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    Default Need help on compact digital camera (SONY dsc-h20)

    Hi guys, im a newbie in photography and im currently looking for a compact camera.

    came across sony dsc-h20 (an upgraded version of h10) n i need u guys opinions on this camera or any other suggestions for other compact camera?

    and wats the effect called when u get a clear person's shot while the background is soft n blurry kind of effect? can it be done on this camera?

    many thx!!

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    Default Re: Need help on compact digital camera (SONY dsc-h20)

    U mean bokeh? Like this

    pic shot yesterday. Any cam can do it within range. Just the intensity of bokeh is different. Hard to explain, I'm not a tech person haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernard-neo View Post
    Hi guys, im a newbie in photography and im currently looking for a compact camera.

    came across sony dsc-h20 (an upgraded version of h10) n i need u guys opinions on this camera or any other suggestions for other compact camera?

    and wats the effect called when u get a clear person's shot while the background is soft n blurry kind of effect? can it be done on this camera?

    many thx!!
    Hello...welcome.

    The H20 is a very decent cam with good zoom range. I'm considering getting that cam too.

    The effect is called bokeh. Quite difficult to achieve that with a PnS cam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennisc View Post
    U mean bokeh? Like this

    pic shot yesterday. Any cam can do it within range. Just the intensity of bokeh is different. Hard to explain, I'm not a tech person haha
    Quote Originally Posted by Galdor View Post
    Hello...welcome.

    The H20 is a very decent cam with good zoom range. I'm considering getting that cam too.

    The effect is called bokeh. Quite difficult to achieve that with a PnS cam.
    Hey guys thx for the quick response! yes that is the effect im talking about! im thinking if sony dsc-h20 can achieve that... cos im really keen on that cam. any more advices?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernard-neo View Post
    Hey guys thx for the quick response! yes that is the effect im talking about! im thinking if sony dsc-h20 can achieve that... cos im really keen on that cam. any more advices?
    Like I've mentioned earlier (not only subjected to this model), I would say most if not all compact cameras will not be able to produce this kind of effect.
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    alright thx galdor! alr bought the camera though

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernard-neo View Post
    alright thx galdor! alr bought the camera though
    Great, hope you will enjoy this little gem. BTW, can you PM me the price & place where you got this cam? Thanks.
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    hmm.. its where the camera focus on that matters..



    Shot this with my p&s too.. was hard to get a decent focus. And even this pic is blurred.
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    Actually it's called "Subject isolation". Bokeh is merely the quality of the out of focus areas.

    The same principal applies as has been posted many many times before. Use the camera's longest focal length, and try to get the subject as close to you as the framing will allow, while maximizing the distance to the background.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Actually it's called "Subject isolation". Bokeh is merely the quality of the out of focus areas.

    The same principal applies as has been posted many many times before. Use the camera's longest focal length, and try to get the subject as close to you as the framing will allow, while maximizing the distance to the background.
    yo bro, wat do u mean by using the longest focal length?? is it maximum zoom?? or??

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernard-neo View Post
    yo bro, wat do u mean by using the longest focal length?? is it maximum zoom?? or??
    Yes. I suggest reading more of your camera manual and the newbies guides to photography.
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    for bokeh with p&s, it is not so easy, but not difficult.

    it can be done, as long as one has a firm understanding of what he/she is doing with the camera. same rules apply, just that dof with the smaller sensor on p&s makes it harder.

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    Hey thx guys for all the feedbacks n advises. newbie here so thx for yr patience =p

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