The FUJIFILM X10 is a high-end enthusiast compact digital camera using an unusual sensor design.
Unfortunately, upon its Fall 2011 release, the camera quickly became infamous for the uniquely disturbing "white
orbs" that often appeared in areas where the sensor was saturated. FUJIFILM's first attempt at a fix was firmware
released on February 25, 2012 if it had little effect. In April 2012, a sensor replacement essentially solved the
This paper explores the "white orb" phenomenon in detail. After FUJIFILM's attempt at a firmware fix failed,
the author decided to create a post-processing tool that automatically could repair existing images. DeOrbIt was
released as a free tool on March 7, 2012. To better understand the problem and how to fix it, the WWW form
version of the tool logs images, processing parameters, and evaluations by users. The current paper describes the
technical problem, the novel computational photography methods used by DeOrbit to repair affected images, and
the public perceptions revealed by this experiment.