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iMac Retina for Photographers

Apple iMac 27' Desktop with Retina 5K display - 4.0GHz Intelquad-core Intel Core i7, 1TB Fusion Drive, 16GB 1867MHz DDR3 SDRAM, R9 M390 2GB GDDR5, OS X El Capitan, ( VERSION)
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Apple iMac 27" Desktop with Retina 5K display - 4.0GHz Intelquad-core Intel Core i7, 1TB Fusion Drive, 16GB 1867MHz DDR3 SDRAM, R9 M390 2GB GDDR5, OS X El Capitan, ( VERSION)
  • 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
  • 16GB 1876MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 1TB Fusion Drive
  • AMD Radeon R9 M390 graphics with 2GB video memory
  • Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard (English) & User's Guide

When I first saw full HD display resolution, I was literally blown away. I thought there can’t be anything better than this. That was like a million years ago. Don’t get me wrong I learned how to use a computer back in the 90’s and my first monitor had a resolution far less than what’s on my smartphone now.

The Best iMac for Photo Editing: The iMac Retina 5k 27 inch.

The iMac Retina. A great configuration for Photo Editing would be a Core i7 processor and 16 RAM.

The iMac Retina: Stunning Monitor

But things have moved forward quite a bit since the 90’s and in this era of 4K, stunning large resolution monitors have taken the experience of watching videos and doing photo editing chores to a completely different level. There’s a lot more wow than it used to be before.

Having said that, what’s better than 4K? 5K of course! And when we speak about 5K, the new iMac Retina comes into the picture quite literally and can be named as the best iMac for photo editing.

The iMac Retina with 5K comes with no less than 14.7 million pixels. That’s a 5120 x 2880 pixel image displayed in full size!

The biggest advantage for heavy photo editors is undoubtedly the possibility to check and post process their images in full size without having to zoom in and out.

This is a considerable saving in work time, not to mention the convenience and quality of work that results.

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The benchmark of photo editing applications is Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and that is what a majority of photographers use.

The iMac retina is definitely faster than the old Mac pro and the new MacBook Pro; when it comes to taking care of resource hungry photo editing tasks such as converting images from RAW to DNG.

HDR imagery is yet another resource hungry application which benefits from the faster quad-core Intel processor and the newest 4.0 GHz AMD graphics.

iMac for Photo Editing: Processing Power

Apple proudly boasts 3.5 teraflops of graphic computing power and it shows how nimble the performance is even when it is stretched.To match the powerful processing power of the iMac retina and its incredible display it has been paired with OS X Yosemite, Apple’s latest and greatest operating system and widely considered as the best out there.

The new iMac Retina for photographers, if I may add, truly is the fastest and the most gratifying experience that you could have as a photographer looking for the best solution for your editing, post-processing and assimilation work.

Whether it is for normal stills, HDR, panorama stitching, time lapse video rendering and also for traditional video work, the iMac retina will make you more than happy if you can afford the price tag.
If you still feel, that the iMac 27″ 5k Retina Monitor is not the best computer/monitor for photo editing, then check out some other options we have covered in this review: Best Monitors for Photo Editing in 2017.


The Dell UltraSharp 27″ Monitor is a nice option if you decide to buy a desktop computer for your photo editing needs.

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Rajib

Rajib

Rajib's love for the road is second only to his love for photography.
Wanderlust at heart and a shutterbug who loves to document his travels via his lenses; his two passions compliment each other perfectly.
He has been writing for over 7 years now, which unsurprisingly, revolve mostly around his two favorite pursuits.
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Rajib’s love for the road is second only to his love for photography.
Wanderlust at heart and a shutterbug who loves to document his travels via his lenses; his two passions compliment each other perfectly.
He has been writing for over 7 years now, which unsurprisingly, revolve mostly around his two favorite pursuits.

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