The Samsung J5200 LED TV is a budget smart TV that offers good overall picture quality, but a bit too much motion blur for serious gamers or sports fans. Also, the colors are not as good at an angle as they are from in front.
- Great picture quality for movies, due to great blacks
- Noticeable motion blur.
- Loss of colors at an angle.
The Samsung J5200 has a thicker design than its close sibling, the Samsung J5500. The stand is quite large for its size, too.
- 11% Contrast
- 6% Local Dimming
- 6% SDR Peak Brightness
- 6% HDR Peak Brightness
- 6% Gray Uniformity
- 7% Viewing Angle
- 4% Black Uniformity
- 2% Gradient
- 4% Pre Calibration
- 1% Post Calibration
- 6% 480p Input
- 9% 720p Input
- 11% 1080p Input
- 6% 4k Input
- 4% Color Gamut
- 4% Color Volume
- 1% Image Retention
- 6% Reflections
- 1% 3D
The picture quality for movies is good, considering the price. The blacks are great and uniform. The movement of movies is also smooth when playing via a Blu-ray player.
The colors are accurate out of the box.
The blacks are dark, so the resulting contrast ratio is great.
While it doesn't have worse dirty screen effect than average, the overall screen luminosity varies a lot on the screen. The edges are considerably darker.
As soon as you are off-axis, the picture becomes white and the blacks become poor.
Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.
The screen on dark scenes is very uniform, without any clouding or flashlighting.
1080p content like Blu-rays looks good and sharp. Note that the aspect ratio of the TV isn't exactly 16:9. All the pixels are present (1920x1080), but they are shorter than normal. This isn't really noticeable, but you can see that our pictures appear stretched in comparison with those of other TVs that we have reviewed.
Its semi-gloss finish is good. There are no rainbows around direct reflections.
The maximum brightness of the screen is below average.
Unfortunately, this is not a good choice for watching a lot of sports. Fast-moving objects look blurrier than they should. Also, you can see darker edges and spots on fields when the camera is panning.
The down transitions are quite long, resulting in the orange color between the letters of our moving logo. Overall, the response time is worse than average. This TV uses PWM to control the backlight luminosity.
It is able to playback a 24p source without any judder. It doesn't have the motion interpolation/soap opera effect feature.
As mentioned previously, it has too much motion blur for gaming. At least the input lag is quite low, so games will be responsive.
Turn on 'Game Mode' under 'System' - 'General' to get input lag of 29.2ms on the Samsung J5200. The input lag isn't much higher outside of game mode too, so you can use another mode without significantly worse performance.
- 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
- 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
You will need to set the type of the input to 'PC' to turn on chroma 4:4:4, as with all Samsung TVs.
The sound is fairly accurate at low volumes, but gets worse as the TV gets louder. There is a similar increase in distortion as the TV gets louder, and the bass and maximum volume are both poor.
Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.
Decent frequency response at lower volumes, but the quality goes down as the volume goes up. Pumping may be present under heavy load. Relatively poor bass response for a TV.
Minimal distortion at 75 and 85 dB SPL, with a noticeable increase at Max dB SPL. The maximum loudness achieved was 89.4 dB SPL, which is poor.
This TV has Samsung's new Tizen smart interface, which includes a full web browser. It only has a basic remote though, so it is a bit hard to use.
In terms of picture quality, the Samsung J5200 looks about the same as the pricier Samsung J5500. The main differences are the cheaper bezel and the fact that it has fewer inputs. It has good picture quality for movies, but it has a bit too much motion blur to be great for gaming or sports. Colors also wash out at an angle.