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Nikon announces two new digital SLRs

Nikon has announced the launch of two new digital SLRs for the second half of 2009, one an easy-to-use entry-level model, and the other a more sophisticated semi-pro camera.

First up is the new D3000, a 10.2-megapixel entry-level DSLR that will be going on sale next month priced at £429.99 body-only or £499.99 with an 18-55mm kit lens. The D3000 id a companion model for the high-spec D5000 launched earlier this year. It features an 11 point autofocus system with tracking AF, a three-inch LCD monitor and a plastic body. It weighs in at a relatively lightweight 485g body-only, and measures 126 x 97 x 64 mm, almost exactly the same size as its closest rival, Canon's EOS 1000D.

Other features include EXPEED image processing, a very fast start-up time, 1600 ISO maximum sensitivity and 3fps continuous shooting. It also has a Guide mode, which helps beginners with visual demonstrations of the best way to take difficult photos, as well as suggestions for more advanced techniques. The D3000 will be hitting the shops around August 28th.

Jmac

July 30, 2009, 7:18 pm

Wait! Am I the only one getting super confused by the Nikon numbering scheme? So the D300s is obviously a semi-pro level camera, given its price, but how does the D3000 fit in with the D40-60-80-90 series?

James Reckitt

July 30, 2009, 9:09 pm

@John - Well to me it looks like more of a replacement to the D60 than anything, as the D60 doesn't feature the {fancy} 11 point tracking AF system.





Maybe Nikon's "done a Microsoft" and has made it deliberately bad... Only a nice review will see! :D

Noodles

July 30, 2009, 10:17 pm

@ John - It works out like this: The D40 has been discontinued :(. The D3000 replaces the D60 as the entry level, D5000 goes inbetween D3000 and D90, to fight the beefed up in specs Canon 450-500D. D90 - Enthusiast, D300s - Semi Pro, D700 up - Pro.





P.S Cliff, the Nikon 18-200mm pic is of the old lens!

Hugo

July 30, 2009, 10:46 pm

As of now the lineup is D3000, D5000, D90, D300 - everything else is being phased out.

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