Tips & techniques

Panning shots using Normal mode (Panning Detection)

Panning is a photographic technique that emphasizes subject movement by moving the camera following the subject while using slow shutter speeds to reproduce the focused subject against a blurred background. Nikon's VR (Vibration Reduction) system employs Panning Detection function that enables effective panning shots in Normal mode.

For a panning shot in which subject movement needs to be emphasized, in the case of a subject moving horizontally, if horizontal blur is corrected by the VR function, the panning would be insufficient to achieve the desired effect. To counter this, Nikon's VR (Vibration Reduction) detects camera movement for panning, automatically suppresses the blur-correction function, and reduces blur in the vertical direction rather than the camera's direction of movement. With this function, the panning effect is maximized. Panning Detection is effective regardless of the camera's orientation or direction of motion.