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It depends on what you mean by "normal"... for most recent Samsung displays, yes, it is normal. For TVs in general... there is nothing that is "normal" they are all different and need different settings.
Also, as you found out different Modes (Standard, Movie, Dynamic, etc.) all have different settings and will need different combinations of settings to make them look right.
If your TV has, for example, 6 Modes you can select, and all of the modes have all of the calibration controls available so you can change everything for any mode... if you were to calibrate all 6 modes so that gamma is 2.2 (or 2.3, whichever you prefer), so that the grayscale is accurate, and so that colors are accurate. And you set Sharpness correctly and set 100% white to the same luminance level (say 35 fL), and you set Brightness so that step 18 is just barely visible and step 16 is black. And you turn off edge enhancement and any of the other dynamic controls (except perhaps the variable backlight... that can be a useful feature). If you get all the settings correct for each mode, then you switch between the 6 different modes, they will all look the same unless one of the modes has some kind of processing that you cannot turn off or fix.
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