There's been a lot of talk on popular photo forums about the "white orb" or "white disc" problem on the Fujifilm X10. I've been working on the review (which is taking forever due to the weather) and have encountered the problem myself. Four nights ago, I took my night test photos, and couldn't miss the huge white discs in several places in my photos. As luck would have it, Fuji released the 1.03 firmware upgrade
which is supposed to reduce the problem, so I installed it right away.
Jump to Monday night, and I was back out at my usual spot on Treasure Island, re-shooting the night photos. I didn't bother waiting until I got home to see how things looked -- I went right into playback mode and zoomed in. The results: exactly the same as before. Some thoughts:
- The firmware upgrade did not reduce the problem
- The problem is not limited to EXR mode, as the firmware upgrade notes state
- Shooting RAW does not reduce the blooming
- I'm starting to think that this is a hardware issue that cannot be easily fixed
Crops of the night shots can be seen after the link. The full review will be posted shortly after the sun comes back out.
No, this isn't actually a press release. But below you can see the night test shots, taken on different nights, before and after the 1.03 firmware upgrade.
Before firmware upgrade (click for full size)
After firmware upgrade
(click for full size)