Canon expands its professional 4K/UHD monitor lineup
Canon’s critical evaluation 24-inch DP-V2420 HDR monitor meets the requirements of Dolby Vision and ITU-R BT.2100-0 while its 17-inch brother provides HDR in UHD
Canon has introduced two new monitors into the High Dynamic Range (HDR) arena: the 24-inch DP-V2420 which qualifies as a critical evaluation 4K display, and the 17-inch DP-V1710, a UHD reference monitor.
To start off, I asked Joe Bogacz, advisor professional products business planning at Canon USA, why Canon was bringing out these monitors at precisely this time?
"Well, you know Canon invented ink jet printing for desktop publishing and we have always wanted to have an input to output story in video, too.” he told The Broadcast Bridge, “So it only makes sense that we develop an output solution in these new days of 4K HDR production.”
That’s why the 24-inch DP-V2420, that offers true 4K resolution (4096 X 2160) while also being Canon’s first true HDR display, is qualified to take in Dolby Vision, SMPTE 2084 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) signals.
“The lack of an overall HDR standard is a real problem when designing an HDR display,” Bogacz shared with us. “For some people it just means raising the brightness, and they confuse that with expanding the dynamic range. High Dynamic Range actually involves contrast ratio, and now with the Dolby Vision qualification we have to have a minimum of 1,000 Nits (cd/m2) of brightness and a black level of 0.005 Nits, which gives us a 200,000:1 contrast ratio. That’s true HDR.”
Canon is also releasing the DP-V1710 4K/UHD which they say is the industry's first 17-inch 3840 x 2160 resolution professional display complying with the ITU-R BT.2100-0 HDR standard. Since it is designed for TV’s UHD resolution the DP-V1710 is made to be used with the 19-inch rack mounts that are commonplace in broadcast studio sub control rooms and broadcasting vans.
By presenting split screen, the DP-V1710 lets videographers compare HDR/SDR, LUT’s. and different LOG recordings.
These monitors are both designed for professional applications with pro features.
“For example, our 24-inch DP-V2420 can display two 2K images side-by-side, one HDR and the other SDR,” he says. “That lets you compare the two on a single screen. We know that the cinematographer is looking for the emotional impact of the low light areas as well as the excitement of the high lights so this lets him/her evaluate the image for its aesthetic value no matter where it is going to be seen.”
The 24-inch DP-V2420 critical evaluation 4K HDR display will be available in November 2016, and its brother, the 17-inch DP-V1710, will hit the market in February 2017.
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