Sony Electronics Inc Informative - Free repair for failed CCD
A couple of years ago at Christmas, I received a Sony Cybershot DSCV1 digital camera. At the time, it was rather state-of-the-art and at $500.00, not exactly inexpensive. A great point-and-shoot camera overall.
I used this camera over the course of two years, shooting a lot of photos - mostly of my son to upload to digital photo viewers at his grandparents homes. Because we live so far from them, it helps them keep up with our lives.
As I said, great camera, I even won a couple of amateur photo contests with some of the images. Great camera, until this spring when it stopped taking pictures. Well, I guess it would take photographs, but the images appeared to be blurry or "smeared." They appeared like a "watercolor in the rain" - thank you Al Stewart.
I tried "resetting" the camera, turning it off and on - a tried and true electronics "fix." I googled trouble shoots and tried everything, to no avail. As anyone who knows anything about electronics, particularly cameras, I realized that by now, the thing was worth only a fraction of it's original value and certainly not worth putting in a shop to repair. As my former hated boss once said, "don't put new money into old electronics."
Fast forward to this week. I'd just left the Sony camera sitting on a shelf and had upgraded to the nifty Nikon D70s, also a great camera, and a DSLR to boot. I'd considered opening the Sony up, jiggling some stuff and hoping something would happen. Then, I happened upon a website that depicted the EXACT problem I'm having and a problem that is not germane only to this make and model.
Evidently, SONY was the manufacturer for many brands CCD chip, still and video cameras, consumer and professional alike. Many suffered the same chip failure as my little point and shoot and sony has agreed to repair them FREE!
Therefore, if you've got a still or video camera, and you believe through no obvious fault of your own that the thing has died i.e. blurred images or no images at all, you should google up your camera and see if it's involved in this recall. From what I can tell, their make-good offer expires in october of '07.
Good luck and happy shooting! - pwp
Here's the website for the SONYs