Nikon UK has announced that for the first time it is to bundle Capture NX with initial shipments of its D3 and D300 DSLRs. The very first cameras to arrive will include a product key to unlock the trial version which may be downloaded from the Nikon UK website whilst shipments from December will include a CD in the box. Whilst this offer will be available for a limited time only, it does partially answer one of the fundamental criticisms of Nikon's DSLR policy thus far. We shall update this story with further details as we receive them. Updated

Update - This morning we received the following from Nikon UK's press office: "Further to the press release sent on Friday detailing the inclusion of Capture NX with Nikon’s new D3 and D300 professional cameras, we would like to clarify that this is a limited offer that forms part of the initial launch campaign. The response to the offer has been extremely positive and Nikon expects the software offer to run well into 2008"

Press release:

Capture NX with D3 and D300

London, United Kingdom - Nikon UK is pleased to announce that for the first time its new professional Digital SLR cameras, the D3 and D300, will be accompanied by Capture NX, Nikon’s award winning software package.

The latest version of the software, Capture NX v1.3 will give professional photographers the creative freedom to develop and enhance shots, particularly when shooting in RAW format. Initial shipments of the new cameras will come with a product key that will unlock a downloaded trial version of NX available from the web site. A CD ROM version will be bundled with D300 and D3 from December.

The D300 digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) sets new standards of compact professional performance. The easy-to-use DX-format D300 offers outstanding image quality, multi-functional technologies and fast response. With class-leading 12.3 megapixel resolution, speedy 6 fps frame advance, self-cleaning sensor unit and high definition 3” VGA LCD display, combined with Nikon’s legendary durability, the D300 is a breakthrough solution for photographers searching for an advanced compact SLR.

The D3, the result of years of development and feedback from professional photographers, combines many innovative Nikon technologies. These include an exclusive 12.1 effective megapixel FX format (36.0x23.9mm) image sensor with 12-channel read out, a blazing-fast 9 fps frame rate, expandable ISO settings from 200-6400, a completely new 51-Point autofocus system, a 3-inch VGA LCD screen with Live View and a cutting-edge image processing system.

The D300 and the D3 will be available at the end of November 2007.

For more information about Nikon’s D3, D300 and Capture NX, please visit: www.nikon.co.uk

More information about how to download Capture NX version 1.3 will be available shortly at: http://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com