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Datacolor Spyder5PRO review

Published on October 12, 2012   |  Updated on December 02, 2019


The direct competitor of the Colormunki Display is undoubtedly an excellent sensor because this Pro version now uses the same colorimeter as the Elite version. Only software clamps will explain the price difference. So you just have to ask yourself if you need all the options of the Elite version and in particular the calibration of video projectors, the control of your monitor after calibration...

Datacolor's monitor calibration solutions for beginners, pros and experts - Spyder5Express, Spyder5Pro and Spyder5Elite - sold for 130, 150 and 250 dollars - are solutions for amateur or professional photographers and of course for anyone who wants to see "real" colour on their desktop or mobile screen. They therefore replace the Spyder4 versions, which have been on sale since January 2012. Here are the most important new features:

  • New sensor, much less bulky, and very well manufactured,
  • The same sensor for all three models, a guarantee of quality!
  • 7 filters sensor to improve calibration
  • Better protected filters for better reliability over time but always in organic matter.... However, we have some hindsight and it is positive,
  • More precision (+ 55% manufacturer data) especially in low lights and on the quality of grey scales.

Striking new feature! The Spyder5Pro uses the same colorimeter as the expert Elite version. It is necessarily a guarantee of quality and above all a first in this price range.

Note! Datacolor launched its new Spyder on February 11, 2019: the SpyderX Pro and SpyderX Elite.


In a few words...




This mid-range colorimeter uses the same measuring instrument as the high-end version. This is obviously a guarantee of quality. This version will be perfect for anyone who does not need to know everything on their monitor after calibration - Read my conclusion  

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Introduction to the Spyder5PRO / S5P100 from Datacolor

The Pro version uses the same Spyder5 colorimeter as the Elite and even Express version so the differences will be made by the software and the adjustment possibilities. Evolution is therefore allowed without the need to buy a new device! As a result, you will not find any software in the box but only on the site.

Attention! The software that you can download by purchasing this Pro version does not allow you to calibrate a projector. To do this, you will need to buy the Elite license.

The calibration kit and its box

Datacolor's Spyder5Pro display colorimeter is sold with a new, well-designed seven-channel RGB colorimeter with a much wider reading window. It is therefore worth noting or even repeating because it is a striking innovation: the sensor is the same as in the Spyder5Pro and Spyder5Elite kits. The kit contains very simply the colorimeter and its long USB cable and... the serial number. Gone are the days when you also found the software on a CD. You will need to go directly to the manufacturer's website to download the latest updated version directly. Well done because this way we are sure to install the latest version and it's more ecological!


Spyder5Pro colorimeter Datacolor

Very well manufactured, the new SpyderPro sensor is sold in the same packaging as the Express and Elite versions.


Main features

  • Latest generation Spyder 5 Colorimeter: the same as on the Elite version!
  • 7 New filters and 27 mm opening,
  • Simplified ambient light management,
  • Very fast recalibration (2.5 minutes),
  • Many possible settings (target values).

  Technical specifications  
  Spyder5PRO Average price : $150.00
Spyder5 - RGB + ambient light sensor
Spyder5Pro 5.3 Mac / 5.2 PC
  Panel technology Automatic
Color temperature
D50, D58, D65 and Native
  Gamma setting Yes: from 1,8 to 2,4
Ambient light control
Yes (simplified : 3 settings)
  Multi-screen alignment Yes
  Projector calibration No

The installation of the Spyder5Pro software (in its latest version)

Essential note! Download the latest version of Spyder5Express 5.3 or 5.2 in May 2018) in order to maintain maximum compatibility with the latest display technologies.


Download the latest version of the software!

The Spyder5Pro software (PC and MAC), sold with the Spyder5Express, is available for free download in its latest version - Download Spyder5Pro 5.3 or 5.2   (Spyder5Pro works on Mac OS High Sierra).

Attention, the latest 32-bit MacOS 5.3 version is not compatible with MacOS Mojave.





Prepare the calibration with Spyder5PRO...

The Spyder5Pro software allows you to characterize a desktop and laptop screen from its main window. The process is quite long the first time because you have to choose a certain number of options, however, it will only take two and a half minutes for the next recalibrations. There is indeed a simplified mode that is of little interest if you choose the Pro version in my opinion!

Spyder5Pro colorimeter Datacolor

Installing the Spyder5pro software

It is simple and classic. Nothing particular to say, so! When you click on the application icon, the language detection will be done automatically and the software will welcome you with a welcome message by displaying an online help link. It also tells you what you can do with your colorimeter. Click on the "Do not display this message again" check mark at the bottom left and click on OK!

Then, to continue the installation, the software needs to activate your version of the software and for that you need:

  • Connect your sensor to a USB port,
  • Take the serial number from the bottom of the box.

You can make a manual connection later but to continue installing the software, it absolutely needs a valid serial number right away.

First launch...

At each launch, the software connects to check your license. (I don't try without an Internet connection). Then, you can start by going to the "preferences" side of the software (Spyder5Pro Menu / Preferences) to choose two or three interesting options:


Spyder5Pro Datacolor software preferences


1 - Sensor selection - If several calibration sensors are connected, the software will ask you to choose one. This is the new Spyder5.

2 - Calibration reminder choice - You can never choose either from one day to six months and I will admit that I sometimes do it only every six months!

My advice! A professional retoucher will obviously do it more often, even if your monitor is more than five years old because it can "break" quickly.

The rest... - Look for software updates - Why not? / Share your calibration data with Datacolor - For statistics / Note that the button "To calibrate a mini-laptop"e; enables to display very short menus that take a lot less space on the screen.

3 - Advanced settings - (to the attention of advanced users) -


Spyder5Pro Datacolor software preferences


Advanced settings will enable you to choose the level of Delta E warning hence synonymous of too important a gap with the norm.

My recommendation! Leave it at 3.0 because it is just a warning. If you set it below, except on a top-range monitor, there are risks it will start ringing soon!

Click on"ICC settings..."


Spyder5Pro Datacolor software preferences


My recommendation!  Finally, the ICC setting should be left at its default value: ICC 2.0 version (The 4.0 version is still far from being a standard and causes real displaying issues, and that's still true in 2018! Those who are familiar with color management will choose V4) and Bradford Color Matching Mode, the most powerful.

1 - Welcome screen

Four most classic recommendations:

  • Warming of the monitor for at least 15 minutes;
  • Check the lighting conditions in your room;
  • Reset your monitor and place its color temperature on 6500 K AND choose a brightness level with which you are comfortable - Read below.
  • And plug the colorimeter!


Welcome screen of the Spyder5Pro Datacolor software


The software even goes so far as to ask you to tick each step performed in order to click on the "Next" button.

Click on "Next"...

2 - Select the monitor you wish to calibrate...

In the drop-down menu, you select the screen you want to calibrate and the menu will automatically be placed on it unlike the old version, which is less practical on this point.


Selecting the display to be calibrated from the Spyder5Pro Datacolor software


The software allows you to choose the screen to calibrate and the window will be placed on it automatically. Very practical!

Click on "Next"...

3 - Select the type of monitor you wish to calibrate...

The software then asks you if it is a desktop screen (so with possibilities of brightness/contrast/ etc...) or a portable monitor where only the brightness can be adjusted.


Selecting the display technology to be calibrated from the Spyder5Pro Datacolor software


Nothing particular to say except that the software will dive into its monitor database in order to eventually offer you your monitor in the next window and therefore already know more about the "usual" correction curves for your monitor.

Click on "Next"...

4 - Identification of the controls available on the screen...

All you have to do is check the settings available for the monitor you want to calibrate.


Target values of the display to be calibrated of the Spyder5Pro Datacolor software


My advice!  With experience, I noticed that I was not a fan of the Color Temperature (CT) settings directly on the monitor. I prefer to choose the factory settings closest to my target value and the ICC profile will do the rest.

Click on "Next"...

5 - Choose the name of the monitor (to automatically name the ICC profile)...

By giving you the ability to choose the make and model of the monitor you are calibrating, the software knows what name it will automatically give to the ICC profile you are creating.

Tip! If, like me, you have at least two identical displays, it will be easy to add "_left" or "_right" to your monitor model, for example, so that you don't mix ICC profiles later.

6 - Advanced calibration settings

The software now allows you to choose what are called target values:


Target values of the display to be calibrated of the Spyder5Pro Datacolor software


  • Target gamma: by default, choose 2.2 and adjust if necessary. Sometimes, it is better to choose 2.0 or 2.4 for a given monitor, often not of an outstanding level of quality. Choose Native if you're calibrating a graphic arts monitor and 2.4 for video use.
  • White point (or white point color temperature); 5000 K is often really too yellow and not warm with basic monitors, often set at 9300K by default. Try between 5800K and 6500K because it's still a bit of a matter of taste if you don't work in a "normal" environment.
  • Brightness: depends on your environment and whether you make prints.

    My recommendation!  In a dimly lit environment, choose 80/90 Cd/m2. For Web-only use, 120 or even 140 Cd/m2 are preferable. If you are in a brighter environment, you should adapt.

7 - Measurement of the light of the part and positioning of the colorimeter on the screen

The software now allows you to measure the ambient light in your room to help you choose the right brightness level for your display and the right color temperature. Very useful!

Then place the sensor in the indicated location!



Screen calibration with Spyder5Pro Datacolor


And click on "Next"... and the calibration starts. The software will help you to set the brightness target value if you have ticked the option above: with the brightness buttons on your screen (+ -) adjust it according to the software indication. (The same can be done with TC and contrast if necessary. Don't worry if you don't need to adjust these other two options then.

Characterization goes on and lasts four-five minutes. When it is complete, click on "Finish".

8 - Name and save the ICC profile of your monitor

Once calibration and characterization is complete, name your ICC profile and choose the date of the next calibration reminder.


ICC profile registration with Spyder5Pro Datacolor


My advice! If you have several monitors, remember to identify them clearly by name and possibly note anything that may be interesting if you are doing tests. Here I specified for example that this was my right screen with Spyder5Express.

Click on "Save". The software then tells you where it has stored the ICC profile.

9 - Before/after comparison and analysis of the calibration

Once the characterization process is complete, your monitor is calibrated and the program allows you to compare the before and after states.



Before after screen calibration with Spyder5Pro Datacolor


By clicking the button "Swap", you can see the effect of calibration live. Click "Next"... to save your profile and possibly select a reminder.

The next window show a report about your calibration and in particular the CIEXY space, the gamut of your monitor and, new 5.0 feature, the percentage of sRGB space of your monitor. I'll let you crawl across the many, many reports offered by the Elite version. For figures lovers!


ICC profile overview after calibration with Spyder5Pro Datacolor

Note that this window now displays the % of sRGB space of your monitor.

Calibration is now complete!



Use and checking of the ICC profile

As said in the page about color preferences in Photoshop, it is wise to check that Photoshop indeed uses this new ICC profile ICC to correctly display the colors of your monitor. It is also possible to perform some tests on your calibrated monitor:


Checking the ICC profile after calibration with Spyder5Pro Datacolor

  Datacolor Spyder5PRO  
Color fidelity 9,0/10
Implementation / settings 7,0/10
Manufacturing quality 9,0/10
Quality / Price ratio 8,0/10
  I like it very much...  
  • Very good calibration quality, visibly improved even to the naked eye compared to versions 4, especially for low- and middle-range monitors, ,
  • The possibilities of adjustment are sufficient,
  • Very good finish and reduced bulkiness,
  • Enables to calibrate your video projector,
  • Very good calibration even on a laptop with mostly the same tone breaks as X-Rite (for these monitors).
  I regret...  
  • Its price : $147.75 for the Pro version,
  • No possibility to choose a 287:1 contrast (for a print preference),
  • Software interface less "beautiful" than the competitor! It's obviously a personal matter.
  My overall rating...  
  8,0 / 10  
  My conclusion...  

Spyder5Pro Colorimeter on screenProduct further improved compared to the Spyder4Pro that you can buy without as second thought to calibrate low and mid-range displays.

My advices ! Datacolor has just launched the replacement for the Spyder5Pro: the new SpyderX Pro. The gain in neutrality is obvious and even more so on entry-level displays - Read my complete test of the SpyderX PRO

Datacolor Spyder5PRO - SP5P100


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Here is my review of the Spyder5PRO from Datacolor.
- Review of the Spyder5Pro - Datacolor
  - Introduction to the SPyder5Pro
- Calibration with the Spyder5Pro
- Conclusion and rating

- Why and how to calibrate your monitor?
- How to choose your monitor?


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