FujiFilm JZ500

FujiFilm FinePix JZ500 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 3200)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-280mm (F3.3-5.6) lens
  • 168g - 97 x 57 x 29mm
  • Launched June 2010
  • Other Name is FinePix JZ505
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

FujiFilm JZ500 summary

FujiFilm JZ500 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Compact camera originally released on June of 2010. The camera houses a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4320 x 3240. The camera is also known as "FinePix JZ505" in some countries.

The JZ500 stands at #161 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #1079 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please check our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.

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FujiFilm JZ500 family

The FujiFilm JZ500 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can view all past and current models as well as important specs.

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FujiFilm JZ500 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of advantages and drawbacks of the FujiFilm JZ500 based on factors which are often regarded as essential in a camera.

built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good minimum ISO (100)
good resolution (14MP)
good zoom range (28-280mm 10.0 x zoom)
long zoom (280mm)
relatively wide (28mm)
can't use external flash
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic jack
doesn't have HDMI support
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
manual mode not available
max shutter speed is low (1/1,400s)
no aperture priority mode
no manual focus
no moving screen
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW format
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
sluggish at full zoom (f5.6)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7 inch)
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FujiFilm JZ500 Sensor specs

The specification of the sensor in the FujiFilm JZ500 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4320 x 3240 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. The ISO can also be widened digitally to a maximum of 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the JZ500's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The JZ500 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

FujiFilm JZ500 dimensions

FujiFilm JZ500 is 0.37 pounds (168 gr or 5.93 oz) and the overall size of the camera is 97mm x 57mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the FujiFilm JZ500 is similar compared with other competitors.

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Here is a picture of the FujiFilm JZ500 alongside a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its size.

FujiFilm FinePix JZ500 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button layout on the JZ500.

FujiFilm FinePix JZ500 topview buttons dials

FujiFilm JZ500 Lens details

The JZ500 comes with an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 28-280mm making it a 10.0 x zoom which may not be exceptional nevertheless it can be invaluable in some circumstances.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.3 which is fairly sluggish and not great in low light situations and you will struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also need to increase your ISO which causes noisy photographs. With the long end, 280mm is superb zoom and comes at f5.6 making it very sluggish and you may have to go with slow shutter speeds.

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FujiFilm JZ500 Connectivity

The JZ500 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily send pictures and in some cases alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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FujiFilm JZ500 Video details

The highest possible video quality in the FujiFilm JZ500 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible by today's standards. You really should strive for a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The body does not offer a mic or headphone jack which means that you get zero control over your audio. It is probably best to shop for an alternative model if you want decent audio in your video clips.

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FujiFilm JZ500 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing for the FujiFilm JZ500 so you have to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.

FujiFilm JZ500 Display and Viewfinder

The FujiFilm JZ500 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed display with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding FujiFilm JZ500 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be very helpful.

FujiFilm JZ500 Shutter details

The max shutter speed is 1/1400 seconds.

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FujiFilm JZ500 Flash and Hot shoe details

FujiFilm JZ500 boasts just in-built flash without external flash support.

FujiFilm JZ500 Autofocusing details

FujiFilm JZ500 boasts only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and precise than Contrast Detect autofocusing.

FujiFilm JZ500 has not got manual focus. Manual focus mode is good during low light situations or you want to have more precise depth of field control.

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FujiFilm JZ500 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the best (470) battery life within this class of cameras.

Following is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

FujiFilm JZ500 for varying categories of photography

The following bar chart presents a outline of the FujiFilm JZ500 for varying categories of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

FujiFilm JZ500 as a Portrait photography camera

The FujiFilm JZ500 gets a rating of 28 which is dreadful, meaning that it is not really acceptable for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor specs, RAW support together with the potential to utilize off-camera lighting.

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megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

FujiFilm JZ500 Street photography factors

Coming in at a reasonable points total of 56, the FujiFilm JZ500 is somewhat adequate for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

FujiFilm JZ500 Sports photography info

A dreadful sports photography score of 35 suggests the FujiFilm JZ500 is not really acceptable for shooting sports. A camera must have good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (14MP)
low max shutter speed (1/1,400s)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

FujiFilm JZ500 Travel photography features

Portability is super important in picking a travel camera. Overall, the FujiFilm JZ500 gets a very good 67 for a travel camera which makes it a fine option to buy for your journeys.

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good resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
great reach (280mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)

FujiFilm JZ500 Landscape photography information

When you are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor will be image quality. The FujiFilm JZ500 and it's dreadful grade of 37 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable in the current marketplace.

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rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual control
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording

FujiFilm JZ500 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera preferably should posses a articulating screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the FujiFilm JZ500 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a dreadful score of 28.

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fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have microphone support

FujiFilm JZ500 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the JZ500, below is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph followed below gives you a summary of the JZ500 compared to it's highest rated rivals mentioned above.

Following are additional cameras you might take a look at as alternative options. To read through a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
FujiFilm FinePix JZ500
Other name
FinePix JZ505
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW images
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-280mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
2.7 inch
Display resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/1400 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
2.60 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
168 grams (0.37 lb)
97 x 57 x 29mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.1")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
Retail cost