Not exactly a product recall... but ...well you be the judge.
Apparently May/June we should start seeing x10's & XS1's with the new sensor.
Here's a link to the full announcement at DPreview.com
After watching the reaction from X10 and XS users, its fair to say there are a lot of very unhappy X10 & XS1 owners out there. There are also a lot who are happy using these cameras, and it appears build quality between batches is highly variable, with some reporting no highlight issues or focus problems, or the lens droop in the XS1.
That said, both of these cameras should never have been released onto the market. The quality control and manufacture process has been disastrous. Offering a firmware fix to the XS1 owners for a clearly defective sensor is nothing short of stupidity on Fuji's part. Its the same sensor as seen in the X10, yet they try to fob the owners off with a very poor firmware update and suggestions that one shouldn't shoot the camera under 800 ISO.
I've seldom heard anything so bloody stupid.
The saving grace in all of this may be the HS30 and the F750, which are both showing promise from initial reports from early adopters.
Here in New Zealand its price point is far too expensive as is the F750's.
With the x1-Pro coming in in excess of $3000.00 for the body & a couple of lenses there really isn't much on offer this year. Even when they do release the revised cameras (X10) with a changed sensor to the market they will be on the verge of announcing the next generation of the HS & X series cameras, so it makes little sense to buy what could still be a flawed camera when the newer ones wont be too long from coming to the market.
My advice for would be buyer of XS1's and X10's is wait until the new generation of the cameras come to market, Fuji will hopefully have redressed these design issues.
Have I lost faith in the Fuji brand. To a large degree Yes.
I was going to upgrade from the HS20 to the XS1 as a logical improvement path. Unfortunately that's not likely to happen in the near future. I have considered the HS30 as an alternative but am yet to be convinced that I will get a "Significant Gain" over the output of my HS20 to warrant changing. In essence Fuji have forced my hand in the purchase of a new camera firmly towards the DSLR market. I don't really want a DSLR camera, I want an all in one shooter, that has the versatility of the HS series with as close to DSLR image quality as I can get. That was supposed to be the XS1. Hopefully it will now be the XS2. In the meantime I will keep the HS20 and use it until something better comes along.
In the meantime Fuji would do well to revise their processes and consider the damage to their reputation. If they really want to be the third largest camera producer then they really need to step up to the plate. Near enough is no longer good enough, especially when going up against Nikon, Canon and Sony.