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For natural colors, choose a white balance option that matches the light source.

  1. Select WHITE BALANCE in the shooting menu.

  2. Press the selector up or down to highlight the desired option and press MENU/OK to select.

    White balance adjusted automatically.
    Measure a value for white balance.
    Selecting this option displays a list of color temperatures; highlight a temperature and press MENU/OK to select the highlighted option and display the fine-tuning dialog.
    For subjects in direct sunlight.
    For subjects in the shade.
    Use under “daylight” fluorescent lights.
    Use under “warm white” fluorescent lights.
    Use under “cool white” fluorescent lights.
    Use under incandescent lighting.
    Reduces the blue cast typically associated with underwater lighting.
  3. Press MENU/OK. The dialog shown below will be displayed; use the selector to fine-tune white balance and press MENU/OK to select, or press DISP/BACK to exit without fine-tuning.

White balance is adjusted for flash lighting only in AUTO and modes. Turn the flash off using other white balance options.

Custom White Balance

Choose to adjust white balance for unusual lighting conditions. White balance measurement options will be displayed; frame a white object so that it fills the display and press the shutter button all the way down to measure white balance (to select the most recent custom value and exit without measuring white balance, press DISP/BACK, or press MENU/OK to select the most recent value and display the fine-tuning dialog).

  • If “COMPLETED!” is displayed, press MENU/OK to set white balance to the measured value.
  • If “UNDER” is displayed, raise exposure compensation and try again.
  • If “OVER” is displayed, lower exposure compensation and try again.

Color Temperature

Color temperature is an objective measure of the color of a light source, expressed in Kelvin (K). Light sources with a color temperature close to that of direct sunlight appear white; light sources with a lower color temperature have a yellow or red cast, while those with a higher color temperature are tinged with blue. You can match color temperature to the light source as shown in the following table, or choose options that differ sharply from the color of the light source to make pictures “warmer” or “colder”.

Choose for redder light sources or “colder” pictures

Choose for bluer light sources or “warmer” pictures

2,000 K

5,000 K
Direct sunlight

15,000 K
Blue sky