Benchtop Colorimeter CR-5 to measure the colour of solid, pasty granular, and liquid samples either in reflectance or transmittance
Benchtop Colorimeter CR-5 with its transmittance chamber open to measure the colour of solid and liquid samples


A benchtop colorimeter based on the CM-5, the chroma meter CR-5 offers a fantastic price to performance ratio, particularly for QC measurements of liquids. Like the CM-5, the CR-5 can operate independently of a PC and features a colour screen for enhanced usability.

  • Benchtop instrument with Top-Port alignment
  • Spectrally based Colorimeter
  • d:8° Sphere Geometry
  • Reflectance & Transmission
  • Stand-alone or PC Software operation
  • 3 Apertures SAV / MAV / LAV
Benchtop Colorimeter CR-5 to measure the colour of solid, pasty granular, and liquid samples either in reflectance or transmittance
Benchtop Colorimeter CR-5 with its transmittance chamber open to measure the colour of solid and liquid samples
The CR-5 is a versatile benchtop colorimeter based on the CM-5 spectrophotometer, ideally suited to colour quality control measurement of solid, granular and liquid samples either in reflectance (opaque samples) or transmittance (transparent or translucent samples).
The top facing measurement port, easily configured to either 3, 8 or 30mm, allows measurement of virtually all samples either directly or in petri dishes. The large transmittance chamber measures liquid samples in 2, 10 or 20mm cuvettes (dependent on the sample) or translucent solids. The CR-5 has the same simple user experience as the CM-5, but measures only tristimulus colour data in order to offer an unsurpassed price : performance ratio for QC measurements. Dependent on the user needs, the CR-5 can be configured to perform simple pass/warn/fail assessments of samples based on pre-configured targets and tolerances.

The CR-5 can be operated as a standalone instrument via the large onboard colour screen and user friendly firmware which facilitates setting of colour differences, tolerances and includes all major colorimetric systems including industry specific indices (Gardner, Hazen/APHA, Iodine, European and US Pharmacopoeia). When connected to a PC and Colibri ® or SpectraMagic NX colour data software, additional indices, user customisations and expanded options for storing, reporting and communicating colour data are available.

The CR-5 simplifies day to day colour measurement tasks and minimises the risk of operator errors via its simple and user-friendly user interface. Additional user centred features such as automatic calibration, Operator Wizard and seven operator languages reduce the training and processes required to obtain consistent and accurate colour data.


  • Versatility for a wide range of Applications

Combining the unique top facing measurement port with a range of accessories designed to maximise repeatability and ease of use, the CR-5 can measure the colour of virtually all samples in solid, granule or liquid form.

  • Large colour LCD

The large colour LCD is easy to read, greatly improves the user experience and can display measurement data numerically, graphically, or even just as PASS/FAIL judgments.

  • Wizard for on-screen operation guidance

The wizard function displays on-screen guidance for users to guide through the instrument set-up and measurement process.

  • USB storage of settings and data

Individual user configurations as well as target and measurement data can be easily stored on USB memory stick to allow multi-user capability.

Specifications & Downloads

Specifications & Downloads
Model Chroma Meter CR-5
Illumination/viewing system Reflectance de:8° SCE (diffuse illumination: 8° viewing, specular component excluded)
Conforms to CIE No. 15, ISO 7724/1, ASTM E 1164, DIN 5033 Teil 7, and JIS Z 8722 (Condition c)
Transmittance di:180° (diffuse illumination:180° viewing)
Integrating sphere size Ø 152mm
Detector Dual 40-element silicon photodiode arrays
Spectral separation device Planar diffraction grating
Light source Pulsed xenon lamp (with UV cut filter)
Measurement time Approx. 1 s (to data display/output); Minimum measurement interval: Approx. 3 s
Measurement/ illumination area Reflectance Changeable by changing mask and settings.
LAV: Ø30 mm/Ø36 mm; MAV (optional): Ø8 mm/Ø11 mm; SAV (optional): Ø3 mm/Ø6 mm
Transmittance Ø20 mm
Repeatability Chromaticity value: Standard deviation within ΔE*ab 0.04
* When a white calibration plate is measured 30 times at 10-second intervals after white calibration
Inter-instrument agreement Within ΔE*ab 0.15 (Typical)
(Based on 12 BCRA Series II colour tiles compared to values measured with a master body at 23°C)
Transmittance chamber No sides (unlimited sample length); Depth (maximum sample thickness): 60 mm Sample holder (optional) for holding sheet samples or containers of liquid samples can be installed/removed
Display 5.7-inch TFT colour LCD
Display languages English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese
White calibration Automatic white calibration (reflectance)/100% calibration (transmittance) using internal white calibration plate
(Not available when using petri dish or transmittance cell)
Interfaces USB 1.1 (Connection to PC; USB memory stick); RS-232C standard (Connection to serial printer)
Observer 2° Standard Observer or 10° Standard Observer
Illuminant C, D65
Displayed data Colorimetric values, colour-difference values, colour-difference graph, pass/fail judgment, pseudo colour, colour assessment
Colour space L*a*b*, L*C*h, Hunter Lab, Yxy, XYZ, Munsell, and colour differences in these spaces (except for Munsell)
Index Reflectance

WI (ASTM E 313-73, ASTM E 313-96); YI (ASTM E 313-73, ASTM E 313-96, ASTM D 1925)

Transmittance Gardner, Iodine, Hazen (APHA), European Pharmacopoeia, US Pharmacopeia
Color-difference equation

ΔE*ab (CIE 1976), ΔE*94 (CIE 1994), ΔE00 (CIE 2000), ΔE (Hunter), CMC (l:c)

Pass/fail judgment Tolerances can be set to colorimetric values (except Munsell), colour-difference values
Storable data Sample data: 4,000 measurements; Target colour data: 1,000 measurements
USB memory stick storage Storage of measurement data and target colour data. Storage/reading of measurement condition settings
(Security-enabled USB memory sticks cannot be used.)
Power AC 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz (using exclusive AC adapter)
Size Slide cover closed: 385 (W) × 192 (H) × 261 (D) mm
Slide cover open: 475 (W) × 192 (H) × 261 (D) mm
Weight Approx. 5.8 kg
Operating temperature/
humidity range
13 to 33°C, relative humidity 80 % or less (at 35°C) with no condensation
Storage temperature/
humidity range
0 to 40°C, relative humidity 80 % or less (at 35°C) with no condensation
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