Best Monitors for Photographers

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2017
If you're a professional photographer, you need a special LCD monitor, yielding high resolution and great performance. Here’s a review of 5 best monitors for photographers. Hopefully, you will find the perfect model according to your needs! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
PANEL TYPE
COLOR SUPPORT
BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST
SCREEN SIZE
PANEL COATING
INTERFACES
ASPECT RATIO
SCREEN RESOLUTION
 
PROS
This monitor boasts high-quality factory calibration. For extra convenience, you can adjust tilt, swivel, height, and pivot (both 90 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise). Sharp QHD resolution and ultra-wide 178°/178° viewing angles provide a realistic image.
CONS
The anti-glare coating might create 'graininess' on bright photos.
OUR VERDICT
This is the best photo editing monitor for savvy photographers who are looking for a premium-class device in order to create the best photos ever.
detailed parameters
PANEL TYPE
IPS
COLOR SUPPORT
16.78 million
BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST
350 cd/m2
SCREEN SIZE
27" (24'', 25'', 29'', 34'' Curved)
PANEL COATING
Matte
INTERFACES
2x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 5x USB 3.0 Type A, 1x USB 3.0 Type B
ASPECT RATIO
16:9
SCREEN RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440 pixels
PROS
The human sensor and ambient light sensor automatically pick the proper display brightness. LED backlight technology provides low power consumption. The quick-release stand is very comfortable in use.
CONS
The monitor is a little bit pricey, but it is worth every cent.
OUR VERDICT
Stylish NEC monitor is perfect not only for photographers but also for designers and architects. It includes a color calibration sensor and SpectraView II software for stunning color accuracy.
detailed parameters
PANEL TYPE
IPS
COLOR SUPPORT
1.064 billion
BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST
350 cd/m2
SCREEN SIZE
27"
PANEL COATING
Matte
INTERFACES
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x USB 3.0
ASPECT RATIO
16:9
SCREEN RESOLUTION
3840 x 2160 pixels (4K UHD)
PROS
This model provides a stunning WQHD accuracy with nearly 80% more pixels than a standard 1080p display. Full ergonomics with the adjustment of height, swivel, tilt, and pivot makes a process of photo editing as cozy as never before.
CONS
Brightness and contrast must be additionally calibrated.
OUR VERDICT
This fantastic monitor for photo editing is the best for designers, architects, photographers, and other professionals who require accurate color rendering.
detailed parameters
PANEL TYPE
IPS
COLOR SUPPORT
1.07 billion
BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST
300 cd/m2
SCREEN SIZE
27"
PANEL COATING
Half Glossy
INTERFACES
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x VGA (D-Sub), 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
ASPECT RATIO
16:9
SCREEN RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440 pixels
PROS
This is the world's first photo monitor that has 4 USB 3.0 ports for 10X faster data transfer. Unique innovations, such as Splendid, QuickFit, 5-Way navigation key, enhance the performance of the device. The monitor also has an ergonomic design.
CONS
The package doesn't include an HDMI cable.
OUR VERDICT
The combination of multifunctionality and a well-calibrated IPS monitor makes this model ideal for professional photographers and for amateurs.
detailed parameters
PANEL TYPE
IPS
COLOR SUPPORT
16.7 million
BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST
300 cd/m2
SCREEN SIZE
24.1"
PANEL COATING
Matte
INTERFACES
1x DVI-D (HDCP), 2x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x VGA (D-Sub), 4x USB 3.0 Type A, 1x USB 3.0 Type B
ASPECT RATIO
16:10
SCREEN RESOLUTION
1920 x 1200 pixels
PROS
Thanks to LG Flicker-Safe technology, you'll never suffer from eye fatigue. Dual Link-up function will let you connect 2 screens at a time for carrying out all kinds of design-related tasks.
CONS
It has fewer ports compared to the other models.
OUR VERDICT
This computer monitor for photography is a dream of professional photographers. The special Dual Link-up feature makes any work easier and more fascinating.
detailed parameters
PANEL TYPE
IPS
COLOR SUPPORT
16.7 million
BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST
250 cd/m2
SCREEN SIZE
29"
PANEL COATING
Matte
INTERFACES
2x HDMI
ASPECT RATIO
21:9
SCREEN RESOLUTION
2560 x 1080 pixels

What is a Monitor For Photographers

If you work with high-quality photos or draw a website layout and logos, you surely need a special monitor to edit and enhance your pictures. So, a professional monitor is one of the essential devices for you. It goes without saying that a good monitor will dramatically improve or maybe even change your photos. What exactly is the monitor for photographers? It is a specific computer monitor that enhances brightness and color rendering, thereby providing you with the ultimate image quality.

But if you are looking for a high-quality computer monitor for other purposes, look through our Best Computer Monitor or Best Gaming Monitors reviews.

What Features to Compare

The modern market offers a huge variety of monitors for photographers and there are many requirements for them. We've decided to make a choice simpler for you and reviewed the best computer monitors by their essential features.

Image Quality

Image quality is a very important feature and it depends on the panel used in each device. Almost all devices for photographers have an IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel. This is a cutting-edge technology that has some sub-divisions: AS-IPS, S-IPS, E-IPS and H-IPS. The panel can show a very large number of colors (close to 100% of the sRGB colors). Also, the colors are no way distorted while looking at the screen from various angles (can be viewed pretty well above 170 degrees). The IPS panel also provides good contrast, brightness, and deeper black. When it comes to photo editing, a color gamut plays a very important role. It is a specific range of colors that a monitor can display. Photo editing monitors are divided into 2 categories: Standard Color Range (sRGB) monitors and Wide Gamut RGB (extended gamut) models. Standard color range monitors are generally capable of displaying all the colors of sRGB color gamut, while monitors with a wide-gamut RGB are capable of displaying a larger number of colors. On the one hand, extended color gamut monitors are perfect for some specific photo-editing applications. However, photos on the Internet are virtually all sRGB, and what's more important, our browsers can display only sRGB gamut. Thus, sRGB monitors are rather widespread and satisfactory for the vast majority of users. Most screens have 2 major configurable features: Brightness and Contrast. Brightness refers to the overall lightness or darkness of the image. Contrast is the difference in brightness between objects or areas.

Monitor

Which screen is better? With a glossy or matte coating? Both these screens are great. A glossy screen is fantastic for entertainment: for example, for watching movies or videos. And you may think “wow” when you see such display at first. Glossy displays provide more vivid color and better contrast. The only problem is that they reflect light, which can cause a color misbalance. Matte screens are “anti-glare” as they prevent reflections. Matte displays keep glare better due to a polarized coating over the glass. So, you will be able to see a matte screen even in a very bright room. Screen size. There is little to say about this aspect. 24"-27" displays are perfect for photo editing. They allow you to view pictures at a wide resolution. For example, most standard 27-inch monitors feature the resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, but the most sophisticated models can provide you even with 4K (3840x2160 pixels) resolution. The viewing angle is a pretty important feature to consider since if it's too small, the contrast changes and the colors are transformed. Thus, it is vitally important to choose a display with wide viewing angles.

Ergonomics

If you work with a variety of vertically-oriented content, it may be convenient to have a display that rotates around its stand in different directions. Nowadays, almost all models are fitted with a digital connection, HDMI or DVI. You should also check which ports are available on your computer. Note that many monitors let you plug in more than one video input and switch between them. This is really convenient if you prefer using a monitor together with your workstation and laptop. Finally, don't forget to check the availability of USB ports; some monitors for photographers can even have the whole USB hub, which is very convenient if you need to connect lots of storage drives and peripherals.

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Review of Dell UltraSharp U2715H HDMI Professional Monitor

Dell UltraSharp U2715H

Dell UltraSharp U2715H

Image Quality

Oh, this is the best monitor for Adobe Photoshop! With Dell UltraSharp U2715H you will experience great image quality and enjoy 16.78 million colors. The monitor has a fantastic clarity on a large 27” screen with QHD resolution (2560x1440 pixels). Also, this model has the AH-IPS panel which is the newest "hot" technology. It will rid you of most shortcomings of previous versions of IPS displays. Thanks to a thorough factory color calibration, this type of panel is capable of reproducing 99% of sRGB color gamut. It is self-evident that you can adjust brightness, contrast, and sharpness. So, you will get exceptional color clarity right out-of-the-box.

Monitor

This model features a matte screen without any "crystal" effects. Such surface allows you to work comfortably even in a well-lit room. The manufacturer provides an amazing choice of different display sizes as well as the option of using two monitors on a dual stand. Dell offers 6 UltraSharp monitors, 27" (optimal), smaller - 25" and 27". Still, if you have plenty of space on your desk, you can even choose one of the following gigantic models: 29" Ultrawide, or 34" Curved. In general, you can organize your workspace, without overpaying for extra inches and losing on functionality. The best monitor for photo editing ever!

Ergonomics

This photo editing monitor comes in stylish black and silver finishes. Concerning the screen, it has rounded corners and its front bezel is a matte black plastic that makes the outer edge of the screen rather thin. The display provides a full range of ergonomic adjustments. For example, the tilt is smooth and easy-to-use whereas the height adjustment is simple and effortless. Of course, this premium Dell monitor offers a wide range of angles to choose from (90° clockwise or counter-clockwise). It also provides various connection options - 2x HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort out , and 5x USB 3.0. By the way, USB ports can also be used for charging your gadgets. And, finally, the Easy Arrange function is very useful for photographers and designers since it allows them to drag and drop windows and arrange them properly in most convenient way. So, if you are still looking through tons of computer monitors for designers or architects, don't do it any longer! Just buy Dell!

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Review of NEC EA275UHD-BK-SV 4k UHD LCD LED-lit Professional Monitor

NEC EA275UHD-BK-SV

NEC EA275UHD-BK-SV

Image Quality

NEC EA275UHD-BK-SV features an AH-IPS panel with the maximal resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178-degree viewing angles, 10-bit color depth and W-LED backlighting. Note that for multimedia with sub-4K resolution the company has come up with NEC UP-Scaling technology that dramatically improves image clarity. A clearer picture on the screen of this 4K monitor allows you to detect even the finest details without zooming in. This means at least two things: a photographer can spot all shortcomings very quickly and there's no need to zoom in all the time. A unique feature is the DICOM SIM profile which meets the current medical standards and allows viewing X-ray images.

Monitor

Why is the 4K resolution so important? Even modern smartphones make photos with a resolution of 4032х3024 pixels. That is why professional photographers choose 4K displays for enhancing their images. The NEC EA275UHD-BK-SV is a 24-inch, 4K (3840х2160 pixels) desktop monitor. So, if you want to view Full HD (1920х1080) photos, you will have to 4x zoom it in. This way you'll never skip a flaw and have a chance to achieve a higher image quality. For those who are engaged in professional photo editing, this is truly important, for if the image looks nice and detailed on a Full HD screen, it won't necessarily look same perfect on a screen with a higher resolution. That is why 4K monitors are so popular and demanded by pro users.

Ergonomics

The EA244UHD provides a wide range of connection options: DVI-D and DisplayPort 1.2 connectors, 2 HDMI ports, and 2 DVI inputs. Also, the device has 2 USB 3.0 ports and a Kensington lock. NEC EA275UHD-BK-SV has an external calibration software to work with SpectraView II. By the way, this monitor has 2 built-in speakers (1 Watt each), so it's not necessary to buy an additional acoustic system. This NEC monitor has 2 unique features: Human Sensor and Ambient Light Sensors. They will automatically adjust brightness according to your lightning, thereby saving power. This monitor for photographers can be connected to 6 other monitors to display the same image at a time. This is a very helpful feature most designers need for work. Fantastic!

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Review of ViewSonic VP2771-LED SuperClear LED-Lit Professional Monitor

ViewSonic VP2771-LED

ViewSonic VP2771-LED

Image Quality

VP2771-LED is already among the best monitors for photographers. It is perfect for design, digital photography, and video production. This monitor boasts two unique features. The first one is SuperClear™ IPS panel technology that makes the image accuracy and resolution more refined and sharp. The second one is the Dynamic Contrast Ratio. It boasts a ratio of 20,000,000:1 and helps increase/decrease image brightness. What's more, ViewSonic’s built-in color management system maintains strict standards for color temperature and white balance correction to ensure the most accurate white level for image rendering. Different OSD color settings (Bluish, Cool, Native, Warm) allow you to choose different color temperature settings.

Monitor

This IPS monitor for photography boasts a 27" screen and ultra-high WQHD resolution (2560x1440 pixels). The large resolution means that it's simple to work with two documents side by side, and it’s perfect for using applications with multiple toolbars and windows. Moreover, the semi-glossy screen does not suffer from excessive 'graininess'. Thus, you will not see flecks of the sunlight. The panel offers a 10-bit color depth and a 1.07 billion color palette. So, you can enhance photos, videos, and three-dimensional objects with superior clarity.

Ergonomics

ViewSonic’s VP2770-LED is an ergonomically designed monitor for photos which offers the ultimate flexibility for increasing users' productivity and comfort. The design features of this device include a 360° swivel, 0-127mm height adjustment, and -5° to 90° tilt configuration. Furthermore, you can combine several monitors and use them simultaneously for extra convenience. VP2770-LED has diverse interface options including HDMI 1.4 , DisplayPort 1.2, and four USB ports (2 x USB 2.0; 2 x USB 3.0). All in all, you can easily connect this monitor to multiple gadgets for photo/video exchange.

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ViewSonic VP2771-LED
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Review of ASUS PA248Q ProArt LED LCD Monitor

ASUS PA248Q

ASUS PA248Q

Image Quality

ASUS PA248Q has an IPS panel with 100% sRGB coverage and 178-degree viewing angles. The monitor is factory pre-calibrated for color accuracy, so the excellent image quality is guaranteed. We would like to stress that the special technology ASCR (ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio) enhances the display’s dynamic contrast ratio up to 80,000,000:1. Thus, you will be able to adjust any level of brightness according to the content. This is especially important during video and movie playback. In addition, the unique Splendid™ technology analyzes and determines the current task automatically, thereby adjusting the display’s parameters to ensure color accuracy and image quality.

Monitor

The monitor has QuickFit Virtual Scale Function, allowing users to preview photos and documents on-screen in their actual sizes before printing. And it can be activated with the click of a hotkey on the monitor. Additionally, the P248Q monitor can be customized colorwise to match your room. There are seven different backgrounds available. This monitor for photographers has established itself in the same row with other leading brands and become a great deal popular with architects and designers. The aspect ratio is 16:10 and the viewing angles are 178°, so you can work with images with a minimal color shift.

Ergonomics

ASUS PA248Q boasts impressive connectivity opportunities and includes the following interfaces: DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, D-Sub. It is also equipped with 4 USB 3.0 ports so that users can easily connect a number of peripherals, such as USB drives, a keyboard, mouse, digital camera, etc. Also, the use of the USB 3.0 standard allows users to enjoy ultra-fast transmission speeds (up to 10 times as fast as USB 2.0). There are also hidden built-in stereo speakers. This model is fitted with very convenient OSD shortcuts through 2 hotkeys that provide quick access to 10 most frequently used OSD functions. Needless to say, this ergonomically-designed professional monitor comes with swivel, tilt, pivot, and height adjustments.

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Review of LG 29UM57 Cineview UltraWide LED Monitor

LG 29UM57

LG 29UM57

Image Quality

Looking for a computer monitor for graphic design? You've found it! LG 29UM57 photography monitor has a variety of high-end technologies. The color ratio of this device is 16.7 million and the brightness is really impressive, 250 cd/m². Hence, all photos look really vivid. The device is based on an IPS panel with 99% sRGB color support. And the main feature is LG's Black Stabilizer that helps make dark photos brighter. To cut a long story short, this monitor for photo and video editing boasts a good color rendering. As a result, you get bright images with a good contrast. What else to wish for?

Monitor

This ultrawide monitor with the aspect ratio of 21:9 will surely make your photo editing work more productive. The 4-Screen Split software allows you to divide the screen into 4 areas. Hence, multitasking becomes more efficient and comfortable with a single click. Need to be able to surf the net while editing photos? No problem! This is possible with this device! A lot of customers appreciate its matte display as well. The anti-glare coating doesn't affect color rendering and provides good image clarity in any light conditions. Great!

Ergonomics

This photo editing computer monitor has a 27" screen. So, this wide monitor for photographers can really replace 2 or even 3 smaller computer displays. As our customers claim, the special LG Flicker Safe feature is pretty valuable for all designers and photographers. It reduces the flicker level to almost zero and protects eyes from exhausting flickers and blue lights. In addition, this monitor boasts a very useful Dual Link-up function. It allows two portable devices, such as a computer, camera, or phone, to be connected to the monitor, and stream a picture (in 1:1 ratio) to the screen simultaneously.

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LG 29UM57
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