Reviewed on Nov 03, 2015

Samsung J5200 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
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.

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 6.7
Motion 5.4
Inputs 7.5
Sound Quality 6.4
Smart Features 8.0
Pros
  • Great picture quality for movies, due to great blacks
Cons
  • Noticeable motion blur.
  • Loss of colors at an angle.

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8.5

Design

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.

Stand

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

Borders
Borders : 0.94" (2.4 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.24" (5.7 cm)

6.7

Picture Quality

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.

8.4 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
4008 : 1

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

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

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

6.7 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.

4.1 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 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
0.904 %

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

8.7 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
2.51
Color dE
:
2.3462
Gamma
:
2.29

9.3 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.82
Color dE
:
1.5535
Gamma
:
2.22

8.0 480p Input

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

8.0 720p Input

Cable TV content also looks good once upscaled.

10 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 4k Input

6.8 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 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 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No

Pixels
5.4

Motion

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.

5.9 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 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI
:
Yes

7.1 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 Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
No

7.5

Inputs

As mentioned previously, it has too much motion blur for gaming. At least the input lag is quite low, so games will be responsive.

8.5 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 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.

Side Inputs
Rear 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 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

6.4

Sound Quality

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.

6.6 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 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.

8.0

Smart Features

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.

Remote
Remote : Basic

Misc
Power Consumption : 41 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 78 W
Firmware : 1016

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5.0 HDR Movies

HDR is not supported.

3.6 HDR Gaming

HDR is not supported.

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.

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