Eizo 'ColorEdge Prominence' monitor has drastically improved contrast

09 May 2017 | Rasmus Larsen |

Eizo claims that its new monitor is the first LCD panel to achieve a contrast ratio of 1.000.000:1. It can also reproduce DCI-P3 color space and up to 1000 nits peak brightness. CG3145 is designed for professional HDR post production.

With Panasonic’s new LCD technology?

Eizo’s new 31-inch CG3145 is using neither OLED technology nor LCD local dimming. The company did not elaborate on how it has achieved the extreme contrast but it is highly likely that Eizo is in fact using Panasonic’s new IPS LCD technology with ”light-modulating cells”.

Eizo claims that the monitor achieves a contrast ratio of 1.000.000:1, which is dramatically higher than any previous LCD panel, including the IPS LCD panels that Eizo has used in the past. These panels typically achieve only around 1000:1. If true, the improved contrast ratio of the LCD panel is close to matching OLED.

The Japanese company adds that the monitor is capable of outputting 1000 nits peak brightness. It can also reproduce 98% of the DCI-P3 color space. The panel operates in 10-bit colors per channel and has a 24-bit LUT (look up table).

Eizo ColorEdge Prominence

Proper HDR support

Eizo has named its new monitor ’Prominence’ with reference to the “phenomenon known as a solar prominence“. Eizo adds that “HDR approximates the human perception of color and light as content is shown on a display device”.

The monitor is designed for professional HDR post production, which is why it has DCI-4K resolution (4096x2160 pixels). It is also compatible with both HLG and PQ (HDR10 and Dolby Vision) used for HDR video.

- ”This professional color grading monitor is the first to overcome the severe drawbacks of other HDR technologies that are available in the market today – ABL and local dimming. ABL (Auto Brightness Limiter) is equipped in other HDR OLED monitors and limits the monitor’s ability to display lighter scenes with tones over a specific range in order to prolong the device’s lifetime,” the company said.

Eizo ColorEdge CG3145 will be available “late in 2017”. The price was not announced but we think it is safe to assume that it be very pricey. More information is available on eizoglobal.com.

Eizo CG3145 specifications

Panel Type: IPS
Panel Size 31.1" / 79 cm (789 mm diagonal)
Native Resolution 4096 × 2160 (1.9:1 aspect ratio)
Viewable Image Size (H × V) 698 × 368.1 mm
Pixel Pitch 0.170 × 0.170
Pixel Density 149 ppi
Grayscale Tones DisplayPort, HDMI: 1024 tones (a palette of 16.76 million tones)
Display Colors DisplayPort, HDMI: 1.07 billion from a palette of 278 trillion
Viewing Angles (H / V, typical) 178°, 178°
Brightness (typical) 1000 cd/m
Contrast Ratio (typical) 1,000,000:1
Response Time (typical) 9 ms (gray-to-gray)
Wide Gamut Coverage (typical) Adobe RGB: 99%, DCI-P3: 98% (TBD), Rec. 2020: 80% (TBD)
Input Terminals DisplayPort × 2 (with HDCP), HDMI (with HDCP, Deep Color)
USB Function 1 port for monitor control, 3-port USB hub
USB Standard USB 3.0
Preset Modes Color Mode (REC2020, REC709, DCI, PQ_REC709, PQ_DCI, HLG_REC2020, PQ_CAL, HLG_CAL, Calibration)

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