Originally Posted by paranoyd androyd
I made this post in the 850 calibration thread and thought I'd include it here:
I'm not sure if it's just the camera you're using, but the pics above really lack detail and aren't sharp at all. The outlines aren't clean around the transformers and there's on overall blurry and extremely out-of-focus look. There's also lines all over the screen in each pic, this is most apparent in the last transformer pic above which appears to be a close-up. I'm not sure if the light from the room is affecting the pictures, but the pics of the space/earth scene really suffer as well with lack of sharpness, detail, and some ghosting. The off-axis photos obviously show how quickly you can lose PQ with LCD's but I can't imagine that has to do with your camera. Are you zooming in with your camera before taking the pics or something?
Here's a copy of my post to your post back in the calibration thread! LOL!
No worries. I don't think you're being critical at all. Believe me, I had a lot of questions especially with regards to Sammy vs Sony. Hopefully I can answer all your questions. I'm on the road right now typing on my iPhone! I was originally planning to buy an XBR4 but found out that they are OOP. I own a 40XBR2. When I discovered the XBR4s were no longer being made, I had to start planning on a different TV.
Ok, that being said, I can assure you that the picture on my 850 is far better than my XBR. the XBR is good - very good - the 850 is noticeably better. The color, black levels, details, etc. are all better. My wife concurs and she could really care less about this stuff.
With regards to the pics I posted, yes they aren't sharp as they could be. I'd blame two things for that. One, I realized that I have 120hz motion set to low. It should be off. That leads into part two for why it probably doesn't look so crisp - I picked a scene in the movie where there is a lot of action and movement. I'll take more pictures of people that aren't running for their lives! LOL! That being said, the frozen pictures weren't razor sharp on the tv when I paused the BR, but when the movie was playing, the image is unbelievably sharp, detailed and defined.
I spent a long time at CC and BB playing with settings and comparing the 650 and a 750 to the Sonys. The Samsungs always won IMHO and, remember, I started out with every intention of buying a Sony.