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Jonny Phelan's picture

Hello new member, editing monitor advice needed

Hello I'm new to the site, hopefully this is the correct place to post this topic, if not admin please remove or redirect.

I’m just after ordering my pc parts for my first pc build for photo editing, the only part left to order is the monitor. Budget €300-350, location Ireland. I have been looking at a couple of monitors in this price range, mainly dell and BenQ.

BenQ pd2700q: ips, 10bit (8+2)100% srgb & rec 709, 75% Adobe rgb, pre-calibrated. 1.07 billion colours, 2560×1440 QHD Resolution. €320

BenQ pd2500q: ips 8bit, 100% srgb & rec 709, 70% Adobe rgb, pre-calibrated. 16.7 million colours, 2560×1440 QHD Resolution. €300

Dell u2518d: ips, 99% srgb & rec 709, pre-calibrated, 16.7 million colours 2560×1440 QHD Resolution. €293

I’m leaning towards the BenQ pd2700q. Im probably going to order in the next 48hrs.

Or would I be better off taking a hit and stretching my budget now to consider these monitors (below), rather than spending more later on to upgrade.

Dell up2516d: ips, 99% Adobe rgb, 100%srgb & rec 709, 100% dci p3. 1.07 billion colours, 2560×1440 QHD Resolution. €476

BenQ sw240: ips, 99% AdobeRGB. 100% sRGB. 95% DCI-P3, 1.07 billion colours, 10bit, 1920×1200 Resolution, pre-calibrated. €455

What are peoples opinions, is there any other suggestions for this budget? Any advice appreciated.


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Joe Svelnys's picture

Looks like you are looking for a 2k monitor, I'd suggest either a 2k or 4k (if you can squeeze it into the budget).

Ideally you'd want a monitor that matches your Camera (or future camera) in Bit Depth (14) and 100% of the sRGB Space.

People can debate brand names, but most companies have models that fit into the above. I popped over to amazon and found these two.. The first one fits your price range, but second is 4k and a bit more.

$392 (2k) - ViewSonic VP2768 PRO 27" 1440p Monitor with 100% sRGB Rec 709 14-bit 3D LUT and Color Calibration for Photography and Graphic Design

$500 (4k) - ViewSonic VP2768-4K PRO Professional 27" 4K Monitor with 100% sRGB Rec709 14-bit 3D LUT Color Calibration for Photography and Graphic Design

These are 60Hz monitors, which is a bummer but this is for "work" and not "play". gaming monitors tend (not always) care more about refresh over color accuracy. If you're fragging a guy at 300 meters frame-rate is of the upmost importance, not so much if the color of his blood was accurate. :)

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Thanks for taking the time to reply in depth Joe Svelnys. I currently have a 6d mkii at the moment which if I'm correct is 24.4bit, is a 24.4 monitor even in production or is 14 bit sufficient? Thanks for the alternative options, I'll have a look at them.

Joe Svelnys's picture

I believe 14bit is about as high as monitors go (at least without a winning lotto ticket); if higher even exist.

I have a Nikon d5500 myself, and it can shoot 12 or 14bit RAWs.

The difference between a 8bit, 10bit and 14bit is huge though; 14 should be more then enough given the current state of technology. We, as photographers, want to edit in as high a bit as possible for most accurate representation. If I take one of my files then post it on facebook, it's re-compressed by facebook back down to 8bit and the colors could shift quite a bit. But, if i want to print that same photo, I want that accuracy again, or as close to it as possible.

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Thanks Joe Svelnys, I did some research on the benq sw240 and the dell up2516d, both are 14bit lut. Leaning towards the dell at the minute as the resolution is slightly better and the 4k monitors I have seen and that I can afford, do not support 100% Adobe rgb.