Features within the onscreen menus of the Finlux 32F6030-T chiefly comprise a small but passably effective set of picture presets, a backlight adjustment (including an Auto setting), a straightforward noise reduction option, a multi-level dynamic contrast processor, and even a degree of colour management in the form of a skin tone ‘slider’, a further slider for shifting the underlying green and red colour balance, and the ability to boost or reduce the gain of the red, green and blue colour elements.
Good first impressions
First impressions of the 32F6030-T’s pictures are strong. We kicked off with a bit – oh alright, a good few hours – of England’s cricket match against the West Indies in HD via Sky, and really liked what we saw. Colours look much more dynamic and vivid than we would have expected from such an affordable and relatively small TV for a start, with the greens of the Lord’s turf looking luxuriant, the whites of the players looking crisp and pure, the blue in the on-turf logos looking rich and vivid – and Sky’s inevitable preponderance of logos and onscreen graphics all looking punchy and intense. Honestly, if these sort of colours were appearing on a set costing twice as much we’d still feel content.
Also a big cut above the budget small-screen norm is the 32F6030-T’s motion handling. For even though the set doesn’t have 100Hz processing, much less any sort of blinking backlight or frame interpolation processing, objects and camera pans both pass across the screen without the overt smearing or judder we might have expected. Sure, there’s clearly a reduction in resolution with moving objects, but it’s not a big deal at all for the set’s money. Partly because of this respectable motion handling, HD images also look pleasingly – though not, it must be said, emphatically – detailed and sharp.
Yet another area where the Finlux 32F6030-T goes beyond the budget norm is its contrast. For as well as the decently crisp whites already noted, the set produces some surprisingly decent black levels too, even if you stick with the set’s picture preset defaults. And to be clear about this, we’re talking about decent black levels existing in the same frame as punchy colours and crisp whites. Black’s don’t only look black when you’re watching nearly all-black scenes where the dynamic contrast system can just take all the brightness out of the image.
The dynamic contrast system also deserves plaudits for not being too obvious in its machinations, with very few occasions where you see the image’s general brightness levels shifting around so much that it becomes a distraction.
With bright, colourful HD footage, in fact, the 32F6030-T gets mighty close to earning an eighter-pointer score for its pictures, which is pretty good going for something so darned affordable.
All of which will doubtless have you wondering why the overall mark at the top of this review only reads a five. So we’d best explain ourselves.
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