Fuji promises a modified sensor for the white disc blooming issue, not clear who will get it

Fujifilm issued a statement about the "white disc/sensor blooming" issue reported few months ago. In addition to the Finepix X10, the X-S1 camera is also impacted. A new firmware for the X-S1 will be released on March 21st. The second part of the statement is confusing - Fuji have developed a modified sensor that will resolve the issue and it will be available from late May 2012. Will all current Fuji X10 owners get their sensor replaced? Will the new sensor be included only in new X10 cameras?

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.
  2. 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.

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  • getanalogue

    first?
    would buy the x-10 immediately if the issue is resolved.

    • timon

      I would rather buy Nikon J1 or V1, it is a 3.35μm sensor, but the Fujifilm x10 is only a 2.15μm sensor. The current price cost of Nikon J1 kit is lower than the Fujifilm x10, and the price cost of Nikon V1 kit is not much higher than the x10. Despite looks the x10 is with a optical viewfinder, but the OVF is too small, not as good as Fujifilm x100.

      within 12 months at least, a high-class DC sensor should not be smaller than 3μm. The 2μm sensor is merely in mid-range cameras, and not a high-class camera.

      Tonal Range (grey levels)
      Nikon J1 ISO 100/ISO 73(measured) 8.2bits max, ISO 200/ISO 143 7.78bits
      Fujifilm x10 ISO 100/ISO 124(measured) 7.61bits max, ISO 200/ISO 232 7.18bits

      SNR 18%
      Nikon J1 ISO 100/ISO 73(measured) 36.7dB max, ISO 200/ISO 143 33.9dB
      Fujifilm x10 ISO 100/ISO 124 (measured) 32.8dB max, ISO 200/ISO 232 30.2dB

  • EBLIS

    Fuji seems to have a lot of problems and issues with their cameras, x100, x10, xs1 and maybe xpro1. I wanted the x100 and the xpro but from now on, Fiji, is dead for me.

  • Eppoh Heermans

    I’ve contacted Fuji and they insured me my X10-sensor will be replaced with a new one without cost. My X10 will be even better than it is now!

    • http://photorumors.com PR admin

      Then why didn’t they say that in the press release? Now people will probably put their purchases on hold until this issue is fixed.

    • http://twitter.com/ZDP189 ZDP-189

      That means it’s a recall?

  • Opinion…

    I have X10 but i never noticed the so called blooming issue either before or after the last firmware update. But if they decide to replace my sensor I will surrender without a fight.

  • Mike

    It’s nice to see them take customers issues seriously. Unfortunately, whatever margin they made with this camera will get eaten up by this. But they get props for doing the right thing which will benefit them in the long run. Fuji has some great products lately. Just don’t want to see them become an “almost there” company like Sigma. That being said: X10, X100, X-S1, and X100 all denote first generations of their new camera ideology. 2nd gener’s will be huge improvements as they typically are.

  • bs.lim

    That will be more exciting if they replace X10 sensor into X-Pro type sensor!

  • Michael

    They are replacing the sensor for exisitng owners free of charge. There may be some postage charges for the owner.

    • Harold Ellis

      people buying toys, sending them back and forth and D90 still works and works and works…

    • fred

      Do you have a source for this information?

  • Dennis

    I have the Fuji X-10 when it was released. Never had a problem with it. The first impression was that it took nice pictures and THAT IS WHAT I NEED! Every Camera has its problem but if a manufacturer says that it will fix it, that is what I am looking forward to it. But at the same time, don’t tell me that this small problem it will keep us in taking more photos with what we bough in the first place.

    • ATK

      This problem shouldn’t be passed through customers at the first place.

      None of digital cameras on the market never have this problem before….

      It seem like they known the problem but still insist to sell this to customers.

      good bye X1-pro…… Made in Japan doesn’t mean anything…

      I will stick with my old friends (Canon and nikon)

  • http://takeshigarcia.blogspot.com Takeshi

    They really need to do everything they can with all the issues… after all, the X range of cameras are their premium products. They wouldn’t want this issue to tarnish their X-Pro1 sales.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/ZDP189 ZDP-189

    Help. I can’t get my X10 to bloom. How do you do this? Is mine defective?

    :-P

    • applepie

      I fixed mine my pasting discs of white paper (from a 3-hole punch) to the LCD with epoxy. This way I can show my clients that they’ll get white orbs, even though they’re not in my final output. Then I use a Photoshop action to re-insert the orbs according to my exact specifications.

      • mooboy

        @ZDP-189
        It will happen when you’re taking a very important shot you won’t get a second chance at. You will know when it happens because your face will go from :) to :(

        @applepie
        Nice one ;)

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