Reviewed on Aug 20, 2013 by Cedric Demers

Samsung F6300
LED TV REVIEW

TV SCORES
7.9 Overall
8.8 Dark Room
9.2 Bright Room
6.9 Video Games
This television has been discontinued.
It was replaced by the Samsung H6350

If you do not want 3D, the Samsung F6300 LED TV is a great choice. Besides its narrow viewing angle, it is a well-rounded LED TV. If you do not need the Smart TV interface though, you should opt for the FH6030 instead.

7.9 Overall

Pros
  • Very good motion handling for an LED TV. You will see little amount of blur in video games.
  • Good contrast. The blacks are deep even in a dimmed room.
  • Limited amount of reflections. It can also get very bright, so it will work great in a living room during the day.
Cons
  • Average input lag, but it won't be noticeable for the majority of gamers.
  • Very narrow viewing angle. It is fine if you sit directly in axis. If you have some viewers on the side though, they will see a slight discoloration and lower contrast.

Check Price

32" UN32F6300 Amazon Out of stock
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75" UN75F6300 Amazon Out of stock

Design

Borders
Samsung F6300 Borders

0.95" (2.4 cm)

Thickness
Samsung F6300 Thickness

1.38" (3.5 cm)

Dark Room

8.8 Dark scene
Samsung F6300 Dark scene
Black: 0.040 cd/m2
White: 98.27 cd/m2
Contrast: 2456 : 1

As with most Samsung TVs, the F6300 has great blacks. It is a good choice for watching TV at night or in a dark room.

5.9 Viewing angle
Viewing angle: 20 °

Unfortunately, watching the F6300 from even a slight angle will cause it to lose a lot of its color uniformity. If you have viewers all around the TV, go for an LG TV instead, like the LA6200.

6.5 Uniformity
Samsung F6300 Uniformity

It has slightly better uniformity than the average LED TV.

Bright Room

9.2 Dark scene in a bright room
Samsung F6300 Dark scene in a bright room
Reflection: 2.6 %

Its semi-matte display is great for daytime watching in rooms with windows.

9.4 Bright scene in a bright room
Samsung F6300 Bright scene in a bright room
Max white: 278.7 cd/m2

It performs really well in brightly lit areas.

Video Games

7.5 Motion blur

There is very little blur on the F6300. It is also equipped with motion interpolation and 24p playback, which is useful for movies.

6.4 Input lag
Samsung F6300 Input lag
Input lag: 62.5 ms

The F6300 has average input lag.

Software

Side inputs
Samsung F6300 Side inputs

3 HDMI
3 USB
1 RF In

Rear inputs
Samsung F6300 Rear inputs

1 HDMI
1 Ethernet
1 Component In
1 Composite In
1 Digital Audio Out (Optical)
1 Headphone Out

Remote
Samsung F6300 Remote

Misc

Pixels
Samsung F6300 Pixels

Conclusion

The picture quality of the Samsung F6300 LED TV is very good, no matter the amount of light in your room. It also has a lot of extra features, including a smart TV interface and motion interpolation. If you do not need those, you can save a bit of money by going for a lower-end model like the F5500 or the FH6030. This TV's only negative is its narrow viewing angle.

TV SCORES
7.9 Overall
8.8 Dark Room
9.2 Bright Room
6.9 Video Games

Questions & Answers

20 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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Our calibration settings for the F6300, as requested by another question.
Picture Mode: Movie
Color Temperature: Warm 2
Backlight: 6
Brightness: 45
Contrast: 95
Color: 50
Tint: 50
Red Offset: 24
Green Offset: 25
Blue Offset: 24
Red Gain: 19
Green Gain: 25
Blue Gain: 26
All processing options turned off
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I have a couple questions. 1) Here in my country (I'm currently living outside U.S.) a brand new 55" F6400 costs $2,000. I have a chance to buy a brand new 46" F6300 for $875. Unfortunately, the 2014 H series isn't available here at the moment. So, I'm stuck at the moment with the F series... My question is, should I buy the 46" F6300, since the 55" F6400 costs $1,125 more and I think a difference of just 10" and the overrated 3D of smart TVs aren't worth the extra more than $1K, since you said that the besides the 3D function the F6300 and F6400 models are almost the same thing? Or should I wait until November - December to get an H Series Smart TV? 2) I know that you already said that the F6300 model doesn't have Bluetooth, but since it has USB connections, would the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad work with this TV? Thanks in advance and I'll be waiting on your replay.
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For your review of the F6300, what panel version did it indicate on the back, for example TSO1 or TUO2? It appears TU02 is the newest revision Samsung is using in mainstream models for 40" and 46" sizes.
55" TH01
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I seem to find different answers to the question of whether or not the Samsung UN55F6300 has a headphone jack. You note there is a "headphone out," but could you tell where that is on the "Rear Inputs" visual you show above?
The output labeled 'Audio Out' is a standard 3.5mm audio connector.
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I recently purchased a Samsung 40" un40fh6030. I have 14 days to return it if I want. I don't need 3D. I would like a smart TV. In real world use, will you see a difference in picture quality between the FH6030 and the F6300 model?
No. They have the same picture quality. The difference that you can see in our pictures is due to the variance of the production line, and it happened that our FH6030 had a slightly better panel than the F6300. It is not really noticeable besides the number that we measured. The F6300 is thinner and edge-lit, so the uniformity of the backlight is slightly worse though.
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1) I just exchanged my Sony KDL32W650A for a Samsung UN40F6300 because I had no control over the MotionFlow but I LOVED the picture the Sony produced. I'm having a really hard time calibrating my Samsung, so could you please tell me the calibration settings you used on the UN40F6300?

2) Also, I just read your review for the Samsung FH6030 and the F5500, and they scored better overall than the F6300 (I really did not like seeing the lower contrast score on the F6300 compared to the other two), so I was wondering if one of the two would be a better choice over the F6300 for games and Blu-ray, and if I should exchange mine since I have about a month to do so? (BTW, I've checked and the Panel on my Samsung is a TU02, I don't know if that changes anything.)

3) Lastly, does it matter which HDMI input you use when you rename it "PC" to reduce lag? (I have my Yamaha Receiver hooked to HDMI 2 right now for the ARC when playing stuff from USB ports) Thank you so much for your time, it really does help me make a smarter, more informed choice.

1) Samsung's default settings are usually more off than Sony. We will create a new question to post the calibration settings that we used.

2) The difference is within the variance of the same LED panel, especially for this price range (where the variance is bigger). You can consider all of them to have the same panel. It depends, of course, on the panel lottery and which panel you end up with.

3) From what I recalled, some inputs can't be set to PC, but besides that it shouldn't matter.

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I do not have internet, but is the 40F6400 a better TV than the 40F6300? The price difference is only $100. Would both be the same in picture quality? One has micro dimming and wide colour enhancer plus and 480 cmr and it says the 3D TV has a better image processor than the 2D one. Also, I seem not to be able to get the 40f6400 in Canada right now, but live in a border city and can get one in the USA.
You will most likely not be able to tell the difference unless they are side to side. The difference is very minimal, so it depends more on if it is worth $100 for you (depending on how you value that amount of money).
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Would a wireless keyboard work with the F6300?
No, it doesn't have bluetooth. Get the F6400 if you want that feature.
2
Which model Samsung is the best for watching movies (Blu-ray included) - Samsung UN40F5500 or the UN40F6300?
The UN40F6300, because the UN40F5500 does not support 24p playback. This results in judder when watching Blu-ray movies, especially on panning shots.
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I just bought the Vizio M471i-A2 and I'm not utterly impressed with the image quality. I just found this Samsung f6300 on amazon for the same price. Do you consider the image quality of the Samsung to be better or equal to the Vizio? This TV will used primarily for gaming on a PS4. Blur and input lag are important factors.
We haven't tested that Vizio. That being said, in this price range, LEDs don't really get any better than the F6300, especially for motion handling. Therefore, if you end up unhappy with your F6300, you will either need to spend more money or switch over to a plasma instead.
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I bought the UN55F6300 and soon found that the jack labelled "audio out" is actually what we used to call "line out". You can plug headphones or powered speakers in but you will not be able to adjust the volume using the TV remote. It is really frustrating. I am seeking a solution to this problem. For example is there a compatible "sound bar" that will provide an old fashioned headphone jack?
The best solution is to use an external DAC (Digital to Analog Converter), via the digital optical audio out connection. This gives the best sound quality and gives you full control of the sound. That way, the quality is also better than if the TV provided a real audio out (because the DAC inside the TVs are usually not that good).
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Can the un46f6300 use a wireless keyboard?
No, it doesn't have bluetooth. Get the UN46F6400 instead.
0
Should there be lights shining out of the back of the TV?
It depends on how much light. Some TVs have a little bit of leakage, but it is usually not a problem.
0
The 32" Samsung F5500 is like $200 cheaper than this model. The only difference that I see is that the F6300 has a 120Hz refresh rate. Is it worth spending $200 more for this feature?
It depends on your needs. The F6300 has two features not found in the F5500: the soap opera effect and the 24p playback. Most people don't like the soap opera effect, but the 24p playback is really useful for movies. If you will only play video games on it though, both features are useless, so go for the F5500.
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Where do I find the settings for motion and 24p?
Under Picture Options. Film Mode is the name for 24p, and Auto Motion Plus for motion interpolation.
0
Does it really play in 24p? Every movie I've seen on this TV has some interpolation and I can't find where to turn this off. Film mode ON, Auto Motion Plus OFF, and Game Mode also OFF.
Yes, it really is 24p. Check out our slow motion video for proof. Auto Motion Plus set to Off, disable all interpolation. Film mode is the 24p feature. Make sure that your device/media outputs real 24p, though.
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I have a UN32f5500 LED TV and a PS4 console for gaming, so should I use game mode for gaming on this TV or normal mode? It says that it will degrade graphics when turning on gaming mode. Also, may I know the specific input lag for both game mode and without game mode turned on?
We haven't measured the input lag in game mode on this TV, but is should be around 40ms. Game mode doesn't degrade the picture quality - it just deactivates a bunch of options. The warning is there just to let you know that you can't use all the options like you could before.
0
Is the Samsung F6300 75" 120 hertz or 240 hertz ?
120Hz.
0
Is it possible to hook up wireless headphones to the Samsung Series 6 F6300?
If you mean via Bluetooth, then no.
0
Does the f6300 have soundconnect?
No, unfortunately, in 2013 that feature (it was called Soundshare then) was only supported in 6400 model TVs and higher.
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27 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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Is there a difference between the Samsung F6300 and F6400? I think the 6400 has micro dimming (and 3D, but that's another thread). Will micro dimming make it noticeable on these 2013 models?
The two main differences are 3D and Micro Dimming. If you do not care about 3D, you are probably better off buying the F6300. Unless the price difference is really small, micro dimming alone is not worth it.
18
What is the difference between this and last year's F6300?
Thinner bezel, updated smart TV platform, and upgraded processor. The picture quality is about the same.
13
What does Samsung mean by having a tv like the UN65F6300 with a 120hz and a Clear Motion of 240? Also the 6400 is listed at 120hz but a Clear Motion of 480? This is confusing to me
All the 6 series have 120Hz panels. The Clear Motion number is just marketing to try to differentiate the models more, even though the only difference between these TVs is side features like 3D.
12
I'm looking to purchase a 75 inch TV. Which one of these is better: F6300 series, F6400 series or F7100 series for a bright family room with a possible 120 - 140 degree viewing angle? 3D is not a factor.
If 3D is not a factor, go for the UN75F6300. The $1,000 price difference is a big premium for a slight picture quality increase, especially since you do not need the extra 3D feature. As for the viewing angle, all Samsung LEDs have a narrow one. The picture is still visible outside of it, but the colors are slightly washed out (check out our viewing angle video to see what we mean).
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The Samsung UN55F6300 is now out of stock almost everywhere. Do you have an alternative with the same picture quality?
The UN55F6400 is the same TV with 3D added. Alternatively, you can get the new UN55H6350 once it is available.
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Which model Samsung has the best picture and is the best for gaming, the Samsung UN40F5500 or the UN40F6300? Need one with low input lag and that has very good picture for movies.
They have the same picture quality. The only differences are motion interpolation and a different bezel. Get whichever is cheaper.
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Quick question! Sony R450 VS Samsung F6300. My main concern is the input lag. Is 50 ms and 62.5 ms a big difference? Would 62.5 ms from the Samsung really be noticeable while playing fast paced games? Also, why is the motion blur a bit better on the Sony if it is only 60Hz? Does it also have the "soap opera effect" for general watching? I really appreciate your help! This website is great!
The input lag is not a big difference. Neither should be anything particularly noticeable. As explained here, the refresh rate is mostly just a marketing gimmick for TVs. When motion interpolation is turned off, there is habitually not a difference between a 60Hz and 120Hz TV. The R450 doesn't have the soap opera effect.
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Looking at the LG LA6200 and the Samsung F6300. Which would be best for sports, gaming, and general movie watching? 3D is not really a factor for me in my purchase. I probably will not use it much.
If you are alone/directly in front of the television and watch the TV in a somewhat dim environment, go for the Samsung F6300. It has better contrast and you will not be bothered by its low viewing angle. Also, it handles motion slightly better.
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Since both the Samsung F6300 and the LG LA6200 are on swivels, wouldn't the viewing angle be less of an issue if you can just angle the TV slightly towards your viewers?
Of course, but that isn't possible in some cases. A limited viewing angle is an issue if you have people sitting far apart, like if you have more than one sofa. It isn't a constraint if you just play video games by yourself.
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Does this TV have Sony's Motion Flow functionality? Also, a similar question to the person above, overall is this R450 a better choice than the Samsung F6300 40 inch? Taking into consideration that I don't personally care for Smart TV functionalities?
No it doesn't have motion interpolation. Yes, I would go for the R450 if you do not care about Smart TV, thickness, or motion interpolation.
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I really enjoy this article and the questions listed. Being in the market for a 32 inch HDTV, I just purchased a Vizio M321-A2 (60Hz real refresh rate), and it seems to be fairly good, with some mixed reviews. It apparently uses backlight scanning to get the advertised 120 Hz "effective refresh rate". I noticed that with the picture settings off, it seems to behave a little better. I like to watch sports, and am concerned with motion blur, which I notice sometimes. Was contemplating exchanging with a Samsung UN32F6300, which seems to be a 120hz Real Refresh Rate (CMR=240), but costs a few hundred dollars more. Do you feel that it would be an overall better HDTV?
Yes, it is a better overall TV, but not for its refresh rate. While it has a narrower viewing angle, it has better contrast and slightly less motion blur.
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Which one has better picture quality? This one, the FH6030, or the F6300? I don't care much about smart apps. Just wondering if it justifies the extra investment.
They all have about the same picture quality, so just go with the one that meets the features that you need (3D, Smart TV, etc).
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I'm testing the 42LA6200. So far, so good. I watch movies at night, mostly, and sports during the day. There is some motion blur(fast action scenes, games), and viewing angle is not an issue for me. However, I've noticed that the contrast ratio of the F6300 is much higher. They will cost the same - I was just wondering if it's worth exchanging, or if the difference in picture quality/motion blur will be minimal. Terrific website!
There is a pretty big difference in term of contrast ratio and viewing angle. In a darm/dim environment, the blacks definitely appear grayer with the LG than with the Samsung. The viewing angle of the Samsung is a lot worse than the LG, though, and it can cause problems if you watch TV with a lot of people. As for motion blur, there is a differences but it isn't as evident. The Samsung has slightly less motion blur. Therefore, if you do not care about viewing angle, the F6300 would be a better TV.
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I don't understand how this Sony R450 (60Hz Refresh Rate) can have better Input Lag than, say, the Samsung F6300 (120Hz Refresh Rate). Why is this so?
Most of the input lag time comes from the processor, not the panel. It depends on how much processing the TV does to the picture and how fast the processor is. It doesn't have anything to do with the refresh rate of the panel. Check out our article on input lag for more info.
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Why is your overall rating for F5500 higher than a f6300? Is it because of the price? Why should I buy a f6300 over a f5500?
We do not factor in the price in our ratings. We measured slightly better picture quality on the F5500 (for example, a black of 0.022 cd/m2 vs 0.040 cd/m2). Our score is automatically updated based on these values, which explain the slightly better rating. This is within the variance of a single model, though, so you can consider them the same picture quality. As for the F6300 vs the F5500, the F6300 has motion interpolation and 24p playback, which you might want.
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Between the UN43F4500 plasma and UN40F6300 LED TV, which has overall better picture quality, especially while displaying 1080p movies? I sit around 7-10 ft from the screen and glare is not a problem, as the room is quite dark. I just want better full HD viewing.
Even though the F4500 is only 720p, you won't really notice it at your distance. Overall, it definitely has better picture quality than the F6300 in a dark room, so go for that one.
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What's the difference between the Samsung h6300 series and the f6300 series? Is 240 clear motion rate the same as 240 hz?
They are the same TV, both 120Hz. The H6300 is the 2014 equivalent of the F6300 (which was released in 2013). The picture quality is the same, but the bezel and software interface are different.
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I got a SONY KDL32W650A and I'm thinking about returning it because the Motionflow can't be turned off on the W Series. The TV "decides" when it uses it. I can "see" it activating in certain scenes while watching movies. It's subtle, but it's there, and I don't like it. I bought this TV for gaming and watching Blu-ray. I come from a Sony HD CRT, so LCD Blur is something I have a hard time getting used to. What TV would you suggest me for gaming with a real 120hz refresh rate, low input lag, minimum blur for gaming, and Motion interpolation, if possible (I like watching traditional animation with that feature). Don't care about 3D or smart TV.
Check out the UN32F6300. It does handle motion really well for a LCD and it has motion interpolation (that you can turn on and off).
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Which is a better TV between the Vizio M401i-a3 and the Samsung UN40f6300?
Unfortunately, we haven't tested that Vizio yet, so we can't compare them. The UN40F6300 is a really good TV, though, for the price.
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I want to purchase the UN40f6400 for a very sunny room. Will the screen allow decent visibility with the sun/reflection?
Yes. It can get very bright and it has relatively few reflections (although it still has some). Check out pictures of the F6300 that we took - it should be quite similar.
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What is the input lag of the Samsung un40f6300 when the game mode setting is turned on? Also, what is the input lag of the LG 42ln5700? I was also wondering which provides better picture quality, because I have heard both sides.
Our measurements for input lag are with game mode turned on (62.5ms for the F6300 and 66.6ms for the LN5700). If you are sitting directly in front, the F6300 has better contrast and motion. The viewing angle is very narrow, though, so if some of your viewers are at an angle, the LN5700 is a better choice.
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If I understand your comparison table correctly, you found the F5500 to be superior to the F6300 in just about every way (aside from motion handling), correct? Does that mean I could reasonably expect the F5500 to look better, just with a bit more ghosting?
For the actual unit that we tested, yes, our F5500 LED was slightly better than our F6300. However, the differences are pretty minor and within the variance of the same model. Therefore, we consider both TVs to have the same exact picture quality.
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Just bought the Samsung F6400 46". Can you confirm if playing PS3 is good on this TV? Do you also have settings information for optimal movie viewing and gaming?
We haven't tested that TV, but it is similar to the F6300. It is very good for playing video games. Check out the Q&A section in the F6300 review for the settings that we used.
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In doing the initial setup on a new Samsung UN40F6300, what would be a safe setting for good picture quality?
We posted our calibration settings in the Q&A of our review of the F6300.
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I have a bar with lots of natural light and curtains are not an option. I am looking for a TV with good viewing angles that will be bright enough to shine through an anti glare coating (such as NuShield Triple A) and will only be using it to show occasional sports (like World Cup). Would you recommend the Samsung Un65F6300, Un65f8000, or another make/model entirely? Looking to stay below $3000. Also, have you tried any of the anti glare coatings?
If you want good viewing angles, you need to stay away from Samsung. All Samsung LED TVs lose saturation and contrast at an angle. Instead, go for an IPS type of LED, like found on most LG LED TVs and some Panasonic. They have a worse contrast though, so in a dark room they don't perform as good. Unfortunately, we haven't tried any anti glare coating yet.
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First, I want to say that your reviews are very well done and comprehensive. Second, your response to my prior email led me to choose a Samsung H6350 over the Sony W600B. My question is fairly simple. You calibrated the H6350 by renaming the source to PC to reduce input lag. For the F6300, you used Movie mode. Since gaming is not important to me, would I be better off using Movie mode for basic calibration? My TV is connected to a cable set top box and a Blu-ray player. I'm asking because other sites have been using Movie mode to calibrate. Finally, do you have any recommended settings when using the Movie mode? Thank you in advance.
Yes, you would be better off with Movie mode in your case. Both can achieve similar picture quality but we used PC mode because it is easier to set up for someone only using high quality media (gaming/PC/Blu-ray). For lower quality, like cable or streaming, movie mode will let you tweak more settings. We don't have the exact settings for movie mode because we didn't note them, but just look at our PC mode settings; they are pretty much the same. For cable, you might want to turn on Digital Clean View and MPEG Noise Filter, though.
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Is the source for the dark screen shot identical across TV reviews? Looking at a comparison of the Samsung F8500, F5500, F6300 and Panasonic VT60; the clouds over the water in the background are not visible on the F8500, and barely visible on the VT60. They only are clear on the two TVs with lower contrast ratios. Is this an effect of the camera used to take these pictures not being able to handle the higher contrast of the screens?
Across our 2013 reviews, yes, the camera settings were exactly the same. The problem is exactly what you mentioned. With the picture that we displayed, our camera couldn't capture the full contrast ratio of these TVs. Therefore, clouds on the lower contrast TVs were more visible. This is why we changed our test picture in 2014.