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Nikon Coolpix 4500 four megapixel digital camera announced - Nikon have added the Coolpix 4500 to their digital camera range. Featuring the well-known swivel design of the 900 series it is constructed from a lightweight magnesium alloy and is available in June for around 600.
Nikon have added the Coolpix 4500 to their digital camera lineup. It features the well-known Nikon swivel design sculpted from lightweight magnesium alloy. The Zoom-Nikkor lens offers a 4x optical zoom and 7-blade iris diaphragm featuring two aspherical lens elements. The Coolpix 4500 is fully compatible with the growing line of Coolpix 900 series accessories. The macro focus range extends down to an impressive 2cm range
The full press release is included below for more information
With a resolution of 4.0 million pixels and a powerful 4x zoom, the Coolpix 4500 is the latest in a line of celebrated Coolpix 900 series cameras, re-invented in a more compact stylish Nikon swivel design.
The camera's core target users range from advanced amateurs to more experienced digital photographers.
The 4x Zoom-Nikkor lens, with its 7.85-32mm focal range (equivalent to 38-155mm in 35mm  camera format) delivers superb optical performance and 4.0 effective megapixels provide ultra high-definition images. Within the camera, Nikon's highly tuned image processing algorithms ensure results of remarkable colour, contrast and clarity.
The compact, lightweight Coolpix 4500 is a slim, ergonomic execution of the well-known Nikon swivel design that offers unprecedented flexibility and the possibility of shooting from virtually any angle. The new built-in speedlight pops up automatically when needed, but lies concealed and flush with the camera body when not in use. A simple flick-on/flick-off switch eases operation and the innovative 4-way thumb selector allows responsive operation combined whilst occupying minimal body surface space.
New for a 900 series camera, 16 built-in Scene Modes cater for classic settings such as sunsets and portraits, but also include multiple exposure and panorama-assist options. Also seen for the first time is a post-shoot perspective control, ideal for trimming up converging lines in architectural work or when the camera position was not optimal.
The macro focus range extends down to the now-standard 2 cm - standard for the 900 series and in keeping with the Coolpix 900 series heritage, the new 4500 model accepts a variety of existing series accessories, such as Wide-angle, Telephoto and Fisheye converters and the new MACRO COOL-LIGHT SL-1.
Nikon Coolpix 4500 Feature Highlights
Stylish, streamlined swivel body
The new Coolpix 4500 brings Nikon's famous swivel design right up to date. The rotating lens unit and firm grip enables the choice of shooting from virtually any angle - high, low or from the waist - to capture sharp, crisp Macro shots with minimal camera shake. The slim, stylish shape, ergonomically sculpted from tough, lightweight magnesium alloy, snugly fits the hand, offering instant access to all controls.
Powerful 4x zoom lens; 4.0-megapixel, high-definition quality
The high-performance Zoom-Nikkor lens with powerful 4x optical zoom and 7-blade iris diaphragm features two aspherical lens elements. It provides clear, high-contrast images with minimal distortion throughout the entire zoom range and a precision 4x digital zoom brings subjects in even closer. The Coolpix 4500's 4.0 effective megapixel sensor delivers ultra high-definition 2,272 x 1,704-pixel images - putting large-format printing within easy reach and enabling even cropped images to retain remarkably fine detail. Nikon's exclusive image processing algorithm delivers Total Image Quality with faithful color reproduction across the entire tonal range.
Impressive photo images made easier
The Coolpix 4500 puts superior quality photography within the grasp of every type of user. Offering 16 Scene Modes, it allows inexperienced photographers to produce a succession of impressive images, even with challenging lighting conditions and subject types. In low-light conditions, the auto pop-up Speedlight emerges automatically, ensuring bright, colorful pictures with negligible red-eye effect. White balance, saturation, sharpening and tone compensation place darkroom creativity at your fingertips, within the camera itself. The handy thumb-stick Multi Selector enables fast, comfortable operation when choosing functions from the menu in the LCD monitor.
Greater versatility with a growing range of accessories
The Coolpix 4500 is fully compatible with the growing line of Coolpix 900 series accessories, including Wide-angle, Telephoto and Fisheye Converter lenses that give pictures greater perspective - from landscapes to interiors and portraits. Versatility is further enhanced with the new MACRO COOL-LIGHT SL-1 accessory that evenly illuminates near-field subjects for detailed macro shots without obtrusive shadows.
Nikon Coolpix 4500 Major Features
5-Area Multi Autofocus for easier photo composition
Shutter speeds from 1/2300 to 8 sec.
Macro shooting down to 2cm (0.8 in.)
Full manual, Programmed Auto, Aperture and Shutter priority exposure control modes
16 Scene Modes - choose from 16 different 'scenes' (Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Sports, Dawn/Dusk, Multiple Exposure and Panorama Assist)
Diopter Adjustment allows near- and far-sighted photographers to adjust the eyepiece to their specific needs
Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically chooses the best shot in continuous mode
Versatile white balance settings and White Balance Bracketing
Saturation control for in-camera color control (five steps plus B&W and Sepia) enables direct connection to a printer
Noise Reduction mode for long time exposures
Movies with audio (up to 35 sec.) and a built-in speaker for confirmation playback
Voice Memo provides convenient dictation function
Quick Review displays images for instant selection or deletion, even during shooting
Transfer function lets users upload selected Coolpix 4500 image data to a computer, quickly and easily
Perspective Control allows straightening of converging lines after having taken any image.
Small picture function creates the ideal sized copy for effortless e-mailing
Longer battery life with Li-ion rechargeable battery EN-EL1 (approx. 100 min. as measured at room temperature [20C/68F] under standard Nikon test conditions: monitor on, zoom adjusted with each shot, flash used in approx. one third of photographs, image quality set to NORMAL, image size 2,272 x 1,704)
Plug-and-play USB 1.1 interface for smooth connection to a computer
Large storage with CF Type I and II (including 512MB/1GB IBM Microdrive(tm))
Multi-flash sync terminal enables connection to a Nikon Speedlight via Multi-Flash Bracket Unit SK-E900
All-in-one package provides everything needed to get started immediately, including Lens cap, Neck strap, Audio Video cable, 16MB CompactFlash(tm) Card, USB cable UC-E1, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-53, Nikon View 5 (COOLPIX) CD-ROM viewer software*
Pricing and availability
The Coolpix 4500 will be available from June for around 599.99.