Canon's 4K reference monitors have been designed to deliver high luminance and faithful colours, with an innovative Matrix Array backlight control system ensuring uniform colour across the full display. "This Matrix Array consists of multiple backlights directly underneath the panel to reproduce the brightness of the entire scene," explains Matthew Koshy, Product Marketing Specialist at Canon Europe. "By using this system, Canon's professional display products are able to display images with a higher contrast ratio than a typical LCD monitor."
Contrast and brightness levels are, of course, critical when it comes to HDR grading, and in addition to the Matrix Array technology, all of Canon's 4K reference displays offer a consistent level of brightness from edge to edge. Rather than specifying the peak luminance in one specific area of the panel, Canon's displays are rated by their total brightness across the screen.
"In order to accurately understand the brightness information of HDR video, it's important to be able to display the maximum luminance across the entire screen," Matthew confirms. "If, for example, only the peak luminance reaches 1,000 or 2,000 nits, but the maximum luminance that can be displayed decreases as the area of high-luminance increases, the image intended by the creator and the image displayed on the monitor will be different."