Finding a great photography monitor within your budget Finding a great photography monitor within your budget

Searching for a great photo editing monitor???

But what …. the budget won’t extend to the new Eizo CG monitor, without giving up your first-born!

Breathe a sigh of relief as you don’t have to spend $7000 to get a really good monitor that will help you produce professional looking images. Don’t get me wrong the Eizo monitors are great gear, but you pay for it.

To get a good quality monitor that will suit your photographic needs, there are a number of characteristics that you should consider, along with your budget:

* Size & Resolution

Ideally a size of 27″ or above provides a nice amount of real estate, though a 24″ inch is workable.  Let’s face it, there’s little point in running out and buying a 32″ monitor if it doesn’t fit within your workspace.  In terms of resolution, again the higher resolution would be good particularly if working with large RAW files and would avoid some of that zooming back and forth.

* Colour Gamut

Most decent monitors will state 100% sRGB, but what of the Adobe RGB colour range? Have much coverage is provided for the greater colour range?

* Type of Panel

Historically, most monitors comprised of  TN (Twisted Nematic) panels which is now old technology.  Apart from the dated technology TN panels do pose a couple of drawbacks, such as restricted viewing angle and a ‘less than accurate’ colour reproduction.  You all know these panels – when you press the screen with your finger the surrounding area becomes brighter. Many look towards an IPS (In-plane switching) panel as they provide a wider range of colour palettes and can be easily viewed at wider angles. The next step again would be the newer PLS (Plane to line switching) panel which is brighter again than the IPS and consumes less power.

There are a number of other specifications that need to be considered, but rather than me rambling on, a useful site I came across when researching for my last monitor is 144hzmonitors.com.  These guys provide a review of monitors that is updated monthly and also provides links to B&H and Amazon for price guides.

Click 144hz Monitor Review to access their current review and good luck making that next monitor purchase!

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