As others mentioned, bokeh is the quality of background blur. and it is more difficult to achieve back ground blur with PnS. Even the bokeh achieved (like in Macro mode) will not be that nice compared to what achieved by dslr.
Taken with my PnS, certainly not the sharpest close-up I've ever seen, but I'm more intrigued with the background "rings" which I thought are what "Bokehs" are about? First time I've seen this from my cam. What do you guys think of it?
Last edited by kriegsketten; 3rd May 2010 at 12:25 AM.
This is mine, taken with powershot.
Haha! No worries, I'm not expecting beautiful bokehs with my simple PnS. But at least I know now that it can be done (however crummy the sharpness of the close-up and bad the bokehs are).
I think I know what bad bokehs are: the rings look like "Donuts"... while a good bokeh means glowly rounds without pronounced edges. A neutral means just white discs without pronouced edges and without the glowly center either...
But bad bokehs are still bokehs though, and are probably subjective from one person to another.
With Powershot S5IS. Do excuse the oversaturation.
Last edited by ahbian; 3rd May 2010 at 11:06 AM.
As far as I know, DOF is determined only by:
- lens' focal length
- camera --> subject --> background distance
To achieve a sufficiently out-of-focus background with a pns will require more physical separation between subject and background.
The term "bokeh" should be put to bed I think... for some reason photographers think it's cool to use this term freely...
The original question posed was whether normal PnS can produce images with "bokehs". By normal I meant PnS cams without manual / aperture controls, etc... So, the answer is a "Yes"? Provided of course that we're shooting in pure Macro mode (with sufficient background distance) and not general walk-around shots that is...
I know it's a bad bokeh from my image, and thank you for a more specific term ("ni-sen").
If normal PnS cams can capture images with "beautiful" bokehs then that will be the day high-end PnS and DSLR users would cry foul play, wouldn't they?
Last edited by kriegsketten; 3rd May 2010 at 10:59 AM.
I think most of the PnS cameras can achieve bokeh only when taking a subject that is relatively close. Played with my sis's digicam tt claimed to have a bokeh function, possible if taking a near subject but if taking a full body portrait then it's not really possible.