Am I able to do shallow DoF with RX100?

Started Jan 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
tbcass Forum Pro • Posts: 31,658
Useful for low light so it's not a gimmick.

dpyy wrote:

I hear that the 1.8 aperture of RX100 is mostly a marketing gimmick. You aren't able to achieve a shallow DoF except for some extreme macro-like kind of shots. Is this true? I'm trying to see if I can buy a small compact camera that is capable of producing decent level of portrait shots with nice bokeh. Thank you.

The RX100 sensor is too small for really shallow DOF but f1.8 is far from a marketing gimmick because Sony makes no claims about DSLR like DOF as far as I know. The large aperture is there for low light photography indoors and for that it works very well indeed.

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