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Nikon's Coolpix 4500 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Nikon announces new update to the 9XX series! (UPDATED)
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(Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 03:01 EDT)

Coolpix 4500 features a 4 megapixel imager, 4x optical zoom lens...

Nikon Inc. has today announced its new Coolpix 4500 digital camera, which follows in the footsteps of the company's much-loved Coolpix 9XX cameras with their swivel bodies that make shooting at all angles much easier. The Coolpix 4500 has a 4 megapixel imager and a 4x optical zoom lens in a body that has been redesigned to be more compact and with better ergonomics. The camera is Nikon's first 4 megapixel model, and offers a file size of 2272 x 1704 pixels, whilst the zoom lens ranges from 38 - 155mm equivalents (as compared to a 35mm camera).

The Coolpix 4500 offers 256-segment Matrix Metering, Center-weighted, Spot and Spot AF metering, as well as White Balance Bracketing, 4-step Saturation control (including Black and White and Sepia modes) and a new Noise Reduction mode. Scene modes such as Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Sports and Dawn/Dusk should make it easier for photographers who don't like to fiddle with camera settings to get good results, whilst a Panorama Assist mode will aid in getting pictures lined up for stitching in your PC with the included Panorama Maker software.

The Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital camera will ship in July 2002. Pricing hasn't been announced at this time, however full specifications follow.

Nikon Coolpix 4500
Specifications
Type E4500 digital camera
Effective pixels 4.0 million
CCD 1/1.8" high-density CCD; total pixels: 4.13 million
Image size (pixels)
  • 2272 × 1704
  • 2560 × 1520 (3 : 2)
  • 1600 × 1200
  • 1280 × 960
  • 1024 × 768
  • 640 × 480
Lens 4× Zoom Nikkor
Focal length F = 7.85 -32 mm (35-mm [135] camera format equivalent: 38 -155 mm)
f/-number f/2.6 - f/5.1
Construction Ten elements in eight groups
Digital zoom 4.0×
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect through-the-lens (TTL) AF
Focus range 30 cm/1'1" - infinity (50 cm/1'8" at widest zoom position); approximately 2 cm/0.8" (middle zoom position) - infinity in macro and manual focus modes
Focus-area selection Five-area multi AF and spot AF available
Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder with LED indication
Magnification 0.34 – 1.27x
Frame coverage Approximately 80%
Diopter adjustment -2 - +2 m–1
Monitor 1.5", 110,000-dot, low temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Frame coverage Approximately 97% vertical and 97% horizontal
Storage  
Media Type I and II CompactFlash™ (CF) and Microdrives
File system Compliant with Design rule for Camera File systems (DCF), Exif 2.2, and Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)
File formats Compressed: JPEG-baseline-compliant (FINE-, NORMAL-, and BASIC-quality images)
Uncompressed: TIFF-RGB (HI-quality images)
Movies: QuickTime
Exposure  
Metering

Four mode through-the-lens (TTL) metering:

  • 256-segment matrix
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • AF spot
Exposure control Programmed auto with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual, exposure compensation (–2.0 – +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV), autoexposure bracketing
Range (ISO 100 equivalent) W: -2.2 -+17.0 EV
T: -0.3 -+18.1 EV
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Speed 1 – 1/2300s (programmed auto, scene); 8 – 1/2000s (shutter-priority auto); 8 – 1/2300s (aperture-priority auto); Bulb (up to 5 min.) and 8 – 1/2000s (manual exposure mode)
Aperture Seven-blade iris diaphragm
Range Ten settings in steps of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity ISO equivalent approximately 100, 200, 400, 800, or Auto
Self-timer Ten- or three-second duration
Built-in Speedlight Equipped with automatic pop-up
Range W: 0.5 – 1.6 m (1’8” – 5’3”)
T: 0.5 – 3 m (1’8”– 9’10”)
Sync method Automatic sync control
Sync terminal Connects to SK-E900 multi-flash bracket unit
Compatible Speedlights Nikon SB-series 80DX, 50DX, 30, 28DX, 28, 26, 25, 24, 22, and 22s
Interface USB
Video output User can choose from NTSC and PAL
I/O terminals
  • DC input
  • Audio/video (A/V) output
  • Data output (USB)
Power sources
  • Rechargeable Nikon EN-EL1 lithium-ion battery (supplied) or six-volt 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery (available separately)
  • EH-21 AC adapter/battery charger (available separately)
  • EH-53 AC adapter (available separately)
Battery life (EN-EL1) Approximately 100 minutes (as measured at room temperature [20 °C/68 °F] under standard Nikon test conditions: monitor on, zoom adjusted with each shot, flash used in approximately one third of photographs, image quality set to NORMAL, image size 2272 × 1704)
Tripod socket 1/4" (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W × H × D) 130 × 73 × 50 mm (5.1" × 2.9" × 2.0")
Weight Approximately 360g (12.8oz) without battery and memory card
Operating Environment  
Temperature 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F)
Humidity Less than 85% (no condensation)
System requirements (Nikon View 5): Windows
OS Pre-installed versions of Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)
Models Only models with built-in USB ports supported
CPU 300 MHz Pentium or better
RAM 64 MB or more recommended
Hard-disk 25 MB required for installation, with additional free disk space of 10 MB plus double the capacity of camera memory card available on system disk when Nikon View 5 is running.
Video resolution 800 × 600 or better with High Color (True Color recommended)
Miscellaneous CD-ROM drive required for installation
System requirements (Nikon View 5): Macintosh
OS Mac OS 9.0, Mac OS 9.1, Mac OS 9.2, Mac OS X (10.1.2 or later)
Models iMac, iMac DV, Power Mac G3 (Blue & White), Power Mac G4 or later, iBook, PowerBook G3 or later; only models with built-in USB ports supported
RAM 64 MB or more recommended
Hard-disk 25 MB required for installation, with additional free disk space of 10 MB plus double the capacity of camera memory card available on start-up disk when Nikon View 5 is running.
Video resolution 800 × 600 or better with thousands of colors (millions of colors recommended)
Miscellaneous CD-ROM drive required for installation
Optional Accessories
Rechargeable battery EN-EL1 Li-ion batteries
AC adapter / battery charger
  • :EH-21 AC adapter / battery charger
  • EH-53 AC adapter
  • MH-53 battery charger
  • MH-53C battery charger (plugs into vehicle cigarette-lighter socket)
Carrying case CS-CP10 soft case
CompactFlash™ memory
card adapters
EC-AD1 PC-card adapter
CompactFlash™ memory card adapter EC-AD1 PC-card adapter
Converter lenses and lens adapters
  • FC-E8 fisheye converter (0.21 ×)
  • WC-E63 wide-angle converter (0.63 ×)
  • TC-E2 telephoto converter (2 ×)
  • TC-E3ED telephoto converter (3 ×)
  • ES-E28 slide copy adapter
Wired remote cable

MC-EU1 remote cord

Monitor hood HL-CP10 LCD hood
Flash brackets and adapters (required for optional Speedlights)
  • SK-E900 multi-flash bracket unit
  • AS-E900 multi-flash adapter
Macro light MACRO COOL-LIGHT SL-1
More Photos
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UPDATED 2002-05-29 04:09ET: As promised, the item has been updated to include eleven more images of the Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital camera from various angles. A couple of minor typos have also been corrected.

Our friends at the Digital Photography Review website have a preview of the Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital camera online now.

Source: Nikon Inc.

Original Source Press Release:

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.

About Nikon
Nikon Inc., the world leader in precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging technology, is recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance in consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer and professional 35mm film and digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Advanced Photo System cameras; 35mm compact cameras; Coolpix® compact digital cameras; Coolscan® digital film scanners; Nikonos® underwater photographic systems; and Nikon sports and recreational optics. The company plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For product information, contact Nikon at (800) NIKON-UX or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

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