Review of the Datacolor Spyder 3 Elite software

Manufacturer: Datacolor
Model: Spyder 3 Elite
Price: £134

The next generation of colorimeters from leading manufacturer Datacolor offers over a 400% increase in light sensitivity over the Spyder 2.

The Spyder 3 also features the first seven-detector colour engine for more sensitive colour accuracy alongside a new ambient light meter.

The Spyder 3 comes with it’s own dedicated Colourvision software that features StudioMatch Assistant with which you can match several monitors to a single target, ideal for offices with multiple monitors. Initial calibration takes around five minutes with subsequent recalibrations taking around half that time.

There’s a slight improvement in the colour rendition and contrast ratio from the Spyder 3 when compared to its predecessor and the ambient readings are useful as you don’t need to worry so much about daylight changes and using tungsten lighting within your working enviroment.

An dramatic improvement on the Spyder 2, so if you liked that piece of kit, you should definitely consider upgrading

Stylish, simple, good results

Initial calibration twice as long as subsequent ones

What Digital Camera Score: 88%