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: 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.
A fully featured and reliable camera, surely due for an upgrade.
20 January 2010
Excerpt: This is the first digital camera I purchased, and is still useful today. It's four megapixel files will print up to 8x10", as per pixel sharpness is very good. No point and shoot camera I have handled equals the build quality of the 4500, with its all magnesium alloy body. The 38-155mm equivalent zoom lens covers a useful range, with none of the corner softness typical of more modern compacts with lenses too wide for their tiny sensors.
Summary: I've been using the 4500 for over a year now, and it is my second digital camera. Before that I have had 35mm SLRs with a range of lenses and extension tubes. This camera is almost uniquely good at some things. It is also small and robust enough to carry around with you most of the time (I often have mine in a pouch on my belt) which is a great way to come across picture opportunities. It is great for taking ultra-close-ups.
Summary: . The Nikon 4500 model is now over two years old, but is none the worse for its age. It is still a camera that shines amongst the increasing variety on offer, and being well established you can be sure there are no unknown design flaws. There's a tendency amongst some manufacturers to substitute ever larger pixel counts in an attempt to generate sales through the misguided "bigger is always better" myth.
Excerpt: "...photographer before I bought my Nikon 4500, this camera has turned my world upside down... The quality of the pictures is excellent, the size and weight of this camera is good, has a great feel to it. There are so many functions to play with, Shutter/Aperture Priority, fully manual or if you just want to point and shoot, then you have fully automatic. You also have a 30 second video mode, quality is okay.. but your not really buying the camera for ...
Summary: I have had this camera for over a year now. The camera is well built and flexible to use. You can use it as a point and shoot but to really get the best you need to carefully read to manual several times to understand what you can do with it. The close focus is outstanding, being able to focus dowm to less than an inch. You can attach it to telescopes and binoculars and appears to be a preferrred camera for doing this due to the threaded lens and twist body.