Nikon Coolpix 4500 Review
Features & Controls
The Coolpix 4500 features a swiveling lens section that rotates 210° forward and 90° backward. It's equipped with a 4x 7.85-32mm (38-155mm 35mm equivalent) F2.6-5.1 optical Zoom-Nikkor lens. The lens is constructed of 10 elements in 8 groups using two aspherical elements to maximize optical performance but minimize the overall size. The all-glass lens is coated with Nikon's Super Integrated Coating to insure its sharpness and quality. The Coolpix 4500 also features a 4x stepless Digital Zoom to further enhance the focal length.
The Coolpix 4500 employs the
Nikon exclusive 5-area Multi AF focusing system. The user can allow the camera to
select the "best" focus target or you can select the desired focusing zone manually.
The 7,900-step autofocus range is 11.8 inches to infinity in normal mode or an amazing 0.75 inches
to infinity when in macro mode. Manual focusing is handled with 50 step accuracy
and focus confirmation.
The Coolpix 4500 accepts all the existing Nikkor
Coolpix lenses and filters via the 28mm threads on the lens barrel.
When using large and heavy lenses such as the
Coolpix TC-E3 telephoto or FC-E8 fisheye, you'll appreciate the swivel lock
(seen above next to the tripod socket.)
keeps the lens section from "drooping" downwards beyond the 90-degree point. The lens
section may still be turned upwards even when the lock is engaged.
Following in the Coolpix 995's footsteps, the Coolpix 4500 has a popup flash to help reduce redeye problems. The flash automatically pops up when needed and has a range of 1.8 to 9.2 feet.
The external flash sync port is now located on the top of the lens portion of the
camera, seen here behind the popup flash.
The ultimate flash system for the Nikon 4500 is the Nikon Speedlight SB-50DX connected to the external flash sync port with the Nikon AS-E900 Multiflash Adapter and my favorite flash bracket, Modular One's The Rollbar.
The internal speedlight can be disabled or used in tandem with the external flash. (When using an external flash the internal flash must be "popped up" because the flash sensor is on the flash arm. We kept the flash closed in this picture so you could see the flash cable and connector.)
Note that the camera can NOT make use of the speedlight's zoom head or AF assist lamp.
The camera and SB-50DX can also work together without a sync cable.
The SB-50DX has an integrated slave-sensor that works with the Coolpix 4500 (and
other Nikon cameras). The range of the TTL wireless flash operation is approx.
7m (23 ft.) and there is no limit to the number of flashes that can be used.
The MACRO COOL-LIGHT SL-1 is a new addition to the Nikon Coolpix digital camera series, offering photographers greatly increased macro photography capability. Advanced Coolpix users will benefit from additional illumination without employing special lighting equipment or technique in their macro photography shooting.
The COOL-LIGHT features 8 extremely bright white LEDs, which illuminate the subject, and offers approximately 6 hours of continuous operation (provided by two lithium batteries). The SL-1 offers a shooting distance of 2cm to 12cm from the front of the camera lens. Since the SL-1 is only 2cm thick, this allows photographers to get as close as 2cm when shooting a very thin or flat subject (with Coolpix cameras that have a closest- focusing distance of 2cm).
Compatible with the Nikon Coolpix 4500, 950, 990, 995,
880 (Via Step Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E2), 885 (Via Step Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E4),
and 775 (Via Converter Adapter UR-E3)
The eyelevel optical viewfinder is mounted alongside of the lens and has two LEDs
to indicate the flash and focus status. This is a real image zoom viewfinder with
approx. 80% frame coverage.
On the underside of the lens unit is the diopter control for the optical viewfinder.
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