.
The Colormunki has a strong range of features available, such as the Advanced set- up being able to measure the level of ambient light and also flare when calibrated, allowing it to optimise your display's calibration to suit your working conditions. To be honest, I'm not sure I'd opt to use these latter features as they add a degree of variation to the set- up and in truth, I found the results of the Easy calibration to be excellent. The changes are noticeable across the colour gamut but with the majority of my images being portraits, the changes in skin tones stood out clearly. Along with calibrating monitors, it can also be used with digital projectors too, which will add its appeal to portrait and wedding photographers as well as camera club photographers.
The software has a feature that also reminds you to re- profile every so often, which is essential to ensure any shift in the monitor's colour display is corrected.
Overall, I didn't come across any problems with the installation or performance of the Colormunki device and its software; it has certainly lived up to its claims . I have no hesitation in recommending this calibration system to enthusiast and professional photographers alike; it's ideal if you're looking for a simple, fast, affordable – and most importantly – accurate calibration.