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)
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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