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Nikon Coolpix 4500


Category: Serious Amateur

Nikon Coolpix 4500

This is a gem of a digital camera!

The Nikon Coolpix 4500 has 4.0 megapixels resolution, 4x optical zoom and 16 scene modes. The lens is a superb Nikkor with a 35mm format equivalent of 38-155mm, and a maximum aperture of F2.6. At 5.1 (W) x 2.9 (H) x 2.0 (D) in. (main body 1.6 in. depth), it's about the size of a Palm Pilot (though twice as thick) and weighs approx. 12.7 oz. (without battery and storage media).

Macro focus is at 0.8 inches (read that again: less than 1 inch, folks!), and an optional COOL-LIGHT SL-1 macro ring light makes this camera an ideal for serious macro photography. We continue to be amazed at the quality macro pictures we see taken with this camera or its predecessors, the 990/995.

There are many things to like about the Nikon Coolpix 4500: the unique twist lens, excellent macro capabilities, the bulb setting for night photography, flexible exposure control, all the shooting modes we would ever desire. The Coolpix 4500 also accepts all optional Coolpix lenses and accessories including the 8mm Fisheye, Wide Angle, 2x and 3x Telephoto Converters. We wished that Nikon had provided low-light focus-assist AF, and shutter lag were shorter.

The Nikon Coolpix 4500 is for serious photography, and serious amateur photographers keen on macro photography will probably not find a better choice.

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Nikon Coolpix 4500
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Nikon Coolpix 4500 Home Page  
  Image Sensor 4.0 effective megapixels
1/1.5 in. CCD
  Lens Zoom Nikkor  
  Focal Length 7.85-32.0mm (38-155mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F2.6  
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Macro 0.8 in.  
  Auto Focus
Contrast-detect TTL AF: 5-area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable
Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor), Single AF mode (when not using LCD monitor and/or selectable from shooting menu), Manual Focus (50 positions, focus confirmation image)
  Shutter Speed 8 to 1/2,300 sec., and Bulb (up to 5 min.)  
  Exposure Control Programmed Auto with Flexible Program, Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto or Manual  
  Shooting Modes Auto, Programmed-Auto, Shutter-Priority Auto, Aperture-Priority Auto, Scene (Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Backlight, Sports, Panorama Assist, Dawn/Dusk and Multiple Exposure), Manual; Movie (35 sec. of QVGA-size images with sound); Continuous  
  Exposure Compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing
  Light Metering 4 mode TTL metering: 1) 256-segment Matrix, 2) Center-Weighted, 3) Spot, 4) AF Spot  
  White Balance Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control, 5-mode Manual with fine tuning (Daylight, Incandescent, Flourescent, Cloudy, Speedlight), Preset; White Balance Bracketing  
Real-image zoom viewfinder
Frame coverage: 80% (middle range)
Diopter adjustment: -2 ~ +2m(-1)
  LCD 1.5 in. LCD (110K pixels); 97% coverage; brightness (5 levels) adjustment  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto or Manual (ISO 100, 200, 400, 800 equivalent); can be controlled in any exposure mode  
  Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I or II (incl. IBM 1GB Microdrive)  
  Battery Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery with Battery Charger  
  Included Accessories
16MB CF Card
Li-Ion Battery; Battery Charger
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Strap (Neck)
Software CD-ROM (NikonView)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.1 x 2.9 x 2.0 in.  
  Weight (Camera body only) 12.7 oz.  
  MSRP $499.95 (with $200 mail-in rebate)  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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