Panasonic HD camcorders allow you to get the kind of high-definition image quality that suits today's age of
large-screen TVs.

Effective Use of the Manual Ring PAGE TOP Zoom in/out Focus White Balance Shutter Speed Iris
Making subjects stand out cleary with light control
Iris

I want to bring the subject forward by blurring the background and emphasizing the image depth.

Auto Operation

"It's difficult to blur the background."

Blurring the background is an effective way to guide the viewers' attention to the main subject. However, because the Auto function automatically adjusts the aperture according to the surrounding light intensity, it's not possible to intentionally blur the background.
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Manual Operation

"I can blur the background just like I want!"

By fully opening the aperture and zooming in to the maximum limit, the depth of field becomes shallow. This lets you focus only on the subject that is located close to the camera, and blurs the background to create the kind of striking images that you often see in movies.

*You may adjust the exposure with the shutter speed or ND filter.

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*This is an actual, edited image recorded by a Panasonic HD camcorder (HDC-SD100)
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The depth of field refers to the depth of the focal range. When it's shallow, you can emphasize a part of an image by focusing on a specific object and blurring the background. When it's deep, the entire image appears in focus.
Experiment with the depth of field effect by referring to the chart below.
Depth of Field vs. Camcorder Settings

Using the aperture to adjust the light intensity is also helpful in the following scenes.

Auto Operation

When the camera pans from a dark room to the bright outdoors,
the image is briefly washed out as the camera initially captures
the outdoor scenery. The automatic adjustment function then
activates immediately.
Manual Operation

When panning the camera from a room to the outdoors in the
same way as above, you can prevent the washed-out effect
by reducing the aperture as soon as the camera is pointed
outdoors.