Canon is having an active time of it in the run up to IBC2019 and its new 31-inch DP-V3120 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 DP-V3120 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 $39,000 or thereabouts and it will be available in November.