White Orb Problem? Lots of purchasers of the Fuji X10 are very unhappy with what they believe are defective cameras (sensors bloom -- Google "Fuji X10 white orb"). Fuji says the cameras...
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White Orb Problem? Lots of purchasers of the Fuji X10 are very unhappy with what they believe are defective cameras (sensors bloom -- Google "Fuji X10 white orb"). Fuji says the cameras are within tolerances but they will try a firmware update to reduce the problem. Some users are not bothered by the artifacts on the $600 X10 but others are livid about Fuji's casual response. I own two Fuji EXR cameras but won't buy another until I see how Fuji handles this issue. This X-S1 camera is mentioned as having potentially the same issue; if you're interested in this camera, you might hold off and see if the actual production model has the same issue as the X10.
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Fuji released a firmware update (1.03) that they claimed was going to help with the white dot problem in the EXR modes, but not eliminate the problem. In my own tests using normal dynamic range and shooting both RAW and JPEG files in a controlled setting, I found absolutely no difference between firmware 1.01 and 1.03. The orbs are there at ISO 100 and virtually gone by ISO 800. It is likely that no firmware can fix the camera.
A new sensor correcting the white orbs for the X10 and XS1 is due out in June. Not sure if you can send your already purchased ones in for a replacement sensor or not. Also not sure on how you will be able to decipher between the first versions and the ones with the new sensor once they hit the shelves.
I scored the deal yesterday and have it in hand today. Serial Number 33.......... This tells me that it was produced in 2013, 3rd quarter so it definitely is the new sensor. It doesn't exibit lens droop or unwind. There is a little play in the lens when extended, but not like I saw on Utube videos of the problem. Battery is charging and I'm fired up! Weird about the 1.03, the site has the newest one as 1.01 as of now. I wonder if they went back once they changed the sensor?
I was so interested in the baby brother of the x100 until I read about the orb issue. I am actually surprised that Fuji has refused to see that there is a problem not addressed by the offered filmware. For now, until something better than the Lumix LX3 comes out, I will wait.