Nikon has launched the D3000 and D300s digital SLRs. The D3000 is an entry-level model aimed at users upgrading from compacts, while the D300s adds HD video capture to the current D300 model.

The 10Mp camera benefits from an on-screen guide mode, which uses the 3in LCD display to recommend the appropriate settings to ensure the perfect shot for the type of subject or scene they want to capture.

The Nikon D3000 also features 11 auto-focus point and a Picture Controls function that ensure the colour of the image can be modified, for example making it more vivid or monochrome, before the images have even been captured, and 15 on-screen retouch options that allow users to edit the images without the need for a PC. .

Users will benefit from 3 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting and a dust reduction system with Airflow control, which Nikon says minimises the impact of dust on the image sensor. The camera is also compatible with the complete range of NIKKOR lenses.

The D3000 is desihned to dispel the view that DSLR cameras are complicated and makes taking great pictures simpler than ever before. You can really concentrate on having fun with photography and the Guide mode helps you to get the best results with the minimum of fuss,” says Jordi Brinkman, Product Manager for Nikon Europe.

Priced at £429.99, the Nikon D3000 will be available from August.