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Fujifilm X100V vs Samsung NX1

The Fujifilm X100V and the Samsung NX1 are two enthusiast cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in February 2020 and September 2014. The X100V is a fixed lens compact, while the NX1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The Fujifilm has a resolution of 26 megapixels, whereas the Samsung provides 28 MP.

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

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm X100V
versus
Samsung NX1
Fujifilm X100V Samsung NX1
Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
35mm f/2.0 Samsung NX mount lenses
26 MP, APS-C Sensor 28 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 160-12,800 (80 - 51,200) ISO 100-25,600 (100 - 51,200)
Electronic viewfinder (3690k dots) Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1620k dots 3.0 LCD, 1036k dots
Tilting touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
11 shutter flaps per second 15 shutter flaps per second
Weathersealed bodyWeathersealed body
420 shots per battery charge500 shots per battery charge
128 x 75 x 53 mm, 478 g 139 x 102 x 66 mm, 550 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm X100V and the Samsung NX1? 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 X100V and the Samsung NX1. 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 X100V can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the NX1 is only available in black.

Size Fujifilm X100V vs Samsung NX1
Compare X100V versus NX1 top
Comparison X100V or NX1 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Samsung NX1 is considerably larger (48 percent) than the Fujifilm X100V. In this context, it is worth noting that both cameras are splash and dust-proof and can, hence, be used in inclement weather conditions or harsh environments.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the X100V has a lens built in, whereas the NX1 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup.

The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

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.
 
Fujifilm X100V 128 mm 75 mm 53 mm 478 g 420 Y Feb 2020 1,399 i
2.
 
Samsung NX1 139 mm 102 mm 66 mm 550 g 500 Y Sep 2014 1,499 i
3.
 
Canon G1 X Mark III 115 mm 78 mm 51 mm 399 g 200 Y Oct 2017 1,299 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro3 141 mm 83 mm 46 mm 497 g 440 Y Oct 2019 1,799 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T3 133 mm 93 mm 59 mm 539 g 390 Y Sep 2018 1,499 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X100F 127 mm 75 mm 52 mm 469 g 390 n Jan 2017 1,299 i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro2 141 mm 83 mm 46 mm 495 g 350 Y Jan 2016 1,699 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T2 133 mm 92 mm 49 mm 507 g 340 Y Jul 2016 1,599 i
9.
 
Fujifilm X100T 127 mm 74 mm 52 mm 440 g 330 n Sep 2014 1,299 i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-T1 129 mm 90 mm 47 mm 440 g 350 Y Jan 2014 1,299 i
11.
 
Nikon D5300 125 mm 98 mm 76 mm 480 g 600 n Oct 2013 799 i
12.
 
Samsung NX500 120 mm 64 mm 43 mm 287 g 370 n Feb 2015 799 i
13.
 
Sony A6600 120 mm 67 mm 69 mm 503 g 810 Y Aug 2019 1,399 i
14.
 
Sony A7 127 mm 94 mm 48 mm 474 g 340 Y Oct 2013 1,699 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 X100V was launched at a lower price than the NX1, despite having a lens built in. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. 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 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.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. They nevertheless have the same format factor of 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

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

Fujifilm X100V and Samsung NX1 sensor measures

With 28MP, the NX1 offers a higher resolution than the X100V (26MP), but the NX1 has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 3.63μm versus 3.76μm for the X100V). Yet, the X100V is a much more recent model (by 5 years and 4 months) than the NX1, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units. 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 X100V has a native sensitivity range from ISO 160 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 80-51200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Samsung NX1 are ISO 100 to ISO 25600, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-51200.

X100V versus NX1 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.
 
Fujifilm X100V APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p...... ..
2.
 
Samsung NX1 APS-C 28.0 6480 43204K/30p24.213.21363 83
3.
 
Canon G1 X Mark III APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p...... ..
4.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro3 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p...... ..
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T3 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/60p...... ..
6.
 
Fujifilm X100F APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p...... ..
7.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro2 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p...... ..
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T2 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p...... ..
9.
 
Fujifilm X100T APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p...... ..
10.
 
Fujifilm X-T1 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p...... ..
11.
 
Nikon D5300 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.013.91338 83
12.
 
Samsung NX500 APS-C 28.0 6480 43204K/30p24.813.91379 87
13.
 
Sony A6600 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p23.813.41497 82
14.
 
Sony A7 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.814.22248 90

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, and both provide the same movie specifications (4K/30p).

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The two cameras under consideration are similar with respect to both having an electronic viewfinder. However, the one in the X100V offers a substantially higher resolution than the one in the NX1 (3690k vs 2360k dots). The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Fujifilm X100V and Samsung NX1 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.
 
Fujifilm X100V3690 n 3.0 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 11.0 Y n
2.
 
Samsung NX12360 Y 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/8000s 15.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon G1 X Mark III2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/2000s 9.0 Y Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro33690 n 3.0 1620 tilting Y 1/8000s 8.0 n n
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T33690 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/8000s 11.0 n n
6.
 
Fujifilm X100F2360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
7.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro22360 n 3.0 1620 fixed n 1/8000s 8.0 n n
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T22360 n 3.0 1040 tilting n 1/8000s 8.0 n n
9.
 
Fujifilm X100T2360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
10.
 
Fujifilm X-T12360 n 3.0 1040 tilting n 1/4000s 8.0 n n
11.
 
Nikon D5300optical n 3.2 1037 swivel n 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Samsung NX500none n 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/6000s 9.0 Y n
13.
 
Sony A66002359 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/4000s 11.0 n Y
14.
 
Sony A72400 n 3.0 1230 tilting n 1/8000s 5.0 n n

One feature that is present on the NX1, but is missing on the X100V is a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.

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 X100V 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 Fujifilm X100V and the Samsung NX1 both have 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 X100V and the NX1 write their files to SDXC cards. The NX1 supports UHS-II cards (on its first slot), while the X100V can use UHS-I 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 X100V and Samsung NX1 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 X100VYstereomonoY-micro3.1Y-Y
2.
 
Samsung NX1YstereomonoYYmicro3.0YYY
3.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIIYstereomono--micro2.0YYY
4.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro3YstereomonoY--3.1Y-Y
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T3YstereomonoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
6.
 
Fujifilm X100FYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
7.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro2YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T2YstereomonoY-micro3.0Y--
9.
 
Fujifilm X100TYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
10.
 
Fujifilm X-T1YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y--
11.
 
Nikon D5300YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y--
12.
 
Samsung NX500Ystereomono--micro2.0YYY
13.
 
Sony A6600YstereomonoYYYES2.0YYY
14.
 
Sony A7YstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-

The X100V is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Fujifilm. In contrast, the NX1 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). There has not been a direct replacement model for the NX1 from Samsung. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Fujifilm and Samsung websites.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Fujifilm X100V better than the Samsung NX1 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 Fujifilm X100V:

  • More detailed viewfinder: Has higher resolution electronic viewfinder (3690k vs 2360k dots).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1620k vs 1036k dots).
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • Ready to shoot: Has a lens built-in, whereas the NX1 requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (128x75mm vs 139x102mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter even though it comes with a built-in lens (unlike the NX1).
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More modern: Reflects 5 years and 4 months of technical progress since the NX1 launch.

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Advantages of the Samsung NX1:

  • Better sound control: Has a headphone port that enables audio monitoring while recording.
  • More complete view: Has a viewfinder with a larger field of view (100% vs 95%).
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.69x vs 0.52x).
  • Easier setting verification: Features a control panel on top to check shooting parameters.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/4000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (15 vs 11 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More flexible: Takes interchangeable lenses and can thus be used with specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (500 versus 420) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Supports a more advanced SD data transfer standard (UHS-II vs UHS-I).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in September 2014).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the NX1 emerges as the winner of the match-up (11 : 8 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.

X100V 08:11 NX1

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm X100V and the Samsung NX1 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Prime Lens Compact 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 X100V and the NX1 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.
 
Fujifilm X100V5/5+ +86/1005/54.5/5 Feb 2020 1,399 i
2.
 
Samsung NX15/5..87/1005/55/5 Sep 2014 1,499 i
3.
 
Canon G1 X Mark III5/5+79/1004.5/54.5/5 Oct 2017 1,299 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro34/5+85/1004/5.. Oct 2019 1,799 i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-T35/5+ +88/1005/55/5 Sep 2018 1,499 i
6.
 
Fujifilm X100F5/5+83/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 1,299 i
7.
 
Fujifilm X-Pro2..+83/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2016 1,699 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X-T25/5+ +86/1004.5/55/5 Jul 2016 1,599 i
9.
 
Fujifilm X100T5/5+81/1004.5/55/5 Sep 2014 1,299 i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-T15/5+ +84/1005/55/5 Jan 2014 1,299 i
11.
 
Nikon D53004/5+ +79/1004.5/54.5/5 Oct 2013 799 i
12.
 
Samsung NX5004.5/5..81/1005/54.5/5 Feb 2015 799 i
13.
 
Sony A66004/5+83/1004.5/54/5 Aug 2019 1,399 i
14.
 
Sony A75/5+ +80/1005/55/5 Oct 2013 1,699 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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Other camera comparisons

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    Specifications: Fujifilm X100V vs Samsung NX1

    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 X100V Samsung NX1
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens 35mm f/2.0 Samsung NX mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2020 September 2014
    Launch Price USD 1,399 USD 1,499
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm X100V Samsung NX1
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.6 mm 23.5 x 15.7 mm
    Sensor Area 368.16 mm2 368.95 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.3 mm 28.3 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 26 Megapixels 28 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6240 x 4160 pixels 6480 x 4320 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.76 μm 3.63 μm
    Pixel Density 7.05 MP/cm2 7.59 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 160 - 12,800 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    ISO Boost 80 - 51,200 ISO 100 - 51,200 ISO
    Image Processor X-Processor 4 DRIMe 5
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 83
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 24.2
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 13.2
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 1363
    Screen Specs Fujifilm X100V Samsung NX1
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.52x 0.69x
    Viewfinder Resolution 3690k dots 2360k dots
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display Control Panel
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1620k dots 1036k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm X100V Samsung NX1
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 11 shutter flaps/s 15 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/32000sno E-Shutter
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    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 Single UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs Fujifilm X100V Samsung NX1
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 3.1 USB 3.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket no Headphone port Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Fujifilm X100V Samsung NX1
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed bodyWeathersealed body
    Battery Type NP-W126S BP1900
    Battery Life (CIPA)420 shots per charge500 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 128 x 75 x 53 mm
    (5.0 x 3.0 x 2.1 in)
    139 x 102 x 66 mm
    (5.5 x 4.0 x 2.6 in)
    Camera Weight 478 g (16.9 oz) 550 g (19.4 oz)

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