Top 5 Monitors For Photographers (Mid 2017)

If there is one computer accessory that can make or break a photographers processing experience the most, we would think it is hard to argue against that being the monitor. After all, without one, you can’t see what the computer is doing, and without a good one you have no idea how your image is actually turning out when you process it. So, needless to say, investing in a quality monitor for your image post-processing is something we consider to be essential for any serious photographer.

But how does a photographer know what to look for in a monitor? What specs are important from the photography perspective? What brands have a good reputation? Matte or Glossy? Have no fear, we have put together a list of some of the top monitors for photographers based on resolution, color gamut/accuracy, screen size and more. Ready? Let’s get into it…

Dell P2715Q

  • Screen Size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K)
  • Color: 99% sRGB and factory calibrated for accuracy
  • Pricing: [amazon_textlink asin=’B00PC9HFO8′ text=’Dell P2715Q’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’009d0041-55da-11e7-ae53-87f3afe53781′]

Dell monitors are well built and offer good resolution options, they are also color accurate for the colors within their gamut. But with that said, the gamut is where these ‘consumer-level’ monitors fall short compared to the much more expensive ‘professional-level’ monitors. This Dell in particular offers 99% sRGB support, which is good (obviously 100% is ideal), but its Adobe RGB support is not published.

Buy One: [amazon_textlink asin=’B00PC9HFO8′ text=’Amazon’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’561e3bcd-55db-11e7-9152-fd7db8130879′]

BenQ BL2711U

  • Screen Size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K)
  • Color: 100% sRGB
  • Pricing: [amazon_textlink asin=’B00RORBPEW’ text=’BenQ BL2711U’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8d23f779-55dc-11e7-9b49-1925e005fd3f’]

BenQ is a company that is known specifically for their monitors, and a good number of those monitors are marketed directly at photographers and other creatives who need high resolution color accurate displays. This monitor is likely one of the better performers you will find in this price range without a significant jump in sticker price that its larger cousin will give you.

Buy One: [amazon_textlink asin=’B00RORBPEW’ text=’Amazon’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1cd6ec96-55dd-11e7-92bc-619a029a0035′]

EiZO CS2730

  • Screen Size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (2K)
  • Color: 100% sRGB & 99% Adobe RGB
  • Pricing: [amazon_textlink asin=’B01M0Q6YLY’ text=’EiZO CS2730′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’57f4532b-55de-11e7-9c77-9f2fd1011be0′]

EiZO is one of the top brands out there when it comes to high quality professional level monitors. As you would expect though, along with that comes a price tag that is likely more than most of you will want to stomach. That said, if you have the budget, you can’t go wrong with EiZO for your image post-processing needs.

Buy One: [amazon_textlink asin=’B01M0Q6YLY’ text=’Amazon’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d067be6d-55de-11e7-ae89-ff9d7dbfa639′]

LG 34UC98-W

  • Screen Size: 34-inch curved
  • Resolution: 3440 x 1440 (WQHD)
  • Color: over 99% sRGB
  • Pricing: [amazon_textlink asin=’B019O78DPS’ text=’LG 34UC98-W’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’753a43c2-55df-11e7-8b89-e7177865cd05′]

Ultra wide panel displays are not necessarily the most common thing you see, but the extra space it provides while processing images can be a nice benefit – especially to those who work a lot in landscape oriented imagery. It does take some getting used to though since most of us are used to 16:9 screens.

Buy One: [amazon_textlink asin=’B019O78DPS’ text=’LG 34UC98-W’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’31a98d16-55e0-11e7-9f4d-51797e07fa4d’]

Acer B276HK

  • Screen Size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K)
  • Color: 100% sRGB
  • Pricing: [amazon_textlink asin=’B00XJ1KBU6′ text=’Acer B276HK’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fa9ae5a4-55e0-11e7-9544-414c9fdfc3f4′]

Acer is probably not a company that comes to mind when we start talking about high quality monitors, but this model in particular offers some great value with good performance and features.

Buy One: [amazon_textlink asin=’B00XJ1KBU6′ text=’Amazon’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fa9ae5a4-55e0-11e7-9544-414c9fdfc3f4′]

Computer/Monitor All-in-One

Another option, if you are looking to both upgrade your desktop and your monitor, is to think about purchasing an all in one solution. While many of the options out there in this regard are admittedly not ideal for photographers, a few notable exceptions exist in Microsoft’s Surface Studio and Apple’s iMac and iMac Pro. We won’t go too in depth on these, since the focus of this post is monitors, but here are links to those products for those interested…

  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01MD0JZHQ’ text=’Microsoft Surface Studio’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2db8b9d2-55e2-11e7-8c2e-39e115f47f30′]
  • Apple iMac 2017 
  • Apple iMac Pro 2017

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.