Nikon has unveiled the D3000 - an entrylevel digital SLR camera costing £429. 

The Nikon D3000 camera is a digital SLR model designed for point and shoot photography so first-time users won't find themselves struggling to capture professional images.

The 10Mp camera has an onscreen 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 has 11 autofocus (AF) points. A Picture Controls function allows the colour of the image can be modified, making the photo more vivid or desaturating it to become monochrome. Nikon includes 15 onscreen retouch options so images can be edited on the camera itself.

The Nikon D3000 offers 3fps (frames per second) continuous shooting. The camera's dust reduction system with Airflow control helps prevent dust settling on its image sensor. The camera is also compatible with the complete range of NIKKOR lenses.

"The D3000 dispels 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.

The Nikon D3000 is aimed at first-time DSLR users

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See also: Nikon D5000 12.3Mp digital SLR camera