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Old Jan 16, 2011, 7:10 AM   #1
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While shopping today (01/15) I decided to see how well the FZ40 held its Auto White Balance as the ISO was numerically increased.

This photo was taken under Sodium Vapor lighting about 20 feet overhead using AWB. The exposure was F 2.8, 1/60th, at ISO 320. I was pleased with how the FZ40 coped with the existing conditions.

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Old Jan 16, 2011, 7:41 AM   #2
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Thats very good results Sarah thanks for this!
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Sarah, you have, convinced me that this is the right camera for my wife, and I will be ordering it for her this week. I will down load your instructions for her, and I know for a fact that she will be a happy bunny......
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Very nice.
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Wow! What vivid colors! Really nice!
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Old Jan 16, 2011, 11:33 PM   #6
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Hitting the WB correctly is how you get those great colors. In some cameras as the ISO is numerically increased, the saturation (good color) decreases.

I pushed right up to ISO 320 with the WB in Auto WB and still maintained good color, that pleased me.

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I don't think the WB has much (if anything) to do with the increase of ISO settings but with the camera's ability to recognize and resolve lighting conditions, whether the ISO is 100 or 6400. My experience with AWB is that most cameras handle fluorescent lighting (sodium vapor is somewhat similar) much better than tungsten. I'm curious as to how the FZ40 AWB handles tungsten.
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Old Jan 17, 2011, 12:24 PM   #8
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Here you go, Tullio-

The FZ40 under tungsten lighting.

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Thanks, Sarah. It's hard to tell from this picture how well the camera is handling WB. A wide angle shot with whites in the picture would be better as most cameras tend to produce a yellowish cast under those conditions.
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