The world’s manufacturing leaders select Datacolor’s spectrophotometers to specify, formulate and control critical color. The Datacolor 500 Family, with an embedded processor and data storage, provides a platform for increased efficiency and color measurement confidence, delivering affordable performance and fleet compatibility.


Datacolor 500 – Cost-effective, accurate color measurement solution.
Datacolor 500 UV – Economical, precise instrument with UV filtering.
Datacolor 550 – Affordable, accurate transmission and reflectance measurement.


Ideal for meeting formulation and quality control needs of color professionals in textile, paint & coatings, plastics, and other industries.


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Industry Proven Measurement Performance

Industry Proven Measurement Performance


  • No profiling required. Superior design enables the inter-instrument agreement right out of the box.
  • Utilizes Datacolor’s SP2000, capturing the true spectral fingerprint of any color.
  • As a result, agreement among all instruments in your fleet is achieved.

Fleet Compatibility & Flexibility

Datacolor 500 Family Fleet Compatibility and Flexibility

Fleet Compatibility & Flexibility


  • Fully backward compatible with the existing Datacolor 400 instruments.
  • Instruments are configured with serial, USB or Ethernet connectivity.
  • One instrument can be easily accessed by multiple users.
  • Measurements can be taken and automatically shared in real-time within a global Citrix or Terminal Server environment.
Quantifiable Throughput Improvement

Quantifiable Throughput Improvement


Significant productivity improvements facilitate the measurement of more samples per day in both stand-alone and global installations:


  • 25% less time spent on measuring.
  • Improved response times in Citrix and Terminal Server environments.


Complete Measurement Confidence

Datacolor 500 Family Complete Measurement Confidence

Complete Measurement Confidence


  • LCD screen displays calibration status and instrument settings for proper set-up, as well as a color coded instrument status bar.
  • Diagnostic data is stored in the instrument. It can be extracted to enable remote diagnostics and expedite issue resolution.
  • Instruments can be serviced in the field or at any service center worldwide by qualified Datacolor technicians.

All models come with the following standard accessories:


  • Power cable
  • RS232 serial cable with connectors
  • USB Cable with ferrite
  • Black Trap
  • White Tile
  • Green Tile
  • White Tile Calibration data on Mini-CD or USB Memory Stick
  • Large Area View (LAV)
  • Small Area View (SAV)
  • Ultra-Small Area View (USAV)
Feature Datacolor 500 Datacolor 500UV Datacolor 550
Instrument type
Dual beam d/8º spectrophotometer
Illumination source
Pulsed xenon filtered to approximate D65
Sphere diameter
152 mm / 6 in
Wavelength Range
360 nm -700 nm
Wavelength resolution
2 nm
Reporting interval
10 nm
Photometric range
Spectral analyzer
SP2000 analyzer with dual 256 element diode array
20 Read Repeatability on White Tile
Using Double Flash (CIELAB)*
0.03 (max)
Inter-instrument Agreement –
Reflectance Measurements (CIELAB)*
0.15 (avg)
0.30 (max)
4 position auto-zoom
Aperture Plates
3 Standard
LAV (30 mm illuminated, 26 mm measured)
SAV (9 mm illuminated, 5 mm measured)
USAV (6.6 mm illuminated, 2.5 mm measured)
2 Optional
MAV (20 mm illuminated, 16 mm measured)
XUSAV (3.0 mm illuminated, 2.5 mm measured)
Aperture Detection
Automated, adjustable UV Calibration
UV Cutoff Filters
400 nm
420 nm
460 nm
400 nm
420 nm
460 nm
Remote Measurement Button
Sample Positioning Camera
Vertical Mount
Inter-instrument Agreement – Regular Transmittance at 550 nm
±0.40% at 85% T
±0.20% at 32% T
Inter-instrument Agreement – Transmission Haze Measurements
±0.30% at 10% TH
Transmission Sampling Aperture Size
22 mm
Operating Environment
5° to 40°C up to 85% RH, non-condensing
Physical Specifications Description
Color Display
3.5 inch RGB LCD
Display Resolution
320×240 pixel resolution
37.5 lbs (16.6 kg)
12.3” Wide X 13.2” Tall X 16.4” Deep
(31.24 cm x 33.53 cm x 41.66 cm)


*Environmental Conditions:
Temperature 23º C +/- 1º C.
RH 44% +/- 1%