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Connections

Just like the 995 the 4500's connectors are split into three distinct areas. First on the left side of the camera (from the front), are the A/V out and digital I/O connectors (behind a rubber door). On the front of the camera left side we'll find the DC-IN (8.4 V) power, and on the right side the Nikon Speedlight sync terminal (protected by it's screw-on cover). You can connect optional Speedlight flash units mounted on an SK-E900 flash bracket to the sync terminal. The 4500 supports the following Speedlights: SB-80DX, 50DX, 30, 28DX, 28, 26, 25, 24, 22, and 22s. Note that the camera will not make use of power zoom, AF assist lamp or red-eye reduction features of external Speedlights.


Split body swivel

I personally am glad to see that Nikon has decided to keep its line of split-bodied Coolpix's alive. When they announced the 5000 there were some who thought that camera spelled the end to the split body, not at all. The ability to twist the LCD portion and lens portion of the camera independently makes all sorts of shooting easier, low level macros, waist level shots, eye level or even over head. Just like the 995 the 4500 has a swivel lock which stops the lens from moving past the 90 degree horizontal position (second image below).

The images below represent the full range of movement of the swivel (-90 to +210 degrees) as well as some of the more commonly used swivel angles.


Lens

The 4500 gets the same 4x optical zoom capability but the lens is a newer and more compact design than that of the 995 (and lets hope better).

The lens provides a 35 mm equiv. focal length range of 38 to 155 mm. Maximum aperture is F2.6 at wide angle and F5.1 at telephoto. Which, by today's lens standards (certainly for a high-end digital camera) is slow, especially at the telephoto end.

Many existing Coolpix owners will be pleased to see that Nikon has stuck to the same lens format and lens thread meaning that the Coolpix 4500 supports existing Coolpix 950/990/995 add-on lenses (both Nikon and third party).


Pop-up flash

With the advent of the 995 Nikon attempted to solve the red-eye flash problem which had long been a problem with compact digital cameras. They did so by placing a pop-up flash on the top of the lens unit, unfortunately this turned out to be less than elegant. On the 4500 we still have a pop-up flash, but you wouldn't know it until you take your first flash shot. The new pop-up flash is cleverly concealed in the lens portion of the camera and pops-up electronically when the flash is required (or selected). This is a much neater solution and should also provide good red-eye reduction (due to the large distances to the lens).


Base / Tripod Mount

The 4500 keeps a tiny bit of the rubber foot from 995. However I personally found it to be too small, the camera tending to rock from side to side on it rather than resting firmly.

For my liking the metal tripod mount is too close to the front of the camera, its location also means you won't be able to change the battery when the camera is on a tripod.


Optional "Macro Cool-light SL-1" accessory

As a new add-on accessory to the Coolpix line Nikon has announced the Macro Cool-light SL-1. This white LED ring light screws on to the 28 mm thread on the 4500's lens, you can then slacken the thread grip using the thumb screw on the top of the unit. This allows you to rotate the entire unit independently of the camera. This light is most useful for taking very close macro shots which were historically difficult to light.


Box contents

Box contents may vary by region:

• Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital camera
• 16 MB Compact Flash Card (Lexar card in US)
• Nikon EN-EL1 Lithium-Ion battery & cap
• Nikon MH-53 battery charger & power cable
• Audio / Video cable (ends in two RCA jacks)
• USB cable
• Lens cap & string
• Shoulder strap
• User manual
• CD-ROM (Nikon View etc.)


Nikon Accessories

Coollight NEW
SL-1
LCD Hood NEW
LC-E4500
Camera Case NEW
CS-E4500
 

Lithium-Ion battery
EN-EL1
[buy]

Remote Cord
MC-EU1 [buy]
Slide copying adapter
ES-E28
[buy]
 

Fisheye converter
FC-E8
x0.21 [buy]
Wide angle converter
WC-E63
x0.63 [buy]
Wide angle converter
WC-E24
x0.66
 

 
Telephoto converter
TC-E2
x2.0 [buy]
Telephoto converter
TC-3ED
x3.0 [buy]
 
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