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: first the good: it takes great pictures, the macro mode is better than most in its class, the swivel lens allows for some interesting setups. the not so good: low light pictures are not that hot, the lcd is very small, slow lens. the story: sure, i could sit and write more technical things but there are many websites out there that have detailed reviews of this camera that do a far more professional review. this is (was) my third digital camera.
Summary: I loved the cute little thing! It took some great shots, but it was pretty feeble in large rooms. The worst part, though, was that less than 18 months after I bought it, it died. The "shutter release" (or whatever it's called on a digital camera) button ceased to work. Turns out, it's only a little plastic (plastic!) pin that taps a little spot on a very little digital connector, and if one or the other weakens structurally, the camera is kaput, as mine is.
Summary: Although this camera takes excellent pictures, I find it mechanically awkward to use. The left half of the camera must be pivoted forward from top to straight ahead in order to find the subject in the lens. Also the flash is located on that left pivotal half, so one must be careful to not be placing fingers on top of the flash when taking a picture. For quickness in shooting "unreinactable" pictures these mechanics are frustrating.
Summary: I used both this and the 995, and the 995 has a more solid feel, better grip, easier menu to navigate and larger LCD monitor. If you are getting something in this range, get a 995. It will be cheaper since it is an old model and although at 3.34megapixel, it is a minor difference. I just did exactly that!
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.
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.
Excerpt: Lo primero deciros que no me considero partidario de ninguna marca en concreto, de hecho desde que me gusta la fotografía han pasado por mis manos cámaras de marcas distintas, creo sólo repetí marca cuando heredé dos cuerpos de Asahi Pentax que mi padre me dio cuando yo era un crio. Con esto quiero eliminar la posibilidad de sesgo en mi opinión acerca de la Nikon Coolpix 4500. Como bien he dicho es mi primera Nikon y además no es mi cámara principal.