Setting the White Balance (EOS 5DS / EOS 5DS R)

Article ID: ART162905 | Date published: 10/05/2015 | Date last updated: 10/05/2015


Setting the White Balance (EOS 5DS / EOS 5DS R)


White balance (WB) is for making the white areas look white. Normally, the [ ] (Auto) setting will obtain the correct white balance. If natural looking colors cannot be obtained with [ ], you can select the white balance to match the light source or set it manually by shooting a white object.
White Balance
To the human eye, a white object looks white regardless of the type of lighting. With a digital camera, the color temperature is adjusted with software to make the white areas look white. This adjustment serves as the basis for the color correction. With this function, pictures with natural color shades can be taken.

Setting the White Balance

1. Set the camera’s power switch to [ON].

2. Set the Mode Dial to [ P / Tv / Av / M / B ].

3. Press the [WB・ ] button.

You can also set this with [ : White balance].

4. While looking at the LCD panel or viewfinder, turn the [ ] dial to select a white balance setting.

White Balance Setting Options

DisplayModeColor Temperature (Approx.) (K: Kelvin)
Auto (Ambience priority )3000-7000
Auto (White priority )
Cloudy, twilight, sunset6000
Tungsten light3200
White fluorescent light4000
Flash useAutomatically set*
Color temperature2500-10000
* Applicable with Speedlites having a color temperature transmission function. Otherwise, it will be fixed to approx. 6000 K.

Custom white balance () enables you to manually set the white balance for a specific light source for better accuracy. Perform this procedure under the actual light source to be used. For more information, please refer to Setting Custom White Balance (EOS 5DS / EOS 5DS R).

[Auto White Balance]
With the standard [ ] (Ambience priority), you can increase the intensity of the image’s warm color cast when shooting a tungsten-light scene. If you select [ ] (White priority), you can reduce the intensity of the image’s warm color cast. If you want to match the Auto white balance of previous EOS DIGITAL camera models, select [ ] (Ambience priority).

  • The setting procedure for Auto white balance is explained below.

1. Select [ : White balance] from the Shooting menu, then press [ ].

2. On the White balance setting screen, turn the [ ] dial to select [ ], then press the [INFO.] button.

3. Turn the [ ] dial to choose [ : Auto: White priority] , then press [ ].

Cautions for Setting [ ] (White priority)
  • The reddish color cast of subjects may fade.
  • When multiple light sources are included on the screen, the red color cast of the picture may not be lessened.
  • When using flash, the color tone will be the same as [ ] (Ambience priority).



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