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01-02-2016, 04:37 AM   #1
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K3/K3 ll white balance setting

I'm sure this may have been asked before but I haven't found it so here goes. On my new K3 ll for Auto white balance there are two settings AWB and Multi; What are the differences between the two and for what circumstances would you use the Multi Awb?

01-02-2016, 05:35 AM   #2
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For an earlier discussion of this, look here:

The upshot being, that Multi AWB is an option for tackling ambient light situations, which will often have different WB requirements for different parts of the image. Inherited from the Ricoh GR series, Multi AWB utilizes the K-3 / K-3 II's advanced RGB colour metering to make the necessary evaluations. As far as I can tell from practical shooting, it does a fairly decent job with ambient, and little harm in natural nor artificial light, which is why I use it as my personal default.

Haven't done any serious comparisons, though, and am not even sure from a casual glance at the thread whether third-party raw converters really support the feature. Far as I recall, Lightroom didn't?
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I have read somewhere but not tested myself. The Multi-AWB setting is aimed for times when different light sources are present and white balance is ajusted for each area/light source of the picture.
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I've found it to be a very reliable feature for any situation. With my K-50 I was always having to mess with the white balance and with the K-3 I never worry about white balance. Just set it to Multi White Balance and forget about changing it. It works for ambient and natural light. So using it does no harm. Its my standard setting for white balance.


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Thanks much...The information supplied answers what I was seeking to know. I shoot raw and in LR & PS I couldn't tell a difference.
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My default on the K-3II also. I develop the RAWs in DCU5, so camera settings are automatically applied on importation.
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It's my default as well. However, I find that it doesn't really matter much when shooting RAW. I typically make less adjustments than when shooting with the K-5.

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