Could the new X10 sensor need new firmware.
These are shot with the new sensor I think they pop and how, negligible noise and deals very well with some awkward specular highlights. Apart from the missed ballpoint pen in pic 1 it is very zen like. I think this sensor is the equal of the old and no orbs.
The gamma of these pics is set for printing on an Epson Stylus Photo using Claria inks so will seem overexposed if viewed at full brightness.
I think that the new sensor is an L shooting sensor and resort to pixel binning is only necessary when you need DR400 at ISO 100 (as in pic 1) or ISO in excess of 800. IMO.