Nikon D800 User Manual (en)

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Check the results.
If the camera was able to measure a 
value for white balance, C will flash 
in the control panel for about six 
seconds, while the viewfinder will show 
a flashing 
a.
If lighting is too dark or too bright, the 
camera may be unable to measure 
white balance. A flashing 
b a will 
appear in the control panel and 
viewfinder for about six seconds. Press 
the shutter-release button halfway to 
return to Step 5 and measure white 
balance again.
D
Direct Measurement Mode
IIf no operations are performed while the displays are flashing, direct 
measurement mode will end in the time selected for Custom Setting c2 
(Auto meter-off delay
A
Selecting a Preset 
Selecting Preset manual for the White balance 
option in the shooting menu displays the dialog 
shown at right; highlight a preset and press 
J. 
If no value currently exists for the selected 
preset, white balance will be set to 5,200 K, the 
same as Direct sunlight.
Control panel
Viewfinder
Control panel
Viewfinder