Nikon Coolpix 4500

Announced May 29, 2002 •
4 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 38 – 155 mm (4.1×)
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In my humble opinion this is probably the most timeless of all the point&shoot range cameras. Very well built. Swivel construction is very convenient for ground level shots, and useful for achieving more creative compositions. Great macro, good image quality. The lens is easy and comparatively cheap to couple with microscopes, telescopes etc. Needs some attention and tinkering with to take good photographs, but it's certainly worthwhile. Good learning curve for a novice photographer to make ...

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MOH
 
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If you want a compact camera with lens accessories, external flash, very close macro, remote (wired) control and the other raft of features this camera (system) has there is no competition. But it's not a camera for the casual photographer. The swivel design is a fanastic feature (if you know how to use it), the additional lenses can greatly expand the potential (especially with 0.21x 180 degree fisheye). Very versatile for close-up/macro (even hand held), good flash for size, remote ...

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Rob Chap
 
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I have used this camera since its release for private and professional tasks. One of the cameras endured a year of heavy use and abuse in Iraq. For general photography and especially macro work, one would be hard pressed to find a better suited camera even now several years after its release. Problems: On one of the 4500's the CF card eject button broke, however the card could still be inserted/ejected manually.

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ksymeon
 
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I have been using the 4500 for 2.5yrs now and even though I have since bought two more cameras I still love it. Awesome macro - I have shot some amazing close-ups of flowers, insects, etc.. Twisted body design is most comfortable - Nikon should build a new camera with the same design. Magnesium alloy body is on a different class than most 4 megapixel cameras - I have dropped it on concrete from 3 feet (1m) and apart from some scratches everything was fine! Easy to use, custom function mode is ...

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DaveMann
 
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I bought this camera with the specific purpose of using it for astrophotography as recommended by quite a few websites. Oh how dissapointed I have been with it. The camera cotrols are all over the place, and man is it slow! Let alone the noise in dark conditions After about 3 months of using the camera connected to my telescope I gave up and went back to using my trusty Canon S30 (much easier to use and better results). I then thought lets give the Nikon a go in the daytime. It didn't get ...

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awkc
 
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I've used this camera for over 2 two year now. Here's what I found: 1) Excellent macro mode. 2) Accurate color. 3) Visible noise at ISO > 100 - looks ok in the LCD screen, but after transferred to PC, the results of picture doesn't look nice at all, even when noice reduction is turned on. These noises are more noticeable now compare to when I first bought it. 2) Slow in terms of image writing speed and also focusing - making it not suitable for moving object. Capturing in TIFF format at the ...

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David B Lee
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I bought the camera for digiscoping. That is taking pictures through a telescope, mostly of birds. For this the Coolpix 4500 is excellent as it has an internal zoom (the lens doen't come out of the front when you zoom. The camera behaves impecably and I've got some shots that would otherwise have cost me a fortune in huge, long focus lenses. The ordinary pictures are very good too. Problems: The monitor screen is too small and it is difficult to judge when the picture is in focus id tou are ...

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mikeperl
 
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A great camera in many ways. Particular strengths - general image quality, *exceptionally good* macro, swivel design (which can really increase picture-taking opportunities), number of operational choices, small size, super build quality and finish. Problems: However, there are quite a few design issues that I think could have been handled better - it's not as fast in use as I'd like (due to very slow OS, and slowish focusing and processing), the lens distortion at wide angle is worse than ...

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dotnik
 
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That's it. Problems: None within reasonable use.

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gglockner
 
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Focusing is awful indoors. Menus are very hard to use. This is not a great camera for a beginner, and there are better choices for more experienced photographers. I sold mine and replaced it with a Kodak CX7430 for my wife and a Canon Digital Rebel for myself. Now everyone is happy.

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