Nikon AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR review

The compact Nikon AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR goes large on viewing angles

Nikon AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

You often have to pay big bucks for own-brand Nikkor lenses, but this wide-angle zoom for DX (APS-C) format cameras packs a big field of view into a compact, lightweight construction at a very attractive price. Optical image stabilization adds to the attraction, image quality is good on the whole and the stepping motor autofocus system is highly effective, although this makes the lens incompatible with some older Nikon DSLRs.


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    Compact, lightweight and affordable

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    Generous maximum viewing angle

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    Optical image stabilization


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    Corner-sharpness could be better

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    No weather seals

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    Plastic mounting plate

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There’s a lot to be said for the Nikon AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR as a ‘landscape’ lens. When the going gets tough and you’re clambering over tricky terrain, in pursuit of landscape photo opportunities, the last thing you need is a bag of heavyweight camera kit. This remarkably compact ultra-wide zooms weighs just 230g, employing a plastic rather than metal mounting plate, but it still packs in some useful features. Unlike Nikon’s older and heavier AF-S DX 10-24mm lenses, it adds 3.5-stop VR that can save a whole lot more weight, avoiding the need to lug a tripod around with you. It’s also a bonus when you’re shooting interiors under low lighting conditions, and even night-time cityscapes.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.