How to get the best 4K picture on your Smart TV

What is really impossible is to find a unique fit capable of encompassing all the possibilities of our television. In other words, watching a horror movie at 4 in the afternoon with the sun shining on the screen is not the same as watching a football game at night with very soft ambient lighting. To adapt our screen to these two situations so oppositeyes, we will have to intervene To some extent. And that’s exactly what they exist for. picture modes predefined of the television.

What are Image Modes for?

Televisions usually come with several settings that allow us to quickly change a series de parameters such as contrast, saturation, brightness and temperature with the push of a button. Usually some come 4 different settings, being always common the standard mode, the vivid one, videogames and cinema. Other models also have one or two options for the user to save their own Custom settings.

If you don’t know what each one does, don’t worry. In the following lines we will explain a little what does each one do in general terms.

Vivid / Dynamic

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This mode defaults to a setting of brightness one hundred percent and one color saturation too to the max. TVs often come with this preset for their in-store demo. In this way, the panel will stand out from the others with which it competes.

Beyond that usefulness, you should always discard that mode. It is not intended for actual TV use. By the way, chances are that when you take your TV out of the box, it will come with this mode by default.

game / game

game mode turn off the artificial intelligence of the tv responsible for enhancing and smoothing the image. Why then would I want to activate this mode while playing a game on the PlayStation? because it removes the delayed. By activating this mode, your screen will be reproducing exactly what the console is generating, without any delay via. Thus, you will avoid delay from when you press the button until you see the result on TV. And not only that. You will also see each frame exactly as the hardware has produced it, i.e. without any anti-aliasing or artificial frame that can hinder your experience. Before you start playing, you should put this preset mode on your television.



Believe it or not, sports mode also has its share of utility. At the image level, we could say that it simply saturates the greens a little more and cool image in general. Also the configuration, according to which brands, allows the vision of the screen to improve from different angles. And the sound can also change, creating a more surround soundLike a stadium.


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This way it is with which the panel is usually calibrated during the manufacturing process. According to Soner Oklu, a quality control engineer at Samsung, this setting is the one that will offer better benefits From the beginning. However, it is only optimal if we are going to watch movies and series, that is, content that usually has dark images. Other manufacturers such as LG refer to this mode as ‘Calibrated’. Sony does it with the term ‘Dark’.

What Soner Oklu means by his claims is that movie mode is the only one able to show the capabilities of the panel as they come in the specification sheet. Of course, it must be taken into account that, for this to happen, the television will be adjusted to a lower brightness level than what we will see in other modes. Therefore, it will have to reduce ambient light of the room to improve contrast. Otherwise, film mode will give us a rather dull image.

Natural Mode and Standard Mode

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These two modes are present in samsung televisionsbut some other manufacturers also use their variants with other terms. In any case, the usefulness of these modes is to satisfy those users who are not looking for a precise image, but rather a offroad mode so you don’t have to change the setting with the knob.

Natural Mode uses a ambient light sensor to measure the lighting of the room and thus adjust the parameters correctly. The panel will not be seen with the correct precision, but it will allow a comfortable viewing of the contents without having to turn off the lights or lower the blinds. On the other hand, Natural Mode is similar, starting from a cflatter configurationbut does not use the sensor to adjust the parameters.

Parameters to modify in the configuration of your TV

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Picture modes are a good point. Especially, the Cinema / Movie Mode. However, it can happen that this setting looks a bit dull compared to the ambient light in your living room. Can I play more parameters? Yes, but you should follow these tips to create your own custom profiles:

  • Gamma Control: According to Ray Soneira, CEO of DisplayMate, the gamma adjustment should be the first thing we touch if the calibrated mode of our TV does not adapt to the lighting in the room. This setting affects both brightness and contrast and by default it should be set to 2.2. If we reduce the number, the screen will look brighter, but we will also lose details in the blacks. If we raise the parameter to 2.5, just the opposite will happen: the bright areas will be reduced, but the detail in the dark parts of the image will be increased.
  • Brightness: Soneira also believes that the names with which the manufacturers name the parameters are incorrect. For example ‘brightness’, sometimes what it does is increase the backlight of the panel, making blacks look gray.
  • Saturation: If you are starting from the base of the calibrated profile, you should touch this setting quite carefully. If you don’t, you run the risk of pasting different shades of bright colors into a mix.

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