January 5, 2017

BenQ Monitors Expand Their Range of Technicolor-Certified Options

BenQ's SW320 has received the approval of Technicolor, expanding color accuracy options for post-production.

BenQ is clearly aiming at the video post-production market with PV270 27" monitor and the PV3200PT 31.5" monitors, which were certified by Technicolor last summer and have just launched for pre-order for an early spring ship date.

The key feature is the internal 14-bit 3D LUT control.

With the expansion of certification to the SW line, BenQ continues to focus on color accuracy for consumers at reasonable price points that will make them attractive for field use and small home suites.

While offering 100% gamut coverage for the commonly used Rec. 709, 96% coverage for DCI-P3, and Technicolor certification, the key feature is the internal 14-bit 3D LUT control through Palette Master Element Color Calibration.

Credit: BenQ

Even if a monitor can show all of the colors in a given gamut, if it can't show them accurately, it's useless for filmmaking purposes. By integrating a calibration LUT internally and shipping with a calibration software suite that works with many commonly available probes, BenQ offers a solution that makes life easier for filmmakers.

If you are delivering Rec. 709 content, this is a monitor that is well worth considering.

Instead of needing to purchase an external LUT box and calibration software (which could set you back thousands), these monitors come with those tools built in. By purchasing an external probe like the popular X-Rite i1Display Pro (only $239), you have all the tools you need to continue to check and recalibrate the monitor and ensure accurate images.


BenQ Calibration DemonstrationCredit: BenQ

The noticeable gap, of course, is Rec. 2020/BT.2100, the newer wider gamut formats you see frequently advertised for modern displays. While it's slightly frustrating that the newer standards are absent, if you consider the price point for these monitors (the 32" model is only $1,300), it makes sense that BenQ has focused on the Rec. 709. It's easy to get lost in the latest technical standards, but an overwhelming majority of content is still delivered in Rec. 709; if you are delivering Rec. 709 content, this is a monitor that is well worth considering.

The PV3200PT is shipping soon and is available for pre-order for $1,299 from B&H. To learn more about Technicolor monitor certification. go to the Technicolor site.

Tech Specs (PV3200)

  • 32” IPS Screen
  • 3840×2160 UHD Resolution
  • Hardware Calibration 
  • 10-bit Display
  • 100% sRGB, Rec.709 and DCI-P3 Color Gamut Coverage
  • 14-bit 3D Look Up Table Support
  • 10-bit color depths
  • DeltaE average  < 2
  • 178° viewing angle (horizontal and vertical)
 

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Why complain about BT.2020 when it doesn't even cover DCI-P3? Even if it "supported" BT.2020, it wouldn't be more than a nice shiny sticker on the chassis. AFAIK, no monitors, professional or consumer, come close to covering 100% BT.2020 so this point is kind of moot atm...

January 5, 2017 at 1:19PM

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Oscar Stegland
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I like how the display actually grows in size after hardware calibration. I would get it just to watch that happen.

January 5, 2017 at 7:08PM, Edited January 5, 7:08PM

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I sometimes get hardware calibrated, watching some videos on the net.

January 6, 2017 at 4:31PM

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Pretty big jump for them.... not too long ago their upper mid range monitors suffered from nasty color shift across the horizontal :S

January 6, 2017 at 7:53AM

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Torben Greve
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read this thread on lift gamma gain. Steve Shaw from Lightspace has been testing them
http://www.liftgammagain.com/forum/index.php?threads/new-benq-monitors.6...

January 6, 2017 at 11:31AM

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Lee MJ Daley
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