Photographer, do you know what kind of monitor you need?! Not? We, too. Although we will try to guess that some characteristics may be more important than others. Monitors have many characteristics, although the first is often not affected at all, but meanwhile, we must start with it.
This is the price.
If this parameter is not critical for you, you can safely shell out 30,000 rubles (or more) for almost any monitor that costs so much in the store and you like it, and don’t read further. This is an unwise approach, but it works very effectively. We simply believe that for a person whose main income is not photography, it is irrational to buy an expensive monitor, because you can spend the difference on good optics or accessories. Moreover, we believe that at the limit of technology, the difference is so insignificant that any disputes about “which monitor to take, one for 35 or this one for 36” do not make sense – here everything is determined solely by a person’s taste, loyalty to brands, the ability to listen to the opinions of others and other non-technical details (because techies are often at this level and the data is manipulated and cunning, albeit not on purpose).
If the price is important, let’s note two numerical bars:
up to 10,000 rubles – these are the cheapest monitors, apparently, not much different from the ones you are currently sitting at. Again, take the one you like, just take at least a test program
from 10,000 to 20,000 rubles. – a moderate bar, which easily fits a specialized monitor for home and not very work
20,000 – 30,000 rubles. – a risky line, since it has a difference of “only a couple of thousand” with those that we proposed not to consider, therefore we will not touch on them either
In our opinion, the figure of 12-15 thousand is quite rational, especially if quality matters. Then, on the other hand, your conscience will not be tormented that you bought it so expensive, but you don’t get money from it at all.
Further, according to Wikipedia, the following characteristics follow (everything is at the link, only those that are critical for the photographer are given here):
Contrast is the ratio of the brightness of the lightest to the darkest point. Some monitors use an adaptive backlight level using additional lamps, and the contrast figure given for them (called dynamic) does not apply to a static image.
Brightness – The amount of light emitted by a display, usually measured in candela per square meter.
Matrix type: the technology by which the LCD is made
Let’s add one more to our characteristics:
connection interface – how the monitor connects to the computer
Now a little about the reasons why we discarded the extra ones: resolution (and dot size) is closely related to the panel size (diagonal), but we do not strive for too large, because we still know that the price there will be determined only by size. We will look within 19-24”, they are now the most popular. The aspect ratio is now the default 16:9, which, although not at all photographic, will not make the weather worse for you, it’s just a new standard, accept it. The response time is not important for the photographer, all the more so, because we don’t edit videos, we don’t play games (we play, they just don’t pay money for it, so we’ll tolerate it), but for everything else it’s not scary that the mouse, if you wave it across the screen, leaves traces .
Moreover, let’s discard the viewing angle as uncritical, although it is important. First of all, due to the fact that “some” manufacturers completely insolently distort these data, inventing something that is not really there. In addition, it does not take into account one important feature: even if your brightness does not change much, there will be a noticeable shift in color tone, and no one evaluates this (if such a monitor evaluation parameter would be included), because all matrices sin with this, more-less. The viewing angle, in principle, lies in the type of matrices, which we cite as critical. You can safely go to the poor Yandex.Market and choose monitors there according to their characteristics.