Samsung J5200 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Nov 03, 2015 at 12:00 am
Samsung J5200 Picture
Test Methodology v1.0
6.3
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.1
Movies
6.6
TV Shows
6.6
Sports
7.0
Video Games
5.0
HDR Movies
3.6
HDR Gaming
5.4
PC Monitor
Type LED
Resolution 1080p
Refresh Rate 60 Hz

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.

Our Verdict

6.3 Mixed Usage

Passable TV for a mixed usage. The Samsung J5200's picture quality is about average, but it's only capable of a 1080p resolution. It's picture quality also degrades when viewed from an angle.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.1 Movies

Medicore movie performance. The J5200 produces a decent contrast which helps it have deep blacks, but it lacks a 4k resolution to take advantage of modern content.

See our Movies recommendations
6.6 TV Shows

Average choice for watching TV shows in a bright environment. While it has a good anti-reflection finish, it cannot get bright enough to stop reflections from being overwhelming in a room with lots of windows.

See our TV Shows recommendations
6.6 Sports

Passable TV for watching sports. the J5200's screen is quite uniform, but it's narrow viewing angle and mediocre motion performance make it less suitable for this usage.

See our Sports recommendations
7.0 Video Games

Decent choice for gaming. The J5200 has a decently low input lag which helps it stay responsive. Unfortunately, its motion performance leaves a lot to be desired.

See our Video Games recommendations
5.4 PC Monitor

Poor TV for use as a PC monitor. The J5200 does not support a 4k resolution which is important for using a PC monitor at a larger size. It also has a lot of motion blur which reduces the readability of moving text by a lot.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 6.3 Mixed Usage
  • 6.1 Movies
  • 6.6 TV Shows
  • 6.6 Sports
  • 7.0 Video Games
  • 5.0 HDR Movies
  • 3.6 HDR Gaming
  • 5.4 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Great picture quality for movies, due to great blacks
Cons
  • Noticeable motion blur.
  • Loss of colors at an angle.

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Test Results

Design
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung J5200 has a thicker design than its close sibling, the Samsung J5500. The stand is quite large for its size, too.

Design
Stand

Dimension of 40" TV stand: 29.5" x 12.5".

Design
Borders
Borders 0.94" (2.4 cm)

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.24" (5.7 cm)

Picture Quality
8.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4008 : 1

The blacks are dark, so the resulting contrast ratio is great.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

5.6
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
216 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
216 cd/m2

6.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.593 %
50% DSE
0.200 %

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.

4.2
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
LCD Type
VA
Color Shift
20 °
Brightness
30 °
Black Level
14 °

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.

9.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.904 %

The screen on dark scenes is very uniform, without any clouding or flashlighting.

8.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.51
Color dE
2.3462
Gamma
2.29

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.82
Color dE
1.5535
Gamma
2.22

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The upscaling of the lower-resolution content like DVDs is good and won't look blurrier than they are.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

Cable TV content also looks good once upscaled.

10
Picture Quality
1080p Input

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.

0
Picture Quality
4k Input

6.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
75.50 %
DCI P3 uv
81.26 %
Rec 2020 xy
54.79 %
Rec 2020 uv
61.75 %

8.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Reflection
1.8 %
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss

Its semi-gloss finish is good. There are no rainbows around direct reflections.
The maximum brightness of the screen is below average.

0
Picture Quality
3D
3D
No
3D Type
No

Picture Quality
Pixels

Motion
5.9
Motion
Motion Blur
Response Time
28.6 ms
Overshoot
0 ms

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.

2.0
Motion
Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
120 Hz
BFI
Yes

7.1
Motion
24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
No

It is able to playback a 24p source without any judder. It doesn't have the motion interpolation/soap opera effect feature.

0
Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

Inputs
8.5
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
29.2 ms
1080p With Interpolation
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
35.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
N/A
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
N/A

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.

2.0
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
No

You will need to set the type of the input to 'PC' to turn on chroma 4:4:4, as with all Samsung TVs.

Inputs
Side Inputs

Inputs
Rear Inputs

Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 2
USB 1
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 1 (shared)
Composite In 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
No
Dolby Vision
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
No
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth No
ARC No
USB 3 No
HDCP 2.2 No
CEC Yes
MHL Yes (HDMI 2)
Variable Analog Audio Out No

Sound Quality
6.6
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
4.26 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.99 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.29 dB SPL
Max
89.4 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
113 Hz

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.

6.0
Sound Quality
Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
0.012
Distortion @ 80
0.053
Distortion @ Max
0.132

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.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen

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.

Check out our full review of Samsung's smart features.

Smart Features
Remote
Remote Basic

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 41 W
Power Consumption (Max) 78 W
Firmware 1016

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