If you are able to choose " aperture " and match it with the " focal length " used, plus your subject " distance ".
" distance " meaning... camera to foregrd and subject, subject and backgrd.
To chieve " bokeh " result / effect, do the following ;
* Set camera's ISO to lowest, e.g. 80, 50 or if there is a 25.
* Choose file / image size to the largest.
* Activate " anti-shake " device, if there is one.
* Make sure your subject is within 2.0 m. ideally...1.5 m. ( especially for PnS camera. )
* Shoot only head and shoulder composition.
* Avoid full length portrait or groups.
* Use maximum " zoom " range to shoot. ( not Macro, for it will cause distortion. Macro is meant for small / tiny object. )
* Avoid using " A " mode at all cost.
* Turn off auto flash.
* Use " P " program mode, or
* " T " speed mode, or
* Sport mode.
The principle is very simple... to cheat / fool the camera's programe to choose the maximum aperture.
The focal length (ie. distance between lens to sensor) is so short that DOF becomes large.
Look at a compact camera and the actual FL are usually on the front of the lens. These are usually very small numbers like 5mm-20mm (this is also followed by its 35mm equivalent FL).
LX3 has a max aperture at f2.0. Can take a look at this...
And yes, everyone who mentioned "distance between lens to sensor" tt results in thicker depth of focus is correct...however, one can still play with the compact to get some..."bokehs"(as requested..)
Yes. Heavily discussed to DEATH on here and even online. By the way, you can NEVER "achieve bokeh" since bokeh is a measurement of the quality of out of focus blur. If you want to get relevant results, do a search for "background blur" instead of "bokeh". Here's an example:
Getting a shallow DOF is more difficult..it's true...but one is not deprived of out of focus blur anytime...thus, if TS is not looking to have creamy nice quality bokehs with the pns, then shdn't be a prob...
i believe you are referring to background blur, "bokeh" is usually refer to the "quality" of the background blur which is not measurable and is quite subjective.
to have maximum background blur, you can try the following:
1. get as close to your object as possible
2. zoom in to max.
3. open your aperture to largest (if there is manual mode).
4. choose a background that is as far as possible from your object.