It isn’t possible to define one set of perfect picture settings for every single Samsung TV. Even the same model can be slightly different on a unit-by-unit basis. Also the surrounding conditions as well as the personal likings are always different. Some settings may only be available in the more expensive models, like the QLED Q90R. If you possess a cheaper model, like the RU7100, you can just skip those adjustments. This is merely an overview about the terms used by Samsung to get the best picture settings and a PDF to have a good starting point.
Samsung Picture Settings
To get a basic direction for your TV’s picture you can choose one of the following picture modes acoording to your surroundings and types of usage.
Dynamic: Vivid picture mode for bright surroundings.
Standard: Picture Mode without any presets.
Natural: Choose this option to avoid eye strain and have the most comfortable time.
Movie: This picture mode is the best for most people as it optimizes the picture for a dark room home cinema.
Samsung Expert Settings
Backlight: Changes the maximum brightness of the TV’s backlight. It should be adjusted according to the rooms overall brightness.
Brightness: Only changes the way very dark content is displayed. The Black Levels can be raised to see more details in dark scenes.
Local Dimming: Certain parts of the screen’s backlight are dimmed down to match the lighting of the displayed scene. Works better with TVs with Full Array Local Dimming like the Samsung Q9FN as with edge lit TVs like the RU7100. It can be set to Low, Standard or High but not be turned off completely.
Contrast: Artificially improves the contrast ratio at the expense of details.
Sharpness: Makes the picture appear sharper by adding edges to objects.
Color: Is used for adjusting the saturation of colors. Be aware that the picture looks unrealistic quite quickly if you set this too high.
Tint (G/R): This setting is used to remove a green or red tint from the picture.
Digital Clean View: Samsung’s noise reduction feature
Auto Motion Plus: The Auto Motion Plus Menu enables the picture processing which aims to improve the TV’s Displaying fast moving objects. Auto Motion Plus itself is the Artificial calculation of more frames than the source material has to offer feature.
- Blur Reduction: Motion Blur can be quite distracting with fast moving content. This feature tries to minimze that blur.
- Inconsistent time frame due to the input frequency not mismatching the TV's frequency (e.g. 24p via 60Hz) Reduction: If the TV’s Hertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s - When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. is not a multiple of the input signal (eg. 24p content on a 60Hz TV), frames are displayed for different amounts of time. This can be really distracting with long panning shots. Enabling this setting can remove the Inconsistent time frame due to the input frequency not mismatching the TV's frequency (e.g. 24p via 60Hz).
- LED Clear Motion: Samsung’s Black Frame Insertion Feature can make motion appear clearer. Yet the brightness of the whole screen goes down as every second frame is black and it can cause a noticeable flicker.
Contrast Enhancer: The contrast of the source material is improved in post by a static picture processing algorithm.
Color Tone: Adjusts the color temperature of the screen. The options warm1 and warm2 are the right ones for most users.
White Balance: This setting can be used to remove tints from white. It always varies from unit to unit.
Gamma: You can change the gamma curve of the television to improve different brightness levels. For example set this to max if you want High Dynamic Range - image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) details to really pop.
RGB-Mode: Picture mode without subsampling
Color Space Settings: Use this setting to further calibrate the TV’s colors. One can choose between “native”, “auto” and “custom”.
Further Samsung Options
Game Mode: Activate this mode when gaming on your Samsung television. Most picture processing will be disabled in order to decrease the Time it takes for the input signal to appear on the screen (delay). On the more expensive models a few additional features like FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate - synchronizes the display's refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card or the Dynamic Black Enhancer can be found.
If you want to have Artificial calculation of more frames than the source material has to offer while gaming you’ll have to activate Game Motion Plus.
FreeSync: The Variable Refresh Rate - synchronizes the display's refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card (Variable Refresh Rate - synchronizes the display's refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card) feature improves the gaming experience significantly if possible. It drastically decreases the chance of tearing. FreeSync works with the Xbox One S or X and PCs using an AMD graphics card which also supports said feature.
MPEG Noise Reduction: A software to remove picture errors by reducing the MPEG noise at the possible expense of details.
HDMI Black Level: An option to adjust an input’s black level to compensate low quality sources with washed out colors or a low native contrast.
HDMI UHD Color: This option has to be activated for every HDMI input with HDR-material sources.
Eco Settings: A number of options to decrease the energy needed by your television. If the Eco settings are enabled the TV will be adjusting certain settings like the backlight by itself according to the environment. If you do not want the TV to change your settings by itself you should leave all eco options disabled.
Picture Size: You can force an aspect ratio by selecting “16:9”, “4:3” or “Custom”.
Fit to screen: The aspect ratio will be determined by the width of the source material.
The best Samsung Settings
In order for you to get the best picture quality of your 2019 Samsung TV, we put together the most important settings in a PDF. You can download it by subscribing to our newsletter with the button below!
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