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[Q] Selective focus more miss than hit

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By digzee, Junior Member on 26th May 2014, 05:26 AM
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Hi Guys,

Is it just me or is selective focus not all its cracked up to be when shooting a toddler. I understand that they move around alot but even when my little one is standing still 9 times out of 10 I always get the message that focus could not be applied.

The way it blurs around the edges of the subject can also look a little underwhelming. I know that its not a full fledge SLR but i thought it may have been a little better.

Anybody else experiencing similar issues.

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26th May 2014, 06:53 AM |#2  
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I struggle to get it to work, but if it does work, I don't get the blurry edging as on your pics. I have seen some reviews where they comment on the same issue
30th May 2014, 12:59 AM |#3  
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I agree, it seems that the feature is designed to identify objects which drastically contrast from the background. For example a a yellow bottle on a white background mostly likely will yield a failure. However a red bottle on a white background would pick up more accurately. You have to mess around with the camera to learn how the selective focus works.

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31st May 2014, 08:10 AM |#4  
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Well it is a software trick and in the end it will never match the BOKEH you can achieve with a DSLR.

With that said though, I find it helps to have an extremely obvious foreground and background in order for the effect to be applied. It can be sort of hit and miss with moving subjects though.

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