Nikon has today unveiled a new 18-300mm lens for DX-format DSLRs.

Priced £629.99, and due out on 24 April, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR is billed as ideal for travel, sports and wildlife photography.

Nikon UK product manager Thuan Bui said the lens is a ‘compact, affordable option for enthusiast photographers looking for the same incredible focal range as the current DX-format 18-300mm, that’s both lightweight and portable’.

The 550g lens – which features a ‘weather-sealed’ mount – is designed to deliver the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 27-450mm zoom.

The newcomer is built from 16 elements in 12 groups.

It includes three ED elements and three aspherical elements to help reduce aberrations.