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The cameras core target users reach from advanced amateurs to more experienced digital photographers looking for a smarter way to take superior pictures, and those who want quality images with full control potential.
The 4x Zoom-Nikkor lens, with its 7.85-32mm focal range (equivalent to 38-155mm in 35mm  camera format), delivers superb optical performance. 4.0 effective megapixels provide ultrahigh definition and combine with Nikons image processing algorithm to ensure images of remarkable color, contrast and clarity.
The compact, lightweight COOLPIX 4500 boasts a radically exciting swivel design that provides unprecedented response and allows you to shoot at any angle. 16 Scene Modes for specific settings enable users to capture the essence of every picture while experiencing a new dimension of digital photography fun and convenience.
Whats more, it accepts a variety of existing COOLPIX 900 series accessories, such as Wideangle, Telephoto and Fisheye converters and the new MACRO COOL-LIGHT SL-1. Indeed, with so many features and accessories, and a remarkably easy-to-use design, the COOLPIX 4500 promises to win over countless new users to the increasingly exciting field of digital photography.
The new COOLPIX 4500 transforms Nikons famous swivel design into the hottest, most versatile digital camera around. The rotating lens unit and firm grip enable you to shoot at virtually any angle -- high, low or from the hip -- and capture sharp, crisp Macro shots with minimal camera shake. The slim, stylish shape, ergonomically sculpted from tough, lightweight magnesium alloy, snugly fits your hands, offering instant access to all controls.
The high-performance Zoom-Nikkor lens with powerful 4x optical zoom and 7-blade iris diaphragm dramatically extends your photographic reach. Featuring two aspherical lens elements, it provides clear, high-contrast images with minimal distortion throughout the entire zoom range. A precision 4x digital zoom brings your subjects in even closer. The COOLPIX 4500s 4.0 effective megapixels deliver ultrahigh-definition 2,272 x 1,704-pixel images -- putting large-format printing within easy reach and enabling you to crop images with remarkably fine detail. And Nikons exclusive image processing algorithm delivers Total Image Quality with faithful color reproduction across the entire tonal range.
The COOLPIX 4500 puts superior quality photography within the grasp of every type of user. Offering an unprecedented 16 Scene Modes, it allows inexperienced photographers to produce a succession of impressive images, even with challenging lighting conditions and subject types. In low-light conditions, the auto pop-up Speedlight emerges automatically, ensuring bright, colorful pictures with negligible red-eye effect. White balance, saturation, sharpening and tone compensation place darkroom creativity at your fingertips, within the camera itself. And the handy thumb-stick Multi Selector enables fast, comfortable operation when choosing functions from the menu in the LCD monitor.
The COOLPIX 4500 is fully compatible with the growing line of COOLPIX 900 series accessories, including Wideangle, Telephoto and FisheyeConverter Lenses that give your pictures greater perspective -- from majestic landscapes to exquisite interiors and intimate portraits. Versatility is further enhanced with the new MACRO COOL-LIGHT SL-1 accessory that evenly illuminates near-field subjects for detailed macro shots without obtrusive shadows. The COOLPIX 4500 gives you ample room to grow.
This is not a professional camera but it could be, i have read some reviews from professional and overall this is the camera to choose. Has also a design that allow us to take pictures in almost all positions and angles, its well built, has a very good flash, the lens is perfect, and you can add lens, everything works more than an amateur or advanced photographer needs to register those special moments and pictures that we all like to be perfectly registered in the picture.
It is in my opinion and in many other people opinion the best overall digital camera you can get, and its cheaper than its many other competitors including the Canon G2, the Nikon Coolpix 5000 and the Sony DSC 707. AMAZING CAMERA, AMAZING RESULTS ... FABULOUS PICTURES.
I've had this machine for about 2 months now and have used it under a variety of circumstances - night, indoor, bright sunshine, macro. Overall, I am very pleased with it. Good points are:
1. Excellent control over image capture, with aperture, shutter speed, sharpening and exposure compensation fully manual if desired
2. A good point n' shoot auto mode when time's short
3. Fabulous macro abilities - this is where it excels
4. Split-body swivel feature is very useful for interesting composures
5. Image quality: if you leave sharpening for post-processing, the images are generally well-leveled, and show very little purple fringing. White balance is good, with 5 presets (eg cloud, indoor etc.)
6. Scene modes take a lot of the setting calibration work out of it, but you soon want to move on to the more flexible manual modes.
Not so good points:
1. Lack of auto-focus assist lamp means AF is patchy in poor light
2. Add manual focus is hard to get right - the image in the screen is not big enough to see that you've focused properly until after you take it (then you can zoom in)
3. 16 MB card is way too small - consider 128 MB at least
4. No case.
Overall, this camera's a good piece of kit. Rememember, you get what you pay for in this field - it won't give you the artistic flexibility that a digital SLR will but as point-and-shoot digicams go this one's got to be on your list if you savour quality.
The camera is one of the best constructed I have come across, with a full magnesium metal casing, not flimsy plastic. The most striking feature is the split body, which is not a gimmick but a truly useful thing to have. Own one and you will not wish to relinquish the huge advantages it gives you in composing low or high level shots. Candid work becomes easy too.
The high quality Nikkor lens also gives you decent optics. Unusually, the lens is fully internal so nothing extends beyond the face when you use the zoom. Together with the threaded lens hood it opens up a huge range of possibilities with attachments, from filters to fisheyes. It also makes this the digital camera of choice for use with telescopes, microscopes, or other optical equipment. Where the 4500 truly delights is its amazing capabilities in the macro field. You can literally fill the frame with a house fly! No other camera in this price bracket comes anywhere near. You will use it more than you think, particularly if you wish to explore nature photography, auction items on the internet or keep a visual record of watches and jewellery for your insurance.Read more ›
The close focus is outstanding, being able to focus dowm to less than an inch. You can attach it to telescopes and binoculars and appears to be a preferrred camera for doing this due to the threaded lens and twist body.
The pamorama mode overlays third of the last picture so you can take a series of photos and stitch then together with much less guess work.
The roating body means I can take waist level shots or, you can use it as a normal camera or you can twist it around so you can make put the camera in a tight space.
The only down side I have with the camera is the shutter lag that most digital cameras have, this can me reduced by turning off the monitor.
Overall another good Nikon and fully justified in hopefully a long production run.