Recently my pictures from my Minolta Dimage A2 have been coming out with a cyan color cast. I can adjust the color in my computer to get acceptable results but it is very time consuming and the pictures are never as good as they used to be. I have looked through the troubleshooting section in the manual (weak!) but I can't seem to fugure it out. Any ideas?
Check your "white balance" (WB) setting.Try setting to "auto" and see if you get the same results shooting outdoors on a sunny day. If you do, the camera is in need of repair, if you do not, you need to buy a book on digital photography to supplement your manual.
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Artificial light is a different colour than daylight. Our eyes compensate, so we don't notice it much. Most digital cameras can compensate too, but whether they do or not depends on the settings. The setting you want to investigate is color balance. If this is set to daylight, it will give an orange cast to pictures taken in tungsten lighting, and a greenish cast to pictures taken in flourescent light. If it is set to artificial light, pictures taken in daylight will have a bluish cast. The best setting for most people is Auto, if your camera has it. That will let your camera decide, and usually it will get it about right.
I have an earlier version of this camera: a minolta dimage 7. While your camera is better(later) than mine beyond ISO 100 these cameras tend to be noisy. The only solution is to asscpt the noise since hou will need a high ISO in order to use an acceptable shutter speed and use a noise reduction program (noise ninja, neat image, helcion noise filter). One of these may be free- i think helcionbut aside from changing to a DSLR this is the best solution
Yes, it is possible to control the camera from PC with "DiMAGE Capture DCA200". (sold separately)
It is necessary to update the camera's firmware to use with the DiMAGE Capture. (the firmware is included in the CD-ROM attached with the product.)
* DiMAGE Capture DCA-200 will be available at the end of March, 2004.