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Fujifilm XP130 vs Pentax K-500

The Fujifilm FinePix XP130 and the Pentax K-500 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in January 2018 and June 2013. The XP130 is a fixed lens compact, while the K-500 is a DSLR. The cameras are based on a 1/2.3-inch (XP130) and an APS-C (K-500) sensor. The Fujifilm has a resolution of 15.9 megapixels, whereas the Pentax provides 16.1 MP.

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

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm XP130 versus Pentax K-500
Fujifilm XP130 Pentax K-500
Fixed lens compact camera Digital single lens reflex
28-140mm f/3.9-4.9 Pentax K mount lenses
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 16.1 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/60p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-3,200 ISO 100-51,200
No viewfinder, LCD framing Optical viewfinder
3.0 LCD, 920k dots 3.0 LCD, 921k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
10 shutter flaps per second 6 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilizationIn-body stabilization
240 shots per battery charge710 shots per battery charge
110 x 71 x 28 mm, 207 g 130 x 97 x 71 mm, 646 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm FinePix XP130 and the Pentax K-500? 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 physical size and weight of the Fujifilm XP130 and the Pentax K-500 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The XP130 can be obtained in five different colors (black, blue, yellow, green, white), while the K-500 is only available in black.

Size Fujifilm XP130 vs Pentax K-500
Compare XP130 versus K-500 top
Comparison XP130 or K-500 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Pentax K-500 is considerably larger (61 percent) than the Fujifilm XP130. More than that, the XP130 is water-proof up to 20m and can, thus, be used for underwater photography.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the XP130 has a lens built in, whereas the K-500 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup.

The power pack in the XP130 can be charged via the USB port, so that it is not always necessary to take the battery charger along when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras 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 XP130 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 n Jan 2018 229i
2.
 
Pentax K-500 130 mm 97 mm 71 mm 646 g 710 n Jun 2013 549i
3.
 
Canon SX600 104 mm 61 mm 26 mm 188 g 290 n Jan 2014 249i
4.
 
Fujifilm XP140 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 207 g 240 Y Feb 2019 229 i
5.
 
Fujifilm XP120 110 mm 71 mm 28 mm 203 g 210 Y Jan 2017 229i
6.
 
Nikon W300 112 mm 66 mm 29 mm 231 g 280 Y May 2017 389 i
7.
 
Olympus TG-5 113 mm 66 mm 32 mm 250 g 340 Y May 2017 449i
8.
 
Olympus TG-4 112 mm 66 mm 31 mm 247 g 380 Y Apr 2015 379i
9.
 
Pentax K-S1 121 mm 93 mm 70 mm 558 g 410 n Aug 2014 749i
10.
 
Pentax K-50 130 mm 97 mm 71 mm 650 g 410 Y Jun 2013 599i
11.
 
Pentax K-30 130 mm 97 mm 71 mm 650 g 410 Y May 2012 849i
12.
 
Pentax K-5 II 131 mm 97 mm 73 mm 760 g 740 Y Sep 2012 1,099i
13.
 
Pentax K-5 131 mm 97 mm 73 mm 760 g 740 Y Sep 2010 1,099i
14.
 
Ricoh WG-60 123 mm 62 mm 30 mm 193 g 300 Y Oct 2018 279 i
15.
 
Sony HX99 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 449 i
16.
 
Sony HX95 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 429 i
17.
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399 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 manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The XP130 was launched at a lower price than the K-500, 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 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 tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Fujifilm XP130 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and the Pentax K-500 an APS-C sensor. The sensor area in the K-500 is 1211 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 5.6 and 1.5. The sensor in the XP130 has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, while the one in the K-500 offers a 3:2 aspect.

Fujifilm XP130 and Pentax K-500 sensor measures

With 16.1MP, the K-500 offers a higher resolution than the XP130 (15.9MP), but the K-500 nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.77μm versus 1.33μm for the XP130) due to its larger sensor. However, the XP130 is a much more recent model (by 4 years and 7 months) than the K-500, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the XP130 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The Fujifilm FinePix XP130 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Pentax K-500 are ISO 100 to ISO 51200 (no boost).

XP130 versus K-500 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). 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 XP130 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
2.
 
Pentax K-500 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.713.1108779
3.
 
Canon SX600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
4.
 
Fujifilm XP140 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/15p........
5.
 
Fujifilm XP120 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
6.
 
Nikon W300 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
7.
 
Olympus TG-5 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30004K/30p........
8.
 
Olympus TG-4 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
9.
 
Pentax K-S1 APS-C 20.0 5472 36481080/30p23.513.0106178
10.
 
Pentax K-50 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.713.0112079
11.
 
Pentax K-30 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.713.0112979
12.
 
Pentax K-5 II APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/25p23.814.1123582
13.
 
Pentax K-5 APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/25p23.714.1116282
14.
 
Ricoh WG-60 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........
15.
 
Sony HX99 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
16.
 
Sony HX95 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
17.
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the XP130 provides a higher frame rate than the K-500. It can shoot video footage at 1080/60p, while the Pentax is limited to 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the K-500 has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the XP130 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Fujifilm XP130 and Pentax K-500 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar 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 XP130none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
2.
 
Pentax K-500optical n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/6000s 6.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX600none n 3.0 461 fixed n 1/2000s 3.9 Y Y
4.
 
Fujifilm XP140none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
5.
 
Fujifilm XP120none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
6.
 
Nikon W300none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
7.
 
Olympus TG-5none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 20.0 Y Y
8.
 
Olympus TG-4none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y Y
9.
 
Pentax K-S1optical n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/6000s 5.4 Y Y
10.
 
Pentax K-50optical n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/6000s 6.0 Y Y
11.
 
Pentax K-30optical n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/6000s 6.0 Y Y
12.
 
Pentax K-5 IIoptical Y 3.0 921 fixed n 1/8000s 7.0 Y Y
13.
 
Pentax K-5optical Y 3.0 921 fixed n 1/8000s 7.0 Y Y
14.
 
Ricoh WG-60none n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
15.
 
Sony HX99638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
16.
 
Sony HX95638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
17.
 
Sony WX800none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y

The Fujifilm XP130 and the Pentax K-500 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 XP130 and the K-500 write their files to SDXC 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 FinePix XP130 and Pentax K-500 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 XP130-monomono--micro2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Pentax K-500Ymonomono---2.0---
3.
 
Canon SX600-monomono--micro2.0YY-
4.
 
Fujifilm XP140-monomono--micro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Fujifilm XP120-monomono--micro2.0Y--
6.
 
Nikon W300-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Olympus TG-5-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
8.
 
Olympus TG-4-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Pentax K-S1Ystereomono--micro2.0---
10.
 
Pentax K-50Ymonomono--micro2.0---
11.
 
Pentax K-30Ymonomono---2.0---
12.
 
Pentax K-5 IIYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
13.
 
Pentax K-5YstereomonoY-mini2.0---
14.
 
Ricoh WG-60-monomono--micro2.0---
15.
 
Sony HX99-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
16.
 
Sony HX95-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
17.
 
Sony WX800-stereomono--micro2.0YY-

It is notable that the XP130 offers wifi support, while the K-500 does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

Both the XP130 and the K-500 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The XP130 was replaced by the Fujifilm XP140, while the K-500 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 Pentax websites.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Fujifilm XP130 better than the Pentax K-500 or vice versa? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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Reasons to prefer the Fujifilm FinePix XP130:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/60p versus 1080/30p).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 6 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Comes with a built-in lens, while the K-500 requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (110x71mm vs 130x97mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter even though it comes with a built-in lens (unlike the K-500).
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Water-proof: Is rugged and sealed and can thus be used for underwater photography (up to 20m).
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • 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 4 years and 7 months of technical progress since the K-500 launch.

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Advantages of the Pentax K-500:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • 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.
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/6000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • More flexible: Makes it possible to change lenses and thus to use specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (710 versus 240) out of a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in June 2013).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the XP130 comes out slightly ahead of the K-500 (12 : 11 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 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.

XP130 12:11 K-500

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm XP130 and the Pentax K-500 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Travel-Zoom Camera and Best DSLR 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 XP130 or the K-500. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts 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 XP130..o..3.5/54/5 Jan 2018 229i
2.
 
Pentax K-500......4.5/54.5/5 Jun 2013 549i
3.
 
Canon SX600..+..4/54/5 Jan 2014 249i
4.
 
Fujifilm XP140..+..3.5/54/5 Feb 2019 229 i
5.
 
Fujifilm XP120..o..3.5/54/5 Jan 2017 229i
6.
 
Nikon W300..+..4/54/5 May 2017 389 i
7.
 
Olympus TG-5..+ +..4/54/5 May 2017 449i
8.
 
Olympus TG-4..+79/1004/54/5 Apr 2015 379i
9.
 
Pentax K-S14/5....4.5/54/5 Aug 2014 749i
10.
 
Pentax K-505/5....5/54.5/5 Jun 2013 599i
11.
 
Pentax K-304/5..78/1004.5/54.5/5 May 2012 849i
12.
 
Pentax K-5 II5/5..80/1005/54.5/5 Sep 2012 1,099i
13.
 
Pentax K-54/5..83/1005/54.5/5 Sep 2010 1,099i
14.
 
Ricoh WG-60.......... Oct 2018 279 i
15.
 
Sony HX99......4/54.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i
16.
 
Sony HX95.......... Aug 2018 429 i
17.
 
Sony WX800.......... Oct 2018 399 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Fujifilm XP130 vs Pentax K-500

    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 XP130 Pentax K-500
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens 28-140mm f/3.9-4.9 Pentax K mount lenses
    Launch Date January 2018 June 2013
    Launch Price USD 229 USD 549
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm XP130 Pentax K-500
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 366.6 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 28.2 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels 16.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 4928 x 3264 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 4.77 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 4.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 3,200 ISO 100 - 51,200 ISO
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 79
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 23.7
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 13.1
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 1087
    Screen Specs Fujifilm XP130 Pentax K-500
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.61x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 920k dots 921k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm XP130 Pentax K-500
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking FeatureFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/2000s 1/6000s
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 6 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilizationIn-body stabilization
    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 no no
    Connectivity Specs Fujifilm XP130 Pentax K-500
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI no HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Fujifilm XP130 Pentax K-500
    Battery Type NP-45S 4xAA
    Battery Life (CIPA)240 shots per charge710 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging no USB charging
    Body Dimensions 110 x 71 x 28 mm
    (4.3 x 2.8 x 1.1 in)
    130 x 97 x 71 mm
    (5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8 in)
    Camera Weight 207 g (7.3 oz) 646 g (22.8 oz)

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