Problem with Vibration Reduction - VR with Nikons?

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Juggernaut122
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Problem with Vibration Reduction - VR with Nikons?
Jan 15, 2012

Hi,

Can someone tell me why this is happening?

1) I have a canon point and shoot camera sx-130 with 12 x optical zoom (about $200 retail).
I am comparing it to my D5100 with the 55-200 mm lens.

2) At full zoom (which are pretty darn close to identical in the 2 situations) the canon pictures are much more clear.

3) settings for each camera
-Canon sx-130: 1/60 iso 200 - image stabilization on - hand held
-D5100: 1/125 iso 320 - VR on - hand held

4) I am taking a picture of a ball.
-With the canon I can clearly read the "made in china" words on it
-With the D5100 the "made in china" words are a blur that cannot be read.

5) When I turn the VF "OFF" (yes OFF), I can read the "made in china" words much better, but it is still not as clear as the $200 canon point and shoot.

Can anyone help me with this situation?

Is the Nikon VF known to be not as good as the Canon image stabilization?

With a slower shutter speed and costing $600 less than the Nikon setup, I would expect the Canon pictures to be worse than the Nikon, but the canon shots are clearly better.

Are SLR's with relatively cheap lenses known to be inferior to point and shoot zoom lenses?

Is my lens defective?

I hope someone can help me clarify the situation.

-In the images below, I listed from worse quality to best:

(Note that I am cutting and pasting from the full size image for all of them - there is no post processing zooming here.):

-Top image, is Nikon with VF ON

Middle image, is Nikon with VF OFF (I am NOT mixing the two up. I do NOT have it reversed - these are the results I get each time - I can see the VR trying to stabilize things while I shoot, but these are the results I get every time)

Bottom image, is Canon sx-130 point and shoot with IS on.

Thanks!

Juggernaut

Nikon D5100
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