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This should not be taken as indicating any inherent deficiency in Sony products beyond the now discontinued sensors involved. According to the update , which currently seems to be available only in the Japanese language, the defect may potentially be found in an additional eight digital camera models shown in red above , which went on sale from - The Japanese advisory states that these newly added models will be eligible for free service regardless of warranty status should any malfunction be caused by the CCD sensor, in the same way as detailed in the original service advisory.
The original service advisory was posted on the Sony Asia Pacific Support site. The Asia Pacific post lists all affected models in a concise format. On the Sony US website, the advisories are only listed on the support pages for each individual product. To see the information for your product, go to this page, enter your model number and click "Search" to find all relevant information.
Sony will also cover the cost of shipping and handling to service to correct this issue. Rather, owners are instructed to contact the Sony Customer Information Services Center for further assistance at For your easy reference, here is a link to the original IR news story on the Sony advisory , as well as one to the expanded Sony advisory IR news story.
What to do if you have an affected product: In all cases, the manufacturers involved are offering free repair of affected products, even if the original warranty period has expired.
If you have a product that displays the problem described here, you must contact the manufacturer to arrange for the repair. This is important. In most cases, the answer is unfortunately no. If there are other problems with my product, will the manufacturer fix those at the same time?
Not for free. While it would certainly make sense to go ahead and have any other needed repairs performed while your product is once back at the manufacturer, the policy across the board has been that only the CCD repair will be performed for free. Any other needed repair or maintenance will be billed at normal rates. Is there a time limit on the offered repairs? Contact the manufacturer in question.
Is it safe to buy a digital camera today? Is the problem fixed? Whatever its cause see below for a range of theories , the issue apparently was researched and solved at a manufacturing level by March of Beyond that, we feel that the responsible manner in which the industry is dealing with it bodes well for the future, should anything of similar scope occur again.
What caused the problem? Several different explanations for this problem have been put forward by various parties. Our own industry contacts indicated that the problem was caused by the use of epoxy chip packages for the failing sensor units, rather than more robust and also much more expensive ceramic packages. The environmental sealing of epoxy circuit packaging is generally not as good as that of ceramic packaging, and in the case of the failing sensors appears to have let moisture enter the chip cavity itself.
This seemed to be a quite plausible explanation, but subsequently, two other possible causes came to our attention. According to Nikkei journalist Naoki Asakawa, the problem was twofold: Changed settings on a wire bonding system resulted in weaker joints between wires and electrodes; and iodine-bearing bonding compound vaporized inside the CCD package which further decayed the joint surface.
Nikkei reported that Sony removed the iodine compound from its CCD manufacturing process, and said that the company also introduced a test for bonding strength in March Finally, an email from reader Paul Taylor pointed us toward another possibility. This is obviously something we do not recommend trying, as it could damage other components in your camera and lead to expensive repair bills. Still, given that little if any force could be transferred through the sensor package by these methods, it does hint at another problem coming into play in at least some cameras.
Paul theorized that the zero insertion force ZIF connectors and flex cables inside the camera might not be providing sufficiently good contact, and mechanical action on the camera body could move the cables inside the connectors enough to temporarily improve the situation. Regardless of whether the problem is one or more of the above, or something else entirely, the important thing to note is that the manufacturers are doing an admirable job of standing behind their products.
Not only is this good news for customers who own affected cameras, but it is certainly encouraging for those consumers buying new cameras today and in the future. And to reiterate We are assured that current and recent models are not affected by this sensor problem.
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