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TV's Answer Man
What Is 'Picture Mode' On My TV?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (December 20, 2012) -- TVPredictions.com has begun a new feature called, 'TV's Answer Man.' Here we will take your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology.

The feature will tackle everything from how to improve your HDTV picture to how to set up a wireless Smart TV connection to the advantages of using an HDMI cable to you name it. TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, is committed to helping you make your television experience easier and more enjoyable.

If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to
swann@tvpredictions.com. We can not guarantee you that every question will be answered in this forum, but we will do our best.

Our question today for TV's Answer Man comes from Joe of Boston, Massachusetts:

"I want to make sure I have the best possible picture on my HDTV but I'm confused about the Picture Mode setting. My choices include Cinema, Vivid, Standard and there's even one for Gaming! What's the best setting for my TV, to get the best picture?" -- Joe, Boston Massachusetts.

That's a great question. Too often, people never adjust the Picture Mode after bringing their sets home from the store. But depending upon which room your TV is in -- and the room's lighting -- the Picture Mode setting can go a long way to giving you the best possible image.

Generally, the Cinema (sometimes called Movie) setting will give your picture the greatest detail and most accurate representation of the original image. This setting will also look good in a room that is somewhat dimly lit because Cinema tends to soften the screen's brightness. It creates a more soothing feel.

However, that said, some people prefer the Vivid (also called Dynamic) setting because it tends to make the picture "pop." With Vivid, you'll find that the screen is brighter and more, well, dynamic.  (Most in-store TVs are set on Vivid because TV shoppers are attracted to the bright picture.) But Vivid also tends to wash out the colors and some picture detail.

Bottom line, it's your call. Play around with the two settings and see which one you prefer. In a bright room, the Vivid setting just might wind up as your preference. But most picture snobs -- and I say 'snobs' in a nice way -- would recommend Cinema. 

What do you think? Offer your comments below!

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