Best Monitors for Photographers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 12, 2018
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 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
PANEL TYPE
COLOR SUPPORT
BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST
SCREEN SIZE
PANEL COATING
INTERFACES
ASPECT RATIO
SCREEN RESOLUTION
WARRANTY
 
PROS
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

Anti-Glare 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
WARRANTY

3 years

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

Anti-Glare Matte

INTERFACES
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x USB 3.0
ASPECT RATIO
16:9
SCREEN RESOLUTION
3840 x 2160 pixels (4K UHD)
WARRANTY

3 years

PROS

The SplendidPlus Video Intelligence technology makes display adjustment for specific task fast and easy.

CONS

No height adjustment.

OUR VERDICT

Besides top-notch specs and functionality intended for professionals in photo- and video editing, this monitor offers the opportunity to watch movies and play demanding games with utmost comfort.

detailed parameters
PANEL TYPE

AH-IPS

COLOR SUPPORT

1.07 billion

BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST

300 cd/m²

SCREEN SIZE

27" (23", 25", 29", 34")

PANEL COATING

Anti-Glare Matte

INTERFACES

1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x DisplayPort over USB-C, 2x USB 3.1

ASPECT RATIO

16:9

SCREEN RESOLUTION

3840 x 2160 pixels (4K UHD)

WARRANTY

3 years

PROS

A feat for 3D designers and architects—the CAD/CAM mode enables highly precise and detailed displaying in modeling applications.

CONS

The built-in speakers could be better.

OUR VERDICT

BL2420PT is, without any doubt, one of the best monitors for novice photographers as it provides great functionality with a wide range of settings, and all this at a reasonable price.

detailed parameters
PANEL TYPE

IPS‎

COLOR SUPPORT

16.7 million‎

BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST

300 cd/m²

SCREEN SIZE

24" (27", 32")

PANEL COATING

Anti-Glare Matte

INTERFACES

1x DVI, 1x D-sub, 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 3x USB 2.0 (2x Downstream, 1x Upstream)‎

ASPECT RATIO

16:9‎

SCREEN RESOLUTION

2560 x 1440 pixels

WARRANTY

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Dell UltraSharp U2715H IPS

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.
Review of Dell UltraSharp U2715H IPS HDMI Professional Monitor

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!
Dell UltraSharp U2715H IPS HDMI Professional Monitor in the use

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!
Detailed review of Dell UltraSharp U2715H IPS HDMI Professional Monitor

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Dell UltraSharp U2715H 27" 1440p IPS Monitor Review

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The monitor's display is very, very good and the 27" size and 1440p resolution are excellent. Some might find the ppi a little on the small side, but it is excellent for me. There is very little backlight bleed and no noticeable input lag - I use the monitor mainly for flight sims.

Display

The color has been dead on, never had any lag issues (those tend to stem from your cpu and gpu guys), and it has held up really well.

Features

Decent stand adjusts up and down and includes basic cable tidying ability.

Connectivity

This is a great monitor for my Mac Mini (2014) which I use at home. I also have an Apple Thunderbolt monitor at the office, and it's just as good as that one in terms of display quality. However, this one has four video inputs and a USB 3 hub. I get 2560x1440 at 60 Hz on the mini.
 

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

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.
NEC EA275UHD-BK-SV 4k UHD LCD LED-lit Professional Monitor in the use

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!
Detailed review of NEC EA275UHD-BK-SV 4k UHD LCD LED-lit Professional Monitor

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NEC MultiSync EA275UHD | 27" 4K-monitor | Review and testing

What customers say about this product

Connectivity

I had also read that the accuracy is the same for HDMI and Display Port. I have found that this is not true. Based upon my visual observations, the Display Port gives a little better sharpness in the text displayed. And the refresh rate for the Display Port is 60 Hz.

Key Specs

But I wanted the 4K because I always have a lot of windows open and I like to have a lot of real estate. My Apple HD display (1994) has 1900 horiz x 1200 pixels verti; this NEC 4K display has 3840x2160. So I can get a lot on the screen at one time.

Display

The black on this is very deep. I used this primarily for coding and I often used the Text mode for better visibilities. Compared to my macbook, I think the color is somewhat accurate, it matches about 90%.

Features

My rating is really 4.9. My only complaint is the USB ports must be accessed up from the bottom of the monitor. It appears that the pictures on the NEC site were taken with the monitor laid on its back.
 

ASUS Designo MX27UC

Functionality and Style, Perfectly Balanced

ASUS Designo MX27UC is a nice option no matter how you look—from design to specs, it's a good photographer monitor that rivals the much more expensive ones. Let's take a closer look.

This is a 27" UltraHD monitor with 4K support, which means you'll be able to open quite a few windows with apps/tool panels and see three times as much data as from a 27" FullHD monitor. The detail displaying is over-the-top great, in part thanks to the IPS panel with sRGB color gamut and 178°/178° viewing angles. The ASUS Designo MX27UC is one of the best monitors for photographers as well as video editors. As a bonus, you can charge your gadgets via USB port directly from the monitor when all your computer ports are busy. And to top it all, this frameless monitor looks really good and sophisticated.

Review of ASUS Designo MX27UC 27” 4K Professional Monitor

Music to Your Ears

ASUS Designo uses a unique SonicMaster technology to enhance the sound. This technology was developed by ASUS in cooperation with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, a Danish company that produces sound amplifiers. Thanks to this solution, the monitor's built-in 3W speakers offer the clearest sound at a wide frequency range. You can select one of three audio modes—three presets (listening to music, watching movies, gaming) and a manual setting mode.

ASUS Designo MX27UC 27” 4K Professional Monitor in the use

Specific Image Settings for Any Task

The flicker-free technology is not exactly an innovation but it is still a good thing to have in your monitor to help with eye strain, and here you will find it, too. There are also eight display modes for you to choose from depending on the tasks at hand (reading, gaming, night work, etc.). A unique SplendidPlus Video Intelligence technology will help quickly adjust the image.

ASUS never forgets about gamers, of course, as they are the most passionate when it comes to computers in general and monitors specifically. In this model, avid players will find a GamePlus mode where there are four crosshair options and a timer indispensable in real-time shooters and strategies, as well as FPS counter. The mode settings can be accessed through the OSD menu.

Detailed review of ASUS Designo MX27UC 27” 4K Professional Monitor

Pinnacle of Designing

The monitor is designed with stylish contrast in mind and was duly recognized: the strict frameless body and sundial-shaped stand of the Designo MX series had received the iF Design Excellence Award.

ASUS Designo MX27UC 27” 4K Professional Monitor application

Additional Info

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What customers say about this product

Connectivity

Also, a big point for me personally is that this monitor only has a DisplayPort and no HDMI ports - I wanted to be able to plug my PS4 into my monitor and the MX27AQ fulfills this need perfectly (and the PS4 games look great despite the native resolution difference).

Key Specs

I love it, It is the best monitor I have ever used, I looks so good in every way It works very well for gaming The refresh rate is pretty good and everything looks nice and pretty, If you are considering this monitor I suggest you buy it if you can afford it

Features

This is just a really nice looking monitor. The sundial stand is great and has a matte gray finish on the outside with a shiny silver finish on the inside. The frame around the monitor is virtually nonexistent which gives it a nice clean look.

Display

Also, if you are using full 4k, some software tools may appear tiny(photoshop), you may view at 3k(but that's all 4k monitors right now with Macbook)But overall, I really am impressed and picture is great.
 

BenQ BL2420PT

Top Novice Choice

Among those only starting their journey into photography and photo editing, not everyone is willing to spend a fortune on a professional monitor, right? Luckily for these sensible individuals (and for those with a limited budget), there do exist some worthy and capable options in the affordable cost segment. Like this BenQ BL2420PT designer monitor for photo editing.

There are some peculiar functions in this model created specifically for designers. For example, the CAD/CAM mode—a special mode developed for 3D designers, it adjusts the contrast of the color lines on your 3D model to the point when each detail is easily distinguishable even in the most complicated images. Or the animation mode that makes small textures on the dark parts of the image more obvious without overlighting the not-so-dark parts.

Additionally, we'd like to bring to your attention the Display Pilot software. This software is designed to adjust and save display settings like auto image pivoting, PIP, windows locations, etc. for specific apps (initially, for games). When you launch the app, Display Pilot will automatically apply the settings without you having to tweak them every time.

Review of BenQ BL2420PT Designer Monitor for Photo Editing

Eyes Are Safe

It's not much of a secret that all monitors emit blue light which is harmful to human eyes and leads to tiredness and headaches. The BenQ BL2420PT photographer monitor has not one but four Low Blue Light modes to adjust the emission. And another feature to lessen the eye strain is, of course, Flicker-Free.

BenQ BL2420PT Designer Monitor for Photo Editing in the use

It's Just Solid

When it comes to looks, the BL2420PT is fairly standard if a bit old-fashioned—sharp lines make the black matte plastic body look somewhat "heavy". However, it does have flexible ergonomics settings: you can adjust height, pivot, tilt angle. It is a monitor for comfortable work.

There are also plenty of interfaces: an analog D-Sub and digital DVI-D, HDMI 1.4, and DisplayPort 1.2. Digital ports offer the best resolution, naturally. And, of course, you'll find two USB 2.0 ports for additional equipment and 3.5mm audio in/out. The only drawback here is the quality of the 1W built-in speakers. It is, in fact, lacking, we highly recommend using earphones or standalone speakers when you listen to music or enjoy a movie.

Detailed review of BenQ BL2420PT Designer Monitor for Photo Editing

Little Bonus

For the wires and cable to not get in your way on the desk, the monitor's stand has a special hole for them. And at the top of the stand, you'll find a hook where you can hang your earphones.

BenQ BL2420PT Designer Monitor for Photo Editing application

Additional Info

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What customers say about this product

Display

Without a doubt, this is the best monitor I've ever owned. It manages to go right to the saturated edge of sRGB so the colors look great without that higher color gamut oversaturation.

Key Specs

The resolution is 2560x1440 which is just right to me. Not 4k super duper HD or anything, but more than full HD...just right for a 24" panel. Text is crisp, images are smooth. It's sharp and clear, but just high resolution enough that you don't see a screen door effect.

Features

Audio is ok - I think the audio on my 1080 Asus was a little better, but that was a gaming monitor. I can still watch Hulu and stuff through the audio on these, so it seems to work well enough. It is definitely loud enough.

Connectivity

It offers 4 video connection options (VGA, DVI-D, DP, and HDMI). The DVI-D option was especially important to me because my Dell desktop's graphics card doesn't have a DP port and its DVI-D connection was the only way I could get the monitor's full 2560 x 1440 resolution!
 

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.

Best Monitors for Photographers

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 disbalance. 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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4. Conrad Chavez Choosing a Display for Photography and DesignPeachpit. June 4, 2014.

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