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Datacolor launches new Spyder3 calibration and profiling tools

Oct 22, 2007 at 11:31 GMT

Datacolor has updated its Spyder monitor calibration and print profiling system, featuring the only seven detector color engine on the market and boasting 400% extra light sensitivity for increased accuracy. Other new features include a built in ambient light sensor, combined desktop cradle and tripod mount and 'before and after' SpyderProof proofing capability. Initially available as the $279 Spyder3Elite which deals with displays only or the $599 Spyder3Studio with printer profiling, the range is compatible with Mac OSX (10.3 and higher) as well as Windows 2000, XP and Vista 32/64.

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DATACOLOR LAUNCHES NEW GENERATION SPYDER3 CALIBRATION PRODUCTS, SETTING NEW PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS

Display Calibration and Printer Profiling Solutions Feature New Form Factor with State-of-the-Art Optical Design and Interface Designed for Photographers

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - October 16, 2007 - Datacolor, a global leader in digital color management technology, today announced the introduction of Spyder3™, a new generation of display calibration and printer profiling solutions for photographers and digital imaging professionals.

The initial products in the new Spyder3 line are Spyder3Elite™ and Spyder3Studio™. Each Spyder3 product is specifically designed to address the color management needs of photographers and creative professionals that require the most accurate color for digital editing and printing. The Spyder3 line includes the only colorimeter available on the market offering a seven detector color engine, with an aperture several times larger than other devices for increased accuracy and performance.

The Spyder3Elite and Spyder3Studio products are available immediately, and will be on display for the first time in Datacolor booth #1406 at the PhotoPlus Expo, beginning October 18th at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York.

"Spyder3 represents Datacolor's commitment to innovation and strong partnership with our customers to deliver the most effective color calibration solutions available," said Krista Behrend, Spyder3 Datacolor global product manager. "Our customers rely heavily on the images displayed on their monitors. The new Spyder3 is a significant leap forward, making digital workflow more efficient and helping users achieve their creative vision with greater color accuracy than ever before."

Among its most innovative features is a new proofing capability called SpyderProof that brings a new level of color control to any digital workflow. SpyderProof enables professionals to evaluate calibration with a before and after mode. Professionals can view four quadrants of thematic photos to specifically evaluate saturated colors, skin tones, gradients, and black and white images to ensure the desired calibration results.

"Datacolor's new Spyder3Studio is intuitive, accurate, efficient, and has enabled me to manage color across multiple devices with incredible accuracy," said professional photographer Andy Biggs. "It is the best tool I've used for re-creating high quality black and white images in print."

According to professional photographer Christopher Villano, Spyder3Elite gives more precise control over white point and gamma and cuts re-calibration time in half with its new ReCAL option. "These two features speed up the entire process for me, so I'm spending less time setting the parameters of my work environment and more time creating strong images."

The new form factor includes an embedded ambient light detector and desktop cradle that doubles as a tripod mount. As compared to its award-winning predecessor Spyder2™, the Spyder3 offers a sleeker design that's 37 percent smaller and incorporates third-generation Spyder technology. It also includes new easy-to-use, photo-centric user interface with features that photographers and creative professionals need.

The Spyder3 high-precision sensors and enlarged optical path increase its light sensitivity by 400 percent, making it the most accurate colorimeter in its class. This ensures consistent color on all LCD, CRT, laptop and front projector displays and includes the ability to match multiple studio displays to a single target.

"The Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) reports shipments of 4.6 Million DSLR cameras worldwide through August 2007 - a staggering 60 percent over prior year. We believe this growth is fueling demand for color calibration products," added Behrend. "Datacolor's digital imaging products hold a dominant position in the color calibration market, and we expect next year will be a tipping point as more and more DSLR owners seek color managed workflows, with Spyder3 driving new adoption."

Some additional features of Spyder3Elite include:

In coordination with the Spyder3 launch, Datacolor has announced that its consumer business unit will now be solely branded as Datacolor. Previously, this division incorporated branding of both Datacolor and ColorVision, a division of Datacolor since 2000.

About the Spyder3Elite & Spyder3Studio:

Spyder3Elite
From capturing images to digital editing and printing your work, you can rely on consistent, accurate color throughout your studio and digital workflow with Spyder3Elite™ display calibration. Designed for the way photographers work, Spyder3Elite is the next generation in calibration accuracy, precision and speed, allowing you to create profiles to your specifications and bring a new level of color control to your work.

Spyder3Studio
Spyder3Studio redefines color management through advanced display calibration as well as printer profiling, offering you new levels of accuracy and control for the best performance across all of your digital imaging tools. It's the cornerstone of any digital darkroom allowing you real-world colors you can rely on. Solutions from color management on-screen to complete studio solutions that let you create custom color or black & white ICC profiles geared for your printer and media selections. From start to finish, you'll get results professional studios rely on, and the ease of use serious photographers demand.

Pricing, Availability, and System Requirements

Spyder3Elite has a US SRP of $279 and Spyder3Studio, $599. Both will be available at photo retailers around the world by the end of October. Each is compatible with Mac OSX (10.3 or higher) and Windows 2000, XP 32/64 and Vista 32/64.

For more information on purchasing Spyder3 products, please visit www.spyder3.com.