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Old Apr 28, 2003, 9:12 AM   #1
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With the Nikon offers(rebates) out there, I am looking at a new Nikon.
Originally, I was looking at the 4300, but with $200 off the 4500 and the 5000, I am looking at both of those.

I'm aware that the 4500 is 4.0 megapixel and it has 4x zoom.

I'm also aware that the 5000 is 5.0 megapixel and it has 3x zoom.

Aside from these things, I have fairly limited knowledge on the Nikon line.

Any others concerns I should have? Which is better for point and shoot, for a guy that has some asperations of learning to use the manual features?

Thank you all for your help.

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Old Apr 28, 2003, 10:40 AM   #2
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The 4500 is an upgrade/restyle 990/995, whereas the 5000 is an entire new camera. Both should be good, however it depends on your shooting style since the 5000 is only one of a few cameras(the D7's is the other) that can offer a wide angle of 28mm! 8)

... Beside you can also add a battery grip to this camera extending its fuctionality to AA or NiMh's (There's also more accessories lenses for the CP5000). :P
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Old Apr 29, 2003, 12:31 AM   #3
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I'm aware that the 4500 is 4.0 megapixel and it has 4x zoom. I'm also aware that the 5000 is 5.0 megapixel and it has 3x zoom. Aside from these things, I have fairly limited knowledge on the Nikon line.

Any others concerns I should have? Which is better for point and shoot, for a guy that has some asperations of learning to use the manual features?
The 4500 has a long history of Nikon support and has the best accessories available. You can virtually anything this is designed for 950, 990 and/995 on the 4500. More specifically, the 4500 has a Fisheye converter FC-E8, WC-E63 wide converter (24mm), a 2X teleconverter TC-E2, a 3X teleconverter TC-E3ED, and a slide copier ES-E28. It can use all Nikon TTL-compatible flashes, well, with a cable. On the other hand, the 5000 is more or less a wide angle camera. Its lens is equivalent to 28-85mm, the most popular focal length. With Nikon's WC-E68, the 5000 can go as wide as 19mm. No consumer digital camera can beat this combo. Although some third-party converters can go wider, their quality is way behind of Nikon's WC-E68 and exhibits unacceptable barrel distortion. It can safely say that the 5000 with WC-E68 is the ONLY combo that can go ultra-wide photography with very good image quality. The 5000 can use the fisheye converter and the 2X converter. It has to be in 1.2X digital zoom to use the 3X converter. The 5000 has a problem: its lens has no filter thread. To use filters and converters, one need to buy a special tube (or adapter).

If you like the very traditional shooting style, the 5000 is perhaps a better choice because you do not have to change your shooting habit. On the other hand, the 4500's swivel-body design provides you extra flexibility. For example, you can go very low without any problem. However, not every one loves the swivel-body design. Some even hate it. It is your choice.

In terms of P&S, I would say the 4500 is better because it has 16 scene mode. If you would like to tweak the settings, the 4500 and 5000 will provides you all sort of fun because virtually everything you can think of can be changed by you. This, of course, is another love-and-hate issue. There are other differences. IMHO, the above are the most significant ones.

You might want to take a look at my 4500 user guide for more information. It is still under construction, though.

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Old Apr 29, 2003, 10:28 AM   #4
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The 5000 has a hot shoe for mounting a flash directly to the camera. The 4500 does not (you must use a add on bracket).
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I've owned the CP5000 (and the old 4500 - the CP990)

I would choose the cp5000 - is has an incredible sharp lens and the hotshoe is very handy if you're planning on using a flash. (You have to using Nikons CPs to get good results).
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The CP4500 has a build in flash, but I've only used it on a couple of occasions. Anyone have any views on how it compares to an external flash or the described "hot shoe" ?
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Most build-in flashes on camera are meant as fill flashes. They are simply not powerfull enough for at serious flashjob.

I've used CP990, Cp5000 and cp5700 and the flash on all of these were really nothing to talk about. I therefore used my OLD Nikon SB-24 and got reasonable results.

There is a BIG difference between external and internal flashes.
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