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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level
The PA32DC is rated for 250 nits in SDR mode, and my sample crested at 264. While this is below the level of an average LCD panel, it is more than enough light for a monitor used in professional environments. A post-production room will likely be dark or very dimly lit. And the video villages used in on-site filming locations are typically sheltered. There is plenty of light here.
You’ll see very high brightness levels for the MiniLED panels in both SDR and HDR modes. This is their greatest strength. They are far brighter than any OLED, but ultimately, it’s the contrast that counts. They are the better choice if your environment requires an exceptionally bright panel.
As with every OLED I’ve tested, black levels are unmeasurable by my, or any available instruments. When I say the pixels are turned off, I do not exaggerate. They’re completely off. So, contrast is theoretically infinite. I cannot overstate the visual improvement this makes over an LCD panel. Even a MiniLED display can’t produce a picture this deep and saturated. Dynamic range is king and the PA32DC is the top member of that monarchy.
After Calibration to 200 nits
The PA32DC’s contrast and black levels are unchanged after calibration of the User mode. Black levels are still too low to measure. The checkerboard pattern I use to measure intra-image contrast also has unmeasurable blacks.
It should be noted that the two MiniLED panels were tested without their local dimming feature turned on. When employed, it increases static contrast to around 6,000:1. It does not affect the ANSI test.
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It's a professional mastering monitor, not meant for ordinary consumers... It's pretty cheap as far as those go, actually.Kridian said:$3,500!?
I don't think accurate color should be dangled out there like it's some golden carrot.Reply
One of the problems of oleds was the burnout of the emitters, with the blue being the most vulnerable. Has that been solved.Reply
Ordinary consumer displays tend to come reasonably well calibrated these days. This display takes things to the next level by having a built-in calibration system that costs quite a bit extra to include. Good, reliable, finely-calibrated tools come at a premium over standard consumer-oriented tools no matter the industry. And that's what this product is—a tool for professionals. This display and other displays like it (LG 32EP950 for instance) are being used as work-from-home HDR mastering monitors since they're cheaper and easier to use than dual-layer LCD mastering monitors (at the cost of lower peak brightness). It's also being used by colorists and graphic artists who demand perfect black levels.Kridian said:I don't think accurate color should be dangled out there like it's some golden carrot.
drajitsh said:One of the problems of oleds was the burnout of the emitters, with the blue being the most vulnerable. Has that been solved.
No, not "solved," though it has been mitigated somewhat. They've developed various "pixel refresh" techniques that help the various colored subpixels burn at a more even rate. And this panel has a blank pixel buffer that the screen will move around in so static elements don't stay on the same pixel for too long.