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LG UltraFine Monitors Bring P3 Color Space to Your Workplace

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Last week we told you about LG’s 5K and 4K UltraFine™ monitors designed for Mac professionals. One of their features is full coverage of the P3 color space. So, what is P3, and what’s in it for you?

Color space refers the range of colors, or gamut, that a camera can see, a printer can print, or a monitor can display. Creative professionals are very familiar with the standard sRGB color space, as they know their work is most apt to be seen in the colors they intended, regardless of the type of monitor used to view it. Many also work with the Adobe RGB color space, as it contains a larger range of colors than sRGB, and represents a lot of the colors that professional DSLRs and printers can reproduce.

The P3 color space, or DCI-P3, is the color range that a digital cinema projector can reproduce, allowing for a much wider contrast and color gamut than traditional film-targeted work. Similar to Adobe RGB, P3 contains a larger range of colors than sRGB. While Adobe RGB leans more toward blues and greens, P3 extends more into the reds and yellows. A device that can display P3 can therefore show more colors than an sRGB device.

Many newer Apple devices have P3 displays, such as newer iMac and MacBook Pro computers, iPad Pro tablets, and some iPhone models. The P3 color gamut is close to Adobe RGB, and as with Adobe RGB, working with P3 shouldn’t be an issue for any project if the user has a bit of experience using color management and color profiles.

Is P3 for TV? Could be. While HDTV’s standard color space uses sRGB, as video moves beyond Full HD (1080p) to 4K (3840 or 4096) and even 8K (7680), we should see a corresponding shift to wide color gamut. In fact, P3 is already the delivery color space specified by Ultra HD Premium – a logo program that defines what technical standards a TV must meet to deliver a ‘premium’ 4K experience: to qualify as an Ultra HD Premium TV, a TV must be able to display more than 90% of the colors defined by the P3 color space.

While P3 is aimed at digital cinema projection, mass market television and video workflows could eventually replace sRGB with P3.

This is good news for graphic designers, art directors, photographers and videographers, as the new LG 5K and 4K UltraFine monitors with P3 are the perfect partners for professional Apple devices, and a future-proof advantage for tomorrow’s wide world of color.

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LG’s New 5K and 4K UltraFine Monitors Offer Optimized Performance for Mac Users

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LG Electronics USA has introduced a new 27-inch UltraFine™ 5K (5120 x 2880) IPS Monitor which, along with the 2019 model 24-inch UltraFine 4K (3840 x 2160) Nano IPS™ Monitor, give art directors, graphic designers, photographers and videographers two high-quality options designed specifically for the latest Apple products. LG UltraFine monitors offer outstanding image quality when connected to a Mac or iPad Pro.

LG 27-inch UltraFine  5K Monitor 27MD5KLB-B. The LG UltraFine 5K is a wide-screen solution that features the P3 wide color gamut and 500-nit brightness for optimized images, with no calibration required. The monitor’s 218 pixels per inch (PPI) provide detailed, lifelike images and sharp text for viewing multiple windows and tools simultaneously. The built-in camera, microphone and two-channel rich bass speaker provide a full multimedia experience and make the monitor an ideal choice for professionals that communicate online via video.

Designed to enhance productivity, the LG UltraFine 5K delivers powerful all-around performance and the latest connectivity options. For configuring a versatile Mac workstation, its Thunderbolt™ 3 port can transmit 5K video, audio and data simultaneously as well as charge a device up to 94W with just a single connection. This powerful port is fully compatible with Thunderbolt 3 enabled Mac and USB Type-C™ enabled Mac or iPad Pro. Three USB Type-C ports are also provided.

The LG UltraFine 5K is also designed for user comfort and convenience, with an included adjustable height and tilt stand. Compatibility with macOS Mojave 10.14.6 and iOS 12.4 enables users to control brightness and volume directly from the Touch Bar or keyboard on their MacBook Pro. Additionally, the monitor’s ambient light sensor automatically adjusts screen brightness when connected to a Mac.

LG 24-inch UltraFine 4K Monitor 24MD4KLB-B. Measuring nearly 24 inches of Ultra High Definition resolution, users can experience stunning images with similarly realistic colors and the full coverage of the P3 wide color gamut and 500-nit brightness. And with Nano IPS technology, nanometer-sized particles on the screen’s LED absorb excess light wavelengths, realizing richer color expression that accurately reproduces content, from actual images and videos to CG, at virtually any angle.

This 4K monitor’s quality build and design and easy connectivity give users unhindered ability to explore, enhance and refine their creativity. With a Mac, the monitor’s two Thunderbolt 3 ports can be used to daisy chain two 4K monitors and configure a versatile Mac workstation as well as charge Mac up to 85W simultaneously without a separate power cable. Three USB Type-C ports are also provided; a height / tilt adjustable stand is included.

LG’s UltraFine 5K and UltraFine 4K monitors are engineered for high performance and reliability in demanding professional environments and include LG’s 3-year Limited Warranty on Parts and Labor.

Stay tuned. We’ll be diving into the P3 wide color gamut and its advantages in an upcoming post.