Nikon Coolpix 4500 review

Started Jan 13, 2003 | User reviews thread
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Peter Horn New Member • Posts: 14
Nikon Coolpix 4500 review

I own a Coolpix 4500, before I had a 950 and a 995. I’ve been using
them all a lot.

Coolpix 4500 Pros:

- Very good overall picture quality if you use the following settings:
1600 x 1200 resolution (downsampling algorithm does a great job - I
usually shoot at 2 MP when travelling to save space without losing
much quality); medium quality jpeg; sharpening +1
- Sturdy all metal swivel design body allows you all sorts of shots that
would be impossible to take with other types of camera.
- Fits in pocket (even though it is not really slim)
- Best macro of all compacts - if you need close-ups, the Coolpix is
about the best choice around
- "Long" tele (not physically, though, because
- Lens is not extending out of camera body, so it is well protected from
mechanical damage and dust (look at all those flaky extensible plastic
gadgets on other cameras!). Accessory lenses available, especially the
teles are excellent
- Best choice of options available in compacts, everything can be
adjusted according to personal taste. All sorts of exposure and focus
options a modern higher end SLR has.
- Good lithium battery with fast 2 hour charger (get a spare battery,
though!)
- Still good quality at 400, usable at 800 ISO!

My conclusion:

I you want to shoot sports and low-light, get something else.
If you want to travel light, take close-ups, take pictures discreetly,
need more tele (with or without accessory lens) and are content with
very good 2 MP pictures, get the Coolpix 4500.

Problems:

- Little direct access to functions; you spend a lot of time fumbling
- Multi-level menus that are SLOW to navigate
- Slow lens (maximum aperture) at tele position); try 200 ISO
whenever necessary
- Shutter delay too long (apparently slower than 995) for candid shots
or anything that moves quickly
- LCD (1,5") too small, especially if you have eye problems; the 995 had
a 1,8", the 950 a 2" screen!
- Lens ist not sharp enough to take full advantage of the chip’s 4
Megapixels
- Distortion (pincushion at wideangle, barrel at tele)
- Does not focus well at low lighting levels (no AF assistance light)
- Clipped highlights (no detail in light areas while the rest is properly
exposed; underexposing does not help much)

 Peter Horn's gear list:Peter Horn's gear list
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN | C (X-mount)
Nikon Coolpix 4500
4 megapixels • 1.5 screen • 38 – 155 mm (4.1×)
Announced: May 29, 2002
Peter Horn's score
4.4
Average community score
4.3
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