Colorimetry Research CR-100

The Colorimetry Research CR-100 & CR-200 are 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.

  • ColourSpace INF/XPT/PRO & HTX/HTP
  • Large 23+mm Spot Size
  • Exceptionally Fast Response Time
  • 0.0007 to 5150 cd/m2 (0.007 to 20500 cd/m2 CR-200)
  • Solid Machined Aluminium & Stainless Steel Construction
CR-100 + Shipping Ex. VAT (Shipping included)


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.


  • Wavelength Range: 380–780 nm
  • Luminance Range: 0.0007-5140 cd/m2 (0.007 to 20500 cd/m2 CR-200)
  • Luminance Accuracy: ±2% @ 0.34 cd/m2, 0.4 second exposure
  • Luminance Repeatability: 0.2% @ 0.34 cd/m2, 0.4 second exposure; 1.5% @ 0.034 cd/m2, 0.5 second exposure; 1.5% @ 0.0034 cd/m2, 20 seconds exposure
  • Chromaticity Accuracy: ±0.0015 x, y @ 0.34 cd/m2, 0.4 second exposure; ±0.0015 x, y @ 0.068 cd/m2, 20 seconds exposure
  • Chromaticity Repeatability: 0.0005 x, y @ 0.34 cd/m2, 0.4 second exposure; 0.0005 x, y @ 0.068 cd/m2, 20 seconds exposure
  • Measurement Spot Size: 23mm at end of hood; 31.7mm at 100mm from hood
  • Spot Size Calculation: = 23.0mm +0.08732*distance to object
  • 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: 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 be matched.
Note: Internal probe matrices should not be relied on for calibration accuracy - the use of Probe Matching to a Spectro is always recommended, using ColourSpace's unique FCVM or MPVM probe matching, although the ability exists to force use of the tradition simple FCMM matrix method.

The included CRI App from Colorimetry Research enables user to generate their own matrices, and upload into the probe in addition to those provided as standard from Colourimetry Research, or even via third parties.
(If a change is made to the CR-100 internal settings you need to take a reading with the probe to have the settings remembered.)


  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • Universal Mounting Bar
  • Rubber Hood
  • Hard Carry Case (specify if 2nd CR probe being ordered)
  • Dual meter mount (free with 2nd CR probe)
  • Long reach meter mount extension bar (optional ~ £125)
  • Cosine/Illuminance Receptor (optional ~ £550)
  • ND Filters (optional ~ £550 each)
  • 3rd party Filter Holder (optional ~ £125)
  • Glasses Holder (optional ~ £750)
  • WiFi Box (optional ~ £580)
  • External Trigger Port (optional ~ £825)
  • Ethernet Connection (optional ~ £580)
  • RS-232 Port Connection (optional ~ £580)

(ND filters and Cosine Receptors must be calibrated with the unit. If a ND filter or Cosine Receptor is purchased after the unit has shipped from the factory the unit must be shipped back to the factory in order to get the added accessory properly calibrated with the unit. Additionally, the Ethernet, RS-232 Port, and External Trigger Port require assembly at the factory, requiring existing CR probes to be returned to the factory.)


The CR-100 should be factory recalibrated/re-certified every year to two years, depending on usage and storage, or when obvious issue are found (after physical shock to the probe for example).
Contact Colorimetry Research to schedule recalibration/re-certification.

Colorimetry Research Dual Probe Mount
Dual Probe Mount
CRI Android App

The CRI App will run on any Android phone/tablet, and will connect and control Colorimetry Research meters using a USB cable. All CR meters such as CR-100, CR-250, CR-300, etc. are low power devices and can be directly powered from the phone/tablet.

Download on Play Store

CR-100 Alternatives

An alternate to the CR-100 is the CR-200, for use with optional VO-201 Viewing Optics.

The CR-200 also comes with a removable Rubber Hood for contact use.

*Note: The CR-100 without viewing optics is the recommended Colorimetry Research Tristimulus probe for display calibration, as the CR-200+VO-201 Viewing Optics has a reduced low-light sensitivity.

CR-200 & VO-201 + Shipping Ex. VAT (Shipping included)
Colorimetry Research CR-200
CR-200 & VO-201
Colorimetry Research Alternative Probes

Light Illusion can also supply any Colorimetry Research probe, or optional accessories.

  • CR-100SD
  • CR-110TA
  • CR-110IS
  • CR-110IS-Rad
  • CR-200+VO-201 Viewing Optics*
  • CR-250RH/CR-250
  • CR-250FP
  • CR-250IR
  • CR-280RH VIS+NIR
  • CR-280 VIS+NIR
  • CR-300RH/CR-300
  • Any Accessories

Contact Light Illusion directly for further information.

ColourSpace Integration

As with all probes, operation and function is controlled via the Probe Options menu, accessed via the Profiling window, with the left-hand side of the menu providing generic probes settings, and the right-hand side settings specific to the CR-100.

CR-100 Options

CR-100 Settings

The Settings options provide specific CR-100 configurations. Full details for all options can be found within Colorimetry Research's own documentation.
Note: ColourSpace only uses colourimeter mode, as Flicker and Response Time are not valid for display calibration.

Range Mode

Range Mode specifies the electronic range setting for measurements. For display calibration, Auto is the standard option to use, although A, B, C & D modes are also available.

Max Auto Exposure

Max Exposure sets the maximum exposure time for any given reading in Auto and D Range Modes.
For Auto, the default setting is 200 ms, which sets a maximum patch read time of approx. <1 second, when used with an Exposure Multiplier value of 1. For Range D, exposure time can have a value from 1 msec. up to 500 msec.
For optimal use, Intelligent Integration is recommended.

Exposure Multiplier

Exposure Multiplier increases the exposure time by the selected multiple, increasing sensitivity & repeatability.
For example, the CR-100 can measure a minimum 0.003 nits with 0.5 sec exposure and 0.0007 nits with 20 sec.
For optimal use, Intelligent Integration is recommended.


The Manual Sync Frequency value can be set when the CR-100 is first connected by reading a bright(ish) patch on the display to be profiled using the Read button, and can be manually re-set at any time as needed.
Manually entering the video signal frequency - 60Hz, 50Hz, etc. - is usually preferable, and can be selected via the available pre-set options.
The Auto and None settings are not used when measuring/calibrating displays or projectors.

With most TV monitor/displays/projectors the correct sync frequency is often the input signal frequency - 60Hz, 50Hz, etc., rather than the much higher PWM frequency of the display's backlight.
The method to define the correct frequency is to use Manual Measure to measure a 50% brightness patch, and note any variation read-to-read. The correct frequency value will produce the minimum variation.


The Accessory option selects the current Accessory for capturing Measurements, such as the Cosine/Illuminance Receptor.

Filter 1, 2, & 3

The three Filter options define any ND (Neutral Density) Filters in use, up to a maximum of 3 individual filters.

User Calibration

The User Calibration drop-down defines the mode None, Matrix, or Match, to use.
Note: Internal probe matrices or matching should not be relied on for calibration accuracy - the use of Probe Matching to a Spectro is always recommended, using ColourSpace's unique FCVM or MPVM probe matching.

User Cal. Matrix

The Drop-down menu provides access to any pre-set matrices held within the CR-100.
The Matrix presets match the probe to different display technologies - specifically the backlight/illumination spectral response.

User Cal. Match

The Drop-down menu provides access to any user Match calibration from a list of user calibrations previously configured.

Intelligent Integration

Intelligent Integration sets the nits level under which Intelligent Integration will be used.
This provides the best possible low-light measurements, without impacting reading speeds at luma levels above the set value, so maintaining overall speed of profiling.

Average Low Light

Average Low Light is a probe generic option, that averages multiple readings in low-light situations using an advanced algorithm built into ColourSpace. The algorithm varies based on the probe in use to provide the best possible results.
Average Low Light should not need to be used when Intelligent Integration is active.

Probe Adjustments

Probe Adjustments are generic probes settings, with consistent operation regardless of the probe in use.

Configure Matching

Probe Matching is used to match a Tristimulus to a Spectroradiometer, increasing the profile accuracy.

There are three different methods available for probe matching - ColourSpace's unique 4 Colour Volumetric Matching (FCVM), and Multi-point Volumetric Matching (MPVM), with the option to force the use of the traditional simple matrix method (FCMM).


Probe Offset enables a user to manually enter offset values for different probes/display combinations.
Perceptual Colour Match is a preferable approach.

Extra Delay

Extra Delay sets a delay time after the patch has changed before probe measurement starts, and can be set automatically via the Auto button, and manages signal path delays in the image pipeline.
When using the Auto option, Average Low Light and Intelligent Integration should not be enabled.