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Fujifilm X-M1 vs Nikon B500

The Fujifilm X-M1 and the Nikon Coolpix B500 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in June 2013 and January 2016. The X-M1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, while the B500 is a fixed lens compact. The cameras are based on an APS-C (X-M1) and a 1/2.3-inch (B500) 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-M1
versus
Nikon B500
Fujifilm X-M1 Nikon B500
Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
Fujifilm X mount lenses 22.5-900mm f/3.0-6.5
16 MP, APS-C Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/60i Video
ISO 200-6,400 (100 - 25,600) ISO 80-6,400
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 920k dots 3.0 LCD, 921k dots
Tilting screen (no touchscreen) Tilting screen (not touch-sensitive)
5.6 shutter flaps per second 7.4 shutter flaps per second
350 shots per battery charge600 shots per battery charge
117 x 67 x 39 mm, 330 g 114 x 78 x 95 mm, 541 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm X-M1 and the Nikon Coolpix B500? 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-M1 and the Nikon B500. 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 X-M1 can be obtained in three different colors (black, silver, brown), while the B500 is available in two color-versions (black, red).

Size Fujifilm X-M1 vs Nikon B500
Compare X-M1 versus B500 top
Comparison X-M1 or B500 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon B500 is notably larger (13 percent) than the Fujifilm X-M1. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the X-M1 nor the B500 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the B500 has a lens built in, whereas the X-M1 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-M1 and their specifications in the Fujinon X Lens Catalog.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. 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-M1 117 mm 67 mm 39 mm 330 g 350 n Jun 2013 699 i
2.
 
Nikon B500 114 mm 78 mm 95 mm 541 g 600 n Jan 2016 299 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X70 113 mm 64 mm 44 mm 340 g 330 n Jan 2016 799 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S 129 mm 75 mm 37 mm 350 g 350 n Jan 2016 699 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A2 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 350 g 410 n Jan 2015 399 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T10 118 mm 83 mm 41 mm 381 g 350 n May 2015 799 i
7.
 
Fujifilm X20 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 353 g 270 n Jan 2013 599 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-A1 117 mm 67 mm 39 mm 330 g 350 n Sep 2013 399 i
9.
 
Fujifilm X-E2 129 mm 75 mm 37 mm 350 g 350 n Oct 2013 999 i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E1 129 mm 75 mm 38 mm 350 g 350 n Sep 2012 999 i
11.
 
Nikon B600 122 mm 82 mm 99 mm 500 g 280 n Jan 2019 349 i
12.
 
Nikon P900 140 mm 103 mm 137 mm 899 g 360 n Mar 2015 599 i
13.
 
Nikon L840 113 mm 78 mm 96 mm 538 g 590 n Feb 2015 299 i
14.
 
Panasonic FZ82 130 mm 94 mm 119 mm 616 g 330 n Jan 2017 399 i
15.
 
Panasonic G6 122 mm 85 mm 71 mm 390 g 340 n Apr 2013 599 i
16.
 
Panasonic G5 120 mm 83 mm 71 mm 396 g 320 n Jul 2012 599 i
17.
 
Sony HX80 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 390 n Mar 2016 349 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The B500 was launched at a lower price than the X-M1, 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.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant 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. 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-M1 features an APS-C sensor and the Nikon B500 a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The sensor area in the B500 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-M1 has a native 3:2 aspect ratio, while the one in the B500 offers a 4:3 aspect.

Fujifilm X-M1 and Nikon B500 sensor measures

With 16MP, the X-M1 offers a slightly higher resolution than the B500 (15.9MP), but the X-M1 nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.80μm versus 1.33μm for the B500) due to its larger sensor. However, the B500 is a much more recent model (by 2 years and 6 months) than the X-M1, 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-M1 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 B500 are ISO 80 to ISO 6400 (no boost).

X-M1 versus B500 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. 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 following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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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-M1 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p...... ..
2.
 
Nikon B500 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i...... ..
3.
 
Fujifilm X70 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p...... ..
4.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p...... ..
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A2 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p...... ..
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T10 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p...... ..
7.
 
Fujifilm X20 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p...... ..
8.
 
Fujifilm X-A1 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p...... ..
9.
 
Fujifilm X-E2 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p...... ..
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E1 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/24p...... ..
11.
 
Nikon B600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p...... ..
12.
 
Nikon P900 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p...... ..
13.
 
Nikon L840 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i...... ..
14.
 
Panasonic FZ82 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p...... ..
15.
 
Panasonic G6 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/60p21.311.5639 61
16.
 
Panasonic G5 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/60p...... ..
17.
 
Sony HX80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p...... ..

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the B500 provides a faster frame rate than the X-M1. It can shoot movie footage at 1080/60i, while the Fujifilm is limited to 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The X-M1 and the B500 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 following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Fujifilm X-M1, the Nikon B500, and comparable cameras.

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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.
 
Fujifilm X-M1none n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 5.6 Y n
2.
 
Nikon B500none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
3.
 
Fujifilm X70optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
4.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S2360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y n
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A2none n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 5.6 Y n
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T102360 n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
7.
 
Fujifilm X20optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
8.
 
Fujifilm X-A1none n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 5.6 Y n
9.
 
Fujifilm X-E22360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y n
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E12360 n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
11.
 
Nikon B600none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
12.
 
Nikon P900921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
13.
 
Nikon L840none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
14.
 
Panasonic FZ821166 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
15.
 
Panasonic G61440 n 3.0 1036 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.0 Y n
16.
 
Panasonic G51440 n 3.0 920 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
17.
 
Sony HX80638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the X-M1 and the B500 write their files to SDXC cards. The X-M1 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the B500 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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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 Fujifilm X-M1 and Nikon Coolpix B500 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.
 
Fujifilm X-M1Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
2.
 
Nikon B500-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
3.
 
Fujifilm X70YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
4.
 
Fujifilm X-E2SYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A2Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T10YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
7.
 
Fujifilm X20Ystereomono--micro2.0---
8.
 
Fujifilm X-A1Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
9.
 
Fujifilm X-E2YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E1YstereomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Nikon B600-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
12.
 
Nikon P900-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
13.
 
Nikon L840-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
14.
 
Panasonic FZ82Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
15.
 
Panasonic G6YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
16.
 
Panasonic G5Ystereomono--mini2.0---
17.
 
Sony HX80-stereomono--micro2.0YY-

It is notable that the X-M1 has a hotshoe, while the B500 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

Both the X-M1 and the B500 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The B500 was replaced by the Nikon B600, while the X-M1 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 Fujifilm and Nikon websites.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Which of the two cameras – the Fujifilm X-M1 or the Nikon B500 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Reasons to prefer the Fujifilm X-M1:

  • 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.
  • More flexible: Accepts interchangeable lenses, so that lens characteristics can be altered.
  • More compact: Is smaller (117x67mm vs 114x78mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • 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 June 2013).

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Arguments in favor of the Nikon Coolpix B500:

  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/60i versus 1080/30p).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (7.4 vs 5.6 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Has an integrated lens, whereas the X-M1 necessitates an extra lens.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (600 versus 350) out of a single battery charge.
  • Sharper images: Has stabilization technology built-in to reduce the impact of hand-shake.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 6 months of technical progress since the X-M1 launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the match-up finishes in a tie (9 points each). 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 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-M1 09:09 B500

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm X-M1 and the Nikon B500 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 specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the X-M1 or the B500. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews 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], 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.
 
Fujifilm X-M13/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2013 699 i
2.
 
Nikon B500..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2016 299 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X704.5/5..76/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2016 799 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-E2S4.5/5..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2016 699 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A24/5....4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2015 399 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-T104.5/5+ +80/1005/55/5 May 2015 799 i
7.
 
Fujifilm X204/5+ +77/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2013 599 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-A1......4.5/54.5/5 Sep 2013 399 i
9.
 
Fujifilm X-E24/5..80/1004.5/55/5 Oct 2013 999 i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-E14/5+ +79/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 999 i
11.
 
Nikon B600..+..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 349 i
12.
 
Nikon P900....77/1004/54/5 Mar 2015 599 i
13.
 
Nikon L840..+ +..3.5/54/5 Feb 2015 299 i
14.
 
Panasonic FZ82..+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 399 i
15.
 
Panasonic G64/5+ +..5/54.5/5 Apr 2013 599 i
16.
 
Panasonic G53/5+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Jul 2012 599 i
17.
 
Sony HX80.......... Mar 2016 349 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Fujifilm X-M1 vs Nikon B500

    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-M1 Nikon B500
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Fujifilm X mount lenses 22.5-900mm f/3.0-6.5
    Launch Date June 2013 January 2016
    Launch Price USD 699 USD 299
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm X-M1 Nikon B500
    Sensor Technology CMOS BSI-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 1080/30p Video 1080/60i Video
    ISO Setting 200 - 6,400 ISO 80 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 25,600 ISO no Enhancement
    Screen Specs Fujifilm X-M1 Nikon B500
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 920k dots 921k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Tilting screen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm X-M1 Nikon B500
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peakingno Peaking Feature
    Continuous Shooting 5.6 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-M1 Nikon B500
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Fujifilm X-M1 Nikon B500
    Battery Type NP-W126 4xAA
    Battery Life (CIPA)350 shots per charge600 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 117 x 67 x 39 mm
    (4.6 x 2.6 x 1.5 in)
    114 x 78 x 95 mm
    (4.5 x 3.1 x 3.7 in)
    Camera Weight 330 g (11.6 oz) 541 g (19.1 oz)

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