Nikon shooters with Vibration Reduction (VR) lens may be interested in knowing if the lens VR function was on or off for a particular photo. It is recorded by the camera in the photo but many if not most software do not report this information. The one that works is the new Nikon ViewNX. Nikon ViewNX is rumored to be the replacement of the old Nikon View but the exact status is unclear.

Another option is the more powerful software ExifTool, which was featured earlier. This is mostly a Perl library and a command-line application for power users. It can report a lot more information than a typical software. You can find an example after the jump.

---- ExifTool ----
ExifTool Version Number         : 6.99
---- File ----
File Name                       : 2007_04_15 224952.NEF
Directory                       : .
File Size                       : 8 MB
File Modification Date/Time     : 2007:04:15 22:49:52
File Type                       : NEF
MIME Type                       : image/x-raw
Exif Byte Order                 : Big-endian (Motorola)
---- IFD0 ----
Subfile Type                    : Reduced-resolution image
Image Width                     : 160
Image Height                    : 120
Bits Per Sample                 : 8 8 8
Compression                     : Uncompressed
Photometric Interpretation      : RGB
Make                            : NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model Name               : NIKON D200
Strip Offsets                   : 9466
Orientation                     : Horizontal (normal)
Samples Per Pixel               : 3
Rows Per Strip                  : 120
Strip Byte Counts               : 57600
X Resolution                    : 300
Y Resolution                    : 300
Planar Configuration            : Chunky
Resolution Unit                 : inches
Software                        : Nikon Transfer 6.2.7 W
Modify Date                     : 2007:04:21 09:25:56
Reference Black White           : 0 255 0 255 0 255
Date/Time Original              : 2007:04:15 22:49:52
TIFF-EP Standard ID             : 1 0 0 0
---- SubIFD ----
Subfile Type                    : Reduced-resolution image
Compression                     : JPEG (old-style)
Orientation                     : Horizontal (normal)
X Resolution                    : 1.525878906e-005
Y Resolution                    : 0
Resolution Unit                 : inches
Jpg From Raw Start              : 177481
Jpg From Raw Length             : 761219
---- SubIFD1 ----
Subfile Type                    : Full-resolution Image
Image Width                     : 3904
Image Height                    : 2616
Bits Per Sample                 : 12
Compression                     : Nikon NEF Compressed
Photometric Interpretation      : Color Filter Array
Strip Offsets                   : 938700
Orientation                     : Horizontal (normal)
Samples Per Pixel               : 1
Rows Per Strip                  : 2616
Strip Byte Counts               : 7599720
X Resolution                    : 300
Y Resolution                    : 300
Planar Configuration            : Chunky
Resolution Unit                 : inches
CFA Repeat Pattern Dim          : 2 2
CFA Pattern 2                   : 1 0 2 1
Sensing Method                  : One-chip color area
---- ExifIFD ----
Exposure Time                   : 1/60
F Number                        : 7.1
Exposure Program                : Aperture-priority AE
ISO                             : 200
Date/Time Original              : 2007:04:15 22:49:52
Create Date                     : 2007:04:15 22:49:52
Exposure Compensation           : 0
Max Aperture Value              : 4.4
Metering Mode                   : Multi-segment
Light Source                    : Unknown (0)
Flash                           : Fired, Return not detected
Focal Length                    : 50.0mm
User Comment                    : PICMAX AT GMAIL.COM
Sub Sec Time                    : 41
Sub Sec Time Original           : 41
Sub Sec Time Digitized          : 41
Color Space                     : sRGB
Sensing Method                  : One-chip color area
File Source                     : Digital Camera
Scene Type                      : Directly photographed
CFA Pattern                     : [Green,Red][Blue,Green]
Custom Rendered                 : Normal
Exposure Mode                   : Auto
White Balance                   : Auto
Digital Zoom Ratio              : 1
Focal Length In 35mm Format     : 75mm
Scene Capture Type              : Standard
Gain Control                    : None
Contrast                        : Normal
Saturation                      : Normal
Sharpness                       : Hard
Subject Distance Range          : Unknown (0)
---- Nikon ----
Maker Note Version              : 2.10
ISO                             : 200
Color Mode                      : Color
Quality                         : Raw
White Balance                   : Auto
Sharpness                       : Med.H
Focus Mode                      : AF-S
Flash Setting                   : Normal
Flash Type                      : Built-in,TTL
White Balance Fine Tune         : 0
Color Balance 1                 : 1.87109375 1.33984375 1 1
Program Shift                   : 0
Exposure Difference             : -5.9
Flash Exposure Compensation     : 0
ISO Setting                     : 200
Exposure Bracket Value          : 0
Crop Hi Speed                   : Off (3904x2616 cropped to 3904x2616 at pixel 0,0)
Nikon 0x001c                    : ?.
Serial Number                   :
Color Space                     : sRGB
Image Authentication            : Unknown (0 0 0 0)
Tone Comp                       : Auto
Lens Type                       : G
Lens                            : 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Flash Mode                      : Fired, TTL Mode
AF Area Mode                    : Single Area
AF Point                        : Center
AF Points In Focus              : Center
Shooting Mode                   : Single-Frame
Auto Bracket Release            : Manual Release
Lens F Stops                    : 5.33
NEF Curve 1                     : (Binary data 4160 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Color Hue                       : Mode3
Light Source                    : Speedlight
Hue Adjustment                  : 0
Nikon 0x0093                    : 1
Noise Reduction                 : Off
NEF Curve 2                     : (Binary data 1412 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Raw Image Center                : 1952 1308
Sensor Pixel Size               : 6.05 x 6.05 um
Nikon 0x00a3                    : 0
Nikon 0x00a4                    : 0200
Image Count                     : 2471
Deleted Image Count             : 0
Shutter Count                   : 2471
Nikon 0x00a8                    : 0101.0.
Image Optimization              : Custom
Saturation                      : Normal
Multi Exposure Version          : 0100
Multi Exposure Mode             : Off
Multi Exposure Shots            : 0
Multi Exposure Auto Gain        : Off
High ISO Noise Reduction        : Off
Shot Info Version               : 0207
Nikon Shot Info 0x0066          : 0
Nikon Shot Info 0x006a          : 0
Nikon Shot Info 0x006e          : 0
Vibration Reduction             : Off
Nikon Shot Info 0x0082          : 0
Nikon Shot Info 0x0157          : 252
Nikon Shot Info 0x01ae          : 79
Nikon Shot Info 0x024a          : 0
Nikon Shot Info 0x024e          : 0
WB RGGB Levels                  : 479 256 256 343
Lens Data Version               : 0201
Exit Pupil Position             : 89.0mm
AF Aperture                     : 4.5
Focus Position                  : 0x41
Focus Distance                  : 1.41 m
Focal Length                    : 50.4mm
Lens ID Number                  : 127
Lens F Stops                    : 5.33
Min Focal Length                : 18.3mm
Max Focal Length                : 71.3mm
Max Aperture At Min Focal       : 3.6
Max Aperture At Max Focal       : 4.5
MCU Version                     : 132
Effective Max Aperture          : 4.5
---- NikonPreview ----
Compression                     : JPEG (old-style)
X Resolution                    : 72
Y Resolution                    : 72
Resolution Unit                 : inches
Preview Image Start             : 67066
Preview Image Length            : 110415
---- GPS ----
GPS Version ID                  : 2.2.0.0
---- IPTC ----
By-line                         : ZB
---- Composite ----
Aperture                        : 7.1
Blue Balance                    : 1.339844
CFA Pattern                     : [Green,Red][Blue,Green]
Image Size                      : 3904x2616
Jpg From Raw                    : (Binary data 761219 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Lens ID                         : AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Lens                            : 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G
Preview Image                   : (Binary data 110415 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Red Balance                     : 1.871094
Scale Factor To 35mm Equivalent : 1.5
Shutter Speed                   : 1/60
Circle Of Confusion             : 0.020 mm
Depth of Field                  : 0.22 m (1.31 - 1.53)
Focal Length                    : 50.0mm (35mm equivalent: 75.0mm)
Hyperfocal Distance             : 17.58 m
Light Value                     : 10.6
Date/Time Original              : 2007:04:15 22:49:52.41
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