Nikon Coolpix 4500 Review


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Nikon Coolpix 4500


First Look posted 5/29/2002
Full Review posted 07/12/2002

Introduction & Physical Views



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The Coolpix 4500 is Nikon's first digital camera to feature a 4.0 effective megapixel CCD combined with a 4x Optical (38-155mm in 35mm photography) Zoom-Nikkor lens. Built on the award winning swivel-lens body design of the Coolpix 995, the Coolpix 4500 offers advanced imaging control options as well as numerous automatic functions for a wide range of versatility in a more compact, solid and ergonomic magnesium alloy body. The Coolpix 4500 provides superior still images up to a maximum size of 2,272 x 1,704 pixels.

For the advanced photographer, the camera features four exposure metering options including Nikon's exclusive 256-segment Matrix Metering, Center-weighted, Spot and Spot AF metering. Image quality settings include TTL White Balance, White Balance Bracketing, Four-step Saturation control (including Black and White and Sepia modes) and a Noise Reduction mode. The Coolpix 4500 offers a full range of exposure options; Program AE, Flexible Program, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority, Full Manual, AE Bracketing of both the exposure value and white balance and Best Shot Selector. Sharp imaging is assured by the five-area multi autofocus with an extra wide focus range for quick and diverse image composition.

For automatic functions, the camera includes a variety of options provided by 16 built-in Scene modes and an automatic pop-up flash. The Coolpix 4500 also has sound features for attaching up to 20 seconds of recorded notes to photos, and for capturing 35 seconds of video movies with sound. With the optional Coolpix accessories, including the new Macro Cool-Light SL-1, and lens adapters like the fisheye and wide-angle, this camera is perfect for both creative photography as well as educational and business purposes when total image capture and control are needed.

After the pictures are taken, the camera easily connects to a computer for fast transfer of the images with the included USB cable. The Coolpix 4500 features Nikon's One-Touch Upload button directly on the camera to quickly and easily transfer images to the desktop or Internet with the touch of a button.

Nikon Coolpix 4500

Coolpix 4500 Features at a Glance:

  • Four megapixel effective CCD for images up to 2272x1704 pixels
  • Swiveling Nikkor 4x optical zoom (38-155mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Macro focus with AF down to 3/4 of an inch!
  • 1.5-inch TFT color monitor with LED backlight
  • CompactFlash Type II card slot (512MB/1GB Microdrive compatible)
  • EN-EL1 rechargeable battery and charger included
  • Programmed Auto (with Shift), Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority and Full Manual exposure modes
  • Drive modes: Single, Continuous, Ultra High Speed Continuous, 16-Shot Multi and 320x240 QuickTime Movie w/audio
  • 32MB DRAM buffer for fast, 2 sec shot-to-shot speed
  • Shutter speeds from 1/2300 sec. to 8 secs (Bulb to 5 mins)
  • Aperture settings from F2.6 to F10.3
  • 7-bladed lens diaphram for true depth of field control
  • Auto Pop-up flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction
  • Control of color sharpness and saturation
  • Five-area multifocus system and Spot-AF
  • 256-segment Matrix Metering, Center-weighted or Spot
  • Noise Reduction for long exposures
  • ISO sensitivity of 100, 200, 400 or 800 (in all modes)
  • Matrix Auto White Balance plus Fine, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Speedlight and Preset.
  • AE Bracketing with white balance as well as exposure value
  • 7,900-step autofocus with 50-step manual focus
  • Record images in TIFF-RGB (uncompressed) or JPEG Fine, Normal, or Basic quality.
  • Lens section lock prevents "drooping" when using heavy lenses
  • Epson PRINT Image Matching Technology compatible
  • External sync connector for Nikon Speedlights
  • USB 1.1 port for image download
  • One-Touch upload for easy image transfers
  • User-upgradeable camera firmware
  • Compatible with existing Coolpix auxilliary lenses


The Coolpix 4500 includes NikonView 5, a complete image editing and processing package to simply organize, retrieve and print images, create a slideshow and share pictures via email, the Web or PDAs. For added image creativity, the camera package also includes ArcSoft's® PhotoImpression™ to edit, retouch or apply special effects to photos; VideoImpression™ to edit and share QuickTime™ movies, as well as Panorama Maker, which lets users easily stitch together a number of images to automatically create beautiful panoramic photographs ready to print or email and ArcSoft PhotoBase™ for PDAs. The camera is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, included with the camera along with the charger, to provide approximately 100 minutes of continuous operation.



Nikon Coolpix 4500

Shown here is the European Coolpix 4500, the only difference is the color of the finger grip. The U.S. model has a teal green grip, the European is red.





Physical Views

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Compare the Coolpix 4500 and Coolpix 995

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Coolpix 4500 Specifications

CCD 1/1.8-in. high-density CCD; total number of pixels: 4.1 million; 4.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes FULL (2,272 x 1,704)
UXGA (1,600 x 1,200)
SXGA (1,280 x 960)
XGA (1,024 x 768)
VGA (640 x 480)
3:2 (2,275 x 1,520)
Lens 4x Zoom-Nikkor; f = 7.8-32mm (equivalent to 38-155mm) F2.6-5.1 with macro; 10 elements in 8 groups; all glass, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; glass-molded aspherical lens elements included
Digital Zoom 4x stepless digital zoom
Autofocus Contrast-detect TTL AF
7,900-step autofocus control including macro range
5-area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable
Focus modes 1) Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor)
2) Single AF mode (when not using LCD monitor and/or selectable from shooting menu)
3) Manual [50 steps from 0.8 in. to infinity with focus confirmation indication]
Focus range 11.8 in. to infinity
0.75 in. to infinity in Macro mode
Optical viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
magnification: 0.4~1.1x
frame coverage: approx. 80%
diopter adjustment: -2~+1 DP
LCD monitor 1.5-in., 110,000-dot, low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with LED backlight
brightness (5 levels)/hue adjustment (11 steps)
frame coverage: approx. 97%
Auto OFF mode 30 sec.; can be set manually (1/5/30 min.)
Image Storage RBG EXIF, uncompressed TIFF or compressed JPEG compliant with design rule for camera file system (DFC)
QuickTime Motion JPEG (Movie, audio)
Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I or II
IBM Microdrive 512MB and 1GB compatible
Shooting modes Fully automatic mode
Custom mode (three combinations of mode settings can be memorized)
Shooting menu Single
Continuous
Ultrahigh-speed Continuous (30fps 70 QVGA)
Movie with audio (35 sec @ 15fps)
Scene (Portrait, Party, Night Portrait, Beach, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks, Closeup, Copy, Backlight, Sports, Panorama Assist, Dawn and Multiple Exposure)
Multi-shot 16 (5fps 16 frames in 1/16 size)
Image Adjustment (Auto, Normal, More Contrast, Less Contrast, Lighten, Darken)
Edge Emphasis (Auto, High, Normal)
Saturation Control (-2 to +2, B&W, Sepia)
Self-timer (3 or 10 secs)
Exposure metering 4-mode TTL metering:
1) 256-segment Matrix
2) Center-Weighted
3) Spot and
4) Spot AF Area
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Bulb (max 5 mins), 8 sec. to 1/2,300 sec.
Aperture 7-blade iris diaphragm
10 steps in 1/3 EV increments
Exposure control 1) Programmed Auto with Flexible Program
2) Shutter-Priority Auto
3) Aperture-Priority Auto
4) Manual; Exposure Compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps)
5) Auto Bracketing (5 steps within ±2/3 EV)
Exposure range EV -2.2~+17 (W), EV -0.3~+18.1 (T) (ISO 100 equivalent)
Best-shot Selector Camera takes up to 10 shots (at approx 2fps) and records the most detailed image of the 10 using anti-jitter logic which is effective for telephoto and macro shooting. Not available when the speedlight is on.
ISO Sensitivity 100, 200, 400, 800 or Auto;
can be controlled in any exposure mode
White balance 1) Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control
2) Manual with fine tuning (Daylight/Incandescent/Fluorescent/ Cloudy/Speedlight)
3) Preset
4) White balance bracketing
Self-timer 10 sec. or 3 sec. duration
Built-in Speedlight Auto Pop-up type; shooting range approx 1.6 - 9.8 ft.
Flash control Flash modes:
1) Auto Flash
2) Flash Cancel
3) Anytime Flash
4) Slow Sync
5) Red-Eye Reduction w/pre-flash
External Speedlight Multi-flash sync terminal connects to external Nikon Speedlight SB-80/50/28/28DX/26/25/24/22 through the Multi-Flash Bracket SK-E900; built-in Speedlight can be cancelled when using external Speedlight(s)
Playback menu 1) 1 frame
2) Thumbnail (4/9 segments)
3) Slide show
4) Zoom playback (up to 6x)
Histogram indication & highlight point display
Peaking indication
Hide and protect attributes can be set to each image
Delete function Deletes all frames or selected frames
Interface USB 1.1 interface
Supported Platforms Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP
Mac OS 9.0-9x (only builtin USB ports supported)
Video output NTSC or PAL (selectable)
I/O terminal Power input
Video output
Digital output terminal (USB)
Sync terminal for external Speedlight
Bundled Software NikonView Version 5, ArcSoft Suite: PhotoImpression, VideoImpression, Panorama Maker andPhotoBase. The Reference CD-ROM includes Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0, Instructions for Using Nikon View Version 5, and Nikon's "Guide to Digital Photography" (Online Camera Manual for the Coolpix 4500).
Power requirements Nikon EN-EL1 lithium rechargeable (supplied)
or 2CR5 one-use lithium
Battery life Approx. 100 mins. when using LCD monitor
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 5.3 x 3.0 x 2.0 in. (main body 1.6 in.)
Weight
(without battery)
Approx. 12.7 oz.
Specifications are as supplied by manufaturer


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