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Fujifilm XP140 vs Nikon B500

The Fujifilm FinePix XP140 and the Nikon Coolpix B500 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2019 and January 2016. Both the XP140 and the B500 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 15.9 megapixels.

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

Headline Specifications
Fujifilm XP140 VS Nikon B500
Fujifilm XP140 Nikon B500
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
28-140mm f/3.9-4.9 22.5-900mm f/3-6.5
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
4K/15p Video 1080/60i Video
ISO 100-12800 ISO 80-6400
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0" LCD, 920k dots 3.0" LCD, 921k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Tilting screen (not touch-sensitive)
10 shutter flaps per second 7.4 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilizationLens-based stabilization
Waterproof body (nom)Not weather sealed
240 shots per battery charge600 shots per battery charge
110 x 71 x 28 mm, 207 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 FinePix XP140 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 physical size and weight of the Fujifilm XP140 and the Nikon B500 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. 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 XP140 can be obtained in five different colors (black, blue, yellow, green, white), while the B500 is available in two color-versions (black, red).

Size Fujifilm XP140 vs Nikon B500
Compare XP140 versus B500 top
Comparison XP140 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 (14 percent) than the Fujifilm XP140. Moreover, the B500 is substantially heavier (161 percent) than the XP140. It is worth mentioning in this context that the XP140 is splash and dust resistant, while the B500 does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing. More than that, the XP140 is water-proof up to 25m and can, thus, be used for underwater photography.

The power pack in the XP140 can be charged via the USB port, so that it is not always necessary to take the battery charger along 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, just select a new right or left comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Fujifilm XP140» 4.3 in 2.8 in 1.1 in 7.3 oz 240 Y Feb 2019 229 iFujifilm XP140
 
Nikon B500« 4.5 in 3.1 in 3.7 in 19.1 oz 600 n Jan 2016 299iNikon B500
 
Fujifilm XP130« » 4.3 in 2.8 in 1.1 in 7.3 oz 240 n Jan 2018 229iFujifilm XP130
 
Fujifilm XP120« » 4.3 in 2.8 in 1.1 in 7.2 oz 210 Y Jan 2017 229iFujifilm XP120
 
Nikon B600« » 4.8 in 3.2 in 3.9 in 17.6 oz 280 n Jan 2019 349 iNikon B600
 
Nikon W300« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.1 in 8.1 oz 280 Y May 2017 389 iNikon W300
 
Nikon P900« » 5.5 in 4.1 in 5.4 in 31.7 oz 360 n Mar 2015 599iNikon P900
 
Nikon L840« » 4.4 in 3.1 in 3.8 in 19.0 oz 590 n Feb 2015 299iNikon L840
 
Olympus TG-6« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.3 in 8.9 oz 340 Y May 2019 449 iOlympus TG-6
 
Olympus TG-4« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.2 in 8.7 oz 380 Y Apr 2015 379iOlympus TG-4
 
Panasonic FZ80« » 5.1 in 3.7 in 4.7 in 21.7 oz 330 n Jan 2017 399 iPanasonic FZ80
 
Ricoh WG-6« » 4.6 in 2.6 in 1.3 in 8.7 oz 340 Y Feb 2019 399 iRicoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60« » 4.8 in 2.4 in 1.2 in 6.8 oz 300 Y Oct 2018 279 iRicoh WG-60
 
Sony HX99« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.5 oz 370 n Aug 2018 449 iSony HX99
 
Sony HX95« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.5 oz 370 n Aug 2018 429 iSony HX95
 
Sony WX800« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.2 oz 370 n Oct 2018 399 iSony WX800
 
Sony HX80« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.6 oz 390 n Mar 2016 349 iSony HX80
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as 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 XP140 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 23 percent) than the B500, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. 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.

 

Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants 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 tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Fujifilm XP140 and Nikon B500 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 15.9 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the XP140 and the B500 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the XP140 is much more recent (by 3 years) than the B500, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time. 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 FinePix XP140 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the Nikon Coolpix B500 are ISO 80 to ISO 6400 (no boost).

XP140 versus B500 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Fujifilm XP140 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/15p........Fujifilm XP140
 
Nikon B500 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i........Nikon B500
 
Fujifilm XP130 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........Fujifilm XP130
 
Fujifilm XP120 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........Fujifilm XP120
 
Nikon B600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........Nikon B600
 
Nikon W300 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........Nikon W300
 
Nikon P900 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........Nikon P900
 
Nikon L840 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i........Nikon L840
 
Olympus TG-6 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30004K/30p........Olympus TG-6
 
Olympus TG-4 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........Olympus TG-4
 
Panasonic FZ80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........Panasonic FZ80
 
Ricoh WG-6 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p........Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony HX99 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........Sony HX99
 
Sony HX95 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........Sony HX95
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........Sony WX800
 
Sony HX80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........Sony HX80

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 XP140 provides a higher video resolution than the B500. It can shoot video footage at 4K/15p, while the Nikon is limited to 1080/60i.

 

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The XP140 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 adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Fujifilm XP140 and Nikon B500 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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
Camera
Model
 
Fujifilm XP140none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Fujifilm XP140
 
Nikon B500none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y Nikon B500
 
Fujifilm XP130none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Fujifilm XP130
 
Fujifilm XP120none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Fujifilm XP120
 
Nikon B600none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y Nikon B600
 
Nikon W300none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y Nikon W300
 
Nikon P900921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y Nikon P900
 
Nikon L840none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y Nikon L840
 
Olympus TG-6none n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/2000s 20.0 Y Y Olympus TG-6
 
Olympus TG-4none n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/2000s 5.0 Y Y Olympus TG-4
 
Panasonic FZ801166 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic FZ80
 
Ricoh WG-6none n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 1.0 Y n Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60none n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony HX99638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX99
 
Sony HX95638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX95
 
Sony WX800none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony WX800
 
Sony HX80638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony HX80

The Fujifilm XP140 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.

Both the XP140 and the B500 have zoom lenses built in. The XP140 has a 28-140mm f/3.9-4.9 optic and the B500 offers a 22.5-900mm f/3-6.5 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Nikon provides a wider angle of view at the short end, as well as more tele-photo reach at the long end than the Fujifilm. The B500 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the XP140 and the B500 write their files to SDXC 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 FinePix XP140 and Nikon Coolpix B500 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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
Camera
Model
 
Fujifilm XP140-monomono--micro2.0Y-YFujifilm XP140
 
Nikon B500-stereomono--micro2.0YYYNikon B500
 
Fujifilm XP130-monomono--micro2.0Y-YFujifilm XP130
 
Fujifilm XP120-monomono--micro2.0Y--Fujifilm XP120
 
Nikon B600-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YNikon B600
 
Nikon W300-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YNikon W300
 
Nikon P900-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Nikon P900
 
Nikon L840-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Nikon L840
 
Olympus TG-6-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Olympus TG-6
 
Olympus TG-4-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Olympus TG-4
 
Panasonic FZ80Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic FZ80
 
Ricoh WG-6-monomono--micro3.0---Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60-monomono--micro2.0---Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony HX99-stereomono--micro2.0YYYSony HX99
 
Sony HX95-stereomono--micro2.0YYYSony HX95
 
Sony WX800-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony WX800
 
Sony HX80-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony HX80

The XP140 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Fujifilm. In contrast, the B500 has been discontinued (but it can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the B500 was succeeded by the Nikon B600. 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 XP140 better than the Nikon B500 or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Advantages of the Fujifilm FinePix XP140:

  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/15p vs 1080/60i).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 7.4 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • More compact: Is smaller (110x71mm vs 114x78mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 334g or 62 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Better sealing: Is weather sealed to enable shooting in dusty or wet environments.
  • Water-proof: Is rugged and sealed and can thus be used for underwater photography (up to 25m).
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced segment (23 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 3 years of technical progress since the B500 launch.

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Arguments in favor of the Nikon Coolpix B500:

  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/3 vs f/3.9).
  • Wider view: Has a wider-angle lens that facilitates landscape or interior shots.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (600 versus 240) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in January 2016).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the XP140 comes out slightly ahead of the B500 (9 : 8 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 wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

XP140 09:08 B500

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm XP140 and the Nikon B500 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Travel-Zoom 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 says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the XP140 and the B500 in practical situations. 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 adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, and photographyblog). 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.

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cam
era
  labs  
dp
re
  view  
e
photo
  zine  
ima
ging
resource
photo
graphy
  blog  
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Fujifilm XP140+..3.5/5..4/5 Feb 2019 229 iFujifilm XP140
 
Nikon B500+..4/5..3.5/5 Jan 2016 299iNikon B500
 
Fujifilm XP130o..3.5/5..4/5 Jan 2018 229iFujifilm XP130
 
Fujifilm XP120o..3.5/5..4/5 Jan 2017 229iFujifilm XP120
 
Nikon B600+..3.5/5..3/5 Jan 2019 349 iNikon B600
 
Nikon W300+..4/5..4/5 May 2017 389 iNikon W300
 
Nikon P900..77/1004/54.5/54/5 Mar 2015 599iNikon P900
 
Nikon L840+ +..3.5/5..4/5 Feb 2015 299iNikon L840
 
Olympus TG-6+ +76/1004/5..4/5 May 2019 449 iOlympus TG-6
 
Olympus TG-4+79/1004/54/54/5 Apr 2015 379iOlympus TG-4
 
Panasonic FZ80+ +..4.5/5..4.5/5 Jan 2017 399 iPanasonic FZ80
 
Ricoh WG-6....3.5/5..3.5/5 Feb 2019 399 iRicoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60.......... Oct 2018 279 iRicoh WG-60
 
Sony HX99....4/5..4.5/5 Aug 2018 449 iSony HX99
 
Sony HX95.......... Aug 2018 429 iSony HX95
 
Sony WX800.......... Oct 2018 399 iSony WX800
 
Sony HX80.......... Mar 2016 349 iSony HX80
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 rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. 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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Other camera comparisons

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    Specifications: Fujifilm XP140 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 XP140 Nikon B500
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 28-140mm f/3.9-4.9 22.5-900mm f/3-6.5
    Launch Date February 2019 January 2016
    Launch Price USD 229 USD 299
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm XP140 Nikon B500
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/15p Video 1080/60i Video
    ISO Setting 100-12800 ISO 80-6400 ISO
    Screen Specs Fujifilm XP140 Nikon B500
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder No viewfinder
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 920k dots 921k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Tilting screen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm XP140 Nikon B500
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 10 shutter flaps/s 7.4 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inno Intervalometer
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilizationLens-based 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 XP140 Nikon B500
    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 no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Fujifilm XP140 Nikon B500
    Environmental SealingWaterproof body (25m)Not weather sealed
    Battery Type NP-45S 4xAA
    Battery Life (CIPA)240 shots per charge600 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)
    114 x 78 x 95 mm
    (4.5 x 3.1 x 3.7 in)
    Camera Weight 207 g (7.3 oz) 541 g (19.1 oz)

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