Samsung ViewFinity S9 monitor
Image courtesy: Samsung

Samsung announced that the company is launching new monitors across three of its ranges at CES 2023. There are additions to Samsung’s Odyssey gaming series and the Smart monitor range. However, the most interesting for video and content creators is the ViewFinity S9.

5K resolution

The Samsung ViewFinity S9 monitor has a high-quality 27-inch screen with a 5K (5,120 by 2,880 pixel) resolution. Samsung says that the monitor is optimized for creative professionals such as graphic designers and photographers.

DCI-P3

The Samsung ViewFinity S9 monitor has impressive specifications and should give you great color accuracy. The IPS screen can display 99 percent of the DCI-P3 wide color gamut. DCI-P3 is a color space commonly used in digital cinema and is the color standard for the film industry. This means that the ViewFinity S9 monitor should be perfect for video editing.

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Color accuracy

Samsung’s ViewFinity S9 monitor has an average Delta E ≦21 for color accuracy. Delta E is a standard used to measure how you judge the differences between two perceived colors. A Delta E score of ≦2 means that the ViewFinity S9 has clear and precise color representation, even with complicated images.

Color Calibration Engine

This monitor has a built-in Color Calibration Engine to ensure precise screen color and brightness. You can also use the Samsung Smart Calibration smartphone app to adjust white balance, Gamma and RGB color balance for perfect accuracy. In addition, the ViewFinity S9 has a matte display which reduces reflections and glare.

Other features

The Samsung ViewFinity S9 monitor comes with a 4K SlimFit camera that you can attach to the top of the screen. The camera also supports native video conferencing through apps such as Google Meet that are included in the Samsung Smart Hub. You can connect to the ViewFinity S9 via DisplayPort, HDMI, Thunderbolt 4 and USB-C. In addition, the monitor has Power Delivery to charge your laptop.

What we think

The Samsung ViewFinity S9 monitor is a great-looking monitor. It bears more than a passing resemblance to Apple’s Studio Display which gives you an idea of who the company is targeting with the new screen. In addition, the ViewFinity S9 comes with a matte screen by default, whereas it’s a $300 upgrade for Apple’s offering. Samsung hasn’t said how much the ViewFinity S9 would cost. However, if their monitor can be launched at a price lower than Apple’s Studio Display, then it could be a very exciting prospect indeed.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.