Knowing how to adjust the manual settings of your SJCAM Action Camera will come in handy for plenty of situations. Take timelapse for example, any shift in the white balance or ISO among other settings will cause a timelapse flicker. Not very desirable in any timelapse footage. The goal here is to set all of the manual settings adjusted to your scene, then start shooting. Let’s start with the available manual settings. Although these settings are for the SJ4000, much of them will be the same on other versions of camera.
Simply put, white balance is the color temperature in which the action camera interprets color. For most video recording your fine leaving the camera on Auto, however if your looking to try timelapse you should explore the manual settings.
The SJ4000 includes the following options to choose from: (Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent)
Look at the sample pictures below, all taken with the SJCAM SJ4000 mounted on a standard ball-head tripod. These examples demonstrate the effect of white balance on your pictures and videos.
As you can see from the 5 examples above the auto white balance actually does a really good job. But for this specific scene it was cloudy and by manually adjusting the white balance to the cloudy setting the picture instantly warms up.
What is ISO? In short ISO relates to how sensitive the digital cameras image sensor is to the available light. The lower the number the less sensitive your camera is. Generally to get the best image results from your SJCAM Action Camera you should keep the ISO as low as possible. By doing this you can expect a much finer image grain.
- ISO 100
- ISO 200
- ISO 400
In most cases auto ISO will be fine but for further control of the light we give you full manual control of the ISO.