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Konica Minolta’s CR-10 Plus (successor to the CR-10) color difference reader is a portable, battery powered, and hand-held instrument for quick, precise color control. 

The CR-10 Plus tristimulus colorimeter is easily operable, economical and portable like never before. With a built-in utility software application, it allows changing of instrument settings, set tolerances, pass/fail judgment and data analysis directly on the instrument. Also includes USB connectivity to a computer for easy data transferring.

CR-10 Plus has the ability to measure precise color difference expressed in L*a*b* and dE* or L*C*H* and dE* displayed on an easy to view LCD screen. The CR-10 Plus boasts a standard measuring area of 8 mm and 5 mm with an optional accessory allowing it useful in a broad array of applications. All color measurements are taken using conditions of the standard illuminant D65 and 10 degrees observer and Specular Component Included (SCI) while offering a Xenon lamp light source for longer life and more stable readings.

The CR-10 Plus color reader is used to assess color differences between two samples. Its compact design allows it to be used easily in the field, or in the lab. This is a high-quality and economical instrument that is perfect for users in need of multiple devices. The CR-10 Plus does not sacrifice elegance for simplicity. It is easily operable and ergonomic for repeated use over long periods of time.



  • Easy to use and ergonomic, making it great for first-time users
  • Color difference expressed in L*a*b* and dE* or L*C*H* and dE* on the LCD screen
  • Built in storage for up to 1,000 measurement including target data
  • USB connectivity for easy PC connection
  • On board Utility Software application
  • Lightweight, compact size and battery-operated allowing it to be taken almost anywhere




Model  Color Reader CR-10 Plus
Illuminating/viewing geometry 8°:di (8°illumination angle/diffuse viewing: specular component included
(conforms to DIN 5033 Teil 7, JIS Z 8722 condition d, ISO 7724/1, CIE No. 15, ASTM E 116
Detector Silicon photocells (6 pcs.)
Display range L*: 1 to 100
Light source Pulsed xenon lamps
Measurement time Approx. 1 sec
Battery performance Approx. 2,000 measurement at 10-sec. intervals when using alkaline-manganese batteries
Measurement area Approx. ø8 mm, approx. ø5 mm (optional accessory
(*Optional ø5 mm mask does not conform to DIN 5033 Teil 7 and CIE N)
Repeatability Standard deviation within ΔE*ab 0.1
(when a white calibration plate is measured 30 times at 10-second intervals)
Display languages English, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Interface USB2.0
Observer 10° Standard Observer
Illuminant D65
Display data Color difference, average (up to 10 times), Pass/fail judgment
Color different formula Δ (L*a*b*), Δ (L*C*H*), Δ E*ab (CIE 1976)
Data memory Target data, Samples data(up to 1,000 in total)
Pass/fail item Δ E*ab, Δ (L*a*b*), Δ (L*C*H*)
Operation temperature/ humidity range 0 to 40°C, relative humidity 85% or less (at 35°C) with no condensation
Storage temperature/ humidity range -20 to 40°C, relative humidity 85% or less (at 35°C) with no condensation
Power 4 AA-size alkaline dry batteries or nickel-metal-hydride rechargeable batteries, USB bus power or special AC Adapter
Size (W x H x D) 66 x 158 x 85 mm
Weight 420 g (without batteries)



Illuminating/Viewing geometry 8/d (8° illumination angle/diffuse viewing)
Measuring area Approx. Ø8 mm
Light source Gas-filled tungsten lamp
Display modes Delta(L*a*b*) / Delta E*ab or Delta(L*C*H)Delta E*ab
Target color memory 1 channel; set by measurement
Measuring range L*: 10 to 100
Measurement condition
  • Observer: CIE Standard Observer
  • Illuminant: CIE Standard Illuminant D65
Repeadability Standard deviation within Delta E*ab 0.1
(Measurement conditions: average of measurements of standard white plate)
Min. interval between measurement Approx. 1 sec.
Power source Four AA-size batteries or optional AC adapter AC-A12
Battery life Alkaline-manganese batteries: Approx. 2000
measurements at 10-sec intervals
Display 16 character x 2-row dot-matrix LCD
Operation temperature range 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F); less than 85% relative humidity
Storage temperature range -20 to 40°C (-4 to 104°F)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 59 x 158 x 85 mm (2-5/16 x 6-1/4 x 3-3/8 in.)
Weight 360g (12.7 oz) not including batteries)
Standard accessories Soft case CR-A68; Protective Cap CR-A72;
Wrist strap CR-A73; AA-size batteries (4)
Optional accessories AC adpater AC-A12; Printer cable CR-A75


Color Reader, Model CR-11
For measuring colors in Munsell notation
  • Displays notation of Munsell color chip closest to the measured color
  • Memory for 50 measurements