Good to know in advance
Before diving into the photos of this comparison with the magnifying glass, remember the following:
- The photos give a very good impression of the mutual performance, but are not a 100% faithful representation.
- The devices have been used as they come out of the box. They are not pre-calibrated. At the start of each part, we indicate the settings that we have used / adjusted.
- Because of the previous point, the Sony photos will generally appear a bit cooler (slightly bluer). That is in line with the result that we saw in the measurements. The LG is a bit more yellow than desired. The differences are small, but they are clear in some photos.
- All photos were taken with both devices in the picture side by side. So they are not two separate photos that we pasted next to each other. In post-processing we did nothing, except put a black frame around the devices and trim.
- Left: LG OLED65G1
- Right: Sony XR-65A90J
Still a very important part, as it covers the majority of the footage you watch at home.
The Sony is set to the User image mode, with gamma to min. The LG is set to Filmmaker image mode. In that state, both devices are calibrated to 200 nits white on a 10% window. For example, they are both equally bright, and they both use a gamma of about 2.4.
In this setup, the differences are very small. The Sony gives a little more black detail and extracts a little more fine detail from the images.
We do the first HDR comparison in reference image modes. We set the source material so that the MaxCLL is 4000 nits, so we oblige both devices to perform a solid tone mapping step.
The Sony is set to the User image mode. The LG is set to Cinema image mode. We leave all other settings untouched.
In this setup, the differences become clearer. Where it is striking, we have commented on the images. In general, the Sony removes more black detail from the image, but that ensures that the contrast sometimes seems a bit less intense.
The Sony gives slightly better white detail. The horse coat is quite intense in color on the LG.
The Sony provides better black detail, perhaps even a little too bright. He does better isolate the sun from the evening glow.
The image with the most striking difference. The color temperature of the LG is much more correct here, and the blue deviation makes the image on the Sony too bright. Note that the Sony gets significantly better black detail from the forest on the left.
The Sony colors on the rocks are a bit too pale.
Here, too, the red is a bit too pale on the Sony.
The green glow to the left of the image is a camera artfact. In reality this is hardly visible.
HDR Vivid comparison
To give the processing of both devices a good workout, we have reviewed the above footage, but with both devices in the HDR Vivid mode. In that set-up, the differences become slightly larger, but the influence of strong processing becomes particularly visible. Colors are very intense, often too strong, and contrast is emphasized. We mainly give these images to give you an idea of the difference with the Cinema / User HDR mode. Since these images are not a faithful representation of the original, in this case it is more about your own preference.
If this photo shoot taught us one thing, it is that high-end models – especially if they use the same image technology (in this case OLED) – are very close to each other in terms of performance and image. Still, there are still small differences here and there, which are often idiosyncratic for the brand (just think of the somewhat cool calibration of the Sony).
Via the widgets below you can read the main advantages, disadvantages and conclusions of both devices. Do you want to read more? Then read the full reviews.