Nikon Coolpix S3500 ships this month with 20MP CCD, lensshift VR for $139

We don’t tend to get excited about any CCD sensor-equipped point-and-shoot nowadays, but Nikon’s Coolpix S3500 has at least one feature that we don’t often see on a camera in this price range: lens-shift optical image stabilization, or Vibration Reduction (VR). Otherwise, this point-and-shoot’s specifications are par for the course, and include a 20.1-megapixel CCD sensor, a 7x, f/3.4-6.4 optical zoom lens and a rather-weak QVGA (320 x 240-pixel) LCD. It can shoot 720p video, too, though we wouldn’t expect industry-leading IQ. At $139, the S3500 is priced right for casual photographers, and its orange, pink, purple, red and silver color schemes should appease most digicam-hungry tweens. Hop past the break for some talking points from Nikon HQ.

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