The best Philips TV picture settings – explanation & recommendations

According to a saying, “tastes differ”. This is an exact description, of how the perception of tv pictures work. Watching your favorite movie depends on several aspects like, wether you are in a darker or lighter area or which device you are using and whichever settings you are able to change. Therefore it is kinda hard to find a perfect solution on tv picture settings. We are trying to present you informations about your Philips TV’s, LCD or OLED, so you can use your television, at it’s best. With just a few changes, you will able to change the display of your Philips display settings, so you can enjoy your movie night in best quality.


Which picture settings are available?

Picture mode

Philips Picture Settings are preset parameters, that are used for different situations. Of course you need to check the light conditions in your room, as well as what you are watching. Depending on your model the names of options might vary, and it could appear, that settings are in this list, but you can’t find them. Eventually you should just skip that point on the list.

Personally: You can use this mode to save your own preferences and advanced settings. If you want to get the best out of your Philips, you should consider using that option.

Vivid: This picture mode is used to sharpen the picture on your screen and to make it even more powerful. If used in an area with a lot of daylight, this setting shows its real beauty. This one is used best for sports.

Naturally: Using this mode creates a high-contrast picture on your screen. Colours are even more vivid with it, which shows an excellent effect on Nature documentaries.

Standard: If you just want to watch TV without considering especially high contrast or deep colours, this mode will be perfect for you. This picture setting is for everyone, who just wanna watch his TV series without remoddeling the whole television.

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Picture settings will help you, to fit the tv display to almost any situation.

Movie: Cinemagoer will love this picture setting. It is perfect for movies, since your advanced options will be set to cinema standards. With that, the movie quality is similar to cinema parameters and you will feel like, you are in that movie. Now you only miss popcorn.

Game: This is the perfect mode for gamers. The input lag will be minimized, which is especially important in fast paced games like Shooters. Most of new Philip’s TV’s also use ALLM – or Auto Low Latency Mode. This setting is able to find a connected console and switch to “Game” mode in an instant and automatically.

Computer: This setting is used to optimize your TV as a computer screen and to adapt the appropriate parameters. You should still consider not to work on your TV for too long though. Otherwise the burn-in risk will be way higher, if you look on a blank, white screen in word, for example.

AI: The AI-mode is something special. Philips is using their own P5-technology to create a great picture. With this setting, you can enjoy this technology at its best. The artificial Intelligence is able to recognize issues in your Picture and solve this problem on their own. This leads to almost perfect pictures, depending on your light conditions and surroundings of course. But now you can see either extremely dark as well as extremely bright pictures and enjoy your movie.

ISF: The ISF Day and ISF Night option regulate a lot of smaller parameters, Black- and White levels, Colour and saturation, grey levels etc. With these options you can fit the picture to the light conditions in your room, without touching these small parameters on your own.

Philips personal picture settings

Colour: This option is used to change the coloration of your tv, so you can either intensify or lessen it. It doesn’t matter how you like the coloration, with this option, you can adapt it just right.

Contrast: Here you can change the contrast level of your display. Besides the dynamic contrast you can also edit the Perfect Naturaly Reality, which is the HDR upscale option.

Sharpness: In these settings you can edit the “Ultra resolution” parameters. This option is the equivalent to Antialiasing on your computer.

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Contrast and Coloration can be found in the advanced options

Sharp Pictures: This is used, similar to the sharpness option, to increase the imaging. With options like noise suppression and MPEG-Artifact suppression, the tv is able to adjust pictures and also artificially rework any noise.

Mootion: This Option is used to adjust fast or slow motions in a movie. There are different Options you can use, like Perfect Natural Motion or Perfect Clear Motion. Depending on your model you might have other options as well. Feel free to test them and check, which you liked the most.

Advanced Philips picture settings

The “advanced picture settings” are subitems of your personal picture settings. We want to show you, which options you might have and what will be the effect on your Philips television. The motto should be “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”.

Colour optimization: With this option, you can raise the intensity and details of light colours. The higher this setting, the more intense and brighter your colours will be.

Colour spectrum: You can choose between a wide and a normal colour spectrum in this setting. The “wide” option gives your TV access to an expanded colour range, which can intensify the picture.

Colour temperature: This option is self-explanatory. You can decide between different preset options. Standard, cold, warm and personal. Standard is a “normal” Colour temperature, therefore “cold” is giving you a blue tint. The “warm” option is available to make colors more red. If you choose “personal” you will be able to change the colour temperature your own way and you will get access to a new option, to change the level of white colour used.

Colour Control: Here you are able to edit colours at once. You might intensify or weaken the colours used on your Philips.

Only RGB: This Mode is used to limit the used colours to the RGB colour palette. So only the colours red, green and blue will be displayed and mixed. The colours of other palettes won’t be considered.

Contrast mode: In this setting you can adjust the automatic contrast. There are several options like “energy saving” or “contrast for picture”.

Perfect Natural Reality: This Option is a really interesting adjustment, especially for movie enthusiasts. This is Philips’ HDR upscale option, which is used to artificially increase the Contrast and brightness, to get the desired HDR effect.

HDR perfect: This effect will be activated as soon as you adjusted the Perfect Natural Reality. With HDR perfect you are able to edit the HDR effect even more.

Dynamic Contrast: You can use this option, to edit the dynamic contrast range, which will adjust the automatic contrast in lighter, respectively darker, pictures.

Video contrast: This is your “classic” contrast option. You can edit the Brightness of your Screen with this setting. With the help of “Video contrast” you can decide which luminosity your screen will have, with light or dark pictures displayed. The higher this option – the higher your brightness.

Light sensor: This setting is used to turn your light sensors on or off. If you are in a darker area, it would be useful to turn off the light sensors, to save energy. The picture, which is not influenced by light, will be a little bit darker, if you use this option.

Gamma: The Gamma level decides, how bright and with how much contrast pictures are displayed. The higher the gamma level, the darker pictures will be and vice versa.

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You can see every detail – with “Ultra resolution”

Ultra resolution: This option is used to perform antialliasing to your Philips TV.

Noise suppression: Depending on how strong you want this option to be, the TV will artificially rework noise. Sometimes it’s still best not to use this option.

MPEG-Artifact suppression: This setting is pretty similar to noise suppression. The TV is trying to suppress artifacts in your Display. Although this might also lead to a worse experience.

Motions: Equal to the picture settings mentioned already, you have preset options for motions. Wether you prefer to watch sports or Movies – you will find a perfect solution for your needs.

Perfect Natural Motion: This option will adjust Judder and motions with a low frame rate will look a lot more natural.

Perfect Clear Motion: Using this option will help you to clear motions and raise the level of black in your Screen. This can come in handy, when you want to watch something with really fast movements, like car races.

Pure Cinema: This mode is used to let motions appear as natural as possible. Equal to the Perfect Natural Motion setting, Judder will be mostly deleted to produce a more natural motion.

Movie: This is a really good possibility for animated movies. Other than the previous options, this one will add a small amount of Judder to improve the animation. Although a so called Soap Opera Effect might appear, which is bad for non-animated movies.

Burn-In effect for OLED

The burn-in effect will take place, if the LED’s of your screen produces one type of colour for too long. A picture error might appear, that possibly wont be repairable. Anyway, this problem is (almost) non-existent anymore for modern models.

Delete residues: With the help of this setting you are able to delete old residues in your screen. This process is equal to clearing cookies or the cache from your computer. The LED’s are able to reposition, what is lowering the risk of a burn-in.

Set the screen size

Screen Size: Sometimes it is useful to adjust your screen size. Especially, if you are watching older movies, which can not be displayed in 16:9 resolution.

  • Wide Screen
  • Fill Screen
  • Fit to Screen
  • Original
  • Advanced

Those are the possible and self-explanatory options. This setting should be tested by heart, to see, which Size would fit you the best.

Special Philips Picture settings.

Philips OLED TV’s are using their own P5-technology. There are upgrades to P5 annually and lastly an AI was released. The AI is able to detect Errors in pictures and is trying to solve these. Furthermore the brightness and shadows will be adjusted. You can chose that option in your general Philips image settings.

Advanced AI settings

If you chose to give the AI setting a try, you might see a really strange picture. This appears, because the artificial intelligence is trying to perform antialiasing, colour matching and corrections at any cost. In the advanced AI settings you can edit the input, so it wont appear as a fully white display anymore. If you set “perfect sharpness”, “perfect contrast” and “perfect colour” on a minimum and “perfection source” as well as “perfect colour” on middle, your Philips will present you an awesome image.

Our recommendation for your Philips TV

The best Philips image settings, respectively how you will get them, can be found in this well arranged PDF.

Best picture settings for your Philips TV
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