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New Firmware improves White Balance?

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR Forum' started by rjlichtman, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. rjlichtman

    rjlichtman

    8
    Apr 17, 2008
    Michigan
    I have been using the new firmware, now, for several days with my D3 and I am not seeing any difference (improvement?) in the white balance? It seems the same to me. Am I missing something?

    --bob
     
  2. well....
    how did you "test" that?
    mine surely is better, especially with MIXED lighting or INCANDESCENT predominance

    are you shooting in low-light condition with "odd" lighting and have your camera set on AUTO-WB?
     
  3. rjlichtman

    rjlichtman

    8
    Apr 17, 2008
    Michigan
    While Balance improvement?

    I haven't done any formal testing. I am simply looking at the NEF files I have before the upgrade and the NEF files I have made after the upgrade. I use the auto setting. I am thinking that because I shoot NEF files that the auto setting is fine?

    I am not saying there hasn't been an improvement. I just am not seeing it the way I set my camera.

    Exactly, what did the new firmware improve in the white balance? Or put another way, what was wrong with the white balance that it needed improvement?

    --bob
     
  4. I think the difference is in jpeg output and on the LCD display of NEF images.
     
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  5. rjlichtman

    rjlichtman

    8
    Apr 17, 2008
    Michigan
    Thanks!

    Thanks! I will have to play around with that just to see what is going on.

    --bob
     
  6. If you open a NEF in NX or NX2 or ViewNX, it will look just like the jpg if you don't change any settings. The jpg is just rendered by the engine in the camera. There won't be any difference due to output unless you change it.

    My guess is, as Greg noted, that the AWB was improved for specific "tough lighting" condidtions, and that in more "normal" conditions you wouldn't see, or expect, any difference at all. If it ain't broke, don't fix it :wink:
     
  7. papah

    papah

    28
    May 5, 2007
    Seattle
    I notice a difference in low incandescent lighting. The LCD playback is improved, I think, over pre-firmware upgrade.
     
  8. McQ

    McQ Just your average, everyday moderator. Moderator

    Well, no official testing done, but same as BostonRott's, my two black and white dogs are now BLACK and white instead of BLUE/BLACK and white.
     
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