A reader just made my day. Instead of being asked my opinion about the Hayden Kho-Katrina Halili sex video or the Jamby Madrigal-Gilbert Remulla word war (yes, these questions clog my e-mail), Gabby asks for advice about the Canon Powershot G10 and bokeh. Oooh, I love questions like that. I will happily answer it with illustrations. See, that was one question I tried to answer myself earlier this month when we spent a weekend at Balay Indang: Just how versatile is the Canon Powershot G10?
In The Accidental Bokeh, I mentioned that photography professionals aren’t in exact agreement as to what constitutes good bokeh. If we limit the definition of bokeh to out-of-focus backgrounds that help draw the eyes to the subject then, yes, the G10 is very much capable of creating blurry backgrounds.
The photo of the macopa fruits above with Sam walking on the foot path shows how the background can be blurred so that it is still discernible rather than totally washed out.
In macro mode, the leaves surrounding the zinnia flower above were sufficiently blurred to send the visual message that they are not as important in the photo as the flower is.
Now, if the question is whether the Canon Powershot G10 can create light spheres which seem to be the obsession of most bokeh fanatics, the answer is yes.
Alex took the photo above. I think those are unripe macopa fruits but I am not really sure. What I am sure of is that the photo was taken with the G10 and the light spheres were NOT created with Adobe Photoshop.
So, does that mean the G10 can replace a dSLR? Compare the next two photos both taken from roughly the same angle. The first was taken with the G10 while the second was shot with the Canon EOS 40D and a 50mm lens.
Above, the photo taken with the G10 with an aperture value of f/2.8 and a focal length of 6.1 mm. Below, the photo taken with the EOS 40D and 50mm lens with an aperture value of f/1.4; the focal length is, of course, 50 mm. The G10’s widest aperture is f/2.8. You can’t go any wider because the G10 has a fixed lens. With a dSLR, you can change the lens and go as wide as f/1.2.
There is a difference in the faithful reproduction of colors too. Moreover, the G10 does not capture depths and shadows as well as the EOS 40D. Which, of course, means that point-and-shoot camera cannot really do everything that a dSLR can. Be that as it may, the Canon Powershot G10 is the best point-and-shoot camera I have ever used.