Originally Posted by Zipadeedude
Not impressed with HDR
The only difference I've noticed is that highlights are way brighter. Despite really wanting to be impressed (because I paid a ransom for my OLED TV), I am completely underwhelmed. I've watched a lot of material, both Dolby Vision and HDR10, some of which is deemed visually stunning.
I actually prefer SDR. I don't like having my eyes burned out by specular highlights or sections of an image that dominate a whole scene (e.g. fluorescent lights). I've verified that my TV settings are for dark viewing environments.
SDR gets plenty bright. I don't understand it. Am I alone in this? What do you like about HDR? Maybe I need to take an image quality appreciation course.
Well, first of all, I'm sorry to hear that your OLED TV had been taken "hostage". I'm glad you got it back. I hope the "ransom" you had to pay to get it back wasn't too high.
As to you not being impressed with HDR...
No, you are certainly not
alone in feeling the way you do about HDR.
HDR does (at least for some people) take some getting used to.
Why? Because our eyes and brain have been conditioned to viewing SDR content that was graded and mastered with a maximum brightness level of only 100 nits (cd/m²) for TVs (48 nits for movie theaters) - which is much much lower than what we actually see in the "real world" - and with a much smaller color gamut/range than what we see in nature.
Since this is what we have been used to seeing on our TVs all these years, to some, HDR content "just doesn't look quite right" - the highlights seem far too bright, the colors look far to 'saturated', etc.
It is similar to HFR (High Frame Rates). Because we have been conditioned to seeing movies at 24fps all these years, higher frame rates just don't look right.
That said, there is a lot more to HDR than bright specular highlights and brighter more saturated colors.
HDR, combined with a Wide Color Gamut (WCG) and an increased Bit-Depth (from 8-bit to 10-bit or even 12-bit), is about having the ability to reproduce the world around us as accurately, realistically, and detailed as possible on a display. It is about the potential of brighter whites with more detailed "specular highlights" and deeper blacks with more "shadow detail".
The natural world has a much broader range of color and brightness than current broadcast TV, Blu-rays, and Cinema systems support. A bright sunny day can have specular highlights that reach over 100,000 nits. Direct sunlight is around 1,600,000,000 nits.
For more of my thoughts on this, you can check out my article >What is Color Volume
Also check out >THIS POST
< in that same thread.