Careful with those cameras, are old and usually broken
8 December 2011
Summary: I have some problems with this camera. The seller said it is working properly but I found out that he is only working on auto, because I can't change anything about the pictures: iso, focus...... Only thing I can change is image quality.
I would not purchase this camera again given the choice.
18 April 2011
Summary: While "OK", this camera is a poor replacement for the Nikon 995 in my opinion. The settings are much more complicated to navigate and it has one less display. In my opinion (and that of many others) the Nikon 995 is still the best camera for Macro photography.
Summary: ALTHOUGH IT IS ONLY 4 MEGA PIXELS. IT HAS SUPERB OPTICS. THE PIVOTING DESIGN LETS YOU SHOT AT ALL ANGLES AND STILL SEE THE SCREEN. ALSO IT HAS AN OPTICAL VIEW FINDER THAT ZOOMS WITH THE LENS. THE IS NOTHING LIKE IT ANY MORE THAT I KNOW OF. IF 4 M/P IS ENOUGH FOR YOU AND YOU DON'T NEED THE SMALLEST POSSIBLE SIZE THIS WOULD BE A GREAT CHOICE. THE SIZE IS MUCH LARGER THAN MANY OF THE NEWER COMPACT DIGITAL'S. THIS GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO ACTUALLY HOLD ON TO.
Summary: I have the need to take picture from microscope. This is the one you must have, combining with the 10x eyepiece adapter then you have the cheap solution for the microscope camera, comparing to the ccd camera attached to the microscope is usually $700~$1000.
Summary: Great camera. I upgraded from the Coolpix950. Excellent photo quality with low noise due to noise reduction mechanism in the camera. The macro mode is unsurpassed by other camera companies and a wealth of manual features. But all the manual features are no user frendly and you almost have to constantly refer to the manual.
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix 4500 is considered to be the best user digiscoping camera on the market. Mostly used with microscopes and adapters it makes itself the perfect candidate for natural world close-ups. There are so many detailed pictures of insects, flowers & natural textures revealing the most artistic and beautiful images ever taken – and the majority will have been shot with the 4500.
Great camera but I am about to buy my third one after other two broke!
Penny Hale, Amazon
19 September 2013
Summary: Despite my other two Nikon 4500 coolpixes failing, I am still about to buy a third one secondhand. The first one, which I bought new, failed because the zoom button stopped working, an essential part of the camera for moth photography which is what I use it for. The second one,bought secondhand about 3 years ago, now no longer has a working viewfinder so I have no idea what I am photographing, impossible again for moth photography.
Excerpt: "Looking for a small digital camera that'll give you great pictures at A4 size? Look no further, this could be it. The swivel body makes it really adaptable, you can take photos at waist level, above your head in a crowd or even swivel 180 degrees and include yourself in the frame. The telephoto lens (38 - 155 mm equivalent) whilst outgunned by more modern optics, is good for 90% of shots, and is macro capabilities are outstanding. I took ...
Pros: Pocketabale size, manual overide capability, macro lens, long life battery, swivel body
Cons: Slow startup and response times, delicate LCD
Summary: In the last 2 years I've been through 4 of these cameras', the problem has been virtually identical in each one; the lens mechanism has jammed. None have had particularly hard use, in fact the first was jammed straight out of the box. One on return from Nikon had "dandruff" captured in the lens mechanism; well done Nikon technical services. Images are good, lenses (I've 3) work well, although the on-camera flash won't work with any. If you want a point-and-shoot avoid.