About a year or two ago, my mother purchased a Samsung SCD23 digital camera. I had been doing research on what I wanted in a new digital camera and would not have chosen this camera myself, but my mother is an idiot, yadda yadda yadda, she walked out of Radioshack with one.
Last week I was over at my friend Christine’s place to take pictures of some of her excellent jewelry. While taking pictures the view screen decided to go all black. I tried to look through the eyepiece but it was all static-y. I messed around with it, turning it on and off in many different ways, and after a few minutes it decided to work again. I was a bit annoyed, but didn’t think that much of it.
A few days later I would use the camera again to take some pictures of stuff for listing stuff for my comic guy on ebay. No problems there. Yaaaa. Must be all better, right?
I went to use the camera today for listing this week’s stuff. Got the first item all lined up in my view screen, was about to press the button to take the picture and BOOM stupid screen is all black again. I had to take this week’s pictures on my stupid camera phone. Now I gotta figure out how to get pictures off of there. Grr.
Annoyed, I searched the Interweb to see if there was some trouble shooting to fix this and I found out that this is not an isolated incident. It seems that was an industry-wide problem with digital cameras produced from some time in 2002 to some time in 2004 had faulty CCD. To take this in to get fixed should cost about $150.
Canon, Fujifilm, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Ricoh, and Sony have already agreed to repair the problem free of charge, including shipping, regardless of warranty status. Samsung is the ONLY remaining major camcorder manufacturer who has not yet issued a recall/free repair offer.
Because Samsung has been the only hold out from fixing this issue, so some irate owner is setting up a class-action lawsuit. Do I think it’ll go anywhere? Nope. Am I annoyed that I’m out of a digital camera? Yup. 🙁