X

LG's OLED TV shows the highlights and shadows of HDR

Take a look at LG's OLED televisions, which claim to show off the eye-popping contrast of high dynamic range movies and TV.

richard-trenholm-square.jpg
richard-trenholm-square.jpg

Richard Trenholm

See full bio
lg-oled-hdr-tv-handson-05.jpg
1 of 9 Rich Trenholm/CNET

BERLIN -- This is LG's OLED TV with high dynamic range (HDR), which is set to be the next big thing in televisions.

lg-oled-hdr-tv-handson-01.jpg
2 of 9 Rich Trenholm/CNET

LG's OLED TVs with HDR aim to give you a rich and life-like contrast between deep dark shadows and bright white highlights on the same screen.

lg-oled-hdr-tv-handson-06.jpg
3 of 9 Rich Trenholm/CNET

Unlike recent TV innovations like high definition and 4K, HDR isn't about adding more pixels: it's about doing more with the pixels you have.

lg-oled-hdr-tv-handson-03.jpg
4 of 9 Rich Trenholm/CNET

OLED TVs like this one are well suited to HDR because the strength of OLED TVs is producing a perfectly dark shade of black and a very bright white on the screen at the same time.

lg-oled-hdr-tv-handson-04.jpg
5 of 9 Rich Trenholm/CNET

There isn't a huge amount of content yet that shows off the new technology, but Amazon Instant Video is leading the way and LG says Hollywood studios are on board.

lg-oled-hdr-tv-handson-08.jpg
6 of 9 Rich Trenholm/CNET

Here you can see the difference between an LCD TV on the left and an OLED TV on the right. It's worth noting, though, that this is a demonstration by LG. So of course it's designed to show off the OLED TVs in their best light.

lg-oled-hdr-tv-handson-09.jpg
7 of 9 Rich Trenholm/CNET

Adding HDR makes a clear difference to movies and TV. The brighter highlights really pop from the screen without losing the solid black shadows that provide such a pleasing contrast.

lg-oled-hdr-tv-handson-11.jpg
8 of 9 Rich Trenholm/CNET

Here you can see how slim the OLED TVs are.

lg-oled-hdr-tv-handson-02.jpg
9 of 9 Rich Trenholm/CNET

The contrast between those shining highlights and deep shadows gives an almost 3D-like depth to the picture.

For more from IFA 2015, check out CNET's complete coverage.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

More Galleries

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

84 Photos
2023 Honda CR-V EX-L Is a Handsome Crossover

More Galleries

2023 Honda CR-V EX-L Is a Handsome Crossover

14 Photos
The Absolute Best Games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The Absolute Best Games on Nintendo Switch

36 Photos
VW Gen Travel Concept Is Electric, Autonomous and Really Freakin' Cool

More Galleries

VW Gen Travel Concept Is Electric, Autonomous and Really Freakin' Cool

26 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

More Galleries

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos
Volvo Concept Recharge has some big changes in store

More Galleries

Volvo Concept Recharge has some big changes in store

9 Photos