DataColor SpyderX

The DataColor Spyder range of probes are low cost tristimulus probes, and works with most display devices using contact and non-contact modes.

  • Large Spot Size
  • Glass Filters
  • Low Cost
  • Contact and Non-Contact Operation

Note: SpyderX2 support will be available in an upcoming ColourSpace release.

Connection Issues

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 Spyder.

Spyder Options

Integration Time

Integration Time sets maximum the time taken for any given reading, in seconds, and is only available for the Sypder 4 and 5.
There is no default setting, as different values will be required depending on the display being profiled, with longer values generating more accurate and stable readings.


Calibration Settings provides generic probe settings and preset Matrix options, as well as Average Low Light, which is unique to the Spyder's operation with Light Illusion calibration software.

Matrix Presets

The Drop-down menu provides access to the pre-set matrices held within ColourSpace for the Spyder probes.
For highest accuracy ColourSpace's in-built FCVM Probe Matching should be used, as it is superior to the standard FCMM mode used within any probe.

Spyder4 & 5

  • Any Monitor (The raw response of the Spyder)
  • Normal-gamut LCD w/ CCFl backlight
  • Wide Gamut LCD w/ CCFL backlight
  • Normal-gamut LCD w/ White LED Backlight
  • Wide-gamut LCD w/RGB LED backlight
  • Wide-gamut LCD w/ CCFL2 backlight


  • Any Monitor (The raw response of the Spyder)
  • Normal-gamut LED
  • Wide Gamut LED
  • GB LED

Note: Presets 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.

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.

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 two different methods available for probe matching - 4 Colour Volumetric Matching (FCVM), and Multi-point Volumetric Matching (MPVM).
ColourSpace doesn't use the older, traditional, 4 Colour Matrix (FCMM) Method for probe matching, as the volumetric approach offers far greater probe matching accuracy.

Probe Offset

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.