Nikon AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR review

The Nikon AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR ‘kit zoom’ is a smart buy in own right, as a compact walkabout lens

Nikon AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

As a walkabout or travel lens, this Nikon fits the bill very well. It has a compact and lightweight retractable design that keeps stowage size to a minimum, while giving a useful 27-82.5mm zoom range. 4-stop optical image stabilization (or Vibration Reduction) adds to the attraction and the stepping motor-based autofocus system is good for both stills and video, although it makes the lens incompatible with some back-catalogue DSLRs.


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    Lightweight retractable design

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    Good image quality

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    4-stop optical VR


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    Plastic mounting plate

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    Incompatible with older DSLRs

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    HB-N106 hood sold separately

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The Nikon AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR is designed for DX format DSLRs and is available with or without VR, the stabilized version being the definite favorite. Unlike previous ‘AF-S’ editions, the AF-P models have a ‘Pulse’ (stepping motor) autofocus system, as featured in Z-mount lenses. Handling is enhanced because, unlike in the AF-S 18-55mm, the focus ring remains stationery during autofocusing. However, both autofocus and manual focusing are unavailable when using the lens with some older DSLRs including the D3000-3200, D5000-5100 and D7000.


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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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