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Samsung UN55F8000 picture settings

by katzmaier CNET staff/forum admin / June 20, 2013 12:58 AM PDT

Review:
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/samsung-un55f8000/4505-6482_7-35576107.html

Related products:
UN46F8000
UN60F8000
UN65F8000
UN75F8000

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.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9996461-1.html

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

PIP: 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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Link to calibration report
by katzmaier CNET staff/forum admin / June 20, 2013 1:04 AM PDT
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Wrong setting...
by KeyserSozeLives / June 21, 2013 3:16 AM PDT

Ummm Katzmeier I don't know how to tell you this but you have one of the most important settings on this TV set wrong, and in all likelihood it dramatically impacted your calibration, measurements, and picture observations.

HDMI Black Level is the setting that determines whether the Samsung looks for Video (15-235) or PC (0-255) black levels. Having it at Normal will result in a generally washed out picture and crushed blacks. Unless your source was outputting PC levels (unlikely) then you have to get it un-greyed and change it.

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Um, no you are wrong
by T1000v2 / July 2, 2013 7:36 PM PDT
In reply to: Wrong setting...

I have the 75" ES9000 from last year, as well as a 60" ES8000 series. I can tell you that the reason that HDMI black level is set to greyed out is because it's automatically detecting the correct input from a HDMI bluray player at 1080p/24. It does NOT need to be changed, it's being set correctly automatically by the panel.

1000

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T1000v2 is correct
by GrahamLindsay / August 31, 2014 5:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Um, no you are wrong

I have a pioneer BDP-62FD and its settings tell the TV I just got(1080p/24), which is a UN65H8000AFXZA (curved)...don't ask me why I decided on curved (good deal for 2500$). I am not doing the 4K one at this time.

Took me while to figure this out, but its greyed b/c of other connected source (my SC-72 probably also is telling it to also...not just the blu-ray).

I wish someone would calibrate my model number I used this for now.

I know the thread is old!

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75 ES9000 calibration
by jmstew / January 13, 2015 3:28 AM PST
In reply to: Um, no you are wrong

I just purchased the 75" ES9000 on a huge discount. The picture is amazing. Are you using the ES8000 setting for your ES9000? If not, do you know where I could find them?

Thanks in advance!

Mike

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Samsung f7500
by brunoosti / October 5, 2013 11:53 AM PDT

Well,
I have the f7500 model, that should be almost the same thing as the f8000.
I've tried these settings but I realize that the "movie" mode sacrifices a lot of black level. If I apply the same settings to the "standard" mode the blacks are much much better! But I get reddish grays instead. The standard mode don't let me adjust the 10p White Balance menu (which is grayed out).
What's could be happening? Why does movie mode sacrifices blackness?
Thank you!

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10p white balance
by Bobrocs / October 8, 2013 4:48 AM PDT

How critical is it to the picture quality to input all 10 intervals on the 10p white balance submenu. Do all 10 intervals adjust the overall picture or is one only selected at a time. I'm just trying to get a better understanding on this setting. Any info will help. Thanks

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Updated picture settings since multiple firmware updates?
by willyburz / January 25, 2014 3:14 AM PST

Mr. Katzmaier,
Would you be able to see what / if any changes to the pic settings, since this amazing tv has had multiple firmware updates since your original testing date?! It would be interesting to see if gamma, or color has swung at all, and if your original settings can be fine tuned even more? Thank you a million if you can take another shot at this, and see what has come about! It would do this amazing tv justice Happy

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Submenu items greyed out?
by SCM_Dana / February 2, 2014 3:40 AM PST

Hi David,

I hope you're still checking this thread. First, thanks for the step-by-step settings. A fantastic help! I was able to adjust everything to your recommendations except for these two areas which are greyed out:

Picture Size: Screen Fit
Film mode: Auto 1

I reset all the setting before adjusting to your recommendations, however the picture size and film mode seemingly cannot be adjusted.

I'm running an HDMI passthrough through my Marantz SR7005 from my PS3 (even with everything off, they're greyed out).

Any suggestions?

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Black Enhancer
by Redkryptonite / February 24, 2014 3:59 PM PST

My 60 F8000 doesn't have the Black Enhancer setting. is this odd? or did a firmware update take this feature/setting away?

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Gamma
by JoaNyb81 / March 29, 2014 6:48 PM PDT

Hi,

Thanks for the settings, looks great on my nordic UE46F8005 (nordic/european model number for more or less the same tv, some settings are not found on it like local dimming).

The only thing I've noticed is that with the gamma setting set at +1, some dark scenes look a bit washed-out (as in too bright). Then again other dark scenes look fine. Maybe I'm just used to a darker image over all. Is this normal, and is this the way its actually supposed to look?

Thanks.

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Movie Mode
by meb730 / April 4, 2014 1:02 AM PDT

I noticed you have it on movie node. It this mode the best when just watching regular HD shows too? Also the sharpness is at 0. This will still give me adetailed HD picture? Thank you

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Our Experience with Calibration of the Samsung UN65F8000B Fl
by ThePaz / April 7, 2014 6:52 PM PDT

The following are the entry's into the numerous fields for calibrating your SAMSUNG UN65F8000B Flatscreen TV (From Our Experience):


Backlight: 12
Contrast: 85
Brightness: 49
Sharpness: 12
Color: 43
Tint: G51/R49

PICTURE SIZE: Screen Fit

ADVANCED SETTINGS:

Dynamic Contrast: Medium
Black Tone: Dark
Flesh Tone: 0
RGB: Off
Color Space: Auto
White Balance:
R-O: 47
G-O: 24
B-O: 18
R-G: 25
G-G: 24
B-G: 12

10p White Balance: Off
Gamma: -1
Expert Pattern: Off
Motion Lighting: Off

PICTURE OPTIONS:
Color Tone: Warm1
Digital View: Auto
Noise Filter: Auto
HDMI Black level: Normal
Film Mode: Auto2
Auto Motion Plus: OFF or Smooth when playing DVD's
Smart LED: Standard
Cinema Black: On
Apply Picture Mode: Current Source

The following are the entry's into the numerous fields for calibrating your SAMSUNG UN65F8000B Flatscreen TV (From Our Experience):

PICTURE MODE: Movie

Backlight: 12
Contrast: 85
Brightness: 49
Sharpness: 12
Color: 43
Tint: G51/R49

PICTURE SIZE: Screen Fit

ADVANCED SETTINGS:

Dynamic Contrast: Medium
Black Tone: Dark
Flesh Tone: 0
RGB: Off
Color Space: Auto
White Balance:
R-O: 47
G-O: 24
B-O: 18
R-G: 25
G-G: 24
B-G: 12

10p White Balance: Off
Gamma: -1
Expert Pattern: Off
Motion Lighting: Off

PICTURE OPTIONS:
Color Tone: Warm1
Digital View: Auto
Noise Filter: Auto
HDMI Black level: Normal
Film Mode: Auto2
Auto Motion Plus: Off or Smooth when playing DVD's
Smart LED: Standard
Cinema Black: On
Apply Picture Mode: Current Source

Samsung UN65F8000B Flatscreen TV
Parameter-Settings For Viewing Sporting Events:
(Basketball, Football, Hockey, etc.)
[From Our ExperienceThese Settings Offer Excellent Images For Viewing Sporting Events.]

Backlight: 16
Contrast: 75
Brightness: 46
Sharpness: 03
Color: 47
Tint: G51/R49

PICTURE SIZE: Screen Fit

ADVANCED SETTINGS:

Dynamic Contrast: High
Black Tone: Darkest
Flesh Tone: 0
RGB: Off
Color Space: Auto
White Balance:
R-O: 24
G-O: 26
B-O: 22
R-G: 23
G-G: 24
B-G: 18

10p White Balance: Off
Gamma: +2
Expert Pattern: Off
Motion Lighting: Off

PICTURE OPTIONS:
Color Tone: Cool
Digital View: Auto
Noise Filter: Auto
HDMI Black level: Normal
Film Mode: Off
Auto Motion Plus: Smooth Mode or if in Custom Mode:
Blur Reduction: 0
Judder Reduction : 2
LED Clear Motion: On
Smart LED: High
Cinema Black: On
Apply Picture Mode: Current Source

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Picture Setting
by meb730 / April 8, 2014 12:08 AM PDT

Is that first calibration setting for "standard?" I noticed under the first list of settings you then have movie, and then sports. Thank you

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Calibration Settings on the Samsung UN65F8000B Flatscreen TV
by ThePaz / April 8, 2014 3:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Picture Setting

Since the Standard Mode has "Energy Efficiency" as it's default the only mode you can utilize, that's not blocked-out, is the Movie Mode. I don't know why but this is the only way to calibrate your picture to your particular taste. My initial calibration settings, posted, are from an expert technician who calibrated my Samsung UN65F8000B Flatscreen TV in our home. Just sharing with everyone.

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Calibration Perfecto
by gramstaff / May 19, 2014 12:37 PM PDT

Thanks, I told a friend of mine Neil Roy that I bought this tv upon your recommendation. He said he partied with you in college. He currently has three of your recommended tvs in his basement so that he can watch as many football games as the human eye can absorb at once. Thanks again for posting these settings, they work so well.

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Calibration Settings
by ThePaz / May 19, 2014 2:25 PM PDT

Thanks for the calibration settings for this Samsung Flatscreen 1080p HD TV.

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Increase gamma
by bestboy1 / June 5, 2014 9:26 PM PDT

David, my family room is very bright during the day time with lots of windows. I am using your setting with following tweaks to compensate for the bright room:

- Increase Gamma to +2
- Increase the Backlight to 17
- Increase Color to 53
- Increase the Black Tone to "Dark"

By making these tweaks, am I missing out on something. Also by increasing the gamma to +2 and color to 53, do I need to go back and make changes to color space and the white balance, to compensate for the above changes.

Thanks.

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