Nikon has added an entrylevel model to its range of digital SLR (single reflex lens) cameras. The Nikon D3100 is a 14.2Mp camera that can capturing HD video footage at a resolution of 1920x1080 and 24fps.

The Nikon D3100 dSLR camera is a fairly compact 124x96x75mm model and has a Nikon EXPEED 2 processing engine at its heart.

Nikon describes the new camera as designed for "newcomers to dSLR photography, especially young families who want to take beautiful pictures without worrying about complicated functionality".

Users can choose between a range of automatic modes that see the camera adjusting the settings to capture the bets possible shot. A Live View mode allows users to compose their shot on the camera's 3in LCD screen, while Scene Auto Selector automatically picks the mode that matches the shooting situation.

Users will also benefits from Guide Mode, which was first seen on the D3000, and offers instructions on how to use certain settings as well as samples of images you'll achieve using the settings.

The Nikon D3100 offers 11-point autofocus, a dedicated movie record button and NX2 on-camera editing features. An HDMI port allows the camera to be connected directly to a an easy-access movie record button that lets users instantly switch to video mode and a HDMI port that ensures images captured on the device can be viewed on a HD screen.

Users can edit their images and moves while still on the camera. However, for more in-depth editing, the D3100 also comes bundled with NX2 editing software.

The Nikon D3100 is priced at £499.99 and will be available from the end of September.

See also: Nikon Coolpix S1100pj digital camera