A dream for the future Nikon Z camera: a dynamic white-balance sensor that measures color temperature independently in the different parts of the image

Stoph Sauter (Instagram | Tumblr | Tumblr 2) shares his idea and hope for a dynamic white-balance sensor that measures color temperature independently (dynamic white-balance in one shot – for multiple sections of the images, just like AF):

Dreams for a Z11

For sections on a single chip, or a step closer to reality.

After many years of using analog and digital cameras, there still remains a missing link in the digital advanced camera technology. A Matrix-White-Balance implementation. Today we are able to shoot 30 frames/sec, having highspeed AF modes, good workflows, etc. all fine. But by the end of the day still light rules the colors of an image.

Exactly there is a big problem remaining, cause all cameras on the market manage „WHITE BALANCE“ as a single setting, a mixture out of all is the result, changeable, but fixed Kelvins. Often there are situations with daylight and artificial light, LED bulbs for example and a sunset in one single moment. Or – artificial light mixed with daylight reaching the sensor with different Kelvins. The White Balance only makes a mixture out of all – so we can`t capture images as our eyes do. Eyes (retinas) can handle different Kelvins on one level. The human matrix can manage it.

Lightsituation - Daylight and artificial light

Lightsituation – Daylight and artificial light

The idea of a DYNAMIC WHITE BALANCE SENSOR would give the opportunity to measure different lighting situations on the sensor independently. Maybe like another layer we used to have for AF in the past or another matrix on the chip…

A vision for the next generation.

Here is a real image shot with automatic WB and a simulation for dynamic WB:

Bests from Austria
Stoph Sauter (Instagram | Tumblr | Tumblr 2)
Artist and photographer

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