Nikon is gearing up to release a new entry-level digital SLR called the D3000, which it hails as its ‘most accessible DSLR camera to date’. At the same time, Nikon has confirmed the end of the line for the D60.

Priced £429.99, body only, and due in UK shops later this month, the 10.2-million-pixel D3000 is aimed at consumers trading up from a compact, as well as those seeking a ‘non-complicated’ DSLR.

To that end the D3000 includes a new ‘Guide’ mode described by Nikon as a ‘mini-photography tutorial’.

The camera’s display will enable the photographer to envisage, via a visual demonstration, the effects of various modes, such as one that ‘softens backgrounds’, for example.

The D3000 sits below the D5000 in Nikon’s range and is equipped with an 11-point AF system, CCD imaging sensor, 3in LCD screen (230,000 dot resolution) and three frames per second continuous shooting, plus Nikon’s Picture Controls (six levels, plus colour adjustment capability).

Also on board is Nikon’s Integrated Dust Reduction System and an in-camera Retouch function that includes a new ‘Miniature’ effect mode. This is designed to make objects in an image resemble ‘miniature models’.

Nikon has confirmed that its D60, a 10.2MP model launched in January 2008, is to be discontinued.

The D3000 will also be available as a kit, that includes an 18-55mm VR lens, priced £499.99.

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