24" iMac Display Panel - Calibration?

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  1. imactim macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I wonder if any photographers out there have tried to colour calibrate one of the new 24" iMacs?

    Any issues of off axis colour shifts?

    Any problems with the glossy screen for photo editing?

    Any idea which panel Apple is using?
    It's likely the Samsung sourced S-PVA LTM240M2 (used in almost all high end 24" LCD displays) but may be the LG-Philips S-IPS LM240WU2 (supposedly better for photo editing than S-PVA and used in the NEC 2490WUxi display).
    If it's the S-IPS panel than the iMac is an amazing deal - basically a high end panel with a computer for nearly free.

    How is the text sharpness?

    Any other inputs on photo editing, Photoshop CS3 speed, etc. would be appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Tim
     
  2. tonyl macrumors 6502

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    I highly doubt a S-IPS panel in 24" iMac. Like you said, it'll be almost free for a Mac. It should be the same panel as old 24" iMac.

     
  3. craig1410 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi guys,
    In case you 've not seen it, you may be interested in the following thread:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=4077966

    Looks like the new 24" iMac has an H-IPS panel. :D

    Cheers,
    Craig.
     
  4. kis macrumors 65816

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    We've tried both a Pantone Huey and a Spyder on the new iMac. Because of massive glare, screen calibration is a real challenge. We weren't able to get any useful results out of the Huey. The Spyder yielded ok results but only when we used it in a completely dark room. Even the slightest reflection will cause color cast.

    Even after we halfway succeeded in calibrating the screen, the results weren't perfect. Darker areas in pictures are hardly visible. While I'll probably be flamed for this, I firmly believe that the new iMac isn't at all suitable for people who need to do image processing.

    Already the fact that you're asking about calibration tells me that the Makeup Mirror iMac isn't for you.
     
  5. teleromeo macrumors 65816

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    I saw the new iMac at an apple reseller standing next to a cinema display hooked to a mini and this made me decide I don't want it. I'm going to buy a Mac Pro when it gets a serious update or a serious price drop...

    When you're a pro you should go for pro tools.
     
  6. l33r0y macrumors 6502

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    As I'm sure the glossy screen does pose a bit of a problem when it comes to calibration, I think a tweaking of the calibration software may help overcome this.

    LED backlit screens are considered high end, but they also produce erratic results with calibration (or it did when they first came out - so this may have been fixed in recent releases of calibration software).

    Suffice it to say, whereas todays calibration solutions may not do a perfect job, it doesn't mean to say they never will! :rolleyes:
     
  7. RRK macrumors 6502

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    Is it a stupid idea to just take off the glass before you calibrate the screen.
     
  8. l33r0y macrumors 6502

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    In theory you may get a better result when calibrating (assuming the same panel type calibrates well enough)
     
  9. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    Ya,

    It is the NEC LCD2490WUXi-BK Panel seen here:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824002168

    It is a H-IPS


    Yup, basically u get a high end monitor for your money and a mostly free computer..
     
  10. rainydays macrumors 6502a

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    I had no problems calibrating it with Pantone Huey in a dark room. The results turned out just fine to my eyes. My father who has worked with photography all his life and digital photo editing since the early 90's was very impressed with the screen and calibration considering the price of it.
    Well at least the part of it that wasn't tinted, but that's a different matter :)

    I think it will suit anyone but the most demanding. It is after all not a high end panel. But those costs as much as the iMac itself.
     
  11. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    You might want to check that info...
     
  12. kis macrumors 65816

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    Seriously? I've spent a whole day trying to get this right and the result always had a red or a green tint. I also read on dpreview.com that they couldn't get the Huey to work on the new iMac.
     
  13. TitouDoc macrumors member

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    So is there any calibration profile for the 24" ?
    I saw a lot for the 20 but none for the 24 :s
     
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  16. rainydays macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. Apart from the yellow tint screen defect, there wasn't any tint I could notice. I was actually quite surprised since the Huey hasn't given me that good of a calibration with any other LCD.
    The only light sources in the room was the tiny power leds on my studio monitors, but other than that it was only the screen and complete darkness. :)

    Let's hope I'm as lucky with the replacement I'm getting then.

    I suppose that you will get problems with the Huey during daytime though.
     

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