Nikon has launched the D5000 - a new digital SLR camera that will sit between its popular D60 and D90 models.

Nikon says the 12.3Mp camera, which is also capable of shooting HD video will be ideal for families, although with a price tag of £799, recession-hit Brits may not be so sure.

The camera features an 11-point auto focus system, four frames per second (fps) continuous shooting and a 2.7in variable-angle LCD display, which can be rotated 90 degrees vertically and through 180 degrees horizontally, ensuring users can shoot round corners and capture awkward shoots without resorting to climbing on stepladders or laying on the floor.

An HDMI output allows the camera to quickly and easily be connected to a HD-ready TV to review video clips. In-camera editing functions include soft-focus adjustments and red-eye removal, as well as 19 scene modes to ensure you capture a perfect shot no matter what the conditions and a quiet shooting mode that reduces the sounds created by the shutter.

"This camera offers exceptional image quality and technology inherited from higher-end Nikon models giving consumers first hand experience of the outstanding quality that Nikon is famous for," says Jordi Brinkman, product manager for Nikon Europe.

The Nikon D5000 costs £719.99 for the body only or £799.99 when bundled with an 18-55mm lens. The camera will be available from May 1st.