Tokyo - Citing potential battery problems in its popular consumer digital camera, Sony issued a notice to owners of its DSC-P1 digital camera yesterday that they can submit the model for free servicing.
A company spokesperson said that previous reports that the company was issuing a recall were incorrect.
According to the spokesperson, the problem with the P1 relates to dust and oxidation build-up where the AC adapter connects to the camera's battery. The resultant build-up prevented the camera's battery from achieving full-charge, resulting in premature shut downs and other failures.
The company will conduct checkups and repair (free of charge) those digital cameras found with battery problems until April of 2004.
The P1 started selling in October 2000 with production ending in September 2001.
Sony refused to disclose the sales volume of the model, according to written reports citing industry analysts, it is estimate at 500,000 units worldwide.