iMac 27" color accuracy

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  1. xzebra macrumors newbie

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    Thank you all for your comments and suggestions on my other posts. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond and you have helped me lean towards my first iMac purchase.

    One other question I have, which I forgot to discuss is the monitor. Giving the 27" 5K only allows for brightness adjustment, it appears there is not much wiggle room to calibrate.
    How accurate are the colors when doing color correction (LR and PS) for photo work?

    I cannot afford to purchase iMac and a Monitor that will allow me to calibrate properly at the same time.

    Any suggestions?

    Again - Thanks for all the feedback.
     
  2. seasurfer macrumors 6502a

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    The iMac 5K screen of any version has the best color accuracy of all screens on the market at this time in personal opinion.
     
  3. FrancoisC macrumors 6502a

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    Personal opinion, in the calibration world, especially for published/printed work means nada ;) (No offence! :) )

    The iMac do have a super nice screen, it is one of the best, but you can get 5 differents one and they’ll all have a different Delta error level in accuracy.

    To the OP, you can’t hardware calibrate it, but you can still do a software calibration and profiling on it, using a colorimeter or other more advanced tools.
     
  4. xzebra thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you FrancoisC

    How do you suggest I software calibrate and profile?
     
  5. mollyc macrumors 68000

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    I use a Spyder to calibrate and my prints match my monitor just fine. The Spyder profile is different than the default settings by quite a bit.
     
  6. xzebra thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks mollyc

    Which Spuder are you using?
     
  7. mollyc macrumors 68000

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    I think the 4 Pro. I’ve had it awhile.
     
  8. FrancoisC macrumors 6502a

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    The spyder is a good one. Me I use the i1 display pro.

    Those meters can be expensive, and sometime it’s cheaper to « hire » a calibrator to come do it for you, depending on your confidence level (to do it yourself or not!)

    But do a bit or reading on the subject, it’s not actually hard to do :)
     
  9. Smoothie macrumors 6502a

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    I use a Spyder 5 Pro, and the difference between the stock profile and the calibrated profile is noticeable. Also, the color accuracy of a monitor will change as the monitor ages, so you should periodically recalibrate it if you're really concerned about color accuracy. The cost was worth it because I also use it to calibrate a Windows desktop and a Macbook Pro.
     
  10. xzebra thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Understood and I do have an older iDisplay, however with the iMac you can only control the brightness not the color - Correct? If this is true how accurate is it when you cannot control the RGB levels during calibration?
     
  11. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

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    Does your device look like a mouse? If so it's 8 years old and maybe not very accurate to use. The older one has a plastic lens cover which can discolour with age.
    The newer one is much better and the best on the market.
    You can turn in Automatic colour adjustments in the i1 software. It's a tick box.
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    And they call me Apple fanboy!
    I would respectfully disagree with you.
    Check out Eizo screens. They blow iMac screens out of the water. Apple don't do uniform screens. Also since they dropped the matte option years ago, those horrible glossy screens are not for professionals.
     
  12. wardie macrumors regular

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    +1 that’s what I have and it works really well, I noticed quite a big correction from the default apple profile (makes it warmer), I picked a Spyder 5 Pro up in a sale a while back - good value as you can use it will all your machines
     

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