Datacolor ColorReader

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About this app

Matching paint color by eye is subjective. Job quality is not. That’s why you need the Datacolor ColorReader. It matches paint color with more than 90% accuracy. All at the push of a button. All in the brand of your choice. The ColorReader analyzes the color of a wall or object and matches it in less than a second to the closest paint color. For those who need to know paint color to do their jobs. No more matching by eye and searching through fan decks or color cards.

Paint confidently. Design confidently. DIY confidently. Be confident with color.
Highest Accuracy Across Popular Paint Brands
• Industry leading matching with more than 90% success rate
• Matches color to any uploaded fan deck
• Easy to use
• One-click analysis
• Ultra-portable
• Bluetooth®-connected
• OLED display for standalone device use (ColorReader Pro only)

Expanded capabilities through the mobile app:
• Build, save, and share color palettes
• Color measurement history
• Color scheme recommendations for harmonious color flow
• Get paint brand color name and number
• Get color values for measurements and color matches including RGB, Hex, CIELab, and more!
• QC functionality (ColorReader and ColorReader Pro only)

Backed by the Leading Precision Color Company
For more than 45 years, Datacolor’s passion for precision color has helped us meet the exacting needs of more than a million customers whose entire job depends on the accuracy of their colors.

What People Are Saying about ColorReader?
“This device is incredibly easy to use - and it’s dependable.”
John Metz - Haddon Painting

“I love it. It cut one hour of time off my desk.”
Debbie Deutsh – Interiors by Cornerstone

“In this industry, time is money. If I can’t get the exact color they want, I’m losing time and material costs. “
Jon Ipock – ProTastic Painting

“I have not stopped using it in matching colors to fabric and wall covering. It has saved me so much time in trying to match with paint chips.”
Vincent Wolf – Vincent Wolf Associates, Inc.

“There are many contenders in this field, but this in my opinion is the only one that provides the best balance between accuracy, ease-of-use and price. Whatever color you read with your ColorReader will be matched against those fan decks and the best matching returned. This is a much better alternative to purchasing multiple paint samples and trying them out, and is in my opinion the best bang for the buck.”
Amazon Customer
Updated on
Jun 17, 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Photos and videos
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 3 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted
174 reviews
San Devil
July 26, 2020
Very cool little device! Very accurate if you pick a flat smooth area to capture the sample from. I did notice whites are a bit harder for it to predict so area has to be very smooth. Not sure why people say you can't filter by paint decks, it's really easy, just read a color, select change at top and pick the brands you want to use. I turned off 3 brands that are not commonly used in Arizona. Paid $107 for the color reader tool at Dunn Edwards, so worth it, clients are always amazed by it!
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Peggy Lyon
July 21, 2022
This device doesn't work. It doesn't read colors properly at all.
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A Londoner
March 4, 2022
Far better than colour chips, but with a disappointingly low degree of accuracy/consistency (typically ~60% error rate), no option to choose the best single match from multiple reads in different positions, and a disappointingly low array of fan deck providers in EU/UK. App and partners need an update please! :)
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What's new

- All users registered in the Europe region can now make in-app purchases
- Better visual separation between matches
- An edit to the ‘Save & Share Image’ button text
- Edits to the walkthrough instructions