(21ST CENTURY DIGITAL CAMERAS, PHOTO PRINTERS, PHOTO PAPERS, CAMCORDERS, IMAGING SOFTWARE, DIGITAL EQUIPMENT AND MORE!) NIKON COOLPIX 4500 DIGITAL CAMERA
NIKON COOLPIX 4500 OVERVIEW
The Coolpix 4500 is the first Coolpix digital camera to feature a 4.0 effective megapixel CCD combined with a 4x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens. Built on the award winning swivel-lens body design of the Coolpix 995, the Coolpix 4500 offers advanced imaging control options as well as numerous automatic functions for a wide range of versatility in a more compact, but solid, ergonomic body to create a digital camera that expands a photographer's perspective.
As the first four-megapixel camera in the Coolpix line, the Coolpix 4500 is designed to be used in multiple photographic applications and give photographers total creativity with full manual control options. For automatic functions, the camera includes a variety of options provided by 16 built-in Scene modes, the most in any Coolpix camera, and an automatic pop-up flash. The Coolpix 4500 also has sound features for attaching up to 20 seconds of recorded notes to photos, and for capturing 35 seconds of video movies with sound. With the optional Coolpix accessories, including the new Macro Cool-Light SL-1 and lenses like the fisheye and wide-angle, this camera is perfect for both creative photography as well as educational and business purposes when total image capture and control are needed.
NIKON® INTRODUCES FIRST 4-MEGAPIXEL, 4X OPTICAL ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA
Nikon Coolpix® 4500 Offers Wide Versatility for a New Perspective on Digital Photography
MELVILLE, NY, May 29, 2002 - Nikon® (www.nikonusa.com), the world leader in photography, today introduced the Coolpix® 4500, the first Nikon digital camera to feature a 4.0 effective megapixel CCD combined with a 4x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens. Built on the award winning swivel-lens body design of the Coolpix 995, the Coolpix 4500 offers advanced imaging control options as well as numerous automatic functions for a wide range of versatility in a more compact, but solid, ergonomic body to create a digital camera that expands a photographer's perspective.
As the first four-megapixel camera in the Nikon Coolpix line, the Coolpix 4500 is designed to be used in multiple photographic applications and gives photographers total creativity with full manual control options. For automatic functions, the camera includes a variety of options provided by 16 built-in Scene modes, the most in any Coolpix camera, and an automatic pop-up flash. The Coolpix 4500 also has sound features for attaching up to 20 seconds of recorded notes to photos, and for capturing 35 seconds of video movies with sound. With the optional Coolpix accessories, including the new Macro Cool-Light SL-1, and lenses like the fisheye and wide-angle, this camera is perfect for both creative photography as well as educational and business purposes when total image capture and control are needed.
"The Coolpix 4500 meets the needs of the photographer who is looking for total control to enable maximum photographic creativity," said Jerry Grossman, vice president, Marketing, Nikon Inc. "The manual options in this camera make it a perfect choice for schools and businesses that need an affordable, high-quality digital camera. The swivel lens body, advanced functionality and easy-to-use features make the Coolpix 4500 a camera that gives users a dramatically different shooting perspective for more dynamic photographs. And, the numerous Scene modes, pop-up flash and other built-in features make this camera perfect for times when you want the camera to do all the work."
Combined Technology and Quality for Ultimate Image Control
The Coolpix 4500 provides superior images with the combination of a 4.0 effective megapixel CCD that offers a maximum resolution of 2,272 x 1,704 pixels and high-performance 4x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens at 38 - 155mm (35mm equivalent). Sharp imaging is optimized through a five-area multi autofocus with an extra wide focus range for quick and diverse image composition. For the advanced photographer, the camera features four exposure metering options including Nikon's exclusive 256-segment Matrix Metering, Center-weighted, Spot and Spot AF metering. Image quality settings in the Coolpix 4500 include TTL White Balance, White Balance Bracketing, Four-step Saturation control (including Black and White and Sepia modes) and an added Noise Reduction mode. And for the photographer looking for the ultimate control, this digital camera offers full manual operation.
Built-in Options When You Want the Camera to Do the Work
In addition to the advanced control set in the Coolpix 4500 for the advanced photographer, the camera includes 16 versatile Scene modes. The Scene modes make choosing the perfect camera setting to capture the moment simple. Scene modes include: Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Sports and Dawn/Dusk. Panorama Assist mode is included to allow several either, side-by-side, up-or-down photos to be taken all at the same exposure and white balance setting for optimized panorama photos when combined together in Panorama Maker, one of the photo editing software programs included with the camera. The final mode is Multiple Exposure, which artistically combines two images in a single frame; a transparent first image aids composition when taking the second image.
Enhance Your Creative Options
To aid lighting for various situations, the Coolpix 4500 features an automatic pop-up five-mode Speedlight flash. This camera also includes two sound features - a voice memo function to record up to 20 seconds of audio captions for the captured images, and a QuickTime Movie mode that records up to 35 seconds of video with sound. The Coolpix 4500 is fully compatible with all Nikon Coolpix wide-angle and fisheye converter lenses, accessories and external Speedlights for additional creative control of the scene. No additional adapter rings are required to use the Coolpix accessories with the Coolpix 4500, including the new Macro Cool-Light SL-1, designed for full-surround illumination for macro shooting. To store the image files, the camera supports multiple media options. The Coolpix 4500 is compatible with CompactFlash cards Type I and II, as well as IBM Corporation's Microdrive 512MB and 1GB cards. The camera includes a Nikon Coolpix Starter Memory Card.
More Features Even After the Picture is Taken
Once the picture is taken, there are still plenty of options to use with this camera. The Coolpix 4500 incorporates the popular Quick Review button for immediate viewing of the previously captured images in one-quarter or the full LCD screen. The camera supports other Nikon playback options including zoom, four and nine-image thumbnails. Also included in the Coolpix 4500 is the Small Picture function, which creates a reduced-size image copy for quick emailing.
After the pictures are taken, the camera easily connects to a computer for fast transfer of the images with the included USB cable. The Coolpix 4500 features Nikon's One-Touch Upload button directly on the camera to quickly and easily transfer images to the desktop or Internet with the touch of a button.
All the Tools You Need, Right in the Box
The Coolpix 4500 includes Nikon's exclusive browser software NikonView 5 which is a complete image editing and processing package to simply organize, retrieve and print images, create a slideshow and share pictures via email, the Web or PDAs. For added image creativity, the camera package also includes ArcSoft's® PhotoImpression, a fun manipulation package that allows users to edit, retouch or apply special effects to photos; VideoImpression to edit and share QuickTime movies, as well as Panorama Maker, which lets users easily stitch together a number of images to automatically create beautiful panoramic photographs ready to print or email and ArcSoft PhotoBase for PDAs. The camera is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, included with the camera along with the charger, to provide approximately 100 minutes of continuous operation. An optional AC adaptor and/or disposable lithium batteries can be used as alternate power sources.
The Coolpix 4500 will be available in July 2002.
CP 4500 FIRST SAMPLES POSTED (07/19/02)
We have just gotten a review camera from Nikon this week and we are starting our several week long process of testing the camera out at some of our usual locations before we post our final opinions. We will be posting initial impressions and comments with each our upcoming postings over the next few weeks, so stay tuned. We have a very nice set of shots from Disneyland which will be posted by the end of this weekend.
We have up-loaded a couple dozen shots taken from the Nikon Coolpix 4500 on Thursday evening at Downtown Disneyland. We have not had a chance to resize them put our normal sample pages together, but for those of you who want to see how the CP 4500 does, we are going to post a link to the index page which will allow you to download the original files, which are about 1.3 megs each. All shots were taken in fully automatic, no changes at all. We have to get going now, the haze is burning off, so off to shoot some more. For you bird lovers be sure to check out picture no. 44, the camera did very well with this full zoom, close up from about 8 feet away. Here is the link to the CP 4500 Full Resolution Production Samples Index Page.
Type of Camera: Digital Camera E4500
Effective Pixels: 4.0 million
CCD: 1/1.8-inch type (4.13 million total pixels)
Image Size: Full 2272(2,272 x 1,704); UXGA 1600(1,600 x 1,200), SXGA 1280(1,280 x 960), XGA 1024(1,024 x 768), VGA 640(640 x 480); 3:2 (2,275 x 1,520) selectable
Lens: 4x Zoom-Nikkor; f=7.85-32mm (35mm format equivalent to 38mm-155mm) /f2.6-5.1 with macro; 10 elements in 8 groups
Digital Zoom: Up to 4x
Autofocus: Contrast-detect TTL AF: 5-area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable
Focus Modes: Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor), Single AF mode (when not using LCD monitor and/or selectable from shooting menu), Manual Focus (50 positions, focus confirmation image)
Focus Range: Approx. 11.8 in. to infinity (19.7 in. at widest zoom angle setting), Approx. 3/4 in. to infinity in Macro mode)
Optical Viewfinder: Real-image zoom viewfinder, Frame coverage: 80% (middle range) Diopter adjustment: -2 ~ +2m(-1)
LCD Monitor: 1.5 in., low-temp. polysilicon TFT (LED-BKL) 110,000-dot; brightness (5 levels) adjustment, Frame coverage: approx. 97%
Storage System: RGB EXIF 2.2 file (uncompressed TIFF or compressed JPEG). Design rule for camera file system (DCF), Fine: approx. 1/4; Normal: approx. 1/8; Basic: approx. 1/16; uncompressed mode TIFF-RGB Quick Time Motion JPEG (Movie with Audio)
Media: CompactFlash(TM) (CF) Card Type I and Type II (compatible with 512MB / 1GB IBM Microdrive(TM)).
Shooting Modes: Auto, Scene, P (Programmed-Auto), S (Shutter-Priority Auto), A (Aperture-Priority Auto), M (Manual)
Shooting Menu Options: Single, Continuous, Ultra-high speed Continuous (approx. 30 fps for 70 QVGA-size images), Movie with audio (35 sec. for QVGA-size images at 15 fps), Scene (Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Backlight, Sports, Panorama Assist, Dawn/Dusk and Multiple Exposure), Multi-Shot 16 (5 fps; 16 frames in 1/16 size), Image Adjustment (Auto/Normal/More Contrast/Less Contrast/Lighten/Darken), Image Sharpening (Auto/high/Normal/low/off), Saturation Control (-2 - +2, B&W, Sepia), Self-timer (3 or 10 secs, user selectable)
Exposure Metering: 4 mode TTL metering: 1) 256-segment Matrix, 2) Center-Weighted, 3) Spot, 4) AF Spot
Shutter : Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter; 8 to 1/2,300 sec., and Bulb (up to 5 min.)
Aperture: 7-blade iris diaphragm; 10 steps in 1/3 EV increments
Exposure Control: 1) Programmed Auto with Flexible Program (P), 2) Shutter-Priority Auto (S), 3) Aperture-Priority Auto (A), 4) Manual; Exposure Compensation (M) ( +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps); Auto Exposure Bracketing (5 steps within +/- 2/3 EV)
Exposure Range: EV -2.2 - +17 (W), EV -0.3 - +18 (T) (ISO 100 equivalent)
Sensitivity (approx.): Auto or Manual (ISO 100, 200, 400, 800 equivalent); can be controlled in any exposure mode
White Balance: 1) Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control, 2) 5-mode Manual with fine tuning (Daylight/Incandescent/Flourescent/Cloudy/Speedlight), 3) Preset, 4) White Balance Bracketing
Self-timer: 10 sec. or 3 sec. duration
Auto OFF Mode: 30 sec.; can also be set manually (1/5/30 min.)
Built-in Speedlight: Auto pop-up type. Shooting range: approx. 1.6 -9.8 ft. (W), approx. 1.6 - 5.2 ft. (T). Flash Control: Sensor flash system. Flash modes: 1) Auto Flash, 2) Anytime Flash, 3) Slow Sync, 4) Red Eye Reduction with pre-flash, 5) Flash Cancel
External Speedlight: Multi-flash sync terminal connects to external Nikon Speedlight SB-80DX/50DX/28DX/28/26/25/24/22s through the Multi-Flash Bracket Unit SK-E900; built-in Speedlight can be canceled when using external Speedlight(s)
Playback Menu Options: 1) 1 frame, 2) Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 3) Slide Show, 4) Enlarged playback (up to 6x); Histogram indication and highlight point display; Focus confirmation indication; Hide and protect attributes can be set to each image
Interface: USB 1.1 interface
I/O Terminal: Power input; Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable); Digital terminal (USB 1.1 / Remote Cord); Sync terminal for external Speedlight
Power Requirements: One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1 (included), One 6V 2CR5/DL245 disposable lithium battery (optional), AC Adapter (optional)
Battery Life: Approx. 100 min.(as measured at room temp 68°F under standard Nikon test conditions: monitor on, zoom adjusted with each shot, flash used in approx. one third of the photographs, image quality set to normal, image size set to 2,272 x 1,704) when using LCD monitor and EN-EL1 battery.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 5.1 x 2.9 x 2.0 in. (main body 1.6 in. depth)
Weight: Approx. 12.7 oz. (without battery and storage media)
Accessories Included: Lens cap, Neck strap, Audio Video cable, Nikon Coolpix Starter Memory Card, USB cable UC-E1, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-53, NikonView 5 (COOLPIX) CD-ROM
NikonView 5 System Requirements for Macintosh: OS: Mac(R) OS 9.0-9.x (only built-in USB ports supported), Mac(R) OS X (10.1.2 or later)Models: Mac(TM), iMac(TM) DV, Power Macintosh(R) G3 (Blue & White), Power Mac(TM) G4 or later, iBook(R), Powerbook(R) G3 or later (only built-in USB ports supported), RAM: 32MB (64MB or more recommended)Hard Disk: 25MB required for installation, with additional amount equivalent to twice the capacity of the camera memory card required when NikonView 5 is runningDisplay: 800 x 600 with thousands of colors (millions of colors recommended)Others: CD-ROM drive required for installation
NikonView 5 System Requirements for PC: OS: Windows(R) 98SE, Windows(R) Me, Windows(R) 2000, Windows(R) XP Home Edition, Windows(R) XP Professional pre-installed modelModels: Only models with built-in USB ports supportedCPU: Pentium(R) 300 MHz or faster RAM: 64MB (128MB or more recommended)Hard disk: 25MB required for installation, with additional amount equivalent to twice the capacity of the camera memory card required when NikonView 5 is runningDisplay: 800 x 600 with High Color (True Color recommended)Others: CD-ROM drive required for installation
Product Number: 25503 UPC Code 018208255030
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