Background Defocus mode
Sony's Background Defocus mode takes two shots, identifies the background and blurs it while keeping the subject sharp and in focus. Recommended distance from the subject is about a foot (30cm according to what the camera says onscreen) and you can set the amount of blur to low, medium, or high; this was taken at medium. It works best when your subject is well in front of the background. It's not perfect, but at small sizes it can be convincing.
In this example, the top photo was taken with Background Defocus, with the bottom shot in Aperture-priority mode and set to f2.8.
May 7, 2013 3:19 PM PDT
Photo by: Joshua Goldman/CNET
| Caption by: Joshua Goldman
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