Fuji x100 ccd faulty (source of banding)... 500€ repair cost: keep or ditch for alternative?

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thedarktower New Member • Posts: 13
Fuji x100 ccd faulty (source of banding)... 500€ repair cost: keep or ditch for alternative?

I just received an email from Fuji customer service, telling me that it would cost 500€ to get rid of the godawful banding in my old and trusty (2011) Fuji X100. Some of the banding can be alleviated by running the shots through something like DeNoise (excellent banding reduction!) because Lightroom or Capture One can't deal with it.

I'm torn between keeping it in this semi-faulty state (it's not suuuuuuuuuuuuuper obvious in day to day shots but all my northern light shots suffer from it :/ ) or buying something new. I love the Fuji X100's image quality and have no idea what - in a similar if not cheaper price category - could be an alternative, especially if I need good high ISO performance.

Here are some of the shots I sent them.

Any hints / advice, fellow dpreviewers?

Fujifilm FinePix X100
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