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In the current diversity of the computer monitor market, you can get lost, but when it comes to choosing a monitor for specific tasks, the choice narrows significantly. All this also applies to the profession of a photographer. Indeed, in the current digital age, it is not enough for a photographer to master the art of framing, composition, shooting itself, and so on. He still needs to do quite serious work on image processing: color correction, removal of unwanted artifacts, retouching, collage, etc. In order to do this work with high quality, you need a monitor with specific characteristics. And we present to you a special ranking of the best monitors for photographers based on the results of market research by Expertology experts.

How to choose a monitor for a photographer

To begin with, we will outline the basic principles for choosing a monitor for working with photos, so that you not only clearly understand why our experts included this or that model in the review, but also, perhaps, be guided by these principles in the future, if you suddenly decide to upgrade your equipment fleet.

Matrix type

One of the most important parameters, and regarding monitors for photographers, there can be practically no compromises here.

There are three main “market” types of LCD matrices: TN, *VA and IPS.

  1. The first one is not right away, since it is characterized by the worst color reproduction and terrible viewing angles. The slightest tilt or turn of the monitor – color distortions begin, quickly becoming simply inverted, as in a negative. The main advantage of this matrix is ​​​​quick response – good for games, but this is not our case.
  2. *VA (MVA, PVA – this is the same) – already better and, in principle, suitable for not too demanding photo processing. The color reproduction here is still not perfect, although the contrast is at its best.
  3. IPS is what we need. Technological synonyms – SFT, PLS, IGZO and AHVA – all these are variants of the same technology with different, not too fundamental changes and improvements. This is the best technology in terms of color reproduction available on the mass market. In terms of contrast, it slightly loses to the previous two, but in terms of a combination of factors, there is no affordable alternative to IPS.
  4. Yes, then there is OLED, which first appeared in smartphones and is now slowly seeping into the monitor market. However, for photographers, this option is still damp, and we will not dwell on it in the rating.

Color gamut

There are several generally accepted standards for representing the color range – sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB and others.

  1. For high-quality work with graphics, it is necessary that the monitor be able to display at least 95% of the sRGB color space. This is quite enough for working with ordinary portrait photography and other, not too demanding graphics. A smaller value will give a faded image with low saturation.
  2. The Adobe RGB color space is much wider, and monitors with such coverage are already needed for those whose tasks are more serious. This can be work with modern high-quality printing, various post-production in serious cinema, etc.

But you need to understand that for an “ordinary” photographer, such coverage will certainly be redundant. Even the opposite effect can occur, when what looks bright and colorful on such a super-monitor becomes “pale” on a regular user monitor. This, of course, is not a sentence, and the monitor can be calibrated accordingly, but you need to clearly understand what tasks the device is being bought for.

Color depth

Another important parameter, which means the gradation of the range of displayed colors. So, IPS matrices of interest to us most often provide 8-bit depth for each color component. Thus, the monitor is capable of displaying 16 million colors. More “advanced” and, accordingly, expensive models have a 10-bit depth (most often, physically, it’s still 8 bits, but further emulation is underway using FRC technology), and this is already more than a billion shades.

And here it is immediately worth pointing out an important point – all the advantages of 10-bit depth will be visible only if the monitor is connected via DisplayPort. Other “travel” interfaces – DVI and HDMI purely physically cannot provide more than 8 bits per component.

Backlight type

The pixels in a liquid crystal matrix do not glow by themselves. In order to see the image, they need to be illuminated from behind with something. Modern monitors most often use light-emitting diode (LED) backlighting. It is quite expected that such a technology has different ways of implementation.

  1. The most common subspecies of this technology is W-LED. “W” here means White, that is, white, but there is some craftiness here. In fact, backlight LEDs emit blue light, and the yellow phosphor through which it passes makes it white. This implementation brings the color space coverage closer to 100% sRGB – good, provides an affordable price for monitors – good, gives a pronounced bluish tint – bad. And this is bad not only for the naturalness of color reproduction, but also for health – the blue spectrum noticeably tires the eyes. Manufacturers get out of the situation by forced suppression of a part of the blue spectrum.
  2. An alternative to this option is RGB-LED backlighting. It uses all three colors of the LEDs to form a pure white. In addition to solving the problem of blue tint, it also significantly expands the coverage of the color space, approaching Adobe RGB. But because LEDs of different colors have different degradation times, these monitors have a short lifespan before the colors begin to fade.
  3. Finally, GB-LED is the best option for photographers. Here, green and blue LEDs are present in the backlight, but the light from them passes through the red phosphor. Thus, the widest color gamut of RGB-LED is preserved, but the problem of durability and energy efficiency is solved. It is not necessary to look for just such models, but if you know for sure that you have to work with the Adobe RGB space, it is better to look for such a matrix in the rating or on your own.

Flickering and backlight uniformity

A little more about the backlight, as these parameters also matter. With the advent of the era of liquid crystal monitors, there was a misconception that now we will forget about the debilitating flickering of CRT monitors. Oddly enough, LCD screens can flicker too.

The fact is that the brightness of the screen in most LCD monitors is regulated by on / off pulses of the backlight LEDs (PWM). This effect is invisible at maximum brightness, but still affects eye fatigue. And with a decrease in brightness, this effect can even become visible.

If you plan to spend a lot of time behind the monitor, it is better to look after a model with implemented Flicker-Free technology. Relatively recently, manufacturers began to make such monitors for photographers on the principle of combining PWM and voltage changes, or even just voltage. This reduces flicker to negligible amounts or removes it altogether.

As for the uniformity of the backlight, this is a sore subject for many models and even entire series. Moreover, this homogeneity can vary for monitors even of the same brand and batch. There are reasons for which we will not delve into, let’s just say that you can only be guided by reviews on the Internet here in general terms, but when buying, it is still mandatory to personally turn on the monitor and run the tests, making sure that the uniformity of the backlight suits you.

Screen surface

And the last one is the surface type. There are glossy, matte and semi-gloss surfaces. Let’s go through these types.

  1. Glossy gives great brightness, saturation and excellent blacks, as well as contrasts in general. But they glare terribly and on a dark background the operator will definitely see his reflection in the details. A lens hood can save you from glare, but nothing will help you from reflection. But the colors are juicy, no doubt.
  2. The matte surface is almost a complete solution to the problem of glare and reflection, but it does not give such expressive contrast and muffles the colors. There is also a matte surface such a phenomenon as a “crystal effect”, but it is not noticeable to everyone. For not too exorbitant requirements for color accuracy, this option is suitable.
  3. Semi-gloss – a compromise between the first and second options, both in terms of the nature of the surface and the price. Just exactly something in between and without the “crystal effect”.

Rating of the best monitors for photographers

Nomination place Name of product price

The best monitors for entry-level photographers

one

IIYAMA PROLITE XUB2792QSU-1 27″

19 544 ₽

2

VIEWSONIC VX3211-2K-MHD 31.5″

17 160 ₽

3

AOC U2777PQU 27″

21 890 ₽

The Best Monitors for Intermediate Photographers

one

ASUS MG279Q 27″

33 988 ₽

2

NEC MULTISYNC EA275WMI 27″

33 290 ₽

3

DELL P2415Q 23.8″

30 659 ₽

four

LG 27UK850 27″

39 411 ₽

5

BenQ SW2700PT

37 563 ₽

6

ASUS PA328Q 32″

70 385 ₽

The best monitors for professional photographers

one

DELL UP2718Q 27″

105 000 ₽

2

ASUS PROART PA32UC-K 32″

179 400 ₽

Based on https://rankquality.com/monitors/.

The best monitors for entry-level photographers

In the first nomination of the rating, we will consider four monitors with the minimum sufficient characteristics for the full-fledged work of the photographer. Their positioning as a “base level” is very conditional, since any of them is many times better and more expensive than any ordinary office or home monitor.

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IIYAMA PROLITE XUB2792QSU-1 27″

Rating: 4.9

IIYAMA PROLITE XUB2792QSU-1 27"

First, we present you the most modest version of those that can be considered full-fledged monitors for a photographer. Everything here is at a minimum, including the price (relatively, of course), but enough for a wide range of work in the photography and design industry. The manufacturer is the Japanese company IIYAMA, known for its high-end TVs and monitors.

The diagonal of this model is 27″, overall dimensions – 611x397x230mm, weight – 6.10 kg. It consumes up to 33W of electricity. The power supply is built into the case. A pair of elementary stereo speakers of 2W each is also built in. 90 degrees.

The type of matrix here is a standard IPS with LED backlighting with excessive blue suppression and Flicker-Free flicker-free technology. Even the FreeSync variable refresh rate technology is implemented to synchronize with the video card. The maximum frequency is 75 Hertz. Matrix response time – 5 ms.

The screen resolution of this model is 2560×1440 with a dot pitch of 0.233mm. Brightness – 350cd / m2, contrast ratio – 1000:1. The dynamic contrast in this model is 5 million to 1. Here we indicate the dynamic contrast only as an example, and in further descriptions we will omit this indicator with its mind-blowing values, since its information content in the subject of monitors for photographers tends to zero.

The coverage of the sRGB color space in this model is almost 100% – this “almost” does not fundamentally affect the suitability of the monitor for high-quality work by the photographer. The color depth is formed according to the common principle “8 bits plus 2 bits by the FRC method) – we get a little over a billion shades.

The set of interfaces includes DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D (HDCP), headphone audio, two USB Type A ports, one USB Type B, USB hub for 2 ports version 3.0.

In general, this is a very good “state employee” for average photographers. True, it is not devoid of some inevitable consequences of this very budget – “artifacts” in the form of light, glow and crystal effects, instances with broken pixels can rarely come across. In general, according to the photographers themselves, “artifacts” are not a critical problem for ordinary tasks.

Advantages

  • height adjustment;

  • turn to portrait position;

  • semi-matte screen plus additional anti-reflective coating;

  • relatively affordable price.

Flaws

  • the described costs of the budget class.

VIEWSONIC VX3211-2K-MHD 31.5″

Rating: 4.8

VIEWSONIC VX3211-2K-MHD 31.5

The second number in this nomination of the rating is the widescreen (16:9) monitor of the VIEWSONIC trademark, which, in terms of its characteristics and price, is suitable for a photographer and designer with professional, but not too specific tasks.

This monitor is already impressive with a diagonal of 31.5 inches, dimensions of 730x496x230mm and a weight of 7.03 kg. Consumes up to 50W of electricity (Energy Star 7.0). The power supply is in the case. Also in the case is a pair of stereo speakers with a power of 2.5W each.

The resolution, as for such a large diagonal, is not very impressive – up to 2560×1440, but this is acceptable for a monitor with such characteristics and an affordable price. Matrix – IPS-SuperClear with WLED backlight. The excess part of the blue spectrum is suppressed by built-in means to an acceptable level. Backlight flicker is eliminated by Flicker-Free technology. The frame rate is up to 75Hz. Linear – 24-83kHz.

Viewing angles in this case are typical for any IPS matrix – 178 degrees in both dimensions. This parameter will be exactly the same for all other monitors for photographers in the review, so we will not repeat ourselves. The claimed response time of the matrix is ​​​​3ms, which is even too suspiciously good, but not essential. Maximum brightness – 250 cd. per sq. meter, contrast ratio (physical) – 1200:1. The pixel density seems low – 93PPI, but here you should not forget about the ratio of maximum resolution and a huge diagonal. Dot pitch in all directions – 0.2727mm.

One of the most important parameters is the coverage of the color space here corresponds to 100% sRGB. The color depth is based on pseudo-10-bit technology, that is, more than a billion shades are displayed using real 8-bit, plus FRC modeling technology.

The set of interfaces is minimalistic, but in the context of this model it is quite sufficient: D-Sub video inputs (max. Full HD resolution), DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4; audio input and output, standard 3.5 mm.

The nature of the screen surface, according to our experts, is even a cross between matte and semi-matte. At the same time, the crystalline effect is noticeable to very few, and anti-glare protection is definitely on top.

The package includes a monitor, power cable, DisplayPort cable, audio cable, headphone holder (metal), manual.

Advantages

  • large diagonal;

  • a billion shades (pseudo 10 bits deep);

  • increased contrast;

  • glare-free surface;

  • strong, high-quality materials and assembly;

  • impeccable grip of the rack with the work surface and stability;

  • relatively affordable price.

Flaws

  • unstable operation at a maximum frame rate of 75 Hz.

AOC U2777PQU 27″

Rating: 4.7

AOC U2777PQU 27"

Expertology’s ranking of the best monitors for photographers in 2019 continues with the AOC brand model. The Taiwanese manufacturer AOC International has a deep and glorious history, and is now part of the well-known technology holding TPV Technology.

The presented monitor has a smaller diagonal than the previous one – 27 inches, but it has noticeably higher performance. And the smaller diagonal is by no means a disadvantage here, since such dimensions are still a lot, and the gigantic dimensions of the monitor for the photographer may even be redundant and not be of any practical use.

Dimensions of the device – 615x531x194mm, the monitor weighs almost the same as the previous one – 7.30 kg. The monitor consumes up to 45W of energy (Energy Star 6), the power supply is built-in. A pair of stereo speakers of 3W each is also built in. The design of the mount to the rack provides the ability to rotate the screen 90 degrees. The height position of the screen on the stand can be adjusted.

The type of matrix in this case is IPS, as in the model described above, and the backlight of the same type is WLED. But the resolution is already definitely pleasing – 4K, namely 3840×2160 with a ratio of 16 to 9. There is a flicker-free backlight technology. The maximum frame rate is 60Hz. Arrangement of pixels with a step of 0.1554mm. Matrix response – 4ms.

As for the directly reproduced “picture”, here the situation is as follows. The color gamut of this model is the same as that of the above monitor for photographers from VIEWSONIC – it completely covers the sRGB space by 100%. Depth is built on the same principle – 8-bits per component with an additional two bits modeling using FRC technology. This gives a display of more than a billion shades.

Image brightness – up to 350 cd / m2, static contrast ratio – 1000:1. As you can see, the contrast is 20% less than that of the monitor described above, but this is not a drawback. It is this contrast that is the norm for IPS matrices, and the high VIEWSONIC score is objectively not indisputable and looks more like a marketing ploy.

Interface set: DVI-D (HDCP), VGA (D-Sub), DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, audio, 4 USB Type A ports, one USB Type B, 4-port USB 3.0 hub.

Advantages

  • 4K resolution;

  • 100% sRGB;

  • a billion shades;

  • glare-free surface;

  • many interfaces, including a USB hub;

  • 90 degree turn;

  • height adjustment.

Flaws

  • there are cases of sudden appearance of a black vertical stripe within the warranty period.

The Best Monitors for Intermediate Photographers

The second nomination in the ranking of the best monitors for photographers in 2019 from Expertology includes a large selection of interesting models that, in a number of characteristics, may overlap with budget ones, but in others they are significantly superior. And even all other things being equal, these monitors are still better, more reliable, more stable, and more consistent with the declared characteristics.

ASUS MG279Q 27″

Rating: 4.9

ASUS MG279Q 27"

And we will start with a monitor that at first glance does not impress with its characteristics compared to the budget trio, but at the same time it is significantly more expensive. All this is not without reason, because this is still ASUS, and this is a technique with professional-class features.

The screen diagonal of this model is 27 inches, dimensions and weight are 625x559x238mm and 7.30kg respectively. Consumes up to 39W, built-in power supply. On a stand, the screen can be rotated to a portrait position with a simple movement, and the screen position can also be adjusted in height. The case has a pair of simple stereo speakers with 2W of power each.

The screen resolution of this model is 2560×1440 pixels. Matrix – IPS with LED backlight without flicker. Dot step – 0.233 mm. Brightness – 350cd/m2. Contrast – 1000:1.

The color space coverage here corresponds to 100% sRGB. The display depth of shades is 16 million. This indicator may look weak compared to previous models, but here you need to understand that in this model the manufacturer is acting extremely honestly – pure 8 bits are used without pseudo-10-bit “manipulations”.

The peculiarity of this model is that, in addition to the work of the photographer, the monitor can be used in your free time with complete comfort as a gaming monitor. This is facilitated by a good matrix response time – 4ms, an exceptionally high frame rate – up to 144Hz and a built-in frequency synchronization function with the video card’s operating mode – FreeSync.

To connect the monitor are ports Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort and two HDMI jacks. There is a headphone output. In addition to the above, there are two more USB Type A ports, one USB Type B and a USB hub for 2 3.0 standard ports.

Advantages

  • high image quality;

  • honest color reproduction;

  • 144Hz frame rate;

  • anti-reflective coating;

  • height adjustment and turn to portrait position;

  • general ergonomics;

  • can be used as a game.

Flaws

  • rarely come across specimens with a strange yellowish-golden glow effect.

NEC MULTISYNC EA275WMI 27″

Rating: 4.9

NEC MULTISYNC EA275WMI 27"

Next in this nomination of the rating is a special monitor model manufactured by NEC. And the peculiarity of this monitor is that it is positioned by the manufacturer as optimally adapted for use in multi-monitor systems. This is a good option for those photographers and designers who work in a very complex post-production.

Device dimensions – 639x418x230mm, weight – 8.70kg. Assumes desktop placement on a rack with the ability to adjust the height, angle and orientation (turn 90 degrees). It is also possible to mount it on the wall as a panel. All previous monitors for photographers have this possibility, but here it is especially important for use in multi-monitor systems. Consumes up to 57W of electricity (Energy Star 6.0). Power supply built-in. There is also a pair of built-in stereo speakers, but they are purely symbolic – 1W each.

In a diagonal of 27 “we have a high-quality AH-IPS matrix with WLED backlight. Resolution – 2560×1440, maximum refresh rate – 75Hz. Dot pitch – 0.233 mm. Matrix response time – 6ms.

The brightness of the “picture” reaches an increased value of 350 cd / m2. Contrast is standard for IPS – 1000:1. As in the previous model, “honest” 8 bits are used here for color depth, which give 16.7 million shades. The color space coverage here is impressive: 100% sRGB and 97% AdobeRGB.

DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-I inputs are used for connection. There is a headphone output, and, which is extremely important in this particular example, there is a DisplayPort video output. Other interfaces: two USB Type A ports, one USB Type B port, USB hub for 2 3.0 standard ports.

Useful additional functions implemented in this model are a presence sensor and a light sensor.

This model has a 36 month manufacturing warranty.

Advantages

  • especially high-quality matrix;

  • 97% AdobeRGB coverage;
  • suitable for use in multi-monitor systems;

  • DisplayPort video output;

  • additional sensors;

  • connector for Kensington lock;

  • adjustment of angle, height and orientation on the rack;

  • hidden location of cables;

  • 3 years warranty.

Flaws

  • minor user comments regarding careless factory calibration.

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DELL P2415Q 23.8″

Rating: 4.8

DELL P2415Q 23.8"

The third number in this rating category is another monitor with special characteristics, but here there will be much more of them than in the previous example. The monitor’s manufacturer, the American corporation DELL, needs no special introduction.

This is a monitor with a significantly smaller diagonal than any of the previous ones – 23.8″. But this is “not a bug, but a feature” because, in combination with a resolution of 4K 3840×2160, this gives a pixel density that will satisfy the most fastidious photographer or designer with the sharpest vision.

It uses the same high-quality AH-IPS panel as the previous model, with flicker-free WLED backlighting and anti-aliasing. Frame rate up to 76Hz. Dot step – 0.13725mm. Matrix response time – 6ms. Brightness and contrast are “standard” – 300 cd / m2 and 1000: 1, respectively.

As for the color space coverage, everything is very good here, and even very good, given that DELL managed to achieve the optimal combination of matrix quality, high resolution and color range coverage, while leaving the monitor in a more or less affordable price range, as for models with clearly professional features. Specifically, in numbers, this is expressed as follows. sRGB coverage – up to 98%, AdobeRGB – up to 73% – these are professional research data. In terms of color depth, the widely used pseudo-10-bit scheme is used here, with a result of more than 1 billion shades.

The physical parameters of this model are as follows. Dimensions – 567x370x205mm, weight – 5.68kg. Power consumption – up to 50W or up to 90W in special modes. Power supply in the case. The stand is height adjustable and rotates 90 degrees.

Of the interfaces, there are Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4 inputs; outputs for audio and DisplayPort; 4 USB Type A ports, one USB Type B, USB hub for 4 ports version 3.0.

Experts also note that this is one of the few monitors that provides the ability to manually adjust the overclocking of the matrix through the usual menu. This is a highly specialized topic, but according to our experts, such a step from Dell engineers has long been expected.

In conclusion, it is worth saying that in order to reveal all the capabilities of the monitor, it needs careful calibration.

Advantages

  • 4K resolution;

  • illumination uneven compensation;

  • wide coverage of color space;

  • manual overclocking of the matrix through the OSD Menu;

  • DisplayPort output;

  • overall high performance overall at an affordable price.

Flaws

  • requires careful professional calibration to unlock its full potential.

LG 27UK850 27″

Rating: 4.8

LG 27UK850 27"

Further, in the ranking of the best monitors for photographers according to Expertology, we move as the noteworthiness of the characteristics of the models selected by our experts increases. LG 27UK850 is a very bright example of a monitor with advanced features.

Let’s start traditionally with the “physics” of the device. The dimensions of this model are 613x560x234mm, weight – 6.10kg. The stand has all the mechanical devices for adjusting the screen in height and turning to portrait position. The monitor consumes up to 50W (Energy Star 7.0), and this is the first model in our review with an external power supply. There are a couple of built-in speakers, unexpectedly powerful – 5W each.

The screen diagonal of this model is 27″, and here we see not only a high resolution of 4K 3840×2160, as in the previous version, but also support for HDR10 extended dynamic range. For super-expressive photos without regard to realism, this function is indispensable, and This is a real gift for photographers and photo artists.

The matrix here is the same as in the two models above – high-quality flicker-free AH-IPS with LED backlight and a response of 5 ms. Dot pitch – 0.155mm. There is even a FreeSync function, which implies the synchronization of the frame rate with the video card. However, the operating frequency range of 48-60Hz suggests that the inclusion of this feature is nothing more than a marketing ploy, since the practical meaning is doubtful.

As expected, the image brightness capabilities of this model are also increased – up to 450cd/m2. Contrast is standard for this type of matrix – 1000:1. As for the color space coverage, there are manufacturer’s data – 100% sRGB and independent research data. Based on the results of the latter (factory calibration, hardware and manual), it was indeed confirmed that the “color volume” varies around 100% sRGB and even about a little higher than 70% AdobeRGB. That is, in this regard, the monitor is as good as the previous one. Color depth – pseudo-10bit – more than a billion shades.

To connect the monitor, HDMI 2.0 interfaces are used – 2 pcs, USB (video) and DisplayPort 1.2. Peripherals can be connected via USB Type A – 2 pcs, one USB Type-C or via a USB hub for two 3.0 ports.

Advantages

  • quality matrix;

  • 4K resolution;

  • wide coverage of color space;

  • a billion shades of depth;

  • HDR10 support (pseudo);

  • stylish design;

  • height adjustment and turn;

  • surprisingly good acoustics.

Flaws

  • some claims of specialists to super-thin moments of calibration.

BenQ SW2700PT

Rating: 4.7

BenQ SW2700PT

The rating continues with a professional monitor for photographers from the Taiwanese BenQ brand, which at the time of release was clearly a little expensive even for those who urgently needed its characteristics. But now, after a few years, we have the opportunity to purchase this tool for a photographer and designer at a reasonable price. In addition, it has stood the test of time, which is also important.

So, this is a frame widescreen monitor with a working area diagonal of 27″. Its dimensions are 653x445x323mm, weight – 8.30kg. Adjustable on the stand in height and rotates 90 degrees. Consumes up to 37W (Energy Star 6.0), built-in power supply.

The resolution at such dimensions is 2560×1440, the dot pitch is 0.2331mm. It uses a unique AHVA-matrix (one of the varieties of IPS), designed specifically for professional monitors. The backlight type here is “advanced” – GB-LED without the use of SHI modulation, that is, the problem of flickering and excessive blue is solved. The maximum declared brightness is 350 cd/m. square, contrast – 1000:1. Matrix response time – 5ms.

As for the color depth, here the matrix is ​​​​capable of a billion shades, and there is even reason to believe that “honest” 10 bits work. However, the manufacturer does not provide such detailed information, and this is not so important in the general context. Color space coverage is extremely wide: 100% sRGB and 99% AdobeRGB.

To connect the monitor are DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4, DVI-D (HDCP). There is also a headphone output, two USB Type A ports, one USB Type B. USB hub for 2 USB 3.0 ports. A nice bonus is the card reader.

Advantages

  • high-quality professional matrix;

  • GB-LED backlight;

  • 99% AdobeRGB coverage;

  • a billion shades (probably the “real” 10 bits of depth);

  • height adjustment and swivel;

  • protective visor (hood) included;

Flaws

  • there are instances with uneven illumination, but the defects are insignificant.

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ASUS PA328Q 32″

Rating: 4.7

ASUS PA328Q 32"

Completing the nomination of the rating of professional monitors for mid-level photographers according to Expertology is the most expensive solution from ASUS in this part.

This is a professional widescreen monitor with a large diagonal of 32 “and very remarkable characteristics. Its dimensions are 735x615x240mm, weight – 11.68kg. , and there are good reasons for this, which are described below.The power supply is built in. Stereo speakers of 3W each are also mounted.

One of the main reasons for this power consumption is a high-quality professional AHVA matrix with a resolution of 4K 3840×2160. Dot pitch – 0.1845 mm (final density – 138ppi). Backlight – WLED without flicker. The frame rate is 76Hz. Matrix response time – 6ms. Claimed brightness – 350cd / m2. Contrast – 1000:1.

It uses a pseudo-10-bit depth per color component, which ultimately gives us the billion shades we already know. The manufacturer also claims 100% sRGB space coverage, as well as Rec.709 space support and precise factory calibration. There is even an official guarantee against “burning” pixels.

This model has a full set of ASUS proprietary technologies that the company implements in its monitors: VividPixel, Smart Contrast, Splendid, GamePlus image processing systems, as well as manual overclocking of the matrix using TraceFree technology.

There may be some doubts about the use of W-LED backlight in this model, but the creators managed to do everything flawlessly and compensate for the shortcomings of the technology, providing the user with even a secondary benefit – a reduced case thickness and indirectly – a decrease in the final cost. Numerous tests also showed the complete absence of parasitic noise.

To connect the monitor are three interfaces HDMI 2.0, Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort. There is a headphone output. There is also a large set of USB ports: four USB Type A, one USB Type B, a hub for 4 ports version 3.0.

Built-in support for MHL mobile image transmission standard technology and additional functions: Skin-Tone Selection, PbP, PiP.

Advantages

  • the largest diagonal in the nomination;

  • high resolution 4K;

  • high-quality professional matrix;

  • a set of additional functions and improvement technologies;

  • general high professional level.

Flaws

  • some users consider the price too high.

The best monitors for professional photographers

The third and final nomination in Expertology’s Best Monitors for Photographers of 2019 represents outstanding engineering. These are the two most expensive and most advanced monitors in our review. Experts have chosen these solutions also for reasons of price-performance ratio. Since there are more expensive options on the market, but overpaying for them definitely does not justify itself within the framework of the tasks that a photographer of even the highest professional level may face.

DELL UP2718Q 27″

Rating: 5.0

DELL UP2718Q 27"

First, let’s take a look at DELL’s brightest solution – a 27-inch widescreen professional monitor for photographers, artists, designers and video editors with features that leave any of the above models far behind.

With such a diagonal, the dimensions of the monitor are 626x403x200mm. All the functionality of the rack – adjustment and rotation – is available. The monitor consumes up to 90W of energy (up to 120W in exceptional modes), the power supply is built-in.

Screen resolution – 4K 3840×2160. Dot pitch – 0.1554mm. It uses a super-quality professional AH-IPS matrix with advanced FALD backlight technology. Matrix response – 6ms. And it is certainly 10-bit, so the color depth gives a total of over a billion shades without any emulations and modeling.

At the time of its release in 2017, this model became the first in the world (!), In which full, real support for HDR10 extended dynamic range was implemented, without any reservations and “pseudo” prefixes. The developers managed to realize such an outstanding achievement thanks to the introduction of 384-zone backlight.

Based on the foregoing, further characteristics will be fully understood. Even the nominal maximum brightness of this monitor is high in itself – 400 cd/m2. In HDR mode, it rises to 1000 cd/m2. Contrast – 1000:1.

In terms of color space coverage, the indicators here speak for themselves. Native color gamut – 100% sRGB, AdobeRGB, REC.709 and even 97.7% newfangled DCI-P3.

To connect the monitor are two ports HDMI 2.0a, Mini DisplayPort and DisplayPort 1.4. There is a headphone output and a set of USB interfaces: four USB Type A, one USB Type B, a hub for 4 USB 3.0 ports.

Advantages

  • 4K resolution;

  • exceptionally high-quality 10-bit matrix;

  • wide coverage of all popular color space standards;

  • powerful and high-tech backlight;

  • real (not pseudo) HDR;

  • overall high quality of components and technological implementation.

Flaws

  • backlight uneven compensation does not work in color space emulation modes.

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ASUS PROART PA32UC-K 32″

Rating: 4.9

ASUS PROART PA32UC-K 32"

And our entire rating is completed by a real masterpiece from ASUS, which was released recently – only last year, and immediately set a whole series of records. During this time, everyone who could only managed to test it, and it can already be safely recommended to those photographers who, for some reason, need such outrageous characteristics.

Before listing the dry numbers of characteristics, it is worth making a general description in the complex. This model is a professional-grade monitor that uses innovative quantum dot technology in its display. This guarantees coverage of color spaces: 100% sRGB, 99.5% Adobe RGB, 85% Rec. 2020, and 95% DCI-P3. Brightness (at the maximum) reaches a transcendent and unprecedented to this day value of 1000 cd / m². To make it as clear as possible, with such brightness, there is a subjective desire to wear sunglasses. This is one of the best monitor solutions in the world today for professionals involved in professional work in the field of image and video processing.

Now let’s go over the rest of the features. The 32-inch diagonal directly determines the dimensions of the monitor – 727x470x229mm and, to a large extent, its weight – 11.40 kg. All ergonomics in terms of adjusting the position of the screen is implemented at the highest level.

The resolution of the matrix here is 4K 3840×2160, the dot pitch is 0.1845 mm. Response time – 5ms. The frame rate is up to 65Hz. Over a billion shades are displayed. Also in this model, as in the previous one, the real, “true” HDR10 extended dynamic range technology is implemented.

To connect a monitor, you can use four standard ports HDMI 2.0b, USB (video), DisplayPort 1.2. There is a headphone output. Peripherals can be connected via USB Type A (2 pcs), USB Type B, USB Type-C, a hub for 2 USB 3.0 ports. There is also a Thunderbolt3 port with transfer rates up to 40Gbps, supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2 and DisplayPort 1.2. Up to two additional 4K monitors can be connected to the monitor.

Advantages

  • exceptional image quality;

  • innovative technology of quantum dots;

  • unprecedented brightness before the advent of this model (among devices of the same level);

  • true implementation of HDR10;

  • large diagonal;

  • 4K resolution;

  • the widest coverage of color spaces;

  • a wide range of innovations and improvements.

Flaws

  • pale in comparison to the benefits.