Eizo’s ColorEdge CG319X is an HDR display for professionals

If you want to work on HDR content, you need a suitable display just as much as someone who simply wants to enjoy HDR content. More than that, though, you'll want a display that you can trust to have accurate color representation. A suitable candidate would be Eizo's latest display, the ColorEdge CG319X. This 31.1" monitor uses an IPS panel in 4096×2160 resolution—that's DCI 4K rather than UHD 4K—and supports both Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) and Perceptual Quantizer modes for HDR images.

Folks familiar with Eizo's wares already know what to expect from this display's performance. The CG319X uses a 24-bit look-up table and can reproduce 10-bit color without having to use frame rate control. Eizo notes that the CG319X uses an IPS panel rated for a 1500:1 contrast ratio—excellent contrast for that panel type. The contrast figure is even more impressive considering the monitor's brightness tops out at 350 cd/m².

Eizo marks down the CG319X for a 60-Hz refresh rate and a 9-ms gray-to-gray response time. Those aren't the specs that the intended users of this monitor care about, though. Instead, those people are likely to be fixated on the CG319X's ability to reproduce 99% of the Adobe RGB color space, as well as 98% of the DCI-P3 color space. The monitor includes preset modes for Rec. 2020, Rec. 709, DCI, SMPTE-C, and EBU color spaces, and as mentioned above, it has special modes for both of the common HDR gamma curves.

To help ensure it's displaying the most accurate colors possible, the CG319X has its own built-in calibrator. Users can continue using the monitor while it's being calibrated, too. The display includes a light-shielding hood to filter nearby light pollution. Eizo says the CG319X also has a temperature sensor and an AI-tuned algorithm that will subtly adjust the monitor's colors to account for shifts due to temperature changes.

Gerbils keen to put eyes on the CG319X themselves can head to the NAB Show 2018 in Las Vegas. Otherwise, if you want to order one, you'll have to wait until next month. There's no word on pricing, but this sort of gear is well into the "if you have to ask" range.

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    • alrey
    • 2 years ago

    comes with side covers for your discreet pr0n viewing experience 🙂

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah. Knock yourself out, man.

      • moose17145
      • 2 years ago

      Uhmm… also color ACCURATE pr0n viewing experience. Get it right! 😉

    • Helmore
    • 2 years ago

    I’m not sure how you can have a proper HDR panel with a max of only 350 cd/m².

    Don’t get me wrong, this is probably a very good display. I just find the HDR claim dubious.

      • auxy
      • 2 years ago

      HDR is about contrast, not brightness, so if it has really good contrast then it can still do HDR just fine. I dunno why but most pro monitors tend to recommend running at really low brightness levels anyway like 120 cd/m². (‘ω’) 1500:1 isn’t nothing to write home about either.

        • jihadjoe
        • 2 years ago

        Yeah but this is IPS so there’s no way it goes dim enough to satisfy ‘HDR’ requirements considering a 350nits max. The closest HDR standard is the OLED version which wants 0.0005nits blacks on 540nits white.

        To come to a similar contrast ratio, this monitor would need to have blacks of 0.0003nits, which it sure ain’t doing coz of that IPS panel.

          • EndlessWaves
          • 2 years ago

          The extra contrast on good HDR screens is created by dimming the backlight in sections, the LCD panel is for the fine control. So while VA’s extra range helps, you could still have an excellent IPS HDR display.

          The 540 nits thing is the UHD Premium TVs certification program, it’s not part of any of any HDR standards.

        • NoOne ButMe
        • 2 years ago
        • EndlessWaves
        • 2 years ago

        That’s true when talking about it generally and for some implementations like HLG.

        But others like HDR10 and Dolby Vision used absolute brightness values, so simply having loads of contrast isn’t enough. To accurately display them the screen needs to be able to put out a lot of brightness in small areas.

        From a practical point of view it is contrast that’s more significant right now though, the limiting factor is often a display’s ability to apply the brightness rather than the peak brightness.

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