Top of camera controls
Each of the five possible FUNC controls are described below:
|FUNC programmed as||
Hold FUNC and turn
|No action.||Exposure compensation:
-2.0 EV to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
|Continuous||No action.||Continuous shooting:
2272 x 1704
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
2272 x 1520 (3:2 aspect)
|No action.||White balance:
White balance preset
|Metering||No action.||Metering mode:
Spot AF Area
Again, it's nice to see a manufacturer leaving the photographer with a degree of flexibility. For example some will prefer to program the FUNC button to white balance (my preference).
Hold button and turn
|MODE||Toggles between shutter speed and aperture in manual exposure mode.||Record mode (as described
Programmed Auto (P)
Aperture Priority (A)
Shutter Priority (S)
Hold down the MODE button and roll the command dial allows you to scroll through the various record modes.
Fully automatic point-and-shoot mode. Options available: Image Quality / Size, Focus mode, Flash mode, Exposure Compensation. Auto mode has no access to the set-up menu and you can not change settings such as white balance, tone, sharpening etc.
Just like the Coolpix 5000 although the Coolpix 4500 has a very fine graduation of shutter speeds between the actual displayed shutter speed. For instance the camera may display 1/60 sec but checking the EXIF data later will reveal the real exposure of 1/56 sec. This is also true in aperture priority mode.
At shutter speeds slower than 1/4s the shutter speed is displayed in yellow to indicate possible noise in the final image. (In continuous mode Ultra HS the slowest speed is 1/30s, in Movie mode the slowest speed is 1/15s). Possible shutter speeds are:
1/2000, 1/1000, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 8 sec *
BULB exposures are only available in Manual exposure mode. I find it odd that although the 4500 can clearly use 1/3 stop shutter speeds (and finer) it only provides 1 stop steps in shutter priority mode. It would have been nice to have the choice of a finer gradation of steps.
Wide: F2.6, F3.0, F3.7, F4.2, F4.7, F5.3, F6.0, F6.7,
* At shutter speeds slower than 1/4 sec the Noise Reduction feature (if enabled) will take an additional shot after the main shot which it uses to 'map out' hot pixel noise. Note that when Noise Reduction is enabled you can not use BSS, Bracketing or Continuous shooting.