Presented at PhotoExpo, in New York, the Digital Cinema 4K Monitor from LG Electronics is, according to the company, “a professional-grade yet affordable desktop display that delivers the intense detail and color accuracy demanded by today’s photo, video and graphic design professionals.”
With a suggested price of $1,399, the monitor presented at PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Javits Center in New York, places itself at an interesting price point, considering it is a 31 inch monitor. When we recently published an article about “4K Monitors under $850″, the biggest size was 28 inches.
It’s not all about size, though. The Digital Cinema 4K Monitor (31MU97) meets the Digital Cinemas Initiatives’ (DCI) standard for 4K resolution displays for rich detail and clarity with 4096 x 2160 pixels in a 31-inch class (31.0-inch diagonal) screen. The Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) was created in March, 2002, and is a joint venture of Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros. Studios. DCI's primary purpose is to establish and document voluntary specifications for an open architecture for digital cinema that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, reliability and quality control.
For professional users interested into this new 16:9 monitor from LG it is important to know that it is capable of displaying over 99.5 percent of the Adobe RGB standard (and meets DCI-PE 97 percent). It is designed to deliver a richer and wider color range thanks to its 10-bit color depth that supports more than 1 billion colors for more accurate, detailed and natural-looking images, allowing photographers and video and graphic design professionals to work with images in more detail.
The Digital Cinema 4K Monitor is hardware-calibration-ready and also features Dual Color Space, LG’s exclusive True Color Pro calibration software. The 31MU97 employs LG’s IPS panel, which provides accurate color without washout at wide viewing angles. With two HDMI ports, DisplayPort and MiniDP as well as three USB 3.0 ports, it has all the connectivity a professional requires.
“LG may be better known for innovative larger TV screen technology, but we are committed to bringing the same display experience to smaller sizes as well,” said David Vanderwaal, head of marketing for LG Electronics USA. “As 4K imaging technology continues to advance and gain traction in the market, photographers, videographers and graphic design professionals will increasingly need equipment that is up to the task of delivering the clearest and most detailed images. With LG’s Digital Cinema 4K Monitor, these professionals will be able to create their best work.”
Although the 4K monitor was the king of the show at LG’s booth, the company had other models available that might interest those looking for more common resolutions. Things like the Curved UltraWide Monitor (34UC97): Available since October 2014, LG’s flagship 34-inch class (34.0 inch diagonal) IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor is a complete monitor solution, equally suited to the needs of photographers and video and graphic design professionals. This monitor has a suggested price of $1,299.
The extra screen real estate helps users accomplish more in less time and, by adding a gentle curve to a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor, LG has created a unique display that delivers a more immersive experience. This Quad HD resolution display (with 3440 x 1440 pixels) provides creative and design professionals with the level of detail and accuracy their work demands. Compatible with both PCs and Macs, the LG 34UC97 monitor handles heavy graphics and videos with ease on either system and supports Thunderbolt 2 for high-speed data transfers – up to four times faster than USB 3.0 – and allows multiple devices to be daisy chained together. The monitor also features MAXX AUDIO and 7W stereo speaker system guaranteed to deliver peak audio performance across all frequencies.
At the PhotoExpo LG also had on show their Flat UltraWide Monitor (34UM95). It’s LG’s award-winning 34-inch class (33.7-inch diagonal) flat UltraWide “WQHD” monitor, which features multitasking and multimedia capabilities that suit the needs of photographers and graphic design professionals. The UltraWide WQHD Monitor (34UM95) as a suggested price of $999.
The monitor boasts a 3440 x 1440 screen resolution, providing an eye-popping level of visual detail and a 21:9 aspect ratio that expands overall screen real estate. LG’s 4-Screen Split feature allows users to divide the screen into four sections at eight different screen ratios. Adding even more versatility, LG’s Dual-Link Up allows the monitor to connect to two source devices and display each on a single screen simultaneously. It also comes with True Color Finder – a color calibration software, which ensures color accuracy for source material – a must for photographers and graphic designer professionals. The 34UM95 is compatible with both Mac and PCs, and possesses two HDMI ports, DisplayPort and two ThunderBolt 2 connections.