Best Monitors for Photography

Best Monitors for Photography – Regardless if you like to print your photos or share exclusively online, a monitor that you can trust will make a big difference in how anyone views your photographs, yourself included. Besides just helping to achieve accurate colors and contrast, a finely tuned monitor is also more enjoyable to work on and contributes to a seamless all-around workflow. Additionally, when looking for a monitor, also consider size and resolution as additional variables, with larger screens being easier to edit on, especially when dealing with multiple images or windows. Here are some of our top monitor picks for photographers.

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1.HP VH240a

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The VH240a employs a 23.8-inch (measured diagonally) in-plane switching (IPS) screen, with full HD/1080p resolution (1,920 by 1,080 pixels) and a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The panel has a respectable pixel density of 92 pixels per inch (ppi), which is more than enough for typical home or office use, though photo or video enthusiasts will likely want a screen with a higher pixel density.

As is typical of IPS displays, the VH240a has very wide viewing angles, rated at 178 degrees for both vertical and horizontal. I saw a minimum of color distortion or posterization, even when I viewed the screen from the most extreme off-center angles.

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2.LG 27UN880-B – 27”

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The LG 27GN880-B is a great IPS monitor with impressive gaming performance. It’s similar to the LG 27GN850-B in performance and features but with a significantly better stand. One of its main features is its Ergo Stand, which is a monitor arm with a clamp that you can attach to nearly any surface and allows for tons of ergonomic adjustments so you can get a comfortable viewing position or share the screen with others.

It has a large, high-resolution screen that makes it well-suited for gaming, work, or media consumption. It has a 144Hz refresh rate, exceptional response times, and low input lag, so gaming feels fluid and responsive. Unfortunately, while it has fantastic DCI P3 coverage, it doesn’t get bright enough for proper HDR. Also, its contrast ratio is quite low, making blacks appear gray in the dark.

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3.Dell UltraSharp

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The U2719D is similar in design to that model, the Editors’ Choice-award-winning Dell 27 USB-C Monitor (P2720DC), as well as to many other Dell business monitors from recent years. That means it is both stylish-looking and utilitarian, as well as feature-rich. Factoring in the stand, the monitor measures 15.4 by 24.1 by 7.1 inches (HWD) and weighs 18.8 pounds.

The 27-inch in-plane switching (IPS) flat panel has a native resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels, known as QHD or 1440p, at a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Its pixel density of 109 pixels per inch (ppi) is fine for general-purpose use and basic photo editing. (All else being equal, the greater the pixel density, the sharper the image should be.)

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4.Apple 32-inch Pro

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This emerging class of “creator” displays provides reference-level color accuracy and extremely powerful HDR capabilities for a price that might seem high on the surface, but is fair, comparatively speaking, when you look at traditional alternatives. Apple’s macOS doesn’t have much of an HDR-ready content library (this is, after all, the first HDR display ever released by Apple), and the panel’s Pro Stand is wildly pricey.

But outside of those complaints, the Pro Display XDR stuns in every other metric it competes in, earning our Editors’ Choice. Its exceptional design, sturdiness, and “just works” philosophy make it a must-have for pro-level, Mac-bound content creators. Windows- or Linux-based creators will want to go with alternatives like the Asus ProArt PA32UCX instead (which we’re also reviewing), since the Pro Display XDR works only with Apple devices.

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5.Eizo ColorEdge CG319X

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The Eizo ColorEdge CG319X is a specialist monitor designed for those who need to edit video, images or colour-accurate design work. It’s priced accordingly but it’s a hugely capable display. Based on IPS tech, it’s 4K capable, covers the key colour spaces and features built-in calibration. So it’s got the features needed – and often desired – for colour accurate work. Indeed, Eizo’s own guidance cites the display as being ideal for VFX, compositing and colour grading.

It’s a large display, at 31-inches so you’ll need a big desk or workspace to sit it on that will give you a decent distance between your eyes and the display. That’s fine if you’ve a large bench in your office, but with more of us working from home these days you might well not have enough space. But though you need a big physical space, what you get in return is huge desktop real estate for your PC or Mac.

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Best Monitors for Photography – There’s one piece of equipment that the working photographer uses more than any other. No, it’s not their camera. Not their favorite lens either. I’m talking about their photo editing monitor.

Unless you plan to outsource your post-production, you will probably spend many more hours staring at a monitor than you do looking through a viewfinder. As such, a high-resolution, color-accurate display is absolutely indispensable, and while we will definitely continue to publish in-depth monitor reviews here on PetaPixel, this roundup will serve as a catch-all for readers who need a quick overview and some buying advice.

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