Nikon Inc. has announced its latest entry-level, compact digital SLR camera, named as Nikon D3000. Nikon D3000 is a 10.2-megapixel D-SLR camera which features ability to capture photos in NEF (RAW) format, and all-new Guide Mode (accessed on Mode dial) with an easy-to-use interface that designed specifically for first-time DSLR users, giving them an access to a simplified shooting system.

Nikon D3000

Features of Nikon D3000:

  • 10.2 megapixel DX-format CCD sensor and Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED image processing system
  • Large, bright 3-inch (230,000 pixel) TFT LCD display
  • 11-point Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus (AF) system
  • Split-second shutter response eliminates the frustration of shutter lag
  • Advanced 3D Subject Tracking continuously focuses on a fast moving subject throughout the frame
  • Nikon’s extensive in-camera Retouch Menu allows for editing photos without the need of a computer
  • Stop-Motion Movie Mode enables users to choose a collection of images within the Nikon D3000’s Retouch Menu
  • Miniature effect changes the appearance of distant subjects to look like close-ups of miniature models
  • Nikon’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II and Active D-Lighting system
  • IS0 range 100-1600 (expand to Hi-1 setting of ISO 3200)
  • Nikon’s Integrated Dust Reduction System to clean dust from the image sensor

“The D3000 combines the best of both worlds, providing picture takers with the ease-of-use currently offered in point-and-shoot cameras alongside the speed, precision and exceptional results that have made Nikon D-SLRs so popular,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products, Nikon Inc. “The D3000 offers everyone the ability to discover the superiority of D-SLR photography at an affordable price point. We look forward to enabling more consumers to explore the possibilities of D-SLR picture taking and, more importantly, capture life’s memories faithfully.”

The Nikon D3000 D-SLR camera which measures 126 x 94 x 64 mm and weights in at 620g (without battery) is expected to hit the market by late August 2009 for around $600 (with versatile AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens).