Should white balance kelvin number of one camera be the same as another camera?

4 months 2 weeks ago #729730 by Number 7
So if one camera same brand is 5000 kelvin, another camera manufactured by the same brand is also at 5000, are these supposed to look the same?


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4 months 2 weeks ago #729731 by Nikon Shooter
Should white balance kelvin number of one camera be the
same as another camera?

Yes, of course… but since WB is the less critical parameter
to record, it should be set on AUTO and forget all about it.


… are these supposed to look the same?
Brand? No, not a relevant reference… but quality recordings!

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4 months 2 weeks ago #729733 by Number 7
But if you set to 'Auto' and you have one camera pointed one way, and another camera another in the same room.  Isn't there a chance that each camera might set a different white balance?  


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4 months 2 weeks ago #729734 by TCav

Number 7 wrote: But if you set to 'Auto' and you have one camera pointed one way, and another camera another in the same room.  Isn't there a chance that each camera might set a different white balance?  


Yes. WB depends on lighting. If you've got primarily natural lighting in one scene and artificial lighting in another in the same room, the resulting WBs will be different. The same is true if you've got incandescent lighting in one scene and florescent in another.

That's why
is usually the best choice.


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4 months 2 weeks ago #729736 by Number 7
So if that being the case, wouldn't it be best to set the white balance to something you can control?  If not, how can you match the white balance afterwards?

BTW thank youi!


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4 months 2 weeks ago #729738 by Nikon Shooter

Number 7 wrote: So if that being the case, wouldn't it be best to set the white balance to something you can control?  If not, how can you match the white balance afterwards?BTW thank youi!


Yes, yes, yes… but not in camera, in post. Keep all your gear on AUTO
and learn how to use a neutral grey card for that purpose.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #729740 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day N7

Ask yourself the same question for motor cars or any other item that's mass produced. There are always tiny variations in every product manufactured - and usually those tiny variations are never seen =until= one does a side-by-side comparison

The more important question is "do these tiny variations really matter?". Fortunately for us, the answer is 'no - they do not matter, as the product under examination is so close to its 100% design specs'

Phil from the great land Downunder
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