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Nikon launches D3000 and D300S DSLRs

Entry-level D3000 DSLR has 'Guide' mode

Nikon D3000 and D300S DSLR cameras

Nikon has announced two additions to its DSLR line-up – the entry-level D3000 and the high-end D300S with HD movie capability.

Which has reviews of over 40 DSLR cameras, including the Nikon D300, Nikon D5000 and Nikon D700.

Nikon claims that the D3000 is its simplest, most accessible DSLR yet, and is ‘packed with user-friendly, intuitive features’. These features include a ‘Guide’ mode that recommends the best settings for the subject or scene being photographed, and pre-visualises the resulting image and shows the camera settings used, to teach the user how to improve their photo skills.

The D3000 has a 3-inch LCD screen, 10.2Mp sensor, EXPEED processing system, 11-point autofocus system and ISO 1600 sensitivity. There’s also a pop-up flash, as well as a hot-shoe for adding an external flash. 

Fast-moving action can be captured at 3 frames per second, and Nikon claims a fast start-up time and low shutter lag.

The D3000 is available to buy from 28 August for £429.99 for the body only, or £499.99 for the D3000 with the 18-55mm VR lens. 

Nikon D300S DSLR has HD movie capture

At the other end of the Nikon DSLR range, the D300S offers the same 12.3Mp CMOS sensor and 51-point autofocus system as the D300. The D300S has additional features to enhance HD movie capture, including an external stereo sound input, video autofocus and in-camera movie editing. 

There’s also a HDMI output that means video editing can be carried out on an HD LCD or plasma TV via the camera, or on the 3-inch TFT screen.

According to Nikon, the D300S is the first DSLR in its class to offer dual media card storage capabilities – it can take both Compact Flash (CF) and SD cards simultaneously, so you can choose to store still photos on one card, and videos on the other. 

The D300S can shoot at 7 frames per second (fps), and this can be increased to 8fps with the optional MB-D10 battery pack. 

The Nikon D300S (body only) will retail for £1,499.99.

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