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How to Choose a Photography Monitor

Photography and the creative arts are a huge industry with many different specialisms vital to the success of businesses around the world. Whether you’re a fashion photographer, product photographer or you shoot weddings, from hobbyist level all the way up to professional studios, each discipline is unique, with its own specific workflow, from freelancers working in their own home studio setup, to huge production studios who produce and edit video for TV and cinema. Your monitor needs to match your creative workflow to save you time and energy to produce your best results.


EIZO is the Japanese word for "image". EIZO have innovated, developed, and produced high-end monitors for more than 50 years. Our experts have more than 30 years of knowledge in colour accuracy and a close relationship with EIZO, who provide a five-year warranty and exceptional after-care. At The Flash Centre we are here to help you, so if you need advice, we are just a phone call away.

Which EIZO range do I need?

EIZO ColorEdge

EIZO ColorEdge

The industry standard in digital image viewing designed for and used by photographers, designers, videographers, colourists and post-production studios with excellent image quality and colour rendering.

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EIZO FlexScan

EIZO FlexScan

The ideal long-term investment for business, with a longer service life than conventional monitors, saving resources and environmental impact. All components are made by EIZO themselves and are made with recycled content or with recycling at end of life in mind. With a 5 year warranty these monitors will stand the test of time.

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How do I choose a monitor size?

Bigger is better, right? Broadly speaking yes, but this completely depends on your specific workflow. Let us explain. Our monitors range from 19 inches to 38 inches, which is measured diagonally across the screen. If you have a small work environment, there will be a limit to the size of monitor you would want to have in that space, and you may want to consider the type of work you are producing. It is easier to work on a design if you can see it in a realistic frame of reference. If you are working on large scale photo prints or work in cinema production, having a screen with a larger size is a definite advantage. This is useful as well if you are working with large format printers – so that what you see on screen is closer to what you see when you print.

Once you’ve chosen a monitor size, you should choose a resolution – this decision is important when you are working in some design applications because it will enable you to work in certain formats.

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Monitor Resolution

Monitor resolution tells you how many lines of pixels horizontally and vertically make up your screen. Images shown on screen are made up of these tiny pixels, so the more pixels there are in an image, the clearer and more detailed the image. Within the world of photography, this is key! Advancements in display technology mean that monitor size and resolution are always increasing with new display models.

SD = Standard Definition – 720 x 480 pixels, the original standard for digital televisions and displays, this has now been eclipsed by display technology advancements.

HD = High Definition – 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution.

FHD = Full High Definition (Full HD) - 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.

QHD = Quad HD 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution, also known as 2K.

UHD = Ultra High Definition 3,840 x 2,160 pixels resolution, also known as 4K, required for television video production.

4K DCI = 4K (Digital Cinema Initiatives) 4096 × 2160 resolution, required for cinema video production.

What type of workflow do you have?

HD, Full HD, QHD and Ultra HD are suitable for photographers and designers from all disciplines, but the higher the resolution the more detailed the image you will be able to see on screen – so choose wisely! If you’re working in video, however, you will really need to upgrade to an UHD or 4K DCI monitor, depending on whether you’re in video or cinema production. These monitors are able to produce images at the same resolution as standard TV and film and work with video editing and production programmes that require this resolution.

Monitors for Video Production

All ColorEdge monitors feature high-end gamma correction ideal for videography. Browse recommended monitors for your TV production or cinema studio.

For Shooting Video on Set

We recommend the EIZO CG2700S

For VFX and Compositing

We recommend the EIZO CG2700X / CG319X

Why do you need a monitor hood?

A monitor hood shields glare from your screen. Reduce eyestrain and stop squinting at your screen! Your photography deserves better, don’t let yourself be interrupted. Monitor hoods are especially useful to shield glare from nearby windows or bright lighting directly overhead. If you are going to invest in a colour-accurate screen, make sure you can see those colours in detail. EIZO ColorEdge CG Series monitors come with a monitor hood as standard and they can also be purchased separately.

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