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Nikon Coolpix 4500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1128 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and usability. The value for money and portability are also appreciated, but many are critical about the battery and responsiveness. Comments about the exposure and focus are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix 4500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix 4500 Digital Camera Camera


Nikon's 4-megapixel, $699 Coolpix 4500 produced some of the best prints we saw in this roundup. Our outdoor shots appeared sharp and realistic, while our indoor pictures showed only slightly oversaturated colors. The camera lost just a little detail in...

Also disappointing was the Coolpix 4500's 1.5-inch LCD, which gets too dark outdoors for easy use. Nikon bundles its limited NikonView viewer software with the camera

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Nikon Coolpix 4500


The Coolpix 4500 offers 16 preset scene modes and excels at taking macro shots.

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Nikon Coolpix 4500 Digital Camera (Nikon-25503)


The midsize and midprice Coolpix 4500 is ideal for novice and advanced photographers looking to share a camera, or for beginners seeking a model they can grow into.


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Nikon Coolpix 4500


Useful swivel-lens design; clear, bright LCD; excellent macro capabilities; extensive manual control; superior image quality.

Confusing operation; no RAW file option; some features buried in menu.

The Nikon Coolpix 4500's power and versatility will appeal to photo enthusiasts who have the patience to dig for features.

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Nikon Coolpix 4500


The new Coolpix 4500 was announced on May 29th, 2002 as part of a trio of new Coolpix digital cameras from Nikon. It is the step up in resolution and features for the now distinctive split-bodied Coolpix design. The 4500 carries on from the 995...

Excellent metering, great neutral color response, average resolution ; Control over internal processing algorithm parameters: contrast, saturation, sharpness ; Superb build quality, full metal case ; Excellent body design and ergonomics, cleaner,...

Slow startup time (even worse if zoom set to 'last position') ; Lens barrel distortion at wide angle and some pincushion distortion at telephoto ; Longer shutter release LAG than we would expect at this level ; Average continuous shooting, 1.25 fps up...

Nikon's radical split-bodied Coolpix 900 was surely a bit of a shock to the market back in 1998, yet owners soon realized the flexibility and comfort of being able to swivel the lens portion of the camera independently of the LCD and controls. Since...

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nikon coolpix 4500


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...

As with all cameras -- image quality is the thing and the Coolpix 4500 will not let you down in that respect. The camera can be operated like an automatic point and shoot or you can dabble with its multitude of drive, exposure, focus and capture features.

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Nikon CoolPix 4500 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Nikon is one of the few companies that you can say truly needs no introduction in the world of photography. Their name has been identified with professional and high-end amateur photography for a good 5 decades now, and they've been very successful at...

Like the rest of Nikon's Coolpix line, the Coolpix 4500 performed very well in the macro category, capturing a tiny minimum area of just just 0.84 x 0.63 inches (21.2 x 15.9 millimeters), one of the best macro areas I've seen. Resolution was very high,...

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Nikon Coolpix 4500


The Coolpix 4500 is the latest in an almost legendary line of Nikon digital cameras. It uses the same swiveling lens design that has been with us since the days of the Coolpix 900. Through the years, the innards of the Coolpix have changed, but not the...

Swiveling, 4X optical zoom lens ; Tons of manual controls ; Very good photo quality ; Stunning macro ability ; Support for many add-on lenses + external flash ; CompactFlash Type II slot - Microdrive works fine ; Nice playback mode

AF and shutter lag higher than it should be ; Sometimes blows out highlights in photos ; LCD is too small; limited viewing angle ; No AF illuminator ; Included 16MB memory card way too small ; Movie mode could be better ; Flimsy plastic door on CF slot

After producing some just so-so digital cameras (Coolpix 2500 and 5000), Nikon has once again returned to making top notch cameras with the Coolpix 4500 (not to mention the 5700). The CP4500 produces excellent photos, has a full suite of manual...

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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix 4500 (bioluminescence, 9 Jan 07)


In my humble opinion this is probably the most timeless of all the point&shoot range cameras. Very well built. Swivel construction is very convenient for ground level shots, and useful for achieving more creative compositions. Great macro, good image...

Takes some time from turning on till the first shot, hard to use for action photography, colours could be better (sometimes photographs have a reddish cast), quite a few hot pixels in the beginning (fixed easily with that Russian pixel remapping...

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"Buy one while they are still available"


I have taken thousands of pictures with this camera and never a hiccup. Also owned (and traded-up)the 990 and 995. I use it now on a tripod exclusively for ebay. Excellent manual exposure and light balancing controls. This camera is destined for a cult...

Robust design

Controls take some time to learn.

Product Specifications

A compact, lightweight 4.0 effective megapixel digital still camera with 4x zoom lens, the Coolpix 4500 is the latest in a line of celebrated Coolpix 900 series cameras, and features a stylish, radically cool swivel design. The camera's 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 [135] camera format), delivers superb optical performance. 4.0 effective megapixels provide ultra high definition and combine with Nikon's 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. What's more, it accepts a variety of existing Coolpix 900 series accessories, such as Wideangle, Telephoto and Fisheye converters and the 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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Close-up / Landscape / Museum / Night mode / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset & moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-5.1
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:7.9mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode / Panorama mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical