09 Sep 2019

Canon launches stunning new reference monitor

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The new DP-V3120's 2,000 cd/m² high luminance is both groundbreaking and budget-busting The new DP-V3120's 2,000 cd/m² high luminance is both groundbreaking and budget-busting Canon

Canon’s new is the latest in its line of professional reference displays and offers what an industry-leading 2000 cd/m² high luminance.

Canon is having an active time of it in the run up to IBC2019 and its new 31-inch reference monitor is certainly no slouch when it comes to grabbing attention and headlines.

It uses a newly developed backlight system to deliver an unprecedented 2000 cd/m² full-screen brightness on the one hand, and on the other it deploys highly efficient LEDs with a precise LED control algorithm and advanced image processing to deliver a minimum black of 0.001 cd/m². All of which works out to a fairly astounding 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio for accurate reproduction of shadow details and bright highlights.

The backlight system incorporates a newly designed cooling mechanism too, which means that it should be able to achieve that high brightness continuously without assaulting the eardrums of any graders lucky enough to be sitting in front of it.

All this means that the exceeds the Dolby Vision required monitor specifications including General Monitor Specifications and Grey Scale Reproduction. BT.2020 and DCI-P3 wide colour spaces are both supported, as is ACES2065-1.

There’s more under the hood too. The monitor features a range of advanced HDR monitoring functions such as HDR Reference white, signal levels and image brightness for accurate signal optimisation. Incorporating four 12G-SDI inputs and four 12G-SDI pass-through outputs, it can display a 4K image from any one of its inputs, or two inputs can be used to create a dual view, or all four of the inputs to create a quad view on the monitor. Users can also input an 8K image over the four 12G-SDI inputs, though obviously this will be scaled to 4K for viewing.

Pricing for all this Dolby Vision-Certified goodness is a fairly eye-watering or thereabouts and it will be available in November.

Andy Stout

Andy has spent over two decades writing about all aspects of the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. During that time the industry has moved from 4:3 SD to 16:9 SD to HD and now on to 4K HDR. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.

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