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Color Balance Issue On Sony Digital Still Camera and some camcorders
Enabling Infrared photography on some Sony cameras and camcorders changes the color balance because the camera is sensitive to both visible light and infrared light. Therefore, normal photographs will show an incorrect color balance. This is most noticeable on outdoor photographs. For correct color balance for normal photographs, you must use a color correcting filter. You should order an X-NiteCC1 color correcting (IR blocking) filter if you want to use this IR enabled camera for normal photography.
This page also shows what happens when you remove the internal ICF or IR Blocking & Visible Light passing filter on a camera.
These pictures have been resized to 320 x 240 pixel to reduce loading time.
Outdoor with no color correcting (IR blocking) filter. Notice color imbalance because outdoor image contains both visible light and infrared light. This picture shows what the camera sees when it can view both visible and IR simultaneously.
Outdoor with color correcting X-NiteCC1 (IR Blocking) filter. Colors are correct. Only visible light reaches camera in this picture.
Outdoor with X-Nite830 (830nm) filter. Interesting how the cold shade is completely black and only certain colors on the box are visible. Only Infrared light reaches camera here. Also, since the snow is cold, it appears dark instead of white.
Indoor with no color correcting (IR blocking) filter. Colors good, but this was taken under fluorescent lights so picture should look more blue.
Indoor with color correcting X-NiteCC1 (IR Blocking) filter. Notice that the color correcting filter actually makes image look a little bit blue. This is because fluorescent lights alter the white balance.
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