HVL-F42AM Lighting & WB

Lighting & White Balance – Its performance together with the Camera

Lets now look at the flash performance based on different lighting conditions. I have setup this test to be as neutral and repeatable as possible. I have used the HVL-F56AM/5600HS(D) as a comparison against all the shots.

Part 1: 1.5 meters distance

The photos were taken with mixed lighting Tungsten on the left of subject (i.e small side lamp) and the front about 3 metres away a fluorescent tube on the ceiling. So basically this test is to see how well the White balance performed on both Auto WB and Flash WB modes.  As it has been touted that the HVL-F42AM has improved flash white balance. Lets see how good the flash white balance is.

All images are straight out of camera color as is & no Post Processing done, only re-sized.

HVL-F42M (Flash WB)                        HVL-F56AM (Flash WB)

HVL-F42AM (Auto WB)                        HVL-F56AM (Auto WB)

From the above sample, it could see that the HVL-F42AM Flash and White balance image turned out very similar in color.  The picture of the cup in the coffee sachet and the egg is off the same color. As for the HVL-F56AM, the Flash WB image looks a little reddish.  This could be obviously picked up by the overall reddish tone in the white cup image on the coffee sachet and the egg.  The Auto White Balance however, looks very similar to the shot taken with the HVL-F42AM.
Part 2 : 2.5 meters distance
This next part are shots taken in three lighting conditions.
1) Tungsten Lighting – Auto WB  + Flash WB
2) Total Darkness – Auto WB  + Flash WB
3) Fluorescent  Lamp – Auto WB  + Flash WB
The photos will be arranged in the order of White balance. (WB= White Balance)
Tungsten Lighting  – Auto WB  + Flash WB
Total Darkness – Auto WB  + Flash WB
Fluorescent  Lamp – Auto WB  + Flash WB

Just judging based on the images I have taken here, it looks like the white balance is good for flash exposures on the new HVL-F42AM.

The colors are good and produces rich colors. Due to its slightly lower guide number compared to the HVL-F56AM, photos with flash straight head-on gives slightly under exposures.

This could possibly due to the combined effect of the ADI (Advance Distance integration) kicking in with hot spots/highlights in the image. A ceiling bounce image would be better but due to the reddish yellow ceiling of the room, I try avoid bouncing as this my result in color casts that may “contaminate” these simple tests.

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