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Fujifilm XQ2 vs Nikon B600

The Fujifilm XQ2 and the Nikon Coolpix B600 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in January 2015 and January 2019. Both the XQ2 and the B600 are fixed lens compact cameras that are based on a 2/3 (XQ2) and a 1/2.3-inch (B600) sensor. The Fujifilm has a resolution of 12 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 XQ2 versus Nikon B600
Fujifilm XQ2 Nikon B600
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
25-100mm f/1.8-4.9 24-1440mm f/3.3-6.5
12 MP, Two Thirds Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/60p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-12,800 ISO 125-6,400
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 920k dots 3.0 LCD, 921k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
12 shutter flaps per second 7.4 shutter flaps per second
240 shots per battery charge280 shots per battery charge
100 x 59 x 33 mm, 206 g 122 x 82 x 99 mm, 500 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Fujifilm XQ2 and the Nikon Coolpix B600? 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

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Fujifilm XQ2 and the Nikon B600 is provided 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 measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The XQ2 can be obtained in three different colors (black, silver, white), while the B600 is available in two color-versions (black, red).

Size Fujifilm XQ2 vs Nikon B600
Compare XQ2 versus B600 top
Comparison XQ2 or B600 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon B600 is considerably larger (70 percent) than the Fujifilm XQ2. Moreover, the B600 is substantially heavier (143 percent) than the XQ2. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the XQ2 nor the B600 are weather-sealed.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. 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 XQ2 100 mm 59 mm 33 mm 206 g 240 n Jan 2015 399 i
2.
 
Nikon B600 122 mm 82 mm 99 mm 500 g 280 n Jan 2019 349 i
3.
 
Canon S120 100 mm 59 mm 29 mm 217 g 230 n Aug 2013 449i
4.
 
Fujifilm X70 113 mm 64 mm 44 mm 340 g 330 n Jan 2016 799i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 339 g 410 n Aug 2016 399i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A10 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 331 g 410 n Dec 2016 399i
7.
 
Fujifilm X30 119 mm 72 mm 60 mm 423 g 470 n Aug 2014 599 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X20 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 353 g 270 n Jan 2013 599i
9.
 
Fujifilm XQ1 100 mm 59 mm 33 mm 206 g 240 n Oct 2013 499i
10.
 
Fujifilm X10 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 350 g 270 n Sep 2011 599i
11.
 
Nikon A1000 114 mm 72 mm 41 mm 330 g 250 n Jan 2019 429 i
12.
 
Nikon P1000 146 mm 119 mm 181 mm 1415 g 250 n Jul 2018 999 i
13.
 
Nikon B500 114 mm 78 mm 95 mm 541 g 600 n Jan 2016 299i
14.
 
Nikon L840 113 mm 78 mm 96 mm 538 g 590 n Feb 2015 299i
15.
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399 i
16.
 
Sony HX80 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 390 n Mar 2016 349 i
17.
 
Sony HX90V 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429 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 retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The B600 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 13 percent) than the XQ2, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. 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. 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.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Fujifilm XQ2 features a 2/3 sensor and the Nikon B600 a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The sensor area in the B600 is 52 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 3.9 and 5.6. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Fujifilm XQ2 and Nikon B600 sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the B600 offers a higher resolution of 15.9 megapixels, compared with 12 MP of the XQ2. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.33μm versus 2.20μm for the XQ2). However, it should be noted that the B600 is much more recent (by 4 years) than the XQ2, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently. 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 resolution advantage of the Nikon B600 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the B600 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 23 x 17.3 inches or 58.5 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 18.4 x 13.8 inches or 46.8 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 15.4 x 11.5 inches or 39 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Fujifilm XQ2 are 20 x 15 inches or 50.8 x 38.1 cm for good quality, 16 x 12 inches or 40.6 x 30.5 cm for very good quality, and 13.3 x 10 inches or 33.9 x 25.4 cm for excellent quality prints.

The XQ2 has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Fujifilm XQ2 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the Nikon Coolpix B600 are ISO 125 to ISO 6400 (no boost).

XQ2 versus B600 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 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 XQ2 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
2.
 
Nikon B600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
3.
 
Canon S120 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.311.924656
4.
 
Fujifilm X70 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p........
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A10 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/30p........
7.
 
Fujifilm X30 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
8.
 
Fujifilm X20 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
9.
 
Fujifilm XQ1 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
10.
 
Fujifilm X10 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/30p20.511.324550
11.
 
Nikon A1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
12.
 
Nikon P1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
13.
 
Nikon B500 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i........
14.
 
Nikon L840 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60i........
15.
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
16.
 
Sony HX80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........
17.
 
Sony HX90V 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the XQ2 provides a higher frame rate than the B600. It can shoot video footage at 1080/60p, while the Nikon 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 XQ2 and the B600 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 XQ2, the Nikon B600, 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 XQ2none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
2.
 
Nikon B600none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
3.
 
Canon S120none n 3.0 922 fixed Y 1/2000s 12.1 Y Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X70optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A3none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A10none n 3.0 1040 tilting n 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
7.
 
Fujifilm X302360 n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
8.
 
Fujifilm X20optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
9.
 
Fujifilm XQ1none n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
10.
 
Fujifilm X10optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
11.
 
Nikon A10001166 n 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
12.
 
Nikon P10002359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
13.
 
Nikon B500none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
14.
 
Nikon L840none n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
15.
 
Sony WX800none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
16.
 
Sony HX80638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
17.
 
Sony HX90V638 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y

Both the XQ2 and the B600 have zoom lenses built in. The XQ2 has a 25-100mm f/1.8-4.9 optic and the B600 offers a 24-1440mm f/3.3-6.5 (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 XQ2 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the XQ2 and the B600 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

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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 XQ2 and Nikon Coolpix B600 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 XQ2-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
2.
 
Nikon B600-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Canon S120-stereomono--mini2.0Y--
4.
 
Fujifilm X70YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A3Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A10-stereomono--mini2.0Y--
7.
 
Fujifilm X30Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
8.
 
Fujifilm X20Ystereomono--micro2.0---
9.
 
Fujifilm XQ1-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
10.
 
Fujifilm X10Ystereomono--mini2.0---
11.
 
Nikon A1000-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
12.
 
Nikon P1000YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
13.
 
Nikon B500-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
14.
 
Nikon L840-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
15.
 
Sony WX800-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
16.
 
Sony HX80-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
17.
 
Sony HX90V-stereomono--micro2.0YY-

Both the XQ2 and the B600 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The XQ2 replaced the earlier Fujifilm XQ1, while the B600 followed on from 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.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is the Fujifilm XQ2 better than the Nikon B600 or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Reasons to prefer the Fujifilm XQ2:

  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/60p versus 1080/30p).
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (12 vs 7.4 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/1.8 vs f/3.3).
  • More compact: Is smaller (100x59mm vs 122x82mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 294g or 59 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in January 2015).

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Arguments in favor of the Nikon Coolpix B600:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (15.9 vs 12MP), which boosts linear resolution by 15%.
  • 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 (280 versus 240) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More affordable: Was released into a lower priced segment (13 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 4 years of technical progress since the XQ2 launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the match-up finishes in a tie (7 points each). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. 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.

XQ2 07:07 B600

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Fujifilm XQ2 and the Nikon B600 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 comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the XQ2 or the B600. 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 XQ2......4/54/5 Jan 2015 399 i
2.
 
Nikon B600..+..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 349 i
3.
 
Canon S120..+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 449i
4.
 
Fujifilm X704.5/5..76/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2016 799i
5.
 
Fujifilm X-A3....74/1004.5/54/5 Aug 2016 399i
6.
 
Fujifilm X-A10......4/54/5 Dec 2016 399i
7.
 
Fujifilm X304/5..76/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2014 599 i
8.
 
Fujifilm X204/5+ +77/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2013 599i
9.
 
Fujifilm XQ1......4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2013 499i
10.
 
Fujifilm X10....76/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2011 599i
11.
 
Nikon A1000..+ +..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 429 i
12.
 
Nikon P1000..+73/1003.5/53.5/5 Jul 2018 999 i
13.
 
Nikon B500..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2016 299i
14.
 
Nikon L840..+ +..3.5/54/5 Feb 2015 299i
15.
 
Sony WX800.......... Oct 2018 399 i
16.
 
Sony HX80.......... Mar 2016 349 i
17.
 
Sony HX90V4/5+ +..4/54.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, 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 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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    Specifications: Fujifilm XQ2 vs Nikon B600

    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 XQ2 Nikon B600
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 25-100mm f/1.8-4.9 24-1440mm f/3.3-6.5
    Launch Date January 2015 January 2019
    Launch Price USD 399 USD 349
    Sensor Specs Fujifilm XQ2 Nikon B600
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format Two Thirds Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 8.8 x 6.6 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 58.08 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 11 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 3.9x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 12 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4000 x 3000 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 2.20 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 20.66 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 12,800 ISO 125 - 6,400 ISO
    Screen Specs Fujifilm XQ2 Nikon B600
    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 Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Fujifilm XQ2 Nikon B600
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peakingno Peaking Feature
    Continuous Shooting 12 shutter flaps/s 7.4 shutter flaps/s
    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 UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Fujifilm XQ2 Nikon B600
    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
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Fujifilm XQ2 Nikon B600
    Battery Type NP-48 EN-EL12
    Battery Life (CIPA)240 shots per charge280 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 100 x 59 x 33 mm
    (3.9 x 2.3 x 1.3 in)
    122 x 82 x 99 mm
    (4.8 x 3.2 x 3.9 in)
    Camera Weight 206 g (7.3 oz) 500 g (17.6 oz)

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