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Old Feb 24, 2003, 10:52 AM   #1
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Default how bright is the 4500 lcd?

Just finished testing the Nikon Coolpix 4500 in Florida's sunshine. I liked the camera very much overall but the lcd was usually not useful due to bright ambient light. Others around me appeared to be using lcds of other cameras (Fuji, Olympus, other Nikons) in the same bright light. I didn't get a good look at any of these other cameras to judge for myself. This would have been the best test.

Is the 4500 lcd especially dim, or were these people fooling themselves (and me)?

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Old Feb 25, 2003, 9:32 AM   #2
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As a very satisfied owner I find the 4500 LCD is quite usable, but you realy do need a bellows hood or a 2 x optical loupe on a sunny day.

As an aside, it will become slow to refresh in dim light and it's resolution isn't very high compared to the final image - but I don't know if that is a universal problem for digitals....
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Old Feb 25, 2003, 10:01 AM   #3
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Thanks. Any idea where I can find a bellows hood and/or 2X optical loupe? A quick web search didn't turn up either.

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Old Feb 25, 2003, 10:14 AM   #4
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Have a look at -

http://www.eagleeyeuk.com
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Old Feb 25, 2003, 11:04 AM   #5
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Thanks again. Eagle Eye is an interesting site.

It looks like Xtend-a-View Pro(tm) MINI - LCD Sunshade & Viewer is the 2X lopue to get for the 4500. Does this allow viewing the lcd at a distance or must the camera be brought to the eye (or vice versa)?

I didn't find bellows at this site? Any place else to look?

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Old Feb 25, 2003, 11:41 AM   #6
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With the 2 x loupe you need to bring the camera to your eye (or vica versa). You could try -

www.warehouseexpress.com

for the sunshade.
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Old Feb 25, 2003, 12:30 PM   #7
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Thanks again. I'm getting error messages but will try again later.

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Old Feb 26, 2003, 8:15 AM   #8
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Any idea which is better, the LCD hood listed as "Nikon LCD Monitor Shade 4500", or the "LCD Screen Shade" DS-1 1.5"-1.8"? The latter "can be manipulated to whichever position is required and will stay rigidly in place" and is available with optional magnification. Sounds more flexible, but is the former a better fit for the 4500?

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Old Feb 26, 2003, 10:32 AM   #9
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Can't help you on that I'm afraid. I've got the Nikon LCD Monitor Shade 4500 and find it's ok but I've never tried the other.
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