The perfect TV picture looks a bit different for every user, which is why you can’t say across the board which picture setting is optimal. In addition, not everyone uses the TV in the same way and the settings also differ from device to device. In the following, we will explain the different settings of Sony Bravia TVs and with a few tips and tricks, you can get even more out of your Sony OLED TV.
Sony Picture Settings
The picture mode includes presets of the TV for different needs. Depending on what you want to watch, you can already find the near-optimal setting for the range here. Depending on the model, the modes can differ from our specifications.
Brilliant/Vivid: Brilliant picture mode turns up the brightness and improves contrast and sharpness.
Standard: This setting is completely sufficient for normal television or content in HD quality. Image enhancers that smooth the edges are additionally used. Otherwise, no adjustments are made.
Cinema pro: The mode for the perfect cinema experience. If you want to watch 4K content in a completely darkened room, you will get a real cinema feeling. However, it should be noted that the picture is generally displayed a bit darker, which is, however, more pleasant for the eyes.
Cinema home: Do you prefer to watch 4K content with an additional light source or during the day? Then this is the mode for you. The overall brightness of the picture is much higher and HDR content comes out better. This mode can be used as a universal mode for many TV contents.
For Sony TVs after 2018, there is only the cinema mode.
Sports: This setting is ideal for watching sports events. However, the sharpness is heavily readjusted, whereby double contours can occur during soccer, for example.
Animation: As the name suggests, this preset is very well suited for animated films. These are beautifully staged with bright colors and high image sharpness.
Photo Brilliant: Photos are improved in contrast and image sharpness in this picture mode. Colors are also displayed in a more optimized way.
Photo Standard: The Standard mode is ideal for viewing photos. Only the image quality is optimized here.
Game: All modes that slow down the TV are turned off, which significantly reduces the input lag.
Graphics: This mode is particularly suitable if you want to use the TV as a computer monitor. The graphics picture mode provides a suitable picture quality for displaying graphics, diagrams and tables. However, you should be careful here, since static content in particular can lead to an increased risk of burn-in with an OLED.
Custom: Here you can make individual adjustments and your preferred settings can be saved here so that you always have access to them.
Brightness: This simply adjusts the brightness of the backlight. The image is not distorted by this. You can compare it with the regulation of the brightness in a smartphone.
Contrast: The contrast between light and dark image contents is regulated here.
Gamma: Here you can adjust the balance between light and dark areas of the image.
Black level: Dark areas of the image are enhanced by increasing the black level to create a stronger contrast. Dark details are thus easier to see. Here, active intervention is made in the image display.
Black adjust: Black balance improves the reproduction of dark image areas by increasing the contrast in the image.
Advanced contrast enhancer: Here, the contrast is optimally adjusted depending on the brightness. This makes the image appear more contrasty, deeper and more spatial, depending on the dynamic range.
Automatic Local Dimming: This feature, often referred to as Local Dimming, optimizes contrast by adjusting the brightness in individual areas of the picture. Local dimming should always be left on, especially in Cinema Home picture mode, otherwise you take away too much of the picture’s performance.
X-tended Dynamic Range: The luminance of brighter areas is additionally increased to further improve contrast.
Colour: Here you can set the color depth to be more intense or weaker.
Hue: Here the color can be shifted more to the green (G) or to the red range (R).
Per colour adjustment: The saturation, hue and brightness of each color can be optimized here.
Colour temperature: This setting determines the amount of white in the image. The “colder” this value is set, the higher the blue component in the white. A warm setting increases the yellow component in the white. Warmer light is much more pleasant to the eye.
Advanced colour temperature: If the color temperature setting is still not sufficient, the advanced setting can be used to adjust each color more precisely.
Colour brilliance: The vividness of the colors can be optimized here.
Sharpness: A neutral value is 50. If this is increased, contours and details are displayed more clearly, and if the value is decreased, the image becomes blurred.
Reality Creation: Details and subtleties can be highlighted here, creating a more realistic image.
Mastered in 4K: This setting is aimed at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Blu-Ray Disc™️ series and provides corresponding picture quality. This setting applies only to 1,080/24p signals, and to use the function, Cinema Home or Cinema Pro picture mode must first be selected.
Random noise reduction: When this function is activated, noise interference that occurs during motion or analog television is reduced.
Smooth gradation: Gradations in color gradients are displayed more smoothly, so that so-called banding can be reduced.
Motionflow: Intermediate images are inserted during movements so that they are displayed more smoothly. In extreme cases, this leads to the so-called soap opera effect. In cinema mode, this feature helps to experience movies as the director intended. It should be turned off in gaming because it has a negative impact on the response time and input lag.
Film mode: This mode ensures a faithful image impression during movie playback. The mode is automatically turned off if the image contains irregular signals or a lot of noise.
HDR mode: For SD content, this function creates an artificial HDR mode. The automatic setting is recommended here.
HDMI video range: Under this menu item, the signal range for HDMI inputs can be selected. Especially when connecting game consoles that support HDMI formats, the HDMI signal should be set to Advanced.
Colour space: The color reproduction range can be changed here. The automatic setting is recommended here as well.
Wide mode: This function can be used to adjust the image size.
- 16:9: This aspect ratio has been around since the 90s and has now become the standard aspect ratio for feature films and normal TV programming.
- 4:3: The 4:3 aspect ratio was considered the standard for a long time and can still be found in old movies and series.
4:3 preselection: Images in 4:3 format are automatically adjusted.
Automatic display range: Depending on the signal, the visible range is optimized.
Display area: Here the visible area can be adjusted accordingly.
Screen position: The vertical and horizontal position of the screen can be adjusted.
V. Amplitude: The displayed image can be stretched vertically.
Reset: Here the image settings are reset to the factory settings.
Light Sensor: Optimizes the brightness of the screen by detecting the ambient lighting of the room. The brightness of the screen becomes darker in a dark room and bright in brighter rooms.
Expert panel settings – reducing the risk of burn-in
Panel refresh: This function is executed automatically after the TV has been used for a long time. This refreshes the display to adjust the uniformity of the screen. It is also recommended to start this function manually once a year.
Pixel shift: Images are shifted by one pixel in different directions at regular intervals so that static images such as station logos do not burn in. It is recommended to always enable this function.
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