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rubatoguy Aug 13, 2006 12:29 AM

:sad: I turned on my Coolpic 4500 today and was met with what sounded like gear grinding noise on the lense side of the camera, then a buzz, then more gear grinding, the a buzz, then the LCD displayed "System Error"

If I were guessing, it sounds like the drive for the zoom lens.

Can anyone tell me if they have had this problem, and what kind of $$$ am I looking at to send it to Nikon to repair?


hoosier3 Sep 4, 2006 1:13 PM

Todd...My 4500 took a nosedive onto a tile floor and I'm getting the same grinding noise. I've gotten estimates for just looking at it and they're around $200. the other nasty sympton is that it doesn't recognize the card when I try to download, although I can see the images on the LCD. As much as I hate it I may have to get a new camera Ebay has some 4500s .


rubatoguy Sep 4, 2006 2:42 PM

I ended up taking my camera to a local shop (Portland) Advance Camera that was reccomended by a friend. They gave a lower estimate than what I was getting from Nikon so I went with them.

My impression is that this is not an uncommon happening with the Coolpix cameras.
But the repair cost is still less than getting a used one off of eBay - and if I were to get a new camera I'd go the SLR route anyway...

So, I would shop around and make sure that if you go local you ask if they just send the work to Nikon. I had a bad experience with a Kodak Etkagraphic projector once where the local camera shop just sent it to Kodak for repair and added a huge markup for "handling." So make sure you ask the questions up front.


Ken_Jones Sep 5, 2006 11:33 AM

Sounds like a problem I had with my 990. After a lot of help in this forum, I was able to repair it myself. The 4500 is probably pretty similar on the inside. Check out this thread: (maybe it will help);forum_id=21

If you do decide to take it apart yourself, don't touch the capacitor for the flash - it holds a charge for a long time and gives quite a jolt (from experience). I think it scared me more than it hurt, but I ended up dropping the disassembled camera and all the tiny screws. Took a long time to find everything again, but I am pleased to say that my camera is still working almost 5 months later!!

rubatoguy Sep 7, 2006 4:25 AM

Thanks for the info - does anyone have a coolpix 4500 repair manual like the one posted for the 990?


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