Display Calibration

In order to see images the way they were intended, your monitor needs to be calibrated. Display calibration ensures that what you see is what you get.

Why Calibrate?

  1. Monitors display colors differently. Monitors don’t come color calibrated and their colors shift over time.
  2. You can’t depend on your eyes. You can’t trust your eyes to adjust your monitor correctly. Factors such as fatigue and time of day effect how your eyes see color.
  3. Image colors are not true to life. Often your photos don’t look right on your monitor– skin tones are off, whites aren’t pure, blues look cyan.
  4. Unnecessary editing time. If your monitor isn’t displaying your photo’s true colors, you will waste unnecessary time editing .
  5. Prints don’t match your monitor. With an un-calibrated monitor, the colors in your printed photos won’t match what you see on screen.

Preserve your memorable moments in True Color with Spyder5

As the window to your digital photography, your monitor is a tool you need to be able to trust. If your monitor color isn’t accurate, you won’t see true-to-life colors, highlight and shadow details, not to mention correct skin tones. And if you’re looking at an image that isn’t true, how can you edit it properly, or get your screen to match your prints? You can’t. Spyder5 will solve all of that in minutes.

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Spyder5EXPRESS: Simple color accuracy solution for monitors to help you see true colors on screen and achieve better print matching. Easy and fast calibration for laptops and desktops. Spyder5PRO: Advanced color accuracy solution, with room lighting settings for optimal monitor brightness, to help you get true colors on screen and in print. Advanced-featured, interactive calibration for laptop and desktop monitors. Spyder5ELITE: Expert color accuracy solution for laptops, desktops and projectors with room light monitoring and unlimited settings for gamma, white point and advanced grey balancing, for ultimate control of your color workflow.
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Spyder5 Testimonials

Best money you will ever spend!! It will pay for itself in no time from all the lost paper and ink when your monitor is not spot on. No I don't work for them!! I just love the thing and what it does. I get a print of exactly what is on my screen every time.

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Lynn M.
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Amazing how far a monitor can drift in a months’ time. Run the Spyder and observe the "Before"- "After" calibration and you'll be sold.

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Dennis R.
Spyder User

What a delight it is to use and calibrate all of my displays with the new Spyder5! It took me just minutes to calibrate three monitors.

This newly designed calibration tool has such a small foot print for the self-enclosed color sensor. It takes up very little space...


Spyder5 Comparisons

Designed forHobbyist photographers seeking a simple monitor color calibration solutionSerious photographers and designers seeking a full-featured and advanced color accuracy solutionProfessional photographers, studios, and calibration perfectionists seeking ultimate control of their color workflow
Price (MSRP)
Spyder5 Colorimeter
Spyder5 Colorimeter
Spyder5 Colorimeter
4 Step Process, Interactive Help
Wizard, Interactive help, Advanced FeaturesWizard, Interactive Help, Expert Console, Suite of Expert Features
Calibration Settings
Fixed (2)
16 Choices
Unlimited choices, user-defined, and Rec.709 for videography
Multiple Monitor Support
Laptops, Desktop Monitors
Laptops, Desktop Monitors
Laptops, Desktop Monitors, Front Projectors, Studio Match Assistant
Before & After Calibration Evaluation
Standard Datacolor Image
Standard Datacolor Image, Imported User ImagesStandard Datacolor Image, Imported User Images (Full Screen Mode)
Room Light Monitoring
3 Ambient Light Settings
5 Ambient Light Settings
Fast Recalibration Option
Display Analysis
Advanced including Screen Uniformity
Gamma Choices
1.8, 2.0, 2.2, 2.4
Color Temperature Choices
5000K, 5800K, 6500K, native
Custom Targets
Spyder5 ColorimeterNTSC, PAL/SECAM, ITU-R Rec.BT.709, ITU-R Rec.BT.2020, Cineon, L-Star*
ICC Profile Support
ICC 2, ICC 4
ICC 2, ICC 4
Multiple Display Calibration
On-Screen Interactive Help
Front Projector Calibration
Room Light Measurement
Re-calibration Wizard
2.5 min
2.5 min
Expert Console
Custom B/W Luminance Control
Display History Utility
SpyderProof - Before & After Calibration Evaluation
Imported User ImageImported User Image + Full Screen
Gamma Curve Editing
Continuous Profile & Calibration Check
L-Star Workflow Option
Curves Import Function
Improved Gray Balance
Web Activation & Automatic Update Checks
Color Sensor
7 Filter/Detector
7 Filter/Detector
7 Filter/Detector
Aperture Size
27 mm
27 mm
27 mm
Encapsulated Optical Module
Integrated Tripod Mount
Sensor Lens cap
Initial Calibration Time
5 min
5 min
5 min
Recalibration Time
2.5 min
2.5 min
Mounting Methods
Lens cap Counterweight
Lens cap Counterweight
Lens cap Counterweight or Integrated Tripod Mount
Physical Dimensions2.73 in.(L) x 2.93 in.(W) x 1.71 in.(H)2.73 in.(L) x 2.93 in.(W) x 1.71 in.(H)2.73 in.(L) x 2.93 in.(W) x 1.71 in.(H)
Computer Connection
Hardware Warranty1 Year (for countries of the EU, the period is 2 years)1 Year (for countries of the EU, the period is 2 years)1 Year (for countries of the EU, the period is 2 years)