Fuji: The only way out of the white orb problem is a new sensor

For months now we saw Fuji trying to solve the famous “White Orbs” problem on the X10 and XS-1 cameras. Even the recent firmware updates couldn’t solve the problem. And at the end of story after Fuji had to take a drastic decision. A new sensor has to be made!

Here is the full Fuji press release:

March 12, 2012

The FUJIFILM X10 and X-S1 digital cameras were made available by Fujifilm late last year, and have been generally very well received by customers, who admire the excellent picture quality, manual zoom lens and viewfinder.

However, we did receive some inquiries concerning the so-called ‘white disc’ or ‘blooming’ occurrence, where exceptional highlights in the picture can appear as strongly delineated rounded shapes. This ‘blooming’ effect can occur with all digital cameras which use CMOS sensors, to varying degrees.  It can also occur with the X10 and X-S1 when shooting in certain conditions, e.g. cars with front lights shining in dark night scene. The X10 and X-S1 are fitted with a very advanced sensor, which gives excellent picture quality and low noise, but which does give a different ‘blooming’ effect from other cameras. 

Fujifilm has a long-standing history of delivering top quality products to the market. In response to our customers’ comments, we have worked hard to find an improvement to reduce the ‘blooming’ effect of the X10 and X-S1. Below are the actions we have undertaken.

  1. In February, we announced a firmware upgrade for the X10 (version 1.03) which does reduce the white disc occurrence specifically in EXR mode. It works by identifying scenes that are likely to get ‘white disc’ blooming.  When the camera recognizes such a scene, it automatically increases the ISO and optimizes DR (dynamic range).  As the ISO increases, the white discs are less evident. * New firmware for the X-S1 will be available from March 21, 2012.
  1. We will also develop a modified sensor, which will more universally resolve the ‘white disc’ blooming effect in all modes. We are working hard to make this new sensor available from late May 2012.

We encourage any customer with an X10 and X-S1 who has experienced the ‘white disc’ phenomenon to call their local authorized Fujifilm service centre.

Fujifilm is committed to delivering the highest quality products to the photographic community, and is happy to provide this improvement.


The question remains if current X10 and XS-1 owners will be able to trade in the camera for a new one with new sensor…

New Fujirumors theme coming mid March. Designer got a huge cold :)

Dear readers!

This is a very new website and I long worked on a complete new and very sexy design for it. Too bad the Designer got a massive 10 days cold in late February and he is now busy catching up with all the work on his websites. He told the FujiRumors theme should be up by mid March (one week). I am really looking forward to it as it’s really complicated to write articles now when I know that the layout will be different in a few days.

So be patient, soon the firework will start!
Patrick (FR admin)

Fuji X PRO 1 in Stock in Japan!

As promised by Fuji the new X PRO 1 is TODAY in Stock at Amazon Japan (Click here)! It should arrive by mid/end March in USA and European stores.

The Fuji X PRO 1 camera can be preordered:
in USA/Canada at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here), Epxansys US (Click here) and Expansys Canada (Click here).
in Europe at Jessops UK (Click here), eBay Italy (Click here) and Expansys UK (Click here).
in Asia at Amazon Japan (Click here) and eBay Japan (Click here).

The Fuji X 18mm f/2.0 can be preordered:
in USA/Canada at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
in Asia at Amazon Japan (Click here).

The Fuji X 35mm f/1.4 can be preordered:
in USA/Canada at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
in Asia at Amazon Japan (Click here).

The Fuji X 60mm f/2.4 macro can be preordered:
in USA/Canada at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

Fuji says it’s too early for the use of organic sensors (and they sold more X10 and X100 than they expected).


In an Interview with Lenstip (Click here) Fuji didn’t unveil any secret news about the future strategy. There were a lot of “We will consider it” answers :(

Anyway, they said that the super high quality organic sensor (that we hoped to be inside the X PRO 1) will not be find any use in the short term. It’s still too early for a real use on cameras.

Lenstip (Click here) posted a set of Jpeg image samples taken with the X PRO 1 including a crazy comparison with a Mamiya 645 medium format camera using Velvia film.