Every aspiring videophile knows that correct settings can make or break a TV's picture quality. Many of today's HDTVs offer an overwhelming variety of settings, from basic preset modes to advanced options for color, video processing, and more. Adjusting them properly takes some doing--see HDTV tune-up tips and picture settings for specific TVs--but first the controls actually have to be available to begin with. In the following screenshots we'll take a look at the settings available in the latest, higher-end TVs we've reviewed (note that not every TV from the same maker has all of these settings).
First up is LG, which has historically offered the best selection of picture settings of any maker. In 2010 it's still superb--although Samsung is arguably as good now--and anchored by more presets than anybody, including two THX modes on many models.
Panasonic finally added fine color temperature settings to its two higher-end series, including the popular G models. For some reason, however, the company omits the green color control from its two-point system, which can make adjustment more difficult.
Samsung was the first to offer adjustment beyond the basic presets for its dejudder controls, and they work very well to both adjust and remove the smoothing effect, whether or not you want to maximize antiblur.