Setting the White Balance (EOS 5D Mark IV)

Article ID: ART166264 | Date published: 08/26/2016 | Date last updated: 08/29/2016


Setting the White Balance (EOS 5D Mark IV)


White balance (WB) is for making the white areas look white. Normally, the Auto [ ] (Ambience priority) or [ [ ] (White priority) setting will obtain the correct white balance. If natural-looking colors cannot be obtained with Auto, you can select the white balance to match the light source or set it manually by shooting a white object.
In the < > mode, [ ] (Ambience priority) is automatically set.
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.
For more information about White Balance, please refer to (Matching the Camera Settings to the Light Source (What is White Balance?).

Setting the White Balance

1. Turn on the camera.
  • Set the camera’s power switch to <ON>.

2. Select the shooting mode.
  • Set the Mode Dial to [ P / Tv / Av / M / B ].

3. Press the < > 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.

Setting the 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).

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

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

3. Select the desired item.
  • Turn the < > dial to select [ : Auto Ambience priority] or [ : Auto White priority], then press < >.

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



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