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HDTV picture settings forum: Samsung UN55F8000 picture settings

by: katzmaier June 20, 2013 7:58 AM PDT

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Samsung UN55F8000 picture settings

by katzmaier CNET staff - 6/20/13 7:58 AM


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Calibration report using these settings:
[see below]

TV software/firmware version tested: 1104

Below you'll find the settings I found best for viewing the Samsung UN55F8000 in a dim room via the HDMI input. Your settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.

Calibration notes: As usual Samsung's Movie setting delivered much the best picture quality compared to the other presets; it was so accurate, in fact, that tweaking wasn't strictly necessary. Average error levels for color and grayscale was pretty close to the nominal level of human perception (d2000 of 3 or less).

Of course I wanted to get it closer and the plethora of excellent controls made that a relative cinch. Before I could get into the nitty gritty, however, one big decision revolved around which local dimming setting to use. The differences between the three were relatively subtle, although Low delivered slightly worse black levels than the other two. In the end I settled on Standard, which did provide the flattest gamma by a nose, and black levels generally as deep as High. Honestly though, all three showed very good gamma and shadow detail. Of course I recommend avoiding Off since it showed significantly worse black levels than any of the others, as well as a large uniformity issue as detailed in the review.

Dialing in gamma, grayscale and color was a breeze due to Movie's initial accuracy and the superb controls. The 2-point system got the grayscale to a level I'd be perfectly satisfied with normally, while the 10-point system worked well to further hone it to near perfection. The same went for color, where the 3D CMS worked beautifully. In the end the F8000 showed the most accurate color of the year according to my charts.

--Picture menu
Mode: Movie
Backlight: 7
Contrast: 95
Brightness: 45
Sharpness: 0
Color: 50
Tint: G50/R50

Picture Size submenu:
Picture Size: Screen Fit
Position: [no change]

Auto Adjustment submenu: [Grayed out]

3D submenu: N/A


Advanced settings submenu:
Dynamic contrast: Off
Black tone: Off
Flesh tone: 0
RGB Only Mode: Off
Color space: Custom
White Balance: [see below]
10p White Balance: On
Gamma: +1
Expert Pattern: Off
Motion Lighting: Off [grayed out]
Black Enhancer: Off

Color Space submenu:
Color Space: Custom
Red: Red 46, Green 0, Blue 1
Green: Red 4, Green 56, Blue 2
Blue: Red 3, Green 0, Blue 50
Yellow: Red 50, Green 50, Blue 2
Cyan: Red 6, Green 52, Blue 52
Magenta: Red 48, Green 0, Blue 50

White balance submenu:
R-Offset: 25
G-Offset: 26
B-Offset: 25
R-Gain: 22
G-Gain: 25
B-Gain: 26

10p White Balance submenu:
Interval 1: Red -1, Green 0, Blue 0
Interval 2: Red 0, Green 0, Blue 0
Interval 3: Red 0, Green 0, Blue 0
Interval 4: Red +3, Green 0, Blue 0
Interval 5: Red +1, Green -1, Blue 0
Interval 6: Red 0, Green -2, Blue -1
Interval 7: Red 0, Green -2, Blue 0
Interval 8: Red -1, Green -2, Blue -1
Interval 9: Red 0, Green -1, Blue 0
Interval 10: Red 0, Green 0, Blue 0

Picture options submenu
Color tone: Warm2
Digital Clean View: Off
MPEG Noise Filter: Off
HDMI black level: Normal [grayed out]
Film mode: Auto 1
Auto Motion Plus: Custom
Smart LED: Standard
Cinema Black: On

Auto Motion Plus submenu:
Blur reduction: 10
Judder reduction: 0
LED Clear Motion: On

-- System menu
Eco Solution submenu:
Energy Saving: Off
Eco Sensor: Off
[others N/A]

Note: This post was edited by its original author Corrected typo for "Cinema Black" setting; "On" is the correct setting. on 07/08/2013 at 6:53 AM PT

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