Which Monitor for Photo Editing 2010 ?

Started Oct 15, 2010 | Discussions thread
NewsyL
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Monitor for editing images... Part 2
In reply to williams-pics, Oct 18, 2010

Part 2...

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Back Lights

Most current LCD monitors use a "CCFL" back light. It is a type of fluorescent tube.

Wide Gamut monitors will use a "W-CCFL" back light to cover both the sRGB and AdobeRGB color spaces.

A few, but increasingly more, monitors use an LED back light. Although it would seem to be newer and more "high tech", just because a monitor uses an LED back light does not make it better for image work. In most cases it would seem the lower power consumption of the LED back light is being used as a feature to endorse the "green" marketing of the monitor. In these cases the LED back light is usually used behind a "TN" panel.

"White" LED back lights cover more or less of the sRGB color space while "RGB-LED" back lights are used in wide gamut monitors.

At this writing it is notable that only a handful of external monitors use a RGB-LED back light and these are top end premium units from HP, Lacie, and possibly Eizo costing $2000 USD and up. A handful of laptops use a RGB-LED back light such as the Dell Studio XPS 16.

The Apple Cinema series monitors use a white type LED back light and offer a standard sRGB color gamut.

The point is... CCFL's are still the back light of choice in high quality LCD monitors where color accuracy is paramount. Do NOT buy a LCD monitor for image editing simply because it has an LCD back light.

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Video Connectivity

Analog VGA, Composite, HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, DisplayPort are all to be found.

Typically, if you see an HDMI port on a 21" to 27" monitor it is a clue that this is a monitor targeting the High Def video watching Blu-Ray PlayStation3 audience and there is a strong likelihood that it uses a TN panel.

People using a Mac or iMac typically require a monitor with a DisplayPort and possibly may have to use a mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable.

If your monitor is large, 30" 2560x1600 resolution or 27" 2560x1440" resolution, you'll require a video card that has either a high bandwidth DisplayPort or dual-link DVI (DVI-D) port (DVI-D is actually only a single connector, not two; usually the head shell is white on color).

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Sites to check Panel Types

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/panelsearch.htm
http://www.flatpanelshd.com/panels.php
http://www.pchardwarehelp.com/guides/s-ips-lcd-list.php

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Good Review Sites

http://www.prad.de/en/monitore/reviews.html
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/
http://www.flatpanelshd.com/reviews.php

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Other Stuff

This next link gets a lot of recommendations to read. You can take a peek at it but when I last looked about a month

ago much of it was outdated.

Anand LCD Thread
http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=39226

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