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Old Jul 20, 2005, 4:38 PM   #1
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What are the smallest digital cameras that have manual depth-of-field settings? I want to be able to blur the background, and I also want to be able to see what I'm going to get before I shoot. I'd appreciate any help in this matter. Also, I'd like to see a list of all the cameras that would fit into this category. Thanks.

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Old Jul 20, 2005, 5:42 PM   #2
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Only a dslr will allow you to stop down the lens, thereby allowing you to "preview" the DOF.

DOF is not a setting per se -- it is the aperture that affects DOF, so you want something that allows you to manually set the aperture. I find it preferable to have a camera that has aperture priority setting, so you can let the camera decide what shutter speed is appropriate for the aperture you just selected. See the reviews for cameras with manual exposure modes.

No small digicam will give you much in the way of DOF. DOF decreases along with a decrease in focal length, and small digicams use lenses of very short focal length.

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Old Jul 20, 2005, 7:33 PM   #3
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PhilR: Yeah, I remember from my old Nikon. Aperture priority........speed would automatically adjust........I could see what I was gonna get. I was just hoping that there would be SOMETHINGout there smaller than my Nikon. But I guess not. Oh, well.......I'll just have to live with the realities of digital cameras. But I'm so spoiled with the small size that I know I'm never gonna go back to a full-size SLR. I just wish that there was something in between.......in size. Thanks.

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Old Jul 20, 2005, 8:22 PM   #4
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as far as I know it is the istds, you get dof preview using the same switch you use to power on, I believe the 350d has it as well but the pentax is smaller (although the canon is lighter
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If you have enough time to preview the depth of field, you likely have enough time to shoot a test shot and look at the results on the LCD. Magnification on playback would seem a real good idea.
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