When my little compact died, I decided to buy myself a somewhat better camera, and ended up with the Panasonic Lumix FZ45. It took me some getting used to, but it really makes great pictures.

One thing that's puzzling me though, is how to make pictures that have the background blurred. The 'all automatic' setting usually gives me pictures that have almost everything in focus, even if I zoom in a lot.

I did some tests setting the focus manually, and when I take shots from very close it works. But the problem is that when zooming, it automatically limits the values I can set by hand, and the minimum depth I can set increases until it gets useless.

Am I doing something wrong? Or is it a limit of this kind of camera, and does it take a really professional one to make these kind of pictures?