Originally Posted by myg Owners of 600 and 900 models!
Please, produce a short clip like this: http://vimeo.com/19761884
You can use a white paper instead of the grey card.
We should check whether manual WB is stable or not.
As you see from clip above, on TM700 manual WB does not keep its settings.
I will send the links to your clips to Panasonic-Russia service.
Thank you very much!
As a note: White paper doesn't always work that well for white balance, lots of white paper is given a slight blue colour as to us we perceive this as being whiter than white and of better quality. Using white paper for white balance could encourage less saturated blues and contribute to the bondi-blue. A grey tarmac road might be better.
I can confirm, using the same pale blue objects for a like for like comparison, now in daylight but still no blue sky weather here:
1) TM300 - Manual white balance blues looked okay, maybe not an exact match to the real-life objects but close enough for it not to matter, no particular bondi-blue colour, just less saturated, less blue.
2) Switching to 'Indoor 2' then back to the stored white balance setting, saw a shift towards more saturated blues. I would say slightly too saturated as opposed to slightly under saturated from the initial manual white balance.
1) SD900 - Manual white balance, blues look absolutely spot on (they also look spot on in auto).
2) Switch to 'Indoor 2' then back to the stored white balance, and absolutely no shift in the blue levels. It shifts very violet on the Indoor 2 setting in daylight (to be expected as this is for other colour temperatures), and it takes a few seconds when switching to the saved manual white balance setting for colours to settle back again, but they do. If you immediately take a video still from the point of switching back to the stored white balance setting, it is going to look wrong, you need to wait a good several seconds for the camera to adjust.
Of course no camera can faithfully reproduce the full range of colours we see with our eyes, and there is always colour errors. It might just be Panasonic have shifted around with the colour space so errors are less likely for blues, and now more likely for some other colour we haven't discovered yet to try and stop the complaints
There is though a definite bug on prior models (I have seen this for myself) that sees the stored white balance setting altered when switching away and back to it. This gives blues more saturation, maybe this bug is unrelated to bondi-blue issues, but it just nicely happens to mitigate the problem by accident.
I'm quite happy to accept that for the 900 series (for my camera and circumstances at least) the bondi-blue issue is something that isn't present.