TV's Answer Man
What Is 'Picture Mode' On My TV?
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Our question today for TV's Answer Man comes from Joe of Boston,
"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
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.