Do digital cameras have a color meter for white balancing?

Started Nov 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Doug Pardee
Doug Pardee Veteran Member • Posts: 8,321
Re: No…

Mark Scott Abeln wrote:

I am not completely certain, but I think some early digital cameras had a separate sensor housed in a hemispherical dome to measure the color of the ambient light.

Indeed, the original Canon 1D and 1Ds had an external color sensor used in "hybrid auto white balance." It apparently wasn't successful, as it was dropped in later models. The sensor was just a flat white oval above the "EOS-1" label.

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