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The Best Monitor For Photo Editing My Pictures

Updated on May 13, 2014

A Great Monitor For My Pictures

When I was looking for the best monitor for photo editing I considered the price I would have to spend to get a quality monitor. Many of the cheaper monitor use twisted neumatic and I would not recommend it for photo editing. I feel it is important to have a monitor that has a wide viewing angle and reproduces true color. I wanted to see my images accurately so I thought about 3 specific monitor types. A plane to line switching monitor (IPS), an in plane switching monitor (PLS), and vertical alignment (VA). I soon discovered that VA was a couple of steps below the other two and set my sights on one of the others, even though VA was cheaper.

I will also mention there is another technology available for photo editing which is called TN but color reproduction on these is not good. I knew that a 22 inch screen was a good size for photo editing. I wanted to choose a high definition model which meant it needed to have at least 1920 x 1080 pixels although more would be better. A bright even back light is also another feature I wanted, and it possible for my budget I wanted it to be adjustable. I was also looking for a high contrast ratio which meant the brightest whites and the darkest blacks. The ratio of at least 800:1 was the what I looked for in my photo editing monitor.

To my surprise I soon discovered that the prices of technology were actually becoming more affordable especially for photo editing. I was able to get a monitor with all my wanted features and found one with high bit depth. Which meant it would be able to produce a high quantity of colors. You will want to make sure you find one with at least 8-bits. I am happy to say I had several choices. I only had to decide whether I wanted a matte or a shiny screen. I purchased the matte screen which is less reflective. since I have many window and lights in my computer rooms. I have been very happy with my purchase.

ViewSonic VA2446M-LED 24" 1080p LED Monitor DVI, VGA
ViewSonic VA2446M-LED 24" 1080p LED Monitor DVI, VGA

A 24 inch LED lit monitor from ViewSonic.

Sony DPP-EX50 Digital Photo Printer
Sony DPP-EX50 Digital Photo Printer

A Sony digital printer to print all of your edited photos.


Quality Paper for All Your Printing Needs

Which one do you like?

I would be willing to pay twice as much for a higher quality monitor.

Yes, my photos are important to me.

Yes, my photos are important to me.

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  • Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    I love my iMac. It works great for me!

No, a cheaper monitor is OK for my photos.

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  • Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

    I'm not a photographer, so I'd probably deal with the less expensive model, but if you are it's surely worth it!

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      purephotojoy 3 years ago

      Can you tell us which one you got? :-)

      Aspiring/part-time photographer here! My Pro tower just went kaput, so I'm looking at a new laptop & monitor configuration. I prefer one that is at the very least 8 bit depth...IPS.

      Was also wondering, wouldn't you want a higher contrast ratio? Like 100,000:1 (unless I'm reading that incorrectly...)

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      trevorjb1406 3 years ago

      I like the Eizo monitors. Nice lens, thanks for the info!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Interesting lens. Hadn't thought about the diff it would make. Thanks!