MANUAL WB DOES NOT KEEP ITS SETTINGS in Panasonic xx600\\700 camcorders!
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This thread was created for those who want to make the most of xx600\\700 camcorders.Problem description
Panasonic xx600\\700 camcorders are not color accurate, it seems more cool blue/green (turquoise) bias, this is mostly apparent when shooting skies or other blue objects.
Please, see examples:
1) the blue\\green bias of the bridge on the picture attached to this post.
2) video of color test of Panasonic tm700 compared with Canon Photocamera type 450: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apELtW2hsuAWill a manual White Balance (WB) help to avoid the bondi blue color?
It's not clear wether this bondi blue effect is connected with WB function or not.
Manual WB works fine, but camera offsets that balance afterwards.
Even after adjusting manual White Balance (WB) the bondi blue color disappears but then returns again AUTOMATICALLY after several seconds or if you turn off camcorder and then turn on it again.
Please, see a video example:http://www.vimeo.com/18058557How to walk around the problem?
1) Switch to a manual White Balance
2) Set the manual WB by means of WB cap, gray card or expodisc.
3) Switch to preset of WB ("indoors 2")
4) Switch back to manual WB installed before.
5) The color of the sky or blue object will change from bondi blue to normal blue.
Please, see a video example of member Alainhubert
If Panasonic will notice a feedback from users, may be a future firmware update will help to solve a blue/green (turquoise) bias of our camcorders.
You know that shaking\\jittering and fun noise issues already solved with a new firmware update from Panasonic.
See a short video clip where a manual WB was set by means of Grey Card.
See how bondi blue sky restores automatically:http://vimeo.com/19761884
This is whether a bug or Panasonic did it on purpose.
This is a contradiction with User's manual that says (p.83):"Automatic white balance function may not reproduce natural colors depending on the scenes or lighting conditions. If so, you can adjust the white balance manually."
MANUAL WB DOES NOT KEEP ITS SETTINGS!