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DCI-P3, or DCI/P3, is a common RGB color space for digital movie projection from the US-American film industry.[1]

The CIE 1931 chromaticity diagram with the spectral colors and purple line along the rim. The corners of the triangle are the primary colors of the DCI-P3 color space. DCI-P3 D65 uses Illuminant D65 for the white point.



Early HistoryEdit

In the CIE 1931 xy chromaticity diagram the DCI-P3 color space covers 45.5% of all chromaticities and 86.9% of Pointer’s gamut. In the CIE 1976 u’v’ chromaticity diagram the coverage is 41.7% and 85.5% respectively.[2] The blue primary color is the same as sRGB and Adobe RGB;[1] the red primary color is a monochromatic light source and has a wavelength of 615 nm. DCI-P3 was defined by the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) organization and published by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) in SMPTE EG 432-1 and SMPTE RP 431-2.[3] As a step towards the implementation of the significantly wider Rec. 2020 it is expected to see adoption in television systems and in the home cinema domain.[4]

On November 10, 2010, SMPTE published SMPTE EG 432-1:2010.[5]

On April 6, 2011, SMPTE published SMPTE RP 431-2:2011.[6]


In September 2015, Apple's iMac desktop became the first consumer computer with a built-in wide-gamut display, supporting the P3 color space.

On January 4, 2016, the UHD Alliance announced their specifications for Ultra HD Premium which requires devices to display at least 90% of the DCI P3 color space.[7][8]

In August 2016, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shipped with an HDR display[9] with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut.[10]

In September 2016, Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro shipped with a display supporting P3 color.

In September 2016, Apple's iPhone 7 shipped with a wide-gamut display, supporting P3.[11]

In October 2016, Microsoft's Surface Studio desktop computer was unveiled, featuring P3 wide color. Apple's new MacBook Pro notebook was also released, featuring support for P3.[12]


In April 2017, Samsung released the Galaxy S8, which supports P3 wide color.[13]

In June 2017, OnePlus 5 was released with this feature.[14]

In September 2017, Apple unveiled the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus with support for P3 color.[15]They also unveiled the iPhone X which also supports P3 color.[16][17]

In October, 2017, Google released the Pixel 2 with 95% P3 color coverage. They also released the Pixel 2 XL with 100% P3 color coverage. [18]

In November 2017, HTC announced HTC U11+ phone with DCI-P3 color support [19].

In December 2017, Apple's iMac Pro will be released, featuring P3 wide color.[20]

System colorimetryEdit

RGB color space parameters[21][22]
Color space White point Primary colors
xW yW xR yR xG yG xB yB
DCI-P3 D65 0.3127 0.3290 0.680 0.320 0.265 0.690 0.150 0.060
DCI-P3 Theater 0.314 0.351 0.680 0.320 0.265 0.690 0.150 0.060

DCI-P3 has a 25% larger color gamut than sRGB.[23]


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