Sony woes continue, this time Cyber-shot cameras

Sony woes continue, this time Cyber-shot cameras

(earthtimes.org) - Beleaguered electronics giant Sony, continues on its trouble ridden path this year with an announcement that the company will repair, free of charge, cameras affected by a defect detected in the popular Cyber-shot range of compact digital cameras.

Sony spokesman Chisato Kitsukawa, said in a statement to the press, that LCD displays on eight models of the Cyber-shot range, suffer from a number of problems that include images being displayed incorrectly, or distortion, reports Trend.

Some cameras might possibly be incapable of taking pictures at all. Models sold in Japan and globally between September 2003 to January 2005 are especially susceptible. Sony would not comment on the number of cameras estimated to be affected by the snag.

The statement comes hot on the heels of Sony's embarrassing international recall of its laptop batteries used in laptops made by the biggest names in the business.

It is also the second time in over a year that Sony has announced problems with its cameras; the company had made similar free repair offers last October for 20 other defective camera models.

Sony's woes get worse; the Japanese major has lost its hold over much of the global home appliance market that includes portable music players, DVD recorders and Flat Panel Televisions, to rivals in this space.

Sony's much awaited video game console, Playstation 3, went on sale in Japan and the US in early November. Industry observers feel that the console could turn around the company's fortunes with the holiday season just around the corner.

A worrying factor, is rival console maker Microsoft's, X-box 360. A recent statement issued by Microsoft, announced additional broadband services to subscribers of the software giant's X-box Live Marketplace platform that allow users to download TV shows and full length movies. Sony's Playstation 3 offers similar services, but current offerings are restricted to short video clips and video games for download.

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