Nikon announces two new digital SLRs

New entry-level and semi-pro models launched, with two new lenses

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.

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