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128 Chapter 5 Adjustments and Settings
Chapter 5 Adjustments and Settings
Light Sources and Color
Adjustment of the white balance to match the light
source is essential to ensure correct color rendering.
The color of a light source is indicated as a color
temperature in kelvins (K). It is higher for bluish light,
and lower for reddish light. When the camcorder is
shipped it is adjusted for use with video lights (studio
lamps with a color temperature of 3200 K). For use
with other light sources, therefore, adjustment is
First use the FILTER control to set the approximate
color temperature, then carry out white balance
The following table shows typical color temperature
values for different light sources.
Color temperatures of different light sources
Color temperature (K)
Clear sky 10,000
Light cloud 8,000
Cloudy or rainy
Blue light 7,000
One hour after
Studio lighting 3,200
and video lights
Yellow light 3,000
after sunrise or
Candlelight Red light 2,000
Using the ATW (Auto Tracing
White Balance) Function
The ATW function continuously adjusts the white
balance automatically to adapt to changes in lighting
Depending on the shooting conditions, automatic
adjustment may not necessarily give optimum results.
For the best possible results, use the W. BAL switch.
To use the ATW function
Press the ATW button turning the indicator on.
This activates the ATW function, and the ATW
indication appears in the viewfinder.
To disable the ATW function, press the ATW button
again, turning the indicator off.
If the ATW function does not operate correctly
A warning message appears in the viewfinder as
shown in the table below.
White Balance Adjustment
Message Meaning and correction to be made
:C.TEMP.LOW If the FILTER control is in position 2, 3 or
4, change it to position 1, then retry the
:C.TEMP.HIGH If the FILTER control is in position 1,
change it to position 2, 3 or 4, then retry
the ATW operation.