TV test LG 65Nano816NA Nano81 – AUDIO VIDEO PHOTO BILD

The “Nano” in the model name of the LG 65Nano816NA stands for special color filters in the LCD screen, which give the television exceptionally natural color reproduction. Only deep black does not work so well, the picture lacks plasticity. The strengths include the successful operating concept with well-explained menus, the selection of apps with many streaming providers and the good networking.


  • Very natural colors
  • Extensive selection of apps
  • USB recording function
  • Easy to use


  • Image in dark surroundings is quite dull
L.G advertises its mid-range televisions as nano-cell LCD televisions. In terms of price, they are between the cheapest LCD TVs and the outstanding OLED TVs. But what does nano-cell actually mean? And is it worth the extra charge compared to normal LCD televisions? The COMPUTER BILD test answers these questions.

The best TVs: 65 inches (165 cm)

LG TVs: That means Nano Cell

Every LCD screen is made up of several layers: From the viewer’s point of view, at the very back is what is known as the backlight – a light source as large as the entire screen, consisting of white LEDs. That is why LCD televisions are also known as LED televisions. The next layer is the LCD panel as the actual image-generating element. You can imagine it like a huge black and white slide. What should later be dark in the picture is opaque. Bright parts of the picture allow light from the backlight to pass through unhindered. A color filter as the third and front layer turns the black and white views into colorful pictures. And this is where LG’s nano-cell technology comes in: the more precisely these filters filter out pure red, blue and green, the more colors the television displays overall. It’s like with the paint box: only with clean paint pots can pictures be bright Brush colors.

The analysis tool attested in the test Portrait Calman The LG Nano816NA has exemplary low color deviations: The errors for the tested color tones remain largely behind the 2-line (left diagram), the television hits the target values ​​very well (right triangle).

LG Nano816NA in the test: the picture quality is so good

COMPUTER BILD measured in the test whether the LG Nano816NA keeps the promise of a larger color gamut. The colors contained in normal television programs and on DVDs are now represented in their entirety by almost every LCD television (HDTV color space BT.709). On the other hand, it gets tricky with modern cinema films and their much larger color spectrum (DCI P3 color space), with films and televisions the abbreviation HDR (High Dynamic Range) has also been used. Normal LCD screens show only 70 to 75 percent at most. OLED TVs are somewhere between 95 and almost 100 percent. The LG Nano816NA achieved an impressive 81 percent in the test. That is enough to make the Mediterranean shine a deeper blue in the Netflix series “White Lines”, and the bushes in the hinterland of Ibiza are more juicy. The LG reproduces HDR in the standard variants of TV channels (HLG) and on UHD Blu-ray as well as from streaming providers (HDR10); it does not master the refined variant Dolby Vision.

Local dimming for higher contrast

The maximum brightness achieved in the test was also remarkable at almost 500 candelas per square meter (nits). Only with the deepest black the LG does not have it, it shows it in dark gray at most. As a result, the images lack plasticity, especially in dark surroundings. LG wants to counteract this with a partially dimmed backlight. The light source behind the LCD panel is only divided into a meager six vertical zones that can shine with different levels of brightness. This causes more irritation with halos and brightening than it improves the contrast impression. The somewhat poor contrast is typical for LCD screens with so-called IPS technology, which, on the other hand, offers great viewing angle stability or wide viewing angles. So if you don’t sit straight in front of the TV, but watch it a little sideways, you can still enjoy the brilliant colors.
The remote control of the LG Nano816NA controls a mouse pointer over the screen with a hand movement.  © COMPUTER BILD

The remote control of the LG Nano816NA controls a mouse pointer over the screen with a hand movement – very helpful after a little practice.

The best picture settings for the LG Nano816NA

From the factory, films and TV pictures on the LG Nano816NA look a bit pop, colorful and artificially smooth. A remedy is not difficult at all: The best preset colors are available in “Filmmaker Mode”. However, at just under 160 candelas per square meter, it is a bit dark. This is easy to fix with the backlight turned up to 87. The LG then automatically shows HDR films in the HDR variant of Filmmaker mode, for Dolby Vision “Dolby Vision Home” is the best setting. As usual, these are Menu settings are required for each program source, but then the LG will remember them. Whether and how the television smooths movements in films is left to the taste of the user. Any post-processing is switched off in Filmmaker mode at the factory. In the “True Motion” menu item, the “Cinema Clear” option offers an alternative that is well worth seeing. So that the contrast-increasing local dimming does not interfere, it can be switched off in the menu or at least switched to “low”.
In Filmmaker mode, the LG Nano81 is excellently preset at the factory.  © COMPUTER BILD

In Filmmaker mode, the LG Nano816NA is excellently preset at the factory; if you have any questions, press the option button on the remote control to bring up the operating instructions on the screen.

Plenty of apps and connections

The LG Nano816NA has 4 HDMI inputs plus an analog AV input enough connections for players.  © COMPUTER BILD

With four HDMI inputs plus analog AV input, the LG Nano816NA has enough connections for players.

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