Digital camera for digiscoping

To: Lawrie Conole <>
Subject: Digital camera for digiscoping
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2003 13:46:06 +1000

Just to add to Lawrie's comments:

$1049 is basically cost price for the Coolpix 4500 in Australia. Dealers get a rebate from Nikon after making a sale, so many are selling at cost just to get the rebate.  



Lawrie Conole <>
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09/07/2003 11:03 AM

Birding Aus <>
[BIRDING-AUS] Digital camera for digiscoping

Hi birders

This is not meant to be an advertisement, so I'll keep my comments general.

Anyone who has kept an eye on the digiscoping phenomenon (see
Birding-Aus archive for an explanation of what this is) will have
noticed that a group of swivel design Nikon Coolpix cameras (current the
4500) dominate the field.  There are a number of technical features
which contribute to this - principally the small diameter lens, and
completely internal zoom - it's also a pretty decent 4MP camera for
other purposes, particularly macrophotography.  

Anyhow, the gist of this message is that the price is falling - perhaps
the 4500 is about to be superseded - but the lowest retail price has
fallen by about 30% in the last year or so since it was released.  Now
or soon might be a good time to buy - contact me if you're interested in
where I got mine (in Australia) for $1049 (most others still selling it
for $1300-1500).


Lawrie Conole
Senior Ecologist
Ornithology & Terrestrial Ecology

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