iMac 5K screen 2014 vs 2015

Discussion in 'iMac' started by aevan, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. aevan macrumors 68000

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    Can any owner of the first generation iMac 5K that got the new 2015 one compare the screens? Out of all the improvements, the screen is the only one that interests me, so I am curious. Is the difference noticeable? I know it's important for photo professionals, but can it be seen in day to day work?
     
  2. arbitrage macrumors 6502a

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    I seriously doubt you will notice anything in day to day work. If you think about it, probably almost all images you see on the web are sRGB anyways so they will look the same on both monitors. It is only useful if you are outputting to a wider colour gamut and want to see how it will look while editing a movie or RAW file on the screen. But even for photographers, we usually output to sRGB for most print labs and for web uploads so having the wider gamut isn't a huge benefit either. If the screen is all you are interested in, I'd stick with the older model.
     
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    aevan thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks! I figured as much - the new screens must be nice but are probably not a good reason to upgrade alone. Unless it is critical for your work, of course.

    So, after reading the reviews - a lot of people mention how the orange and green colors pop on the new iMac, etc. I still haven't been able to see one, so, was anyone able to compare the old and new 5K screens in a store/at home/etc? I know photographers will see the difference in their RAW photos, as arbitrage said above, but I'm curious if the difference is noticeable in everyday use. And how big is it - for example, is it similar to the difference between a 2nd/3rd gen iPad Mini screen vs iPad Air or smaller/bigger? Thanks.
     
  4. AlexJoda macrumors regular

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    It is not important for photo professionals because they don´t use the P3 color space. Photo Pros using calibrated Adobe RGB display like the ones from EIZO or NEC with 99% Adobe RGB support. These are still far ahead of the glossy iMac P3 display which only gives you 79% of the Adobe RGB color space.
     

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