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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: ik gebruik de coolpix 4500 nu zo'n 2.5 jaar. Dit toestel heeft al foto's gemaakt voor de regionale krant en voor diverse reportages op internet. de te aanpassen sluitertijd is zeer handig bij schemerig weer of voor mooie foto's van verlichting.
Pros: draaibare lens, goede makrofunctie, klein formaat