Sony has detected that the CCD (Charge Couple Device) used in eight of its models sold worldwide between September 2003 and January 2005 could be defective. The models that have been affected by this problem are the DSC-F88, DSC-M1, DSC-T1, DSC-T11. DSC-T3. DSC-T33. DSC-U40 and DSC-U50.
In general, these problems have been reported by users themselves in countries where the climate is warmer. Tomio Takizawa, a Sony spokesman, has indicated that the company will be responsible for repairing defective cameras with such a problem for free.
Sony is the world’s largest CCD image sensor product. Because its CCDs were used by other companies, the problem may have also crossed Sony’s borders to affect digital camera models produced by other manufacturers. Thus, Canon, Konica Minolta, Nikon and Fuji Photo Film have indicated their plans to replace defective CCDs in those models in which the same type of problem is detected.