Originally Posted by Gary J
Do you have a count or reference? Or do you mean here?
Obtained with about 5 minutes of searching and randomly clicking on some the links from the first 2 pages of Google results. Granted, these are just small snippets from various reviews and thus significantly lacking in context, but this should be more than enough to get an idea of a general trend. Everyone is of course entitled to their own viewing preferences but Movie Mode is overwhelmingly the preferred and recommended mode by professional calibrators and reviewers simply due to measured accuracy.
"For movies and TV content, the 'Movie
' 'Picture Mode
' gave us the closest result to our calibration goal and it should bring the image quality closest to what the content creator intended it be."
"Prior to calibration my Q9 review sample's most accurate picture mode, as usual for Samsung, was Movie. It measured quite well, with gamma that came very close to my target and stayed flat. Color temperature was a bit blue at at about 6900K overall, compared to a target of 6500, but that's not bad -- better than my Sony Z9F sample but worse than the Vizio PQ before calibration."
"We quickly disregarded the ‘Standard’ and ‘Natural’ picture modes since they produce close to HDR brightness and a far too wide color space when watching regular SDR content (SD, HD and 4K video). We therefore switched to ‘Movie’ mode, which served as the basis for our calibration."
"Despite the absence of a working AutoCal system, the 65Q9FN was a breeze to calibrate with the voice control remote calling up and adjusting the settings on our spoken commands. We found that the default “Standard” picture mode was too bright and needed to be knocked down a bit in Movie mode for our viewing room conditions."
"So I switched to Movie
mode, turned all the Auto Motion Plus settings off, switched Audio to "Optimized" (during the "Immigrant Song" bit, which is also delightful), set the backlight to the room lighting, and turned the color space to "Auto" to take advantage of those sweet, colorful quantum dots.
And then I totally forgot I was supposed to be reviewing a TV and got sucked right in by Chris Hemsworth's chiseled... performance."
"You're going to want to skip Standard and switch the picture profile to Movie, which out of the box is better than Standard, but not great. First, let's discuss the Q9FN's brightness. It's bright. Really bright, hovering around 800 Nits out of the box. However, the picture, despite having semi-accurate colors, has a grey scale that is all over the place and heavily biased towards green, which I had never encountered before. Thankfully, with a little TLC (and the workaround I spoke of earlier), I was able to dial in the Q9FN's performance using CalMan to a noticeable degree."
"Right out of the box, color in Movie mode was excellent with our review sample. Samsung rigorously vets and approves TVs before they go out for review, though, so out-of-box color on the model you get in a store may vary. That said, we know a professional calibrator can get this TV to an excellent standard of performance for both SDR and HDR content, and the color production is, again, dazzling."
"The only niggle is that, on occasion, I found the dimming a little too effective, leaving slightly intense black areas where there might be some detail. This is easily remedied by bumping up brightness to 1 or 2, while keeping Local Dimming on High (for HDR) and Standard (for SDR). Oh and Movie mode is best. And turn off the Eco mode power-saving stuff, as that only serves to dampen the fun."
"Note that the QN65Q9FN’s HDR Movie mode suffers less with slight black crushing than the other presets in its out of the box state, as well as offering a much better compromise between processing enhancements and ‘native’ source accuracy than previous Samsung Movie modes.
While on the subject of picture presets, though, I’d recommend avoiding the Natural and Dynamic HDR modes. The former looks anything but natural with its overblown blacks and colors, while the Dynamic mode looks too stark."