What Is the VR in a Camera?by Fritzi Newton
VR, or vibration reduction, is becoming commonplace in the world of digital imaging. This mechanism enables the photographer to more easily steady the camera without incurring image blur when shooting with a slow shutter speed.
VR or IS
Depending on the digital camera manufacturer, VR is also known as image stabilization (IS) or shake reduction. The feature is available on both "point and shoot" and single-lens reflex cameras.
According to Digital SLR Guide, VR is put to best use when shooting in low-light environments; when shooting with a longer, and consequently heavier, lens; and when shooting in a situation making it difficult to hold the camera steady, as in a rocking boat.
Vibration reduction is not needed when shooting with a fast shutter speed, as there is little danger of image blur.
Photographer and author Scott Kelby recommends turning vibration reduction off in combination with tripod use to "reduce any shake caused by the VR or IS searching for movement."
Camera or Lens?
Not all digital camera manufacturers build VR/IS into their camera bodies. While Sony, Pentax, Samsung and Olympus do, Nikon and Canon embed the feature in their camera lenses rather than in the camera.
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