Julia Adams's picture

Proffessional high end monitors

I am a photographer looking to buy a high end monitor. I need adivise on what proffessionals find to be the best for photo editing?

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Kavak Agir's picture

Hi Julia here is a great article about what you are looking for:


Some great monitors are mentioned at the bottom of the article.
I personally choose Nec or Eizo.

Good luck

Julia Adams's picture

Thanks Kavak I will check that out ☺

Lukas Juzenas's picture

Personally I use Dell u3014 - which I find amazing. Another photographer on YT Glen Dewis uses new Benq 30 inches also 4k.
High end would be def Eizo or Nec as Kavak suggested, for me personally - I would need to rob a few bank to get them

Julia Adams's picture

Thanks Lukas ill check out the benQ and yeah I noticed the big price tag on the EIZO and NEC

David Sala's picture

Hello Julia, a pleasure to meet you. I just recently picked up the BenQ SW2700PT Monitor that comes with a 27" display and 99% Adobe RGB at QHD Resolution.

It is a fantastic monitor and works quite well with my photo editing. I love the colors that I can get with this monitor. Check it out at:


Julia Adams's picture

Its great to meet you to David 😊 thank you for you help I will have a look at the link 😊😊

Siddhartha De's picture

Hi Julia,

I was in the same place in late 2016 that you are in today. I was looking to upgrade my entire system, and was undecided about whether to build it component by component or buy one out of the box. For the first option, I had considered two Dell U2415 monitors in tandem, apart from some BenQ, NEC and Eizo models. The NEC and Eizo monitors took me outside my budget.

I finally decided to go with the out of the box option and got the iMac 27" with retina 5K display, since I was already using the Mac system from before. This setup cost me a little more than the customised one I was planning to build with individual components from scratch (with 2 monitors). I'm very happy with this setup. The screen is large enough that I see all the detail on my photos, and the resolution is high enough that I don't need a second monitor. I find that the colour calibration is also spot on. I use a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop for post-processing, and it works great on this system.

My experience has been that the quality of the monitor makes a huge difference. The upgrade I made from my old system showed me what I was missing and the differences and results blew me away. Since the iMac is a pre-assembled unit, I cannot tell you the cost of the monitor alone, but my educated guess would be that it is at least 60-70% of the entire cost, possibly more. So I wouldn't rule out spending up to $2000 or higher on a monitor.

The NEC and Eizo monitors are expensive, but for a reason. They're really good. I would consider getting one of them if you're using a Windows system. If you don't want to spend that much, the BenQ SW2700PT 27" Widescreen is really good too. Please note that I haven't personally used any of these monitors. I've just done the online research and read reviews from other photographers. Do keep the colour gamut and calibration in mind, in addition to the resolution alone, when you're making your decision.

Hope this helps.


I would stick with Dell, BenQ, Viewsonic, Nec, or Eizo. I wouldn't invest a lot of money into a new monitor. 4k is still new and prices are coming down, new monitor tech is coming out like HDR displays and OLED. Plus lightroom is painfully slow to use at 4k res even with a high end computer. Also 4k doesn't scale well in windows 10 still.

I think 1440p is the optimal resolution at the moment. In order to be considered professional you want a 100% adobe rbg gamut. Something like a Dell UltraSharp 27 UP2716D ($629) or BenQ 27" Photo Monitor SW2700PT ($600).

I would defiantly get a colorimeter to make sure your colors are correct. I don't buy into the factory calibration. I have a feeling that different video cards and drivers introduce a variable that could throw off factory color calibration. I recommend the x-rite i1 display pro ($220). It has the ability to quality control your color profile so you can measure how your monitor's colors change over time. A good monitor should have a delta E < 2 for at least 2 weeks.

My current monitor is a used samsung PLS 1080p panel has to be at least 5 years old. It calibrates to delta E of ~1.5 and drifts to ~2 over a couple weeks. Apparently samsung makes some fine panels. Bummer they're only sRGB but I export to sRGB anyway for all my web content and rarely print so it doesn't bother me. I got my "pro" display for about $100