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Canon SX710 vs Nikon 1 J5

The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS and the Nikon 1 J5 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in January 2015 and April 2015. The SX710 is a fixed lens compact, while the J5 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on a 1/2.3-inch (SX710) and an one-inch (J5) sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 20.2 megapixels, whereas the Nikon provides 20.7 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon SX710 versus Nikon 1 J5
Canon SX710 Nikon 1 J5
Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
25-750mm f/3.2-6.9 Nikon 1 mount lenses
20.2 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 20.7 MP, 1" Sensor
1080/60p Video 4K/15p Video
ISO 80-3,200 ISO 160-12,800
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 922k dots 3.0 LCD, 1037k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Tilting touchscreen
6 shutter flaps per second 60 shutter flaps per second
230 shots per battery charge250 shots per battery charge
113 x 66 x 35 mm, 269 g 98 x 60 x 32 mm, 231 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS and the Nikon 1 J5? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon SX710 and the Nikon 1 J5. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The SX710 can be obtained in two different colors (black, red), while the J5 is available in three color-versions (black, silver, white).

Size Canon SX710 vs Nikon 1 J5
Compare SX710 versus J5 top
Comparison SX710 or J5 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon 1 J5 is notably smaller (21 percent) than the Canon SX710. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX710 nor the J5 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the SX710 has a lens built in, whereas the J5 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX710 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 230 n Jan 2015 349i
2.
 
Nikon 1 J5 98 mm 60 mm 32 mm 231 g 250 n Apr 2015 399i
3.
 
Canon SX740 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 299 g 265 n Jul 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon SX730 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399i
5.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II 106 mm 61 mm 42 mm 319 g 265 n Feb 2016 699i
6.
 
Canon SX420 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 195 n Jan 2016 299i
7.
 
Canon SX540 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 205 n Jan 2016 399 i
8.
 
Canon SX720 110 mm 64 mm 36 mm 270 g 250 n Feb 2016 379i
9.
 
Canon G9 X 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 209 g 220 n Oct 2015 529i
10.
 
Canon SX410 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 185 n Feb 2015 279i
11.
 
Canon SX700 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 250 n Feb 2014 349i
12.
 
Canon 1200D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449i
13.
 
Canon G7 X 103 mm 60 mm 40 mm 304 g 210 n Sep 2014 699i
14.
 
Nikon 1 J4 100 mm 60 mm 29 mm 232 g 300 n Apr 2014 549i
15.
 
Sony HX80 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 390 n Mar 2016 349 i
16.
 
Sony A5000 110 mm 63 mm 36 mm 269 g 420 n Jan 2014 449i
17.
 
YI M1 114 mm 64 mm 34 mm 281 g 450 n Sep 2016 349 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The SX710 was launched at a lower price than the J5, despite having a lens built in. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon SX710 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and the Nikon 1 J5 an one-inch sensor. The sensor area in the J5 is 314 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 5.6 and 2.7. The sensor in the SX710 has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, while the one in the J5 offers a 3:2 aspect.

Technology-wise, both cameras are equipped with BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensors.

Canon SX710 and Nikon 1 J5 sensor measures

With 20.7MP, the J5 offers a higher resolution than the SX710 (20.2MP), but the J5 nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 2.37μm versus 1.18μm for the SX710) due to its larger sensor. It is noteworthy in this context that the two cameras were released in close succession, so that their sensors are from the same technological generation. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The J5 has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 3200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Nikon 1 J5 are ISO 160 to ISO 12800 (no boost).

SX710 versus J5 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon SX710 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
2.
 
Nikon 1 J5 1-inch 20.7 5568 37124K/15p21.112.047965
3.
 
Canon SX740 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
4.
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
5.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p........
6.
 
Canon SX420 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p........
7.
 
Canon SX540 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
8.
 
Canon SX720 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
9.
 
Canon G9 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.349563
10.
 
Canon SX410 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p........
11.
 
Canon SX700 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
12.
 
Canon 1200D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.372463
13.
 
Canon G7 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.012.755671
14.
 
Nikon 1 J4 1-inch 18.2 5232 34881080/60p20.810.742653
15.
 
Sony HX80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........
16.
 
Sony A5000 APS-C 19.8 5456 36321080/60i23.813.0108979
17.
 
YI M1 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the J5 provides a better video resolution than the SX710. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/15p, while the Canon is limited to 1080/60p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The SX710 and the J5 are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon SX710 and Nikon 1 J5 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon SX710none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 6.0 Y Y
2.
 
Nikon 1 J5none n 3.0 1037 tilting Y 1/4000s 60.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon SX740none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 10.0 Y Y
4.
 
Canon SX730none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
5.
 
Canon G7 X Mark IInone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 8.0 Y Y
6.
 
Canon SX420none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y
7.
 
Canon SX540none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y
8.
 
Canon SX720none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
9.
 
Canon G9 Xnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 6.0 Y Y
10.
 
Canon SX410none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y
11.
 
Canon SX700none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 8.5 Y Y
12.
 
Canon 1200Doptical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
13.
 
Canon G7 Xnone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 6.5 Y Y
14.
 
Nikon 1 J4none n 3.0 1037 Fixed Y 1/4000s 60.0 Y n
15.
 
Sony HX80638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
16.
 
Sony A5000none n 3.0 461 tilting n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
17.
 
YI M1none n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 n n

One differentiating feature between the two cameras concerns the touch sensitivity of the rear screen. The J5 has a touchscreen, while the SX710 has a conventional panel. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, for setting the focus point.

The J5 has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies. In contrast, the SX710 does not have a selfie-screen.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, the J5 is one of those camera that have an additional electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The Nikon 1 J5 has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the SX710 and the J5 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS and Nikon 1 J5 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon SX710-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
2.
 
Nikon 1 J5-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon SX740-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon SX730-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
5.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon SX420-monomono---2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon SX540-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon SX720-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon G9 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Canon SX410-stereomono---2.0---
11.
 
Canon SX700-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
12.
 
Canon 1200DYmonomono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon G7 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
14.
 
Nikon 1 J4-stereomono--mini2.0Y--
15.
 
Sony HX80-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
16.
 
Sony A5000-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
17.
 
YI M1Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-Y

Both the SX710 and the J5 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The SX710 was replaced by the Canon SX720, while the J5 does not have a direct successor. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and Nikon websites.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Canon SX710 better than the Nikon 1 J5 or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot SX710 HS:

  • Ready to shoot: Has a lens built-in, whereas the J5 requires a separate lens.
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization built-in.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.

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Advantages of the Nikon 1 J5:

  • Better image quality: Features bigger pixels on a larger sensor for higher quality imaging.
  • Richer colors: The pixel size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger pixels capture a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger pixels means good image quality even under poor lighting.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/15p vs 1080/60p).
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1037k vs 922k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/3200s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (60 vs 6 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • More flexible: Takes interchangeable lenses and can thus be used with specialty optics.
  • More compact: Is smaller (98x60mm vs 113x66mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the J5 is the clear winner of the contest (16 : 3 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX710 03:16 J5

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX710 and the Nikon 1 J5 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the SX710 and the J5 in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX710..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2015 349i
2.
 
Nikon 1 J5......4.5/54.5/5 Apr 2015 399i
3.
 
Canon SX740..+..4/54/5 Jul 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon SX730..+..4/54/5 Apr 2017 399i
5.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II4.5/5+ +81/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2016 699i
6.
 
Canon SX420........3/5 Jan 2016 299i
7.
 
Canon SX540.......... Jan 2016 399 i
8.
 
Canon SX720..+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2016 379i
9.
 
Canon G9 X3.5/5+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529i
10.
 
Canon SX410..o...... Feb 2015 279i
11.
 
Canon SX700..+ +..4/54/5 Feb 2014 349i
12.
 
Canon 1200D3/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449i
13.
 
Canon G7 X4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 699i
14.
 
Nikon 1 J43/5....4.5/54/5 Apr 2014 549i
15.
 
Sony HX80.......... Mar 2016 349 i
16.
 
Sony A50003/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2014 449i
17.
 
YI M1....69/100.... Sep 2016 349 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Canon SX710 vs Nikon 1 J5

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon SX710 Nikon 1 J5
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens 25-750mm f/3.2-6.9 Nikon 1 mount lenses
    Launch Date January 2015 April 2015
    Launch Price USD 349 USD 399
    Sensor Specs Canon SX710 Nikon 1 J5
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 116.16 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 15.9 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 2.7x
    Sensor Resolution 20.2 Megapixels 20.7 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3888 pixels 5568 x 3712 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.18 μm 2.37 μm
    Pixel Density 71.80 MP/cm2 17.79 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 4K/15p Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 3,200 ISO 160 - 12,800 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 6 EXPEED 5
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 65
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 21.1
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 12.0
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 479
    Screen Specs Canon SX710 Nikon 1 J5
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 922k dots 1037k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX710 Nikon 1 J5
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Continuous Shooting 6 shutter flaps/s 60 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterno E-Shutterup to 1/16000s
    Time-Lapse Photographyno IntervalometerIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX710 Nikon 1 J5
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in NFC built-in
    Body Specs Canon SX710 Nikon 1 J5
    Battery Type NB-6LH EN-EL24
    Battery Life (CIPA)230 shots per charge250 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 113 x 66 x 35 mm
    (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.4 in)
    98 x 60 x 32 mm
    (3.9 x 2.4 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 269 g (9.5 oz) 231 g (8.1 oz)

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