Fujifilm JX500

Fujifilm FinePix JX500 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 3200)
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 113g - 100 x 56 x 24mm
  • Introduced January 2012
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  • Alternatives

Fujifilm JX500 overview

Fujifilm JX500 is FujiFilm's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally introduced on January of 2012. It houses a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4288 x 3216.

The JX500 comes in at #148 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #1007 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your personal requirements.

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Below is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Fujifilm JX500 history

The Fujifilm JX500 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Fujifilm-FinePix-JZ200 front thumbnailFujifilm JZ200
JX500 vs JZ200
Fujifilm-FinePix-JX550 front thumbnailFujifilm JX550
JX500 vs JX550
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Fujifilm-FinePix-JZ100 front thumbnailFujifilm JZ100
JX500 vs JZ100
Fujifilm-FinePix-JX500 front thumbnailFujifilm JX50026-130mm
Fujifilm-FinePix-JX370 front thumbnailFujifilm JX370
JX500 vs JX370
FujiFilm-FinePix-JV200 front thumbnailFujiFilm JV200
JX500 vs JV200
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
FujiFilm-FinePix-JX300 front thumbnailFujiFilm JX300
JX500 vs JX300
FujiFilm-FinePix-JX350 front thumbnailFujiFilm JX350
JX500 vs JX350
FujiFilm-FinePix-JZ500 front thumbnailFujiFilm JZ500
JX500 vs JZ500
FujiFilm-FinePix-JZ300 front thumbnailFujiFilm JZ300
JX500 vs JZ300
FujiFilm-FinePix-JV100 front thumbnailFujiFilm JV100
JX500 vs JV100
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Fujifilm-FinePix-JV150 front thumbnailFujifilm JV150
JX500 vs JV150

Fujifilm JX500 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Fujifilm JX500 based on aspects which are typically seen as useful in a digital camera.

good zoom range (26-130mm 5.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
lighter than others (113 grams)
pretty wide (26mm)
provides tracking focus
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
very good min ISO (100)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
does not have HDMI port
does not have headphone port
does not have image stabilization
does not have microphone port
does not have Timelapse recording
external flash not possible
lack of manual mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low max shutter speed (1/1,400s)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.3)
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no manual focus
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
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Fujifilm JX500 Sensor information

The dimension of the sensor in the Fujifilm JX500 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor has 14MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. The ISO can be extended electronically to a maximum of 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the JX500's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The JX500 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Fujifilm JX500 dimensions

Fujifilm JX500 weighs 0.25 pounds (113 gr or 3.99 ounces) & the dimensions of the camera is 100mm x 56mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Fujifilm JX500 is lighter as compared to other competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Fujifilm JX500 besides a softdrink to help you get a feel for its size.

Fujifilm FinePix JX500 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button design on the JX500.

Fujifilm FinePix JX500 topview buttons dials

Fujifilm JX500 Lens information

The JX500 includes a fixed lens offering a focal range of 26-130mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really outstanding nevertheless it is going to be helpful in some cases.

At it's widest 26mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.5 and that's very sluggish and not ideal for low light events and you may struggle to get good bokeh. You could also have to up your ISO setting which results in noisy images. At the long end, 130mm comes with f6.3 making it quite sluggish and you might have to set slower shutter speeds.

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Fujifilm JX500 Connectivity

The JX500 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy images and oftentimes change settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Certain apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Fujifilm JX500 Video information

The highest video resolution in the Fujifilm JX500 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You really should try to get at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The body doesn't include a microphone or headphone port which means that you get absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably best to order an alternative model if you require decent audio for your videos.

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Fujifilm JX500 Weather Sealing

Fujifilm JX500 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions may damage the camera.

Fujifilm JX500 Screen and Viewfinder

The Fujifilm JX500 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

Fujifilm FinePix JX500 screen and viewfinder Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

The View Finder specifications for Fujifilm JX500 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be really beneficial during sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Fujifilm JX500 Shutter information

Fujifilm JX500 has the ability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/1400 seconds.

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Fujifilm JX500 Flash and Hot shoe information

Fujifilm JX500 features just built-in flash without external flash ability.

Fujifilm JX500 Autofocus information

Fujifilm JX500 features only Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and exact as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Fujifilm JX500 has no manual focus. Manual focus ability is good during low light conditions or you require more precise focus control.

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Fujifilm JX500 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest (470) battery life within this group of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Fujifilm JX500 for specific types of photography

The following diagram gives a overview of the Fujifilm JX500 for specific types of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Fujifilm JX500 Portrait photography info

The Fujifilm JX500 has a points total of 30 which is awful, and means the camera is just not good to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the potential to use external lighting.

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megapixel count decent (14MP)
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Street photography with Fujifilm JX500

Getting a modest rating of 56, the Fujifilm JX500 is relatively adequate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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lighter than competitors (113 grams)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Fujifilm JX500 Sports photography information

A awful sports photography points tally of 32 means the Fujifilm JX500 is just not good for taking photos of sports. A camera must have great tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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good MP (14 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
low max shutter speed (1/1,400s)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Fujifilm JX500 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is really critical in choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Fujifilm JX500 gets a very good 68 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine pick to buy for your holidays.

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lighter than competition in class (113 grams)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (26mm)
no Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)

Fujifilm JX500 Landscape photography information

When you are looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Fujifilm JX500 at it's awful rating of 34 as a landscape camera is just not good amongst its competition.

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relatively wide (26mm)
good MP (14MP)
no manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse function

Fujifilm JX500 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging should really posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Fujifilm JX500 is just not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a awful score of 28.

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relatively wide (26mm)
lighter than competitors (113g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of mic support

Fujifilm JX500 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the JX500, below is a collection of the top placed cameras that fall within the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph underneath shows you an overview of the JX500 vs it's top ranking competitors mentioned previously.

Following are additional cameras you may regard as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Fujifilm FinePix JX500
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-130mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen tech
TFT color LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
8 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/1400 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
4.50 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
113 grams (0.25 pounds)
Physical dimensions
100 x 56 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Storage slots
Launch cost