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Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon L840

The Fujifilm X-E1 and the Nikon Coolpix L840 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in September 2012 and February 2015. The X-E1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, while the L840 is a fixed lens compact. The cameras are based on an APS-C (X-E1) and a 1/2.3-inch (L840) sensor. The Fujifilm has a resolution of 16 megapixels, whereas the Nikon provides 15.9 MP.

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

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm X-E1
versus
Nikon L840
Fujifilm X-E1   Nikon L840
Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
Fujifilm X mount lenses 22.5-855mm f/3.0-6.5
16 MP, APS-C Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/24p Video 1080/60i Video
ISO 200-6,400 (100 - 25,600) ISO 100-6,400
Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots) No viewfinder, LCD framing
2.8 LCD, 460k dots 3.0 LCD, 921k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Tilting screen (not touch-sensitive)
6 shutter flaps per second 7.4 shutter flaps per second
350 shots per battery charge590 shots per battery charge
129 x 75 x 38 mm, 350 g 113 x 78 x 96 mm, 538 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm X-E1 and the Nikon Coolpix L840? 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 Fujifilm X-E1 and the Nikon L840. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The X-E1 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the L840 is also available in two color-versions, but different ones (black, red).

Size Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon L840
Compare X-E1 versus L840 top
Comparison X-E1 or L840 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon L840 is notably smaller (9 percent) than the Fujifilm X-E1. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the X-E1 nor the L840 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the L840 has a lens built in, whereas the X-E1 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the X-E1 and their specifications in the Fujinon X Lens Catalog.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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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.
 
Fujifilm X-E1 129 mm 75 mm 38 mm 350 g 350 n Sep 2012 999i
2.
 
Nikon L840 113 mm 78 mm 96 mm 538 g 590 n Feb 2015 299i
3.
 
Canon SX60 128 mm 93 mm 114 mm 650 g 340 n Sep 2014 549i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-E3 121 mm 74 mm 43 mm 337 g 350 n Sep 2017 899 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T20 118 mm 83 mm 41 mm 383 g 350 n Jan 2017 899i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A10 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 331 g 410 n Dec 2016 399i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S 129 mm 75 mm 37 mm 350 g 350 n Jan 2016 699i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-A2 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 350 g 410 n Jan 2015 399i
9.
 
Fujifilm X-T10 118 mm 83 mm 41 mm 381 g 350 n May 2015 799i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A1 117 mm 67 mm 39 mm 330 g 350 n Sep 2013 399i
11.
 
Fujifilm X-E2 129 mm 75 mm 37 mm 350 g 350 n Oct 2013 999i
12.
 
Fujifilm X-M1 117 mm 67 mm 39 mm 330 g 350 n Jun 2013 699i
13.
 
Leica X Typ 113 133 mm 73 mm 78 mm 486 g 350 n Sep 2014 2,295i
14.
 
Nikon B600 122 mm 82 mm 99 mm 500 g 280 n Jan 2019 349 i
15.
 
Nikon B500 114 mm 78 mm 95 mm 541 g 600 n Jan 2016 299i
16.
 
Nikon P900 140 mm 103 mm 137 mm 899 g 360 n Mar 2015 599i
17.
 
Sony NEX-6 120 mm 67 mm 43 mm 345 g 360 n Sep 2012 999i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The L840 was launched at a lower price than the X-E1, 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.

Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better 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 Fujifilm X-E1 features an APS-C sensor and the Nikon L840 a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The sensor area in the L840 is 92 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.5 and 5.6. The sensor in the X-E1 has a native 3:2 aspect ratio, while the one in the L840 offers a 4:3 aspect.

Fujifilm X-E1 and Nikon L840 sensor measures

With 16MP, the X-E1 offers a slightly higher resolution than the L840 (15.9MP), but the X-E1 nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.80μm versus 1.33μm for the L840) due to its larger sensor. However, the L840 is a much more recent model (by 2 years and 5 months) than the X-E1, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixels. 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 Fujifilm X-E1 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 6400, which can be extended to ISO 100-25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Nikon Coolpix L840 are ISO 100 to ISO 6400 (no boost).

X-E1 versus L840 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. 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 table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar 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.
 
Fujifilm X-E1 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/24p........
2.
 
Nikon L840 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i........
3.
 
Canon SX60 1/2.3 14.2 4608 30721080/60p19.210.812739
4.
 
Fujifilm X-E3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T20 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p........
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A10 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p........
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
8.
 
Fujifilm X-A2 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p........
9.
 
Fujifilm X-T10 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A1 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p........
11.
 
Fujifilm X-E2 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
12.
 
Fujifilm X-M1 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p........
13.
 
Leica X Typ 113 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p........
14.
 
Nikon B600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
15.
 
Nikon B500 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i........
16.
 
Nikon P900 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
17.
 
Sony NEX-6 APS-C 16.0 4912 32641080/60i23.713.1101878

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the L840 provides a faster frame rate than the X-E1. It can shoot movie footage at 1080/60i, while the Fujifilm is limited to 1080/24p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the X-E1 has an electronic viewfinder (2360k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the L840 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Fujifilm X-E1 and Nikon L840 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
Specifications
(inch/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.
 
Fujifilm X-E12360 n2.8 / 460 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
2.
 
Nikon L840none n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX60922 n3.0 / 922 swivel n 1/2000s 6.4 Y Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X-E32360 n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 8.0 n n
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T202360 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A10none n3.0 / 1040 tilting n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S2360 n3.0 / 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y n
8.
 
Fujifilm X-A2none n3.0 / 920 tilting n 1/4000s 5.6 Y n
9.
 
Fujifilm X-T102360 n3.0 / 920 tilting n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A1none n3.0 / 920 tilting n 1/4000s 5.6 Y n
11.
 
Fujifilm X-E22360 n3.0 / 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y n
12.
 
Fujifilm X-M1none n3.0 / 920 tilting n 1/4000s 5.6 Y n
13.
 
Leica X Typ 113optional n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y n
14.
 
Nikon B600none n3.0 / 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
15.
 
Nikon B500none n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
16.
 
Nikon P900921 n3.0 / 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
17.
 
Sony NEX-62359 n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y n

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the X-E1 and the L840 write their files to SDXC cards. The X-E1 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the L840 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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 Fujifilm X-E1 and Nikon Coolpix L840 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
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Fujifilm X-E1Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0---
2.
 
Nikon L840-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon SX60Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Fujifilm X-E3Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T20Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A10-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E2SYstereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
8.
 
Fujifilm X-A2Ystereo / mono--mini2.0Y--
9.
 
Fujifilm X-T10Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A1Ystereo / mono--mini2.0Y--
11.
 
Fujifilm X-E2Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0Y--
12.
 
Fujifilm X-M1Ystereo / mono--mini2.0Y--
13.
 
Leica X Typ 113Ystereo / mono--mini2.0---
14.
 
Nikon B600-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y-Y
15.
 
Nikon B500-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
16.
 
Nikon P900-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
17.
 
Sony NEX-6Ystereo / mono--mini2.0Y--

It is notable that the X-E1 has a hotshoe, while the L840 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

Both the X-E1 and the L840 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The X-E1 was replaced by the Fujifilm X-E2, while the L840 was followed by the Nikon B500. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Fujifilm and Nikon websites.

Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is the Fujifilm X-E1 better than the Nikon L840 or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Arguments in favor of the Fujifilm X-E1:

  • 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 sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More flexible: Accepts interchangeable lenses, so that lens characteristics can be altered.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in September 2012).

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Advantages of the Nikon Coolpix L840:

  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/60i versus 1080/24p).
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.8") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (921k vs 460k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (7.4 vs 6 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Has an integrated lens, whereas the X-E1 necessitates an extra lens.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (590 versus 350) out of a single battery charge.
  • Sharper images: Has stabilization technology built-in to reduce the impact of hand-shake.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 5 months of technical progress since the X-E1 launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the L840 emerges as the winner of the match-up (12 : 10 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

X-E1 10:12 L840

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm X-E1 and the Nikon L840 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Best Superzoom Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the X-E1 or the L840. 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 hands-on reviews by experts are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], 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 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Fujifilm X-E14/5+ +..79/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 999i
2.
 
Nikon L840..+ +....3.5/54/5 Feb 2015 299i
3.
 
Canon SX603/5+ +..75/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2014 549i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-E34.5/5+4.5/584/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2017 899 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T205/5+ +5/582/1005/54.5/5 Jan 2017 899i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A10........4/54/5 Dec 2016 399i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S4.5/5....77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2016 699i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-A24/5......4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2015 399i
9.
 
Fujifilm X-T104.5/5+ +..80/1005/55/5 May 2015 799i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A1........4.5/54.5/5 Sep 2013 399i
11.
 
Fujifilm X-E24/5....80/1004.5/55/5 Oct 2013 999i
12.
 
Fujifilm X-M13/5+..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2013 699i
13.
 
Leica X Typ 1133.5/5......3.5/54/5 Sep 2014 2,295i
14.
 
Nikon B600..+....3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 349 i
15.
 
Nikon B500..+....4/53.5/5 Jan 2016 299i
16.
 
Nikon P900......77/1004/54/5 Mar 2015 599i
17.
 
Sony NEX-65/5+ +..78/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 999i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? If you would like to see a different side-by-side camera review, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. As an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications: Fujifilm X-E1 vs Nikon L840

    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 Fujifilm X-E1 Nikon L840
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Fujifilm X mount lenses 22.5-855mm f/3.0-6.5
    Launch Date September 2012 February 2015
    Launch Price USD 999 USD 299
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm X-E1 Nikon L840
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.6 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 368.16 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.3 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 16 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4896 x 3264 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.80 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 4.34 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/24p Video 1080/60i Video
    ISO Setting 200 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 25,600 ISO no Enhancement
    Screen Specs Fujifilm X-E1 Nikon L840
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.8inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 460k dots 921k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Tilting screen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm X-E1 Nikon L840
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peakingno Peaking Feature
    Continuous Shooting 6 shutter flaps/s 7.4 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I no
    Connectivity Specs Fujifilm X-E1 Nikon L840
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Body Specs Fujifilm X-E1 Nikon L840
    Battery Type NP-W126 4xAA
    Battery Life (CIPA)350 shots per charge590 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 129 x 75 x 38 mm
    (5.1 x 3.0 x 1.5 in)
    113 x 78 x 96 mm
    (4.4 x 3.1 x 3.8 in)
    Camera Weight 350 g (12.3 oz) 538 g (19.0 oz)

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