Question about Canon PowerShot S5 IS Digital Camera
I recently purchased a Canon Powershot S5IS. Wanting to take shots with the background blurred sufficiently so it is not distracting, important when taking candid everyday shots of children. Have had a play but can't seem to get it to work. Is it bacause 2.7 is widest aperture it has?? maybe someone can help??
Kate, sounds like you're using the auto mode and letting the camera choose the F-Stop for you.
You need to use the lowest F-Stop you can for the shallowest field of view, and you can do that and still use an auto mode, if you select the A on the dial, which stands for aperture priority, and select the widest F-Stop.
In that mode you get to specify the F-Stop you want the camera to use, and it adjusts the shutter speed to achieve a good exposure.
That is my favorite mode.
Posted on Nov 25, 2014
To get a narrow DOF with the 5S you have two choices: Shot from up close with macro mode or shot from far away with the zoom. Of course you also need to select a wide appearture (under 4).
At a normal 35-80mm equivalent, in most situations it is impossible to get a decently shallow DOF with this camera.
Posted on May 15, 2008
I have owned a Canon Powershot S5 since launch last year and I take a lot of photos with blurred background. I select AV on the dial (Aperture priority) and set aperture to between 2.7 and about 4.0 max, depending on how much depth of field I want and what my subject is.
This setting blurs the background beautifully.. Just remember that an aperture of 2.7 will give you a very shallow depth-of-field, so if focus on face is important, make sure you have face recognition set to ON.
I hope this helps
Posted on Apr 10, 2008
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