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Old May 6th, 2005, 03:59 AM   #1
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Strange manual white balance color shift

I owned Z1 for 2 weeks and found a strange thing...
the manual white balance had a faint pinkish-purple cast as compared to the automatic white balance.
... the white is not pure white, it's somewhat pinkish, it's quite annoying~

Did anyone had the similar experience ?
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Old May 6th, 2005, 07:58 AM   #2
 
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No such problem here, we've got 3 Z1's, and white balance at least 3 times a week.
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Old May 6th, 2005, 01:56 PM   #3
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Are you always white balancing on the same object? Have your tried different ones?
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Old May 6th, 2005, 02:04 PM   #4
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You might try changing the White Balance shift in the camera presets, or balance on a slightly blue card for a warmer look. I think it is prudent to WB throughout the day since the color temperature will change without anyone noticing. Gives a consistent result-- just pick the white of the day and stick with it.

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Old May 6th, 2005, 02:57 PM   #5
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White balancing is certainly one of those areas that brings out the differences between cam operating methods.

I'm not trying to boast or anything like that, but all I have noticed with BBC cam operators in the field is that they do NOT white balance. Instead they have the camera set to Daylight 5600K, when outside, and Indoors 3200K when inside. This is a generalisation, but certainly what I have come to notice. It just is not always practical to be balancing to a white card/piece of paper during docs, for instance.

Here is a good article on white balancing, and certainly worth reading:

http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/gimme...y_hvr-z1e-kit1

It is at the end of the day the look you find the most appealing, consistent, and for many, achievable in the shortest space of time. Nightmare scenarios are of course cutting between one shot from daylight at 12.05PM to a shot from daylight that has all of a sudden become cloudy at 12.37PM, to find the colours are just completely different. So you either constantly white balance to get the whites really white, or you set to 5600K and get on with it.

I do however like being able to assign white balance increments to the assignable buttons as it really can save me time when I feel the image is a bit cold...loving this Z1.
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Old May 6th, 2005, 10:50 PM   #6
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..... but all I have noticed with BBC cam operators in the field is that they do NOT white balance. Instead they have the camera set to Daylight 5600K, when outside, and Indoors 3200K when inside. ....
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I do however like being able to assign white balance increments to the assignable buttons as it really can save me time when I feel the image is a bit cold...loving this Z1.
Thanks for all the enthusiastic replys

I think the Z1 is tend to give you a warmer look if u do manual white balance ?

I finally also stick with the method Chris used, these buttons were quite useful.
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