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Picture of Mendelssohn statue with zebra patterning

Zebra patterning (or zebra stripes) is a feature found on some prosumer and most professional video cameras to aid in correct exposure. When enabled, areas of the image over a certain threshold are filled with a striped or cross-hatch pattern to dramatically highlight areas where too much light is falling on the image sensor.

Often, a threshold level can be set, e.g. 70%, 80%, 90%, or 100% (with 100% meaning pure white, or over-exposed, AKA 100 IRE). A lower threshold like 70 to 80% can help correctly expose many skin tones, while higher numbers help ensure correct overall scene exposure. [1] [2] [3]


  1. ^ Ward, Peter (2013). Basic Betacam Camerawork. Taylor & Francis. p. 76–77. ISBN  9781136049545. Retrieved May 25, 2016 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Friedman, Gary L. (2014). The Complete Guide to Sony's A6000 Camera (B&W ed.). p. 30–31. ISBN  9781312318793. Retrieved May 25, 2016 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Ortega, Vicente Rodríguez; Delgado, Francisco Utray. "Fundamentals of shooting with digital video cameras" (PDF). Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. p. 3.