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Nikon D80-picture blurry in auto mode

Hi This camera was used by my step mom and I have been familiarizing myself with it-normally I am very good at taking pics! However, when I focus in on say a face it focus's but the back ground in completely blurry. I have reset to default setting and am in auto mode. I have a Nikon coolpix P80 and this does not happen. What am I doing or what can I do to make it not blurry and take a better picture?
Also with a SLR like this can pictures be taken using the LCD and not the view finder? i haven't figured out how to do that either!

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Jbenjack,
The D80 has a lot more settings to deal with and depending on the lens the depth of field may explain the blurry background (that is desired effect on a portrait) The view finder on the D80 is for composing the shot and has read outs for the settings. The LCD on the back is for playback and the menus, it doesn't work like a live view of what's being taken (on some newer and more expensive DSLRs it does preview on the big LCD) on smaller point & Shoot cameras that don't have a viewfinder they use the LCD as the viewfinder, does that make sense? If she has the manual you may want to faniliarize yourself with some of the features, start out on one at a time for the different modes so they make more sense, you can really appriciate the camera after that and respect what pro photographers do. The D80 is not a cheap camera and I personally know a couple of professionals that use it among their cameras. (lots of different lenses that cost many time more than the camera body) Have fun with it, and if you get into it you will find you can take some fantastic photos with it. Can you tell that I like that camera?
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