1411My thanks to those who helped me.
- Aug 1, 2002Thank you Kay Hampshire.,Mark Hamilton, Elizabeth Rodier, Ceil Jansen,
Mark S, Michele G, Hawkeyes,
and Barry S for the help you gave me in either the purchase of my first
digital camera or the sale of my
Nikon SP. Although I have not yet sold my SP, I have bought a
The SP has been selling on e-bay for as much as $3000, for, what I think
is, less then what I am offering. I am waiting for a reasonable offer
without going to the WEB. When I get it, it will be a deal.
To my purchase.
I purchased the Nikon Coolpix 4500. It fit all my standards, which
It fit in the pocket of my Cargo Pants. The size in inches is 5.1 x 2.9
It is 13.2 ounces in weight, including batteries. I wanted 12 ounces or
less (close enough).
It has 4.1Mega Pixels. I wanted 3MP or more.
Its cost was well under the $900 limit. The list price was $699. It
cost me $625 at a local store. I could have gotten it on the WEB for
$568, but there were too many chances that I had to take. I did my
homework. I called Nikon and they told me of two identifying marks I
should look for. One on the camera and two on the box to insure that the
camera would be warranteed in the United States. Without those markings,
if anything went wrong with the camera, they would NOT honor the
warrantee. The Nikon website gave authorized dealers. I decided to buy
from an authorized dealer (who would sell the camera with the markings)
rather then a "reseller" who MAY not sell the camera with the markings.
It was the first thing I looked for when I went into the store.
The lenses go from a wide angle 38MM to a telephoto 155MM. They call
that a 4X digital zoom. (my minimum was 35 to 105, or a 3X digital zoom).
It has a shutter speed of 1/2300 of a second. My requirement was a
minimum of 1/2000
It has a built in (pop up) flash with over-rides to flash in the light
and not flash in the dark, if preferred.
It has auto and manual focus.
The camera comes with a Lithium rechargeable battery AND with a
It comes with a 16MB card. Not enough since I want to take high
resolution pictures. It would have been enough if all I wanted to do was
send pictures on e-mail. Most of the pictures I take I will want to
I therefore invested in a 256MB card which cost me $140 and a Reader (so
I would not have to plug the camera into the computer each time I wanted
to see or print my pictures) which cost me all of $20. It also comes
with a photo program in which I can edit my photos. Other good cameras
come with a similar CD.
The shutter (aperture) openings were important to me because, if I
wanted to take a picture in a "low light" area without a flash, I wanted
that capability. The opening for the wide angle runs from 2.6 to 7.5 and
the opening for the telephoto runs from 5.1 to 10.3.
The camera come with a very interesting feature. A swivel lens, which
allows one to take a picture from different angles. I want to see how
that works in different situations.
Once again, thank you all for your help and guidance. It was very much
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