What Does 99% sRGB Mean?

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What is sRGB and what is the craze of having 99% sRGB on your displays? Will will find it out today. The best monitors in the market offer an sRGB color gamut of up to 99% which is a highly regarded feature when buying a monitor. Let’s see what is the craze all about.

What is 99% sRGB?

sRGB is the most standardly used color gamut in digital products such as Windows environments and monitors. The advantage of this color gamut is that there are reduced differences in color between input and output images based on the narrow range of color. The displays which can go up to 99% sRGB are considered some of the most color-accurate displays.

The international sRGB standard was prepared in 1998 by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and has established a firm position as the standard color gamut in Windows environments. Most products like LCD monitors, printers, digital cameras, and various applications are configured to reproduce the sRGB color gamut as accurately as possible. By ensuring that the devices and applications used in the input and output of image data are sRGB compatible, discrepancies in color between input and output are reduced. However, the range of colors that can be viewed using sRGB is very less. In particular, sRGB excludes the highly saturated colors. For the same reason, devices like digital cameras and printers use the sRGB color gamut as the output becomes more vivid than those allowed under the sRGB standard.

99% is very close to 100% and the difference is meaningless compared to other aspects of color accuracy. 

The two most common color spaces in use are sRGB and Adobe RGB. sRGB is the universally accepted standard for most computing applications and the internet. However, it covers only about 30% of the CIE XYZ color space.

Nearly all screens from phones to TVs use the sRGB color space, you actively don’t want to be using an Adobe RGB monitor to edit pictures and video if its intended use is for all those other sRGB screens, since all the colors will look wrong on those displays.

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