The best monitors for photo editing in 2023

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If the color accuracy of your photographs is crucial to you, investing in one of the finest monitors for photo editing is a wise decision. Even casual photographers will need adequate color accuracy and coverage to appreciate their photographs fully, but if you're a professional photographer entrusting clients with your work, these elements are essential.

Based on our own evaluations, suggestions from photographers, listed specifications, including color coverage and accuracy, and any particular useful features for picture editing, we've selected our top picks for the finest monitors for editing photos below. To provide fans and professionals alike alternatives, we have included screens at various pricing points.

Eizo ColorEdge CG319X - The best professional monitor for photography

Eizo ColorEdge CG319X

The best professional monitor for photography
Specifications
  • Screen size: 31 inches
  • Resolution: 4096 x 2160
  • Colour coverage: 99% AdobeRGB, 100% Rec.709, 98% DCI-P3
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Panel technology: IPS
  • Inputs: 2 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI
  • USB: 3 x USB 3.0
  • Reasons To Buy
  • High-end specification
  • Unrivalled image quality
  • Colour management software and built-in colour calibrator
  • Reasons To Avoid
  • Some features aren't necessary for non-pros
  • When you first see the clarity, vibrancy and brightness of an Eizo display, it's immediately clear why Eizo is recognised as the best professional photo editing monitor brand. It's also clear why photo editing monitors are significantly more expensive than those of competitors and more expensive than most computers.

    The latest iteration of Eizo's leading 31-inch professional monitor, the Eizo ColorEdge CG319X supports 99% AdobeRGB, 100% Rec.709 and 98% DCI-P3 colour schemes and features a unique 24-bit look-up table for 10-bit colour depth. It also supports the professional DCI 4K standard used by certain professional studios with a slightly larger 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160.

    Each time the monitor is switched off, a special built-in hardware colour calibration tool opens with a click, keeping colours in sync without the help of a third-party colorimeter. Hybrid-log gamma and perceptual quantisation for working with HDR video are also new in this iteration, features that will be of particular interest to studios and freelancers working with high-end photography. Teams can use ColorNavigator 7 colour management software to guarantee accuracy throughout a project.

    When we tested the CG319X for ourselves, we found that while it doesn't look particularly exciting, it offers outstanding colour accuracy and excellent features in a rugged, durable build. It's designed and priced for a niche audience of professionals who need the best possible colour. Most of us would pass on this choice once we've taken one look at the price, but if money were no object, we believe this is the best image editing monitor money can buy, ranked third only because of price.

    Dell UltraSharp UP3218K - The best cheap monitor for photo editing

    Dell UltraSharp UP3218K

    The best cheap monitor for photo editing
    Specifications
  • Screen size: 27 inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Colour coverage: 99% sRGB
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Panel technology: IPS
  • Inputs: 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI
  • USB: 2 x USB 3.1 USB-C
  • Reasons To Buy
  • Exceptionally priced
  • 98% sRGB coverage
  • Great entry-level 4K monitor
  • Reasons To Avoid
  • Dated looks
  • If the cost of a high-end monitor like the BenQ or Eizo displays below is prohibitive at this point in your photographic profession (or pastime), Dell provides several affordable monitors with excellent color coverage. If you merely edit photos for basic digital displays, such websites or social media, the Dell S2721QS offers 99% coverage of the sRGB color gamut.

    It costs less than $400 / £400, which is a really good deal. Unfortunately, there is no USB connection, thus you cannot use this to charge your laptop. You'll have to reach up to the display at the top of our list of the best monitors for picture editing to do that.

    LG 32UN880 UltraFine Ergo - The best photo editing monitor for a flexible workspace

    LG 32UN880 UltraFine Ergo

    The best photo editing monitor for a flexible workspace
    Specifications
  • Screen size: 32 inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Colour coverage: 95% P3
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Panel technology: IPS
  • Inputs: 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI
  • USB: 2 x USB, 1 x USB-C
  • Reasons To Buy
  • Highly accurate
  • Excellent picture quality
  • Unbeatable ergonomics and comfort
  • Reasons To Avoid
  • Not bright enough for true HDR
  • This LG monitor has many positive aspects. It has a large 32-inch 4K display that's packed with pixels. Although the brightness is only 350 nits, it supports HDR and 95% of the P3 colour gamut, providing even and realistic images that look absolutely authentic. It also has excellent connectivity features such as USB Type-C.

    However, it's the 'Ergo' part that makes it unique in our opinion. Thanks to the adjustable arm, you can position the monitor where you want it according to height, rotation, tilt and how far forward you want it. You really do have extra space on your desk because the column support attaches to the back. Whilst we accept that not everyone will benefit from this flexibility, we found it a pleasure to work with.

    Dell UltraSharp U2723QE - The best monitor for photo editing for most people

    Dell UltraSharp U2723QE

    The best monitor for photo editing for most people
    Specifications
  • Screen size: 27 inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Colour coverage: 100% Rec 709, 100% sRGB, 98% DCI-P3
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Panel technology: IPS
  • Inputs: 5x USB-A, 3 x USB-C, 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.0
  • Reasons To Buy
  • Reasonably priced
  • Great connectivity with USB hub
  • Great colour coverage and peak brightness
  • Reasons To Avoid
  • Expensive
  • For most people, our top choice of monitor for image editing is this budget pick from Dell, as we think it provides the perfect mix between cost and image quality. This 4K monitor offers excellent colour coverage with 100% Rec 709, 100% sRGB and 98% DCI-P3 gamut, while professional image editing monitors such as the BenQ and Eizo displays below are extremely costly and excessive for most people's needs.

    With a dedicated sRGB mode, 2000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness level, USB-C connectivity and a USB hub, it's a gem for frugal photographers. Even better, it features VESA DisplayHDR 400, so you can play games or watch movies while editing photos. Two of the three USB-C ports enable DisplayPort Alt Mode and 90W power output, enough to power most laptops. One of the three USB-C ports also supports KVM. Our sister site Techradar gave this monitor a very positive review, praising the clarity of the 4K resolution.

    BenQ SW321C - The best premium monitor for photo editing

    BenQ SW321C

    The best premium monitor for photo editing
    Specifications
  • Screen size: 32 inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Colour coverage: 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB and 95% P3
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Panel technology: IPS
  • Inputs: 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI
  • USB: 2 x USB 3.1 USB-C
  • Reasons To Buy
  • Good connectivity
  • 4K detail and excellent accuracy
  • 16-bit look-up table and hardware calibratio
  • Reasons To Avoid
  • Expensive and may be too large for some
  • Overall, we think the BenQ SW321C is the best display for picture editing. It's by no means the cheapest display, but it's also not the most expensive, it's a fair compromise between cost and quality, and the quality is excellent. It has 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB and 95% P3 gamut coverage, and thanks to a separate control unit you can convert between colour formats on the fly. Furthermore, the display is professionally calibrated and has hardware calibration that doesn't depend on your PC.

    Paired with the resolution of the 4K display, we found the colour accuracy and uniformity to be almost perfect, making it a display that allows you to observe your work in excellent detail. There are plenty of other useful details too. M Book mode makes the display look more like a MacBook Pro to facilitate smooth movement between screens, while Paper Colour Sync mode lets you set a colour space based on your printer and paper type for more realistic preview. The monitor's USB-C compatibility with up to 60W power supply means you can connect a laptop and get power and data over a single cable.

     ASUS ProArt Display PA279CV - The best mid-range monitor for photo-editing

    ASUS ProArt Display PA279CV

    The best mid-range monitor for photo-editing
    Specifications
  • Screen size: 27 inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Colour coverage: 100% sRGB
  • Refresh rate: 240Hz
  • Panel technology: LED LCD
  • Inputs: 2 x DisplayPort (in/out), 1 x HDMI
  • USB: USB 3.0 hub, 2x downstream, 1x upstream
  • Reasons To Buy
  • USB-C
  • 100% sRGB coverage
  • Great price for the specs
  • Reasons To Avoid
  • Fiddly menu
  • Dim sRGB setting
  • You'll be hard-pressed to find a certified sRGB monitor for less than the ASUS PA279CV. 100% of the sRGB picture colour space and 100% of the Rec. 709 video colour space is represented in this 27-inch IPS panel. Delta-E colour accuracy is less than 2 and factory colour calibration ensures wide and accurate colours at an affordable price. There's also a respectable port selection with 65W of power for a connected laptop coming via HDMI, DisplayPort and USB-C. This versatile jewel of a display has the ability to tilt, swivel, rotate and change height thanks to the stand.

    Dell UltraSharp  UP3218K - The best 8K monitor for photo editing

    Dell UltraSharp UP3218K

    The best 8K monitor for photo editing
    Specifications
  • Screen size: 31.5-inch
  • Resolution: 7,680 x 4,320
  • Colour coverage: 100% AdobeRGB, 100% Rec. 709, 98% DCI-P3
  • Refresh rate: 60hz
  • Panel technology: IPS
  • Connectivity: 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 3 x USB 3.0
  • USB: 3 x USB-A
  • Reasons To Buy
  • Display can rotate
  • Great colour coverage
  • Incredible detail in images
  • Reasons To Avoid
  • Needs powerful-enough hardware
  • 2 Display Port connections needed
  • Since even some mirrorless cameras, such as the Canon EOS R5, allow 8K video recording, some consumers looking for a display for photography may want to upgrade to an 8K monitor. The Dell UltraSharp UP3218K is one of the few models on the market. While it's not the most expensive monitor on this list, it does have a high price. But it really stands out when it comes to details. Keep in mind that since it was built before HDMI 2.1 and 8K capabilities were released, two(!) DisplayPort connections are needed to power all those pixels.

    Yes, it's a specialised panel, no doubt, but we were more pleased with what this panel could display than the pixel count. 98% DCI-P3 coverage, 100% Rec. 709, 100% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB coverage make the Dell an ideal choice for photo editors who want perfect colour compatibility. In addition, at 31.5 inches in size, it's not completely ridiculous. As a professional Dell monitor, it has a very solid build and complete ergonomic adjustment options.

     Apple Studio Display - The best monitor for photo editing for committed Apple fans

    Apple Studio Display

    The best monitor for photo editing for committed Apple fans
    Specifications
  • Screen size: 27 inches
  • Resolution: 5120 x 2880
  • Colour coverage: 100% sRGB
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Panel technology: IPS
  • Inputs: USB-C only
  • USB: 4 x USB-C (including input)
  • Reasons To Buy
  • Competitive price for a high-end 5K screen
  • Built-in reference modes for media
  • Non-reflective nano-texture glass option
  • Reasons To Avoid
  • Underwhelming webcam
  • Need to spend extra for height adjustment
  • When we examined the new Apple Studio Display, we were quite let down. No HDR, only a 60hz refresh rate, and extra money is required for height adjustment. A built-in camera of any type on a display is also rather uncommon, but the one on the Apple Studio Display is only passably good.

    Leaving that aside, this monitor is a decent alternative for editing images, especially if you're an Apple lover and looking for a way to increase the screen on your MacBook Pro or link it with a Mac mini. When it comes to picture editing, clarity, consistency of color and brightness, and a 5K screen are the top considerations.

    Viewsonic VP3881 - The best ultra-wide monitor for photo editing

    Viewsonic VP3881

    The best ultra-wide monitor for photo editing
    Specifications
  • Screen size: 37.5 inches
  • Resolution: 3840 x 1600
  • Colour coverage: 100% sRGB
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Panel technology: IPS
  • Inputs: 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI
  • USB: 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB
  • Reasons To Buy
  • Huge amount of desktop space
  • Comprehensive array of colour options
  • Reasons To Avoid
  • Resolution doesn't support 4K
  • Image spec behind other displays
  • It's great to see ViewSonic offering graphic designers a large 37.5-inch 21:9 display with the VP3881, because ultrawide monitors are usually designed for gaming or general computing use. With no bezel dividing the desktop space, ultrawide displays like this one are like having two small monitors side by side on a desktop. Being able to browse websites, file explorers and various editing programs at the same time can increase productivity. It provides space for multiple windows to be open at the same time.

    Despite offering 100% sRGB coverage and a slightly narrower AdobeRGB conformance, the image quality is not as good as other displays on our list. It is also compensated by a 10-bit colour depth frame reference count. The VP3881 stands out from other ultra-wide displays thanks to the full range of visual customisation options available in the on-screen menus.

    Why do I need to choose one of the best monitors for photo editing?

    Displays vary in brightness, uniformity and degree of colour fidelity, which causes images to look different on various displays. If the screen you are working on has poor colour accuracy and coverage, your work may look significantly different on other screens or when printed.

    The best monitors for photographers can ensure that your images look the way you want them to, whether printed or viewed on other devices. Good colour coverage is essential if you are making HSL adjustments and colour grading. Images can be over- or under-saturated as a result of editing on a bad monitor or a good monitor that has not been calibrated.

    The best monitors for photography offer realistic colours, consistent brightness and contrast, and support wide colour spaces such as Adobe RGB. While it's impossible to predict which screen your clients or the general public will use to view your images, you can at least be sure that your own display offers you the best editing capabilities.

    How do I choose the best monitor for photo editing?

    When choosing a monitor for image editing, there are a number of factors to consider and pay attention to. Choosing the right screen size is among the most important. You should also check some minimum standards in terms of resolution and colour accuracy. Below, we will mention a few of such queries.

    Which is the best monitor for photo editing?

    At number three on our list above, the Eizo ColorEdge CG319X is, in our opinion, the absolute best display for image editing. Since we're also factoring in price, and many enthusiasts and even many professionals can't afford such displays, we only rank it third instead of first.

    The BenQ SW321C is currently our top pick for picture editing monitor for people looking for a compromise between high-end features and a slightly more reasonable price.

    What size monitor should I use for photo editing?

    The size of the screen you want to work on is a very important factor to consider when buying a monitor for image editing. While a larger screen (or one that can be rotated, such as the LG Ultrafine Ergo in our list above) is useful for editing photos in portrait mode, many screens have a normal 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio.

    While they're not always the best for intensive work, ultra-wide monitors will give you a lot more screen space to work on, so you can open several windows or panels. They also take up a lot of space. Most photographers, on average, prefer to edit on monitors ranging in size from 27 to 32 inches.

    What monitor resolution do I need for photo editing?

    Simply put, the better the resolution, the sharper and more detailed the image will be. But this depends on the size of the panel, and of course larger monitors are more expensive. If you can afford it, opt for a monitor with a resolution of 4K (3,840 x 2,160) when choosing the best for image editing.

    While most of the displays on our list of the best monitors for photo editing are 4K displays (double check that your PC or Mac supports 4K resolution if it's an older device), we've also included QHD and FHD displays, both of which are significantly cheaper and still provide the high-quality colour reproduction you need for photo editing.

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