Monitor - Uncalibrated vs Calibrated - What's it supposed to look like?
I'm new to Monitor Calibration and was wondering if I did things correctly and my calibrated monitor is displaying colors as intended. I was really disappointed with my new laptop when I noticed that everything looked really washed out, especially when viewing text with a light background. I'm happy that the calibration fixed this issue.
1) There seems to be more banding when there's gradation/transition of a color
2) Windows and the Web is more colorful but the colors are darker,
3) people's skin in videos look oversaturated
I'm not sure if this is because what's meant to be expressed is being expressed more clearly or if there's something wrong with the calibration. Please note that this is a laptop display (can only control brightness) which is definitely lower quality vs a decent external monitor.
I took pictures of noticeable differences with my Pixel 1 phone camera:
- set 1 (pics 1-4): HP Website: https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-spectre-x360-15-df0068nr
Okay, this can't be right. The color gradiation/transition in the background is very step-wise and noticeably less smooth when the display is calibrated. What's up with the rings? Is this banding? I mean the rings look ridiculous (calibrated). But is this correct? Clearly, this is not what the author intended for the end viewer. The only explanation I can think of is that the author anticipates most monitors to be crappy and uncalibrated and making these ridiculous rings is how to achieve a smooth gradation? My external monitor (VP2780-4K) is supposed to come well-calibrated the transition is much smoother. Although I can still see lines if I look close.
- set 2 (pics 5-6): Amazon background gradation, Windows taskbar icons, and FireFox browser:
I like how everything looks more distinguishable and really appreciate the clear texts. The horizontal area below the line and above the "Product description"... The transition/gradation definitely looks more blocky when the display is calibrated and smoother when its uncalibrated. The top portion of the FireFox Browser and the Windows Taskbar icon colors are darker when calibrated which sometimes make them more pronounced. But for some things the brighter colors of the uncalibrated view looks "right". What is it supposed to look like?
- set 3 (pics 7-8): Forum website: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/what-is-my-laptops-heatsink-made-out-of-copper-or-aluminum-copper-alloy.825975/
The calibrated view is a lot more colorful. I always thought the main writing areas were white, but it's definitely lavendar when it's calibrated. The Light greys look darker calibrated, and there's a much darker shading going on with the orange bar. Is my calibration messed up, or is that what it's supposed to look like?
- set 4 (pics 9-10): Windows Explorer
Things look more colorful calibrated, but everything looks a little darker.
- set 5 (pics 11-12): Folder images for Faststone Image Viewer
Uncalibrated looks better. It's smooth and the shading looks natural. Calibrated, you can see some lines going down and across the folders. The shading almost looks pixilated.
- set 6 (pics 13-14): Lamp shade in a Video Clip
MadVR setting is "this monitor is calibrated". It's not using 3DLUT. Again, the transition from the closer part of the bulb radiates more smoothly in the uncalibrated view. My lamp shades in-real-life looks like something in between the two. The calibrated view looks more distinct - bulb area vs non-bulb area - but the pixelation and jagged edges make things look a little unnatural.
- set 7 (pics 15-20): YouTub clip (background and person's face)
Again, smoother gradation in the uncalibrated background. This looks like banding. You can see concentric rings in the calibrated view. The shading on the person's face looks more real in the calibrated version, but there's also a blue tint.
- set 8 (pics 21-26): Examples of Skin color looking weird when calibrated (saturation?):
People's skin colors in video clips (e.g. YouTube) is bizzare and unnatural - the flesh color looks pastel and the shades have a blue tone. Is this because video should be calibrated differently? (different gamma?)
- i1Studio spectrometer using DisplayCAL (with black level drift compensation)
- Display: White LED backlit, LCD display - 0x0000AF06 AU Optronics, Model: 0x000030EB, AUO30EB, 12523
Gamut Coverage: 92.6% sRGB, 73.4% Adobe RGB 75.1% DCI P3
Gamut Volume 148.3% sRGB, 102.2%Adobe RGB, 105.0% DCI P3
Delta E*76: average 0.65, maximum 21.22, RMS 2.98
- Laptop: Spectre x360 - 15-df0068nr (Late 2018) - 8565U cpu, MX150 gpu
- FireFox color_management settings: profile loaded, v4 enabled, management mode = 1, rendering intent = 0
I want the red pill. I want things to look like they're supposed to look. Do they?