Nikon introduces pro-level D300s, D3000 and two lenses

The D300s retains the features of the critically acclaimed D300, while enhancing speed, versatility, and agility of the DX-format for a wide variety of photographers, including advanced enthusiasts, wedding shooters and photojournalists, the company said. The D300s can record HD video clips and high fidelity audio with an external stereo microphone input, offering users a D-SLR with full multimedia capabilities. Dual card slots afford users the ability to seamlessly record stills and video to one CF and one SD card separately, while one-button Live View, a new Quiet Shutter Release mode and Active D-Lighting bracketing help users to capture stunning images like never before.

The D3000 features 10.2-MP DX-format sensor, new easy-to-use Nikon Guide Mode, and six automatic exposure scene modes. The camera will come in a $599.95 kit, with 18-55mm VR lens. The D3000 also an extensive Retouch Menu, enabling consumers to edit photos, even and an 11-point autofocus system, and an Active D-Lighting system.

Nikon has also launched AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR II and the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lenses, using Nikon’s VR II image stabilization technology. The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm is scheduled to be available beginning September 2009 at an estimated selling price of $849.95. The AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens is to be available beginning November 2009 at an estimated selling price of $2399.95.