Now that finally the LCD-TVs are approaching 1920x1080 resolution at affordable prices, the question arises: should your next computer monitor be like the 26" NEC LCD2690WUXI
(1100EUR) or would you prefer a LCD-TV like the Toshiba 37X3030D
Some pros and cons:
(1) this one has very good color rendering
(2) for a monitor it's very large (but compared to a TV it's stil small)
(3) the pixel pitch is so fine, that you can put the monitor at 50-60cm viewing distance
(4) Good contrast (800:1), bright (400 cd/m²)
(5) has a 16:10 format which is good for 2:3 pics (Canon/Nikon/Sony DSLRs, displayed at 1200x1800, 120 pixels lost) and not so optimal for 3:4 pics (Olympus DSLRs, displayed at 1200x1600, 320 pixels lost)
(6) The pic is 40% larger (but you have to put it at least 80-100cm away)
(7) Extremely bright (500cd/m²), good for sunlit living rooms
(8) Extremely high contrast (3500:1), dynamically controlled
(9) it has "true scan/exact scan" mode, meaning that you get a 1:1 pixel-mapping and don't suffer overscan when connecting a computer to it. (very important)
(10) has a 16:9 format which is not so optimal for 2:3 pics (displayed at 1080x1620, 300 pixels lost), bad for 3:4 pics but optimal for 16:9 pics which are on the rise (like some Panasonic Lumix cameras)
So if you're into viewing photos there are 4 possiblities now:
- Print them
- Show them on your computer-monitor
- Show them on your TV
- Show them with a beamer
If you like a crowd pleaser, take the LCD-TV
, even buy a 42" set (which is only 200EUR more abd has 6000:1 contrast). The pics are sharp and clear, everybody can view them from the couch, and the brightness is perfect. If you fiddle a bit with the controls you can even get some decent colors.
is LARGE but brightness is sorely lacking, you have to pull down the shades to the max, otherwise the contrast is equally bad.
The LCD monitor
is good for your eyes and can display the best colors plus it has the advantage of 1200 lines plus you can get them much cheaper (best deal today: Samsung SyncMaster 245B for less than 600EUR, but I have heard nothing yet about the color rendering)
Printing: A4 prints
don't do 10MP shots justice - really! So if you have a shop that consistently prints good colors on A3 or you own a A3+ printer that may be an alternative. Remember: even A3 is equivalent to only 20"! But the worst thing with prints is: They change their colors depending on the light you watch them in...
Now, start the flak...