Model #: ci52


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The Ci52 is an affordable, versatile sphere spectrophotometer for consistent measurement of color and appearance for a wide range of materials, ideal for quality control applications.
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Versatile color measurement for quality control

Looking for a fast, affordable quality control tool to monitor batch-to-batch variations and inconsistencies between customer specifications and production output? Need a way to speed up the creation and approval of samples? 

The Ci52 is a versatile instrument for consistent measurement of a wide variety of samples in a range of materials, sizes, shapes, textures, and opacity levels. It enables simultaneous measurement of both color and appearance to enhance accuracy in measuring paint and textile samples. It can be used as a tethered handheld device or mounted for small footprint benchtop use. A NetProfiler3-enabled system, it ensures consistent, precise performance.


  • Large target window for ease of measuring larger objects or samples.
  • Easy to operate. Its ‘close and play’ operation, supported by an LED visual and audible status indicators are ideal for operators at all skill levels.
  • Fast, accurate reads with a measurement time of 2 seconds on standard flat samples and complex shapes.
  • Simultaneous measurement of both specular-included (color) and specular-excluded (appearance) to determine influence of specular components and deliver accurate color and appearance data.
  • On-board NetProfiler system optimizes instrument performance and allows for remote certification, ensuring the instrument is always accurate with up-to-date calibration. Delivers good inter-instrument agreement with other X-Rite color measurement instruments.
The 14mm target window in the Ci52 spectrophotometer is an added benefit, making it easier to capture color and appearance data from the larger objects and samples often used in quality control operations. Its remote foot pedal option is designed for convenient, hands-free operation.


Short Term Repeatability - White .05 ΔE*ab on white ceramic
Measurement Geometry d/8°
Inter-Instrument Agreement 0.20 ΔE*ab avg.
Illumination Spot Size 14mm
Lamp Life Approx. 500,000 measurements 
Light Source Gas-filled tungsten lamp
Measurement Cycle Time ≈ 2 seconds
Measurement Spot 8mm
Measurement Time ≈ 2 seconds
Photometric Range 0 to 200%
Photometric Resolution 0.01%
Spectral Analyzer Blue-enhanced silicon photodiodes
Spectral Interval 10nm
Spectral Range 400nm-700nm
Spectral Reporting 10nm
Reflectance Aperture(s) 1
Humidity 5% to 85%, non-condensing
Operating Temperature Range 50° to 104°F (10° to 40°C)
Storage Temperature Range '-4° to 122°F (-20° to 50°C)
Dimensions (length, width, height) 21.3 cm 9.1 cm 10.9 cm
Weight 1.06 kg
Package Dimensions (length, width, height)  36cm, 30cm, 20cm
Shipped Weight '4kg
Communication Interface USB 2.0
Instrument Display Backlit Color Graphic LCD
Software Development Kit XDS4
100-240VAC 50/60Hz, 
12VDC @ 2.5A
Calibration White and Zero
Embedded NetProfiler Support Yes
NetProfiler Support Embedded
Sample Preview Targeting window
Transform Support Embedded
Warranty 12 months
What's Included? Instrument with white calibration standard, black trap, green standard, manual(CD), AC adapter, USB cable 

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Quick Compare

Short Term Repeatability - White .05 ΔE*ab on white ceramic .05 ΔE*ab on white ceramic  .05 ΔE*ab on white ceramic 
Short Term Repeatability - Blue
Measurement Geometry d/8° d/8° d/8°
Measurement Time ≈ 2 seconds ≈ 2 seconds ≈ 2 seconds
Photometric Range 0 to 200% 0 to 200% 0 to 200%
Spectral Interval 10nm 10nm 10nm
Spectral Range 400nm-700nm 400nm-700nm 400nm-700nm
Spectral Reporting 10nm 10nm 10nm
Color Differences [√/X], Δecmc, Δlab,  ΔE00, Δreflectance,  ΔE94, ΔXYZ, ΔL*a*b*, ΔYxy, , ΔL*C*h°, ΔL*u*v*, Verbal Difference
Color Spaces Lab, L*a*b*, Reflectance,  L*C*h°, Munsell Notation, XYZ, Yxy, L*u*v*
Illuminants A, C, D50, D65, F2, F7, F11 & F12
Observers 2° & 10°
Standard Indices [√/X], YI1925, WI Taube, ΔWI73, Reflectance, WI98, MI, Δreflectance,  ΔWI Berger, WI73, MI6172, ΔYI98, ΔWI Hunter, Gray Scale, WI Berger, Gloss, ΔYI73, ΔWI Stensby, YI98, WI Hunter, ΔYI1925, ΔWI Taube, YI73, WI Stensby, ΔWI98, Averging, 555 Shade Sort
Instrument Display Backlit Color Graphic LCD Backlit Color Graphic LCD
Industry Standards

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