Picture settings: Samsung UN40F5000
by katzmaier - 10/3/13 11:30 AM
Calibration report using these settings: [see below]
Below you'll find the settings I found best for viewing the Samsung UN40F5000 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: The Movie mode's default picture settings were quite accurate, but not nearly as dead-on as some previous Samsungs. The biggest issue was a somewhat plus-blue grayscale.
My first decision in attempting to improve upon default Movie was to whether or not to employ the LED Clear Motion setting, which controls whether or not the TV uses backlight scanning. The On position did result in a very slightly cleaner image during motion with test patterns, but it was a vanishingly small improvement. As usual turning it on also cut light output roughly by half, so I had to peg the Backlight control at max to achieve my target light output of 40 fL. Doing so adversely affected gamma, causing a big spike at the upper end of the luminance scale. Given these issues I elected to leave the setting Off for my calibration.
I didn't have to change much else to hone the TV to near perfection. I didn't even miss having a 10-point grayscale or color management system--the default color, in particular, was superb.
--Picture Size menu--
Size: Screen Fit
--Advanced Settings sub menu--
Dynamic Contrast: Off
Black Tone: Off
Flesh Tone: 0
Color Space: Auto
White Balance: (see below)
Motion Lighting: Off [grayed out]
White Balance submenu:
--Picture options submenu
Color tone: Warm2
Size: Screen Fit
Digital Clean View: Off
MPEG Noise Filter: Off
HDMI black level: Normal [grayed out]
Film mode: Auto 1
LED Clear Motion: Off