Originally Posted by charden37
Sweet...I couldn't tell but what all does that include? Just the software or software and meter?
I was all excited until I read this in a review of the Sony X950G (2019 model).
The autocal REQUIRES you purchase an external pattern generator, obviously you need to buy your own meter as well. Unfortunately, the autocal ONLY calibrates SDR, NOT HDR, and then ONLY 2.2 power law gamma, not BT.1886 like the rest of Spectracals products. 2.2 power law is the simplest and easiest preschool calibration, which you can do manually without effort in about 5 minutes with HCFR, it really is that easy.
I was excited thinking I could get a nice HDR or BT.1886 autocal out of the $145 software using only my meter and the downloaded autocal Sony app....oh well...
"This is the first time that we have used CalMAN AutoCal on a Sony TV. “AutoCal” is short for auto-calibration, which means that it is an automated process. Unlike LG’s TVs where auto-calibration is integrated on an underlying hardware level, Sony TVs adjust the same picture settings that are available to the user. To get the CalMAN software to communicate with the TV you need to download an Android app that initiates the connection. Unfortunately, the app cannot generate the test patterns required for auto-calibration so external pattern generator hardware (such as Videoforge Pro) is still required
, unlike Panasonic and LG’s 2019 high-end TVs.
When calibrating the TV via AutoCal (see picture) you gain access to two extra profiles under the ‘Personal’ mode that can be adjusted individually (i.e. day and night). Since Sony added CMS adjustments, meaning color adjustment for primary and secondary colors, it has been possible to fix errors in how the panel handles the color space. All adjustments are based on the Rec.709 color space with a D65 white point and a 2.2 gamma
(which is a bit ironic since Sony TVs are set to 2.4 gamma per default). AutoCal adjusts colors with 10-point adjustment, and these settings will automatically be applied to all picture modes that are set to the same color space.
Unfortunately, AutoCal does not set the gamma setting so you must remember to manually switch to 2.2 once you are finished as it will otherwise be set to 2.4. Not the most elegant solution, if you ask me.
With Sony TVs you do not calibrate HDR modes. Everything is automatically derived from the SDR calibration in gamma 2.2
. It is therefore not possible to adjust things manually afterwards since any changes will also affect the SDR calibration. Luckily, this conversion function works quite well but after having used LG’s comprehensive suite of auto-calibration features that allows for plenty of fine-tuning, Sony’s approach feels a little archaic."