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What's the Best Picture Mode?

by Product Specialist


Depending on the style, brand, and type of TV that you have, there are some various picture mode options available in your menu. Be sure to check and configure your settings to suit what you are doing, whether using the TV for watching movies, playing video games, or enhancing your PC or laptop. Typically, changing the picture mode alters the backlight, edge enhancement, motion interpolation, gamma/contrast enhancers, and color temperature.

Try the following suggestions to optimize your TV's picture quality.

For watching TV and movies:

When you settle in to watch television or a good movie, you can't go wrong with cinema or movie mode options in the menu. These adjust the sharpness, color, tint, contrast, and brightness of the image to replicate a theater-type experience and produce the best viewing image. Remember that movie modes are often designed for viewing in the dark, so light could impact the quality or clarity of what you see on the screen.

For playing video gaming systems:

When playing video games on your TV, choose the game mode from the menu. If this is not an option, you may want to select picture modes such as sports, vivid, or dynamic modes from the menu. These modes work to decrease the lag between what you input, and the images on the screen. Game modes tend to keep up with the dynamic tasks that are involved in playing active, graphic games.

For connecting to your PC or laptop:

Be sure to use the PC mode offered in the settings to get the clearest, most readable text possible for your computer or laptop. This mode often down-plays the images and surrounding graphics and focuses on making the text sharp and crisp.

Factory settings don't always provide the best picture for your varied TV functions, and you could be missing out on the best, High-Def picture viewing. Be sure to adjust your picture mode, based on what you want to do, whether watching the latest flick, playing a favorite video game, or using as a monitor for your PC or laptop. You may be surprised by the picture quality differences that can be attained with simple adjustments to the picture mode menu.