Best Monitors for Photographers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 24, 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 to satisfy your needs! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
SCREEN SIZE
PANEL TYPE
RESOLUTION
ASPECT RATIO
COLOUR SUPPORT
BRIGHTNESS<br>CONTRAST
PANEL COATING
INTERFACES
 
PROS
When you can not control light, a shading hood will come in handy reducing the glare. OSD remote controller makes editing fast and simple, and hardware calibration enables chip adjustment without changing the graphic card output data.
CONS
The menus on screen might seem slowish.
OUR VERDICT

One of the best professional monitors for photographers, BenQ SW2700PT has everything needed for you to step up in photo editing. Top-notch colour rendition makes long work more comfortable.

detailed parameters
SCREEN SIZE
27"
PANEL TYPE
AHVA (IPS)
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
ASPECT RATIO
16:9
COLOUR SUPPORT
1.07 billion
BRIGHTNESS<br>CONTRAST

350 cd/m²
1000:1

PANEL COATING
Semi-gloss
INTERFACES
  • 1 × DVI-D
  • 1 × HDMI 1.4 
  • 1 × Display Port 1.2
  • 2 × USB 3.0 
  • 1 × SD Card-Reader
  • 1 × 3.5 мм Audio-Out
  • 1 × USB 3.0 Upstream
PROS

The 12-bit colour engine makes colours look exactly like in life. Each interface at the back of the monitor has designations to simplify connection process. There are touch sensitive buttons for setting convenience.

CONS

The response could be faster.

OUR VERDICT

Top-notch image displaying and a wide range of interfaces make it possible for the monitor to work with a variety of devices. Besides the monitor itself and its power cable, the kit also contains a DP cable, a DVI cable, and a USB cable.

detailed parameters
SCREEN SIZE

27"

PANEL TYPE

IPS

RESOLUTION

2560 x 1440

ASPECT RATIO

16:9

COLOUR SUPPORT

68.7 billion

BRIGHTNESS<br>CONTRAST

350 cd/m²
1000:1

PANEL COATING

Matte

INTERFACES
  • 1 × DVI-D
  • 1 × HDMI 1.4 
  • 1 × Display Port 1.2
  • 1 × DP out
  • 1 × mini DP
  • 1 × 3.5 mm Audio-Out
  • 4 × USB 3.0 
PROS
Save on draft printing with the QuickFit feature. One press of the button and a special virtual scale will show you whether your image corresponds to the selected format or not.
CONS
Not very bright.
OUR VERDICT
Considerably affordable monitor for photography by a renowned computer manufacturer. Asus PA238Q with its convenient features keeps up with more expensive models fairly good.
detailed parameters
SCREEN SIZE
23" / 27"
PANEL TYPE
IPS
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
ASPECT RATIO
16:9
COLOUR SUPPORT
16.7 million
BRIGHTNESS<br>CONTRAST

250 cd/m²
1000:1

PANEL COATING
Matte
INTERFACES
  • 1 × DisplayPort (v1.1a, with HDCP)
  • 1 × DVI-D (with HDCP)
  • 1 × HDMI (v1.3)
  • 1 × VGA
  • 1 × 3.5 mm Audio-Out
  • 4 × USB 2.0
  • 1 × USB 2.0 Upstream
PROS

4K support with exceptionally deep and clear colours. The plastic stand is quite thick and very stable. Big screen allows you to comfortably use apps with many instrument panels and additional windows.

CONS

Not very wide viewing angles due to TN panel.

OUR VERDICT

This high-quality Asus photographer monitor is factory-calibrated for sRGB colour space, so you won't need to calibrate it manually and instead will be able to use it right out of the box.

detailed parameters
SCREEN SIZE

28" / 27"

PANEL TYPE

TN

RESOLUTION

3840 x 2160

ASPECT RATIO

16:9

COLOUR SUPPORT

1.07 billion

BRIGHTNESS<br>CONTRAST

300 cd/m²
100000000:1 (ASCR)

PANEL COATING

Matte

INTERFACES
  • 1 × 3.5 mm Audio-Input 
  • 1 × 3.5 mm Audio-Out
  • 2 × HDMI 1.4
  • 1 × DisplayPort
PROS

The EIZO DUE (digital uniformity equaliser) technology adjusts the image brightness and chromaticity to be almost completely uniform. The SelfCorrection feature saves the initial calibration settings and adjusts the screen back to them at set intervals.

CONS

No built-in speakers.

OUR VERDICT

A quality monitor for everyday work with photos, EIZO CS230 is made to cause next to no eye stress. It also has an Adobe RGB colour space.

detailed parameters
SCREEN SIZE

23"

PANEL TYPE

IPS

RESOLUTION

1920 x 1080

ASPECT RATIO

16:9

COLOUR SUPPORT

1.07 billion

BRIGHTNESS<br>CONTRAST

300 cd/m²
1000:1

PANEL COATING

Matte

INTERFACES
  • 1 × DVI 
  • 2 × USB (for monitor control)
  • 1 × HDMI 1.4
  • 1 × DisplayPort
  • 2 × USB hub 

What is a Monitor For Photographers

If you work with high-quality photos or draw website layouts 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 colour 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 monitors or best gaming monitors reviews.

What Features to Compare

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 colours (close to 100% of the sRGB colour space). Also, the colours are in 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 colour gamut plays a very important role. It is a specific range of colours 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 colour range monitors are generally capable of displaying all the colours of sRGB colour gamut, while monitors with a wide-gamut RGB are capable of displaying a larger number of colours. On the one hand, extended colour 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 colour and better contrast. The only problem is that they reflect light, which can cause a colour misbalance. Matte screens are “anti-glare” as they prevent reflections. Matte displays keep glare better due to a polarised 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" monitors feature the resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, but more 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 colours 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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BenQ SW2700PT

Best for a Pro

It stands to reason that every photo needs editing, and today the variety of apps is so large virtually anyone can modify images. Still, to do this at a top level, a special monitor for photo editing is necessary. BenQ SW2700PT is one of the best monitors for photographers a market can offer. Besides a 27" diagonal, this IPS monitor boasts AU Optics's AHVA IPS panel with RB-LED backlight (red and blue diodes with a green scintillating phosphor). This type of backlighting makes colours much more vivid. And to top it all, we would like to point out the conveniences of BenQ SW2700PT monitor for photo editing. We're talking about the OSD controller and the shading hood, both of which add to usability and accelerate your work.

Enhancing quality nowadays is easy, what with all the selection of professional equipment. Another device that may come in handy for digital artists and photographers is a drawing tablet.

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TV Replacement

Thanks to a bunch of useful features, you can use this BenQ monitor as a TV. First, its high-quality panel and good diagonal suffice for this. There are also two high-speed USB 3.0 ports where you can stick your flash drive or an external hard drive with movies. At the 60 Hz frequency, even the most action-filled scene won't look weird. And to top it all, you can connect speakers via 3.5 mm jack to support the picture with HQ sound.

BenQ SW2700PT in the use

All Wires in One Place

The stand this photographer monitor is mounted on has a round hole in it where you can slip all the cords connecting the BenQ SW2700PT to other units and devices. This way, the wires won't be scattered all over your desk getting in your way. One more interesting peculiarity of the stand is that it has a scale where you can see to what height from the desk surface the monitor is elevated at the moment. What is more, even if you set the model at the maximum height allowed, it will stand firmly and won't wobble thanks to the aluminium among the stand components and a weight added to the stand. Finally, a truly irreplaceable addition to any professional photographer—a shade that will provide protection against sun rays. This model is a blessing for anyone working with graphic apps regularly.

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Designer's Portable Helper

When a photographer monitor is way too big to carry around with your laptop, a drawing tablet is a way out. With a screen of a comfortable size (there are options) and a stylus, you can draw and edit pictures on-the-go. Modern tablets offer functionality that almost equals that of computers.

BenQ SW2700PT application

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BenQ SW2700PT
BenQ SW2700PT
 

ViewSonic VP2780-4K

Deep Colours

The ViewSonic VP2772 offers you an important feature for colour displaying, namely, an Adobe RGB and sRGB colour spaces support. These parameters make it possible and, furthermore, comfortable to not only work at your computer throughout a day but to even play computer games with action scenes and at the best resolution. The top resolution here is 2560x1440 on a 27" screen, working with several windows or open apps will be pretty easy. The WLED backlighting provides deeper and clearer displaying under any lighting conditions while the IPS panel offers the widest viewing angles. The 10-bit colour depth makes the transition between colours smooth and fluent.

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High Above Competitors

Any respectful brand tries to offer their customers as much usability tidbits as possible but ViewSonic here in this model went all out. The VP2772 professional monitors for photographers can be connected to almost any gadget. Besides the usual USB 3.0 and DisplayPort, there are also HDMI and DVI interfaces and cables that significantly simplify connection to your laptop or personal computer. The power cord is long enough to reach a low outlet safely. Also, this IPS monitor comes factory-calibrated meaning you won't need to deal with tricky colour, brightness, gamut adjustment (although it is possible to adjust them manually if you wish to do so).

ViewSonic VP2780-4K in the use

Three Legs

This photographer monitor is rather heavy and to enhance its stability the manufacturer designed its stand with three long "rays" instead of a circle or square shape. These rays help the whole construction stand firmly on your desk. The monitor screen can be set horizontally as well as vertically, making it an excellent solution for photo editing.

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Data Transfer

Working with visual content often takes a lot of storage space on your hard drive. When you find it lacking, check out external hard drives, these devices offer space for thousands of images and video in high resolution.

ViewSonic VP2780-4K application

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ViewSonic VP2780-4K
ViewSonic VP2780-4K
 

ASUS PA238Q

Nice Features, Nice Price

To make monitors with IPS panels more affordable, many manufacturers tend to strip them of additional features or simplify some existing ones. ASUS is not one of these manufacturers. Despite the fairly modest price, ASUS PA238Q is still a high-quality IPS monitor with everything a photographer may need. For example, a really nice QuickFit feature. It's a scale that appears on a screen when you press a specific button and it is created for the sole purpose of showing you whether or not the image on the display corresponds to any preset format, be it a document or a photo. Now it is much easier to make the image perfectly printable. Another great feature is the customised colour adjustment that makes it possible to modify settings for each of six colours (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow) without affecting all the other. All-in-all, you receive a versatile high-quality monitor for photo editing at a really good price here.

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Utmost Convenience

The Asus PA238Q model is very ergonomic. Its 1-cm matte plastic frame is almost immune to fingerprints and all the buttons are located to be reached easily on the right side panel. Under the power button, you'll see a light indicator that will inform you what mode is on. During normal operation, for example, the light will be white, and in a standby mode, it will be orange. The menu is simple to navigate even for a novice user. Although it stays on the display after you select a parameter to adjust, you can modify its transparency and waiting time so that the hanging window doesn't hinder in assessing the settings correction.

ASUS PA238Q in the use

Go On and Start Right Away

The ASUS PA238Q monitors for photographers are pre-calibrated for sRGB colour space, the proof for which lies in the report each monitor comes with. Therefore, you don't need to adjust anything, it's all set. Maybe just correct the brightness according to your room lighting level.

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Go Wireless

When you connect a whole variety of gadgets to your computer, every wire is redundant. The fewer there are of them, the better. In most cases, the simplest thing to do is buy a wireless keyboard and mouse!

ASUS PA238Q application

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ASUS PA238Q
ASUS PA238Q
 

ASUS PB287Q

More than just a Photographer Monitor

The first cool thing to notice here is how easy it is to set the monitor to your utmost comfort. Just about everything is adjustable, swivel, pivot, tilt, height. The stand is really sturdy and quite heavy making the monitor stand firmly at any tilt angle. With all this, you have the opportunity to position your photographer monitor in a way that will be comfortable and will lessen the stress you get on your eyes and spine when you work long hours in a tense pose.

The set of interfaces in Asus PB287Q has everything to connect to any laptop and PC models. The HDMI port transfers the signal at the highest resolution the monitor offers, which is 3840 x 2160 pixels. The refresh rate, in this case, will be 30 Hz; for the 60 Hz refresh rate, set the DisplayPort 1.2. The TN panel installed here might have viewing angles that leave something to be desired but at the same time, it offers a good response time of 1 ms. By the way, all these numbers are good not only for monitors for photographers, playing games and watching movies in HD is a piece of cake as well on this 28" Asus model.

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Menu Buttons at the Back

Now this is quite unusual and we can't fathom what inspired Asus to implement such an innovation but the menu buttons on this model are located at the back of the monitor. This might (and probably will) be inconvenient at first, pretty easy to push the power button instead of one of the menu ones. However, we do believe this is a minor issue, really. Furthermore, the menu itself was upgraded to help the users with special pictograms indicating which button behind stands for which purpose.

ASUS PB287Q in the use

For Top Performance

Not every OS deals well with resolutions like 3840x2160 Asus PB287Q monitors for photographers offer. For example, Microsoft had implemented support for a high-res like this starting from Windows 8.1 whereas for Mac OS it was X 10.9.3.

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Companion Purchase

A good monitor is a nice thing but for it to perform to the best of its abilities, you need a computer that will be on par with it. Professional photographers and designers often buy gaming computers as they offer top-notch performance in the most demanding games, therefore, most image editing and processing software will practically "fly".

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ASUS PB287Q
ASUS PB287Q
 

Eizo ColorEdge CS230-BK

SelfCorrection

The Eizo ColorEdge CS230-BK is a photographer monitor built with an IPS panel well-known for the best viewing angles. The monitor comes pre-calibrated but you still can calibrate it manually. There is a peculiar feature this model offers, called SelfCorrection. As monitors, in general, tend to lose brightness over time (faster with extensive use), they need re-calibration from time to time. This is what SelfCorrection for, to rid you of the necessity to spend your valuable time on this. The SelfCorrection, in a nutshell, is a function that records your white point and brightness settings and after certain time periods (set by you) automatically calibrated your IPS monitor to match them. Usually, this is done while the monitor is asleep so as not to disrupt your work.

This Eizo model is 23" in diagonal, a screen size usually bought for not too big rooms. The resolution here is FullHD 1920x1080 and the response time is 10.5 ms.

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Middle Ground

Talking about design, the ColorEdge CS230 is nothing to write home about but it's not unappealing either. It's a fairly ordinary monitor with not excessively large frame and mechanical menu buttons in the bottom right part. The buttons are actually quite big and convenient to press when you adjust the monitor settings.

Eizo ColorEdge CS230-BK in the use

Easy to Connect

The number of available ports makes the connection to any computer a breeze and the quality of a picture you get will be top-tier, too. The manufacturer also offers a 5-year warranty for this model. This is one of the best monitors for photographers and designers who are only stepping onto the road of profession.

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When You're on the Go

For a photographer, working on the go is sometimes a natural need. Sure, you can edit your photos of Savannah when you come back home to your powerful PC with a large IPS monitor but sometimes, it's a send-it-me-now task that must be completed asap. If this is a common occurrence for you, Ultra HD laptops are the best. They are lightweight and small, easy to carry around, yet they offer a performance that will give many PCs a run for their money. Be the first to release your hit photos into the world.

Eizo ColorEdge CS230-BK application

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Eizo ColorEdge CS230-BK
Eizo ColorEdge CS230-BK
 

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