Nikon D800 User Manual (en)

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White Balance
White balance ensures that colors are unaffected by the color of 
the light source. Auto white balance is recommended with most 
light sources. If the desired results can not be achieved with auto 
white balance, choose an option from the list below or use preset 
white balance.
White Balance Options
Option
Color temp.
*
 
Description
Auto
3,500–
8,000 K
White balance is adjusted 
automatically. For best results, use type 
G or D lens. If built-in or optional flash 
fires, results are adjusted appropriately.
Normal
Keep warm lighting 
colors
Incandescent
3,000 K
Use under incandescent lighting.
Fluorescent
Use with:
Sodium-vapor lamps
2,700 K
• Sodium-vapor lighting (found in 
sports venues).
Warm-white 
fluorescent
3,000 K
• Warm-white fluorescent lights.
White fluorescent
3,700 K
• White fluorescent lights.
Cool-white 
fluorescent
4,200 K
• Cool-white fluorescent lights.
Day white 
fluorescent
5,000 K
• Daylight white fluorescent lights.
Daylight fluorescent
6,500 K
• Daylight fluorescent lights.
High temp. 
mercury-vapor
7,200 K
• High color temperature light sources 
(e.g. mercury-vapor lamps).
Direct sunlight
5,200 K
Use with subjects lit by direct sunlight.
Flash
5,400 K
Use with built-in or optional flash units.
Cloudy
6,000 K
Use in daylight under overcast skies.
Shade
8,000 K
Use in daylight with subjects in the shade.