Nikon Website Explains Vibration Reduction

Nikon diagram of vibration reduction

What is there to explain about Vibration Reduction? A lot, it seems, that Nikon thinks the topic needs its own website. But of course it’s a sound marketing idea to highlight what sets you apart from those who offer Shake Reduction or Image Stabilization or simply blur reduction by upping ISO settings.

They may seem to be the same banana but they are not. There’s a difference between in-camera shake reduction and in-lens vibration reduction and Nikon seeks to explain these things on the flash-driven website.

It has 6 sections: What’s behind image blurring; How the VR system allows a clearer finder image; The benefits of Nikon’s VR system (Autofocus, Photo composition, Exposure Metering, and how each lens is optimally tuned); how the VR mechanism works; a look at a future Vibration Reduction (VR II) with tripod and pan detection; and a list of the 9 lenses that now include Nikon’s VR function.

Nikon offers a convincing argument for in-lens VR versus in-camera SR (stuff like a clearer finder image for better composition) but it also leads to more expensive lenses. In-camera SR, on the other hand, takes care of all the jiggles across all lenses. But, hey, how do you make money?

[Site: Nikon VR]

Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.