Please help. Does sensor size matter in exposure.

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Please help. Does sensor size matter in exposure.
Jan 31, 2012

I mean, Does a smaller sensor camera need bigger aperture, higher ISO or longer shutter speed to achive the same exposure. I tried to compare 3 Nikon cameras:

  • P7000 with its 1/1,7 sensor

  • J1 with its 1 inch sensor

  • D90 with its APS-C sensor

I set all the camera to the same exposure values (F4, 1/20s, ISO1600)

Results are puzzling. P7000 is a lot darker than D90. I set inadvertently J1 to F3.8 but if sensor size mattered that much, why is J1 shot exposure so close to D90? Is the J1 sensor more sensitive? I checked Dxomark and Nikon aren't cheating that much in ISO values for P7000.

Could you help me understand please. I'm about to throw to garbage all my bright lens compacts. F2 on a compact means nothing if it's equivalent to a lot smaller aperture on a DSLR or even J1.

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