Am I the only one who thinks that the original E-P1 had the best balance of retro and modern styling?
At last Fujifilm admits what most users had already guessed: this is a hardware fault and software cannot solve it. The statement is a bit vague: is every X10 owner entitled to a sensor upgrade? Is is covered by warranty? What about people who (like me) have returned it? I might buy an X10 again if the new sensor solves the problem but how can we sure to get the newer sensor?Given the bad publicity, I think Fuji is going to come up with a slighty revised version to give customer some distinguishing feature i.e. an X10 "special edition".But overall this is good news and I think people who returned the cameras did push Fuji to do the right thing (fix the sensor).
Louis_Dobson: It's hilarious to me that people want their money back for this tiny issue.
The whole culture of "I'll buy it and if I don't like it I'll send it back opened and buy something else" appals me.
Sadly the X10 is not a camera I need or want, or else I'd see if I could pick one up cheap once all the hissy-fitters are putting them on ebay...
>I've yet to see a single shot supposedly ruined by this trivial flaw I >would not have binned anyway.
I owned the X10 for about a week before I returned it. Here's a sample of the orb issue on a perfectly good shot (but no, it would not win any contest).
sarkozy: Fuji says on the phone:Professionals are satisfied with the X10. The Orbs are Result the sensor design and the high aperture of the lensMany professionals use the ORBS consciously as a stylistic device - guysthis is the way . . .
One can only wonder why this "stylistic device" was carefully avoided in all of Fuji's promotional shots for the X10:
Guidenet: I would have thought they'd have easily caught this during testing. They must have rushed sensor production before the testing was over just like a lot of people purchased before reviews and early adopter experiences came in. Everyone rushing to get the latest.
Now, if you were the Fuji boss for the year, how would you get out of this, knowing it was a sensor issue and not fixable via software? You could financially cripple the company by taking them all back. You could bluster through it and give people software to fix it in post and a free leather case. Might work but expensive.
What you couldn't do is to recall them and replace the sensor. What new sensor? Who could do the work? I bet the cost would be greater than a whole new camera production. Again, you'd financially cripple the company. Sometimes it's impossible for a company to do the right thing. The right thing for you might be completely wrong for owners of their other cameras. There has to be a compromise.
Guidenet: Fuji will still have to deal with the profit loss of all the returned and unsold X10s (the prices have been dropping sharply).But I think you are reversing responsability: it was Fuji's decision to use an unconventional sensor on the X10 developed internally, so they should have tested it better before committing to production. Moreover, there is also PR damage due to loss of trust. I returned my X10 and will not buy a new Fuji without waiting for tests, reviews etc. So what was the advantage for Fuji of rushing the X10 to market?
I returned my X10 because of this issue. The effect is easy to reproduce if you shoot bright specular highlights, even in casual daylight photos:
It is a shame because the X10 would otherwise be my preferred compact camera.