Color calibrating a Samsung 55″ H7000 Series 7 UA55H7000

My trusty Sony Bravia¬†died a sudden death on 23rd December – probably thanks to Eskom load-shedding or the recent lightning and spending the holidays without a TV was challenging enough, until I came across a special for a Samsung 55″ Series 7 Smart LED:

The out of the box colour calibration is shockingly bad and movies look like a cheap soapie so I needed some time to re-calibrate the TV to make it look perfect for both movies and Playstation 4 gaming:

  • Display:
    • Picture Mode: Movie
    • Backlight: 12
    • Contrast: 97
    • Brightness: 46
    • Sharpness: 20
    • Colour: 38
    • Tint: 50/50
  • Advanced Picture Settings:
    • Dynamic Contrast: Off
    • Black Tone: Off
    • Flesh Tone: 0
    • RGB Only: Off
    • Colour Space: Auto
    • White Balance: 10 and then set R/G/B to:
      • 10%: +50 +10 -50
      • 20%: +29 +8 -10
      • 30%: +18 +11 -2
      • 40%: +16 +11 +9
      • 50%: 0 +8 +7
      • 60%: 0 0 +4
      • 70%: -2 +1 +7
      • 80%: +2 0 +7
      • 90%: 0 -2 +5
      • 100%: +1 +1 +7
    • Gamma: -2
  • Picture Options
    • Colour Tone: Warm2
    • Digital Clean: Off
    • MPEG Noise: Off
    • HDMI Black Level: Low
    • Film Mode: Off
    • Motion Plus: Custom
      • Blur Reduction: 3
      • Judder Reduction: 2
      • LED Clear Motion: Off
    • Cinema Black: Low

The above settings come close to what I had on my Sony and movies look more natural. The factory settings made anything look like it was filmed with a handy-cam and makes me wonder why TV manufacturers do not have a show-room default (for all the vibrant demos) and then the actual real-world configuration such as the one above.

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