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09-17-2013, 10:15 AM   #1
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Using WG2 Indoors

Hello! I've been having a frustrating time getting my WG2 to shoot indoors (photos and videos) and was desperately hoping someone here could help me out.

Whenever I'm taking pictures/shooting video indoors, the colors produced are so dark and washed out they're unusable. What I can't figure out after playing with the settings is how to get more natural looking photos that even my phone camera can easily achieve.

I can happily provide more information (or example photos/video). Thank you for your help!

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QuoteOriginally posted by tog Quote
Hello! I've been having a frustrating time getting my WG2 to shoot indoors (photos and videos) and was desperately hoping someone here could help me out.

Whenever I'm taking pictures/shooting video indoors, the colors produced are so dark and washed out they're unusable. What I can't figure out after playing with the settings is how to get more natural looking photos that even my phone camera can easily achieve.

I can happily provide more information (or example photos/video). Thank you for your help!
please provide additonal info with photos and what settings you are using...particularly what iso, flash, etc...i am wondering if you iso is going up like it should...we had a camera that was defective and would not increase the iso regardless of whether it was sports on regular mode...i am assuming the pictures are ok outdoors? if so please let me know what settings you are using when they work..thanks
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Thanks for the response pearsaab.

I've attached a photo sampling the problem (and it is often much worse than this). I've also attached a video. My GoPro shot from the same location produced far better, natural-looking video (although obviously I was shooting the wrong way, into the light).

The conditions are indoors when natural light is low. When I have tons of natural light, the pictures look great.

Photo Settings:

Record Pixels 16M
Quality Level: 3 stars
WB: AWB
Sensitivity: Auto
AUTO ISO Range: 250-1600
Flash: auto


Video settings:

Recorded Pixels: 1920/30
Movie SR: checked

please provide additonal info with photos and what settings you are using...particularly what iso, flash, etc...i am wondering if you iso is going up like it should...we had a camera that was defective and would not increase the iso regardless of whether it was sports on regular mode...i am assuming the pictures are ok outdoors? if so please let me know what settings you are using when they work..thanks
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Without being too technical, the easiest solution would be to turn on the flash. You can also go into the menu and adjust the white balance (likely to an indoor or tungsten setting) until the orange hue is gone.


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Without being too technical, the easiest solution would be to turn on the flash. You can also go into the menu and adjust the white balance (likely to an indoor or tungsten setting) until the orange hue is gone.
Adjusting the WB might work, but flash has been no help. It ends up just blasting the picture.
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i still don't see the actual properties of the picture so i can't tell anything about shutter speed, iso etc...can you tell me what setting you have the camera on when you take the picture since there are so many options you can use
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pearsaab I must not be understanding your question correctly. Here are literally all the settings I have control over with the camera.


Image Tone: Bright
Record Pixels 16M
Quality Level: 3 stars
WB: AWB
Sensitivity: Auto
AUTO ISO Range: 250-1600
Flash: auto
Autofocus: Normal
AE Metering: Multisegment
EV Compensation: 0
Sharpness/Saturation/Contrast: Unaltered

These are all the settings I have control over with my pns.
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sorry if we can't seem to get there...are you familar with exif data...every picture you take will have the following type of info...and it would be lociated under properties...do you have anything like that? Exif data
CameraPentax K-5 II sExposure0.001 sec (1/800)Aperturef/8.0Focal Length77 mmISO Speed125Exposure Bias-1 EV


also you can shoot a picture in Auto Picture, Program, Flower, Portrait, Night Scene, Digital Microscope, Landscape, Surf and Snow, Kids, Pet, Sport, Candlelight, Fireworks, Night Scene Portrait, Text, Food, Digital Wide, Panorama, Green Mode...
all these can affect your picture and it would be helpful to know what you are using

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Thanks for the patience pearsaab. I primarily use auto, although in cases where I get that yellow effect I've tried changing the camera mode to things like Portrait, Landscape, Candlelight, without effect. I wasn't even aware all that detail was stored with a picture, cool! Here's everything in there:

Pentax Optio WG-2
F-Stop: f/3.5
Exposure: 1/30 sec
ISO Speed: ISO-1600
Exposure Bias: 0 step
Focal Length: 5mm
Max Aperature, Subject Distance: (nothing)
Metering mode: Pattern
35mm focal length: 28
White Balance: Auto
EXIF Version: 0230
Horiz/Vert Resolution: 72 dpi
Bit depth: 24
Resolution Unit: 2
Color Representation: sRGB

You also made me realize the above photo was taken with a canon! I've attached a photo that was actually taken with my WG-2 (effect similar, and worst)
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Two things I see.

#1 White Balance issues. Not unusual with indoor lighting and no flash.

#2 With Multi-segment Metering it's quite possible the camera keyed on the reflections of the light in the window and metered from that so as not to blow the highlights. The same with the white dish at the bottom right side of the picture.

Just a couple of things I noticed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kkoether Quote
Two things I see.

#1 White Balance issues. Not unusual with indoor lighting and no flash.

#2 With Multi-segment Metering it's quite possible the camera keyed on the reflections of the light in the window and metered from that so as not to blow the highlights. The same with the white dish at the bottom right side of the picture.

Just a couple of things I noticed.
Appreciate that Kkoether. I understand how to adjust the WB, but which Metering should I use, Spot or Center Weighted?
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The metering is a tough on. Spot metering and Center Weighted would give you a larger overexposure in the 2 areas I mentioned but it would possibly lighten up the other areas.I would think the overexposed areas would be worse with Spot versus Center Weighted.

I started using a Grey card to set the white balance with my K200D. Since then I've be a lot happier with my colors.

Not being familiar with your particular camera. Does it have a fill flash option with the flash? If it does try that in these situations. Fill flash is a lower power flash setting used to attempt to even out the lighting of the scene.
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i found the camera works better when you use the smallest focus point as possible and center weighted metering...you also might have better luck using a specific setting...haven't used the auto setting...always use it in a particular mode...i will try this weekend to take some pictures indooors and see if i can figure out what is going on...i would use the flash when you are getting your iso up to 1600...i also tend to force the iso to not go above 400 but let me see if i can try some things this weekend and see if ours is doing the same...i have noticed the camera doesn't always make sense when you make adjustments and just chalked it up to an inexpensive camera...for instance i was outside and shot a picture in sports mode and the same in lanscape and it actually had a higher shutter speed for landscape which made no sense to me and i was metering off the same thing...this camera is great for many things but not perfect in any way...amy
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