Nikon has introduced its D40, a new digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera that costs £380 plus VAT ($599.95 in the US). The camera features a 6.1-megapixel effective resolution, and should hit stores in December.

The camera touts a 2.5-inch LCD screen that displays menu options, pictures in playback mode and other content. It can shoot 2.5 pictures per second non-stop for up to 100 shots, and records images to a Secure Digital (SD) flash memory card.

Nikon says the D40 is its smallest and lightest digital SLR ever. The body measures 126-x-64-x-94mm and weighs 475g.

Eight preset shooting modes are built in, including a new Flash Off mode that shuts off the camera's flash and boosts its ISO – useful for places where flash photography isn't allowed. A Retouch feature lets you brighten dark pictures and do red-eye correction in-camera. Image Trim can crop pictures. Other creative features in the camera include filter effects, monochrome, small picture and image overlay capabilities.

The D40 ships with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor lens. It's also compatible with Nikon's entire line of AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses.