Originally Posted by AV-Freak
Most monitors I have seen in post production are still "old" monitors as the IPS panels have very poor black levels.
I have been told that many prefer S-PVA panels because it has better black levels. But I am not in this kind of business.
So I can only say what I have been told.
For CG and photo editing we use Eizos CG series. A very neat feature of Eizos software (ColorNavigor) is the device emulation (e.g. designing something for the iPad, ...)
*VA monitors are completely unsuitable for this task. They're higher contrast, but have extremely limited viewing angles, to the point where even if you're looking straight at the display, the corners are going to be suffering from viewing angle-related degradation.
Not the best comparison (PVA vs S-IPS) but the first example I could find:
As you can see, the viewing angle is considerably better on this S-IPS panel. (looks like this chart is from a number of years ago due to the peak contrast numbers though)
*VA panels also suffer from severe gamma/color shift problems at wider viewing angles, whereas IPS panels (mostly) just lose contrast. IPS panels tend to be far more uniform as well, even ignoring viewing angle. High-end monitors will have uniformity correction built in, but it's far better to start with a uniform panel than correct it in software.
Display uniformity is far more important in video production/image editing than contrast ratio. (though it also matters, of course)
S-PVA panel on the left, IPS panel on the right:
Even looking straight on, the left edge of the S-PVA panel is showing viewing angle problems.
As you move off to the side, the S-PVA image severely degrades. Source.
While you're probably
not going to be watching too much moving content, *VA panels tend to have uneven response times, whereas IPS panels have relatively uniform response times across the whole color gamut.