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Old Jul 15, 2009, 11:40 AM   #1
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I read this on a review site:

"the P90ís lens is impressively fast, with maximum apertures of f/2.8 at 26mm and f/5 at 624mm, although donít expect to achieve DSLR-like blurred backgrounds due to the comparatively small sensor."

Does anyone know how the size of the sensor in the P90 compares to the sensor in the old coolpix 8800? Will I be able to get backgrounds like this (taken on the 8800):

http://www.theparknottingham.co.uk/images/fern.jpg

Can anyone explain (simply) why a smaller sensor should increase the depth of field?

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Old Jul 15, 2009, 9:44 PM   #2
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I did a lot of research but finally found the actual size of the imager used are your Nikon 8800 camera. It was an 8 mp camera. The actual imager size is 8.8 X 6.6mm. The imager size of the Nikon P-90 is 6.16 X4.62mm. Therefore it is easy to conclude the the imager used on the used on your Nikon 8800 is almost twice as large as the imager used on the Nikon P-90 camera.

The typical separation and background blurring you see in your photo sample and this photo sample (taken with a DSLR camera) is available in very few small imager cameras, and is really available on most any DSLR camera due to the fact that the imager used in any DSLR camera is roughly 15X the size of the average small imager camera's imager.
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Thank you very much for your efforts. That is a major drawback of the P90. I wish I had never sold my 8800.
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Old Aug 13, 2009, 10:04 PM   #4
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Thank you very much for your efforts. That is a major drawback of the P90. I wish I had never sold my 8800.
Put it in Aperture mode and you'll get the desired effect.
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