CR-100 Probe

Colorimetry Research CR-100 Tristimulus Colourimeter

The Colorimetry Research CR-100 is completely solid-state with no mechanical shutter or moving parts to ensure high reliability and long MTBF, with high operational speed, and impressive low light measurement capability.


CR-100 Probe

The CR-100 is designed for all display types, and can measure all projection as well as all luminous display technologies, and uses the Four-Colour Matrix method, developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and improves the accuracy of tristimulus colourimeters for measurements of colour displays and has been verified to be ideal for DLP, D-ILA, SXRD, cathode rays tubes (CRTs), liquid crystal displays (LCDs), plasma, and organic light emitting diodes (OLED) displays.

Each CR-100 goes through a strict quality control process, with every tristimulus filter measured using a double monochromator and the results are provided along with the relative errors at 1 nm wavelength increments, so the user can verify that his instrument is within the maximum f1' errors guaranteed. No pre use calibration (black/white) is required.
(See below for specifications)

A NIST traceable calibration certificate is included with every probe.

£3,964.00 ex. VAT

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Alternative CR Probe Options

Light Illusion can provide any Colorimetry Research probes, not just the specific units and accessories shown here. If you do not see information on the specific CR probe or accessory you are looking for, please use the Contact Light Illusion form to request further information.

Alternate probes that can be supplied include the CR-200, CR-250, and CR-300, for use with the optional Viewing Optics.

90deg Viewing Optics

CR-200 with 90deg Viewing Optics

Vertical Viewing Optics

CR-200 with vertical Viewing Optics

Monitor Viewing Optics

CR-200 with Monitor Viewing Optics

Dual Probe Mount

CR Probes Dual Mount

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LightSpace CMS Compatibility

The CR-100 is one of the recommended probes for use with LightSpace CMS as it provides an ideal combination of speed, low-light reading, and accuracy, three key capabilities that combine with LightSpace CMS to provide the best possible final calibration, especially when combined with the unique large cube size profiling capability of LightSpace.

Features and Specifications

  • Wavelength Range: 380 – 780 nm
  • Luminance Range: 0.0002 fL to 1500 fL
  • Luminance Accuracy: ±2% @ 0.1 fL, 0.4 second exposure
  • Luminance Repeatability: 0.2% @ 0.1 fL, 0.4 second exposure; 1.5% @ 0.01 fL, 0.5 second exposure; 1.5% @ 0.001 fL, 20 seconds exposure
  • Chromaticity Accuracy: ±0.0015 x, y @ 0.1 fL, 0.4 second exposure; ±0.0015 x, y @ 0.02 fL, 20 seconds exposure
  • Chromaticity Repeatability: 0.0005 x, y @ 0.1 fL, 0.4 second exposure; 0.0005 x, y @ 0.02 fL, 20 seconds exposure
  • Measurement Spot Size: 23mm ant end of hood; 31.7mm at 100mm from hood
  • Spot Size Calculation: = 23.0mm +0.08732*distance to object (mm)
  • Polarization error: ≤0.1%
  • Synchronization frequencies: 10 - 500 Hz
  • Exposure Time Range: 1 ms to 20 seconds
  • Power Requirements: 5V, 120 mA (600 mW) via USB 2.0
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Weight: 12oz (0.34 Kg)

CIE Tristimulus filter f1' errors
The f1' value, specified in percentage error, represents the degree to which the relative spectral responsivity deviates from the CIE V(λ) curve.

  • Y (Photopic) Guaranteed: ≤2.0% - Typical: 1.4 – 1.8%
  • Xr (Red) Guaranteed: ≤3.0% - Typical: 2.3 - 2.7%
  • Xb (Red under Blue)) Guaranteed: ≤1.2% - Typical: 0.8 - 1.0%
  • Z (Blue)) Guaranteed: ≤3.5% - Typical: 2.2 – 2.7%

The CR-100 can store up to 20 individual display matrices, enabling specific display technology to perfectly matched.

The included CRI App from Colorimetry Research enables user to generate their own matrices, and upload into the probe those provided as standard from Colourimetry Research, or even third parties.

Package Discounts

Combined Packages

Special 'Package' deals are available for Hardware and Software combination purchases, offering additional discount over the individual item prices.

Such package deals are a perfect combination for those looking for serious colour management, colour workflow, and calibration capabilities.

LightSpace CMS Integration

As with all probes, the CR-100 operation and function is controlled via the 'Options' menu, accessed via the Calibration Interface, or Display Characterisation windows.

The CR-100 has a range of variables that are directly associated with the probe - including Exposure Multiplier, Max Exposure Time, Sync Frequency, and probe Calibration Settings (Matrix pre-sets).
(This obviously ignores settings that are generic, such as Extra Delay Time, Probe Matching, Probe Offset, Luminance Units.)

CR-250 Options

The options are:

  • Exposure Multiplayer: increases the exposure time by the selected multiple, increasing sensitivity & repeatability
    For example, the CR-100 can measure 0.003 nits with 0.5 sec exposure and 0.0007 nits with 20 sec
  • Max Exposure: sets the maximum exposure time for any given reading
    The default setting is 200 ms, which sets a maximum patch read time of approximately 1.5 seconds, with an Exposure Multiplayer of 1
    (If using 'Closed Loop' mode within LightSpace (rather than DIP Mode) we would never recommend a Max Exposure value lower than 200ms. With DIP mode you need to select the highest value that gives you the desired patch read time for your specific DIP mode sequence).
Max Exposure 500 msec. 250 msec. 100 msec.
Luminance (nits) Total Read Time (seconds)
100 and above 0.12 0.12 0.12
35 0.18 0.18 0.18
7 0.56 0.56 0.56
3.5 0.8 0.8 0.8
0.35 2.0 1.5 0.94
0.035 and below 3.3 1.75 0.94
  • Sync Frequency: the Manual Sync Frequency value is set automatically when the CR-100 is first connected, by reading a bright patch on the display to be profiled, althought it can be set manually at any time.
    The 'Auto' setting should only be used if making manual (consistent) readings on a display where the display refresh rate changes (which for display calibration would be virtually never).
    The 'None' setting should be used only when the light source you are measuring has a constant light output with no modulation or 'refresh cycles'. It should never be used when measuring/calibrating displays or projectors.
    The 'Probe Calibration' button can be used at any time to re-set the Manual Sync Frequency
  • Calibration Settings: using the drop-down menu any pre-set Matrix held with the CR-100 can be selected
    The Matrix presets match the probe to different display technologies - specifically the backlight/illumination spectral response

If using the Probe Matching function (Active Probe/Display Data) to pre-profile a Tristimulus probe to a Spectro, the same 'Calibration Matrix' should be used for the Tristimulus probe as was used when the Probe Matching data was generated.

Note: if a changes is made to the probe settings you need to take a reading with the probe to have the settings remembered by the probe.

For further information on the additional setting with the 'Options' menu see the Profiling Manual page.

Additional Technical & Support Info.

Additional Software Required: LightSpace CMS
LightSpace CMS Demo: Downloads
Manufacturer Information: CR-100

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