Datacolor has announced several products based around its new Spyder3 monitor calibration device, including the Spyder3Elite and Spyder3Studio.

Spyder3Elite incorporates a new suite of features for increased accuracy and performance, according to Datacolor, and enables users to calibrate multiple studio displays to a single target. Spyder3Studio combines the features of Spyder3Elite’s display calibration with a printer profiling tool providing a complete calibration package for the whole workflow, from monitor to hard copy.

With its sleek design, the Spyder3 measurement device is 37 per cent smaller than its Spyder2 predecessor and is supplied with a desktop cradle that doubles as a tripod attachment for use when calibrating a display. Suction cup and counterweight mounting options are also provided for complete flexibility. Calibration time is cut by 29 per cent to five minutes, with re-calibration at only two and a half minutes, which is 64 per cent faster than the previous model, according to Datacolor.

The company says that the new Spyder3 colorimeter offers the only seven-detector colour engine on the market, with its 27mm aperture, the largest in its class, giving a greater screen sampling area and a 400 per cent increase in light sensitivity. In conjunction with the embedded ambient light sensor, which automatically measures surrounding ambient light levels even when stored in its cradle, Spyder3 enables users to achieve precise results when calibrating a display, or multiple displays matched to a single target. Spyder3’s optical design and colour engine enable calibration of the latest in wide gamut, LED backlight and AdobeRGB displays.


Spyder3 also introduces SpyderProof, a proofing function that lets users evaluate calibration results in before and after modes. Four quadrants of thematic images are displayed, targeting saturated colours, skin tones, gradients and black and white. Users can zoom in on any picture to assess highlights, shadow, colour or tonal response in greater detail, and softproof the images using custom profiles.

Spyder3Elite’s dual-mode software offers the choice of a walkthrough wizard guide or expert console to give advanced users full control of all settings. It is also the only device in its category able to calibrate front projectors, says Datacolor.

Users can calibrate multiple studio displays to a single target with Spyder3Elite, which incorporates StudioMatch Assistant for step-by-step guidance through the process. The assistant takes into account each display’s white and black luminance as well as studio light conditions, guaranteeing consistent and accurate colour and brightness on each display in a studio. Spyder3Elite’s Curves Import function gives users total control over colour and black and white tinting curves in the image editor, enabling adjustments to be applied to a profile rather than individual images, while a new PreciseLight function adjusts profiles to optimise images for printing, depending on the environment in which they will be displayed.

Unlimited, user-defined calibration targets for white point, gamma, white luminance and black luminance allow users to get the most from their digital workflow. Creatives using L-Star workflows can use Spyder3Elite’s patented L-Star compatible technologies as an alternative to typical gamma settings, enabling individual tonal response curves to be generated for open shadows and detailed highlights.

Once calibrated, the new SpyderCertification option ensures that calibration standards are deployed consistently across all subscribed displays, issuing a warning if a display’s calibration becomes out of date or incorrect.

For a complete suite of colour management tools, Spyder3Studio combines the features of Spyder3Elite’s display calibration with a printer profiling tool. Supplied with Datacolor’s 1005 Spectrocolorimeter and a colour calibration tile with tracking ruler for more accurate readings, Spyder3Studio produces professional-looking prints quickly and accurately, avoiding wasteful trial-and-error testing.

Profiles can be created in minutes with the assistance of the SpyderGuide on-screen help wizard, which guides users through each step of the process, while integrated print quality and media settings checks ensure that the printer is correctly configured and working properly. The calibration functions of Spyder3Elite are enhanced by the inclusion of support for both 8-bit and 16-bit profiles, allowing users to reproduce even the most subtle elements of their work accurately and consistently.

Giving complete control over the digital workflow, Spyder3Studio means users can tailor colour management to their requirements from single-screen to complete studio solutions, as custom colour or black and white ICC profiles can be created and set up for individual printer and media selections. A Spyder3Studio software update is available to existing users of Datacolor’s PrintFIX PRO.

The Spyder3Elite is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, and costs £149 plus VAT. Pricing for Spyder3Studio has not been announced.