Setting the White Balance on the XL H1 camcorder
Article ID: ART124411 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/14/2015
 

Description

Setting the White Balance on the XL H1 camcorder

Solution

Setting the White Balance

Selecting an Automated White Balance Setting

Setting the Color Temperature

Setting a Custom White Balance

Recording with Preset Custom White Balance

The camcorder uses an electronic white balance process to calibrate the picture for accurate color display in different lighting conditions (i.e. sunlight versus indoor incandescent.) Automated white balance settings include a fully automated mode, an indoor mode and an outdoor mode. In addition, you can set the white balance manually and save up to three white balance presets that can be reused for non-sequential shooting.

White Balance Settings

Typical uses

Auto

Automated adjustments of white balance.

(Outdoor)

Bright sunlight - 5600o K

(Indoor)

Incandescent light - 3200o K

K (Color temperature)

Setting depending on the hue of a specific lighting (2,800 - 12,000oK in 100oK increments)

Preset 1, 2, 3

Custom white balance setting variable 3200 - 5600o K.

Selecting an Automated White Balance Setting

  1. Set the <POWER> dial to a recording program other than .

  2. Press the <WHITE BALANCE> dial so that it pops out.

  3. Set the <WHITE BALANCE> dial to A, or .

Setting the Color Temperature

  1. Set the <POWER> dial to a recording program other than .

  2. Press the <WHITE BALANCE> dial so that it pops out.

  3. Set the <WHITE BALANCE> dial to K.
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    The color temperature currently set will be displayed.

  4. Press the <WHITE BALANCE> button.
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    The color temperature display will start flashing.

  5. Turn the <SELECT> dial to set the desired color temperature.

  6. Press the <WHITE BALANCE> button again.
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    The color temperature display stops flashing and stays on.

Setting a Custom White Balance

  1. Set the <POWER> dial to a recording program other than .

  2. Press the WHITE BALANCE dial so that it pops out.

  3. Set the WHITE BALANCE dial to one of the custom preset numbers.

  4. Point the camcorder at a white object and zoom in until it fills the whole screen.
    - Keep the camcorder zoomed at the white object until step 5 is completed.

  5. Press the <WHITE BALANCE> button.
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    The "" symbol and the selected preset number flash on the screen and stop flashing when the setting is complete.

  • As long as the built-in rechargeable lithium battery is charged, the camcorder retains the custom white balance setting even if you turn it off.
  • When you have set the custom white balance:
    - Depending on the light source, "" may keep flashing. The result will still be better than with the auto setting.
    - When you have turned on/off the built-in ND-filter of the lens, reset the custom white balance.
  • Custom white balance may provide better results in the following cases:
    - Changing lighting conditions
    - Close-ups
    - Subjects in a single color (sky, sea or forest)
    - Under mercury lamps or certain types of fluorescent lights

Recording with Preset Custom White Balance

  1. Set the <POWER> dial to a recording program other than .

  2. Turn the <WHITE BALANCE> dial to select a preset number.
    The preset custom white balance is activated.

The following custom preset settings take precedence, and will override the white balance set with the procedure above: The Color Matrix [CMX] setting, the 3 R/G/B Gain settings, and the 6 R/G/B Matrix settings.

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