01 January 2015

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - 10 Depth of Field Demo Photos

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Av Mode : Aperture f/5.8  ISO 100
Depth of Field photos with Canon Ultra- Zoom Compact Camera
With Canon PowerShot SX40 HS 35x Zoom 12 Megapixel (non-DSLR) compact digital camera. Photos by Vernon Chalmers in Constantia, Durbanville, Franschhoek / Stellenbosch, Milnerton and Newlands Cape Town.

Objective: Demonstrating the Depth of Field / background blur potential with the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS in P and Av Mode with various ISO selections.

Sensor challenge: With a 12x smaller image sensor than the Canon 700D SLR APC sensor its somewhat more challenging to create any significant background blur of note (compared to a DSLR camera). But thanks to the same Digic 5 image processor (as the Canon 700D) and it's 24-840mm focal length ultra-zoom lens it is more than capable.

Aperture / focal length: I have found the best Depth of Field / Bokeh opportunities with the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS to be at low ISO's in early morning sunlight - and the camera's aperture f/5.8 sweet spot. The biggest challenge with the SX40 HS (or any ultra-zoom compact) is the selected lens focal length / distance from subject - this selection will have a significant impact on the effective blur quality of each photo.

Equipment
  • Canon PowerShot SX40 HS digital camera 
  • Canon Speedlite 270EX II flash 
  • Manfrotto Compact MMC3-01 monopod 
  • Zero post-processing 

P / Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • Aperture f/5.8 
  • ISO 100 - 400 
  • Shutter speed: 1/60 - 1/320 seconds 
  • Image Stabilisation (IS) on 

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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Av Mode : Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Av Mode : Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Av Mode : Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon SX40 HS Aperture f/5.8 ISO 320 - Canon Speedlite 270EX II Flash


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Av Mode Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100


Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS P Mode : Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS P Mode : Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS - Depth of Field / Bokeh Flower Photos
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS P Mode : Aperture f/5.8 ISO 100