Having problems with your Sony Cybershot DSC-T200 Digital Camera ?

My Sony Cybershot camera is now displaying a distorted tint to all my pics taken, and I have tried to adjust all my settings to correct the problem to no avail. Is there a solution to this problem without major expense? Model # is DSC-T33

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Unfortunately your camera has the classic symptom of a ccd failure.

There were a huge number of Sony manufactured 5MP sensors which had a manufacturing fault which caused them to fail prematurely, and there was a "soft recall" whereby Sony did not generally announce the problem with any great fanfare, but offered owners a free repair. Somewhat grudgingly... there was a form to fill in which stated that if the fault was due to anything else then the owner would be liable for repair costs. This may have frightened off some folks who realised that it would be cheaper to replace their camera.

Unfortunately Sony discontinued the free repair offer a few months ago. All affected cameras had by then reached the end of their design lifespan and I believe that the stocks of spare parts (long-obsolete 5MP ccd units) had been exhausted; your DSC-T200 will be around five years old now so it's passed it's design life. Even if you get the spares, repairing your camera makes no economic sense as you can buy a far better model, brand new, for less than the repair costs.

Many other cameras were also affected as other manufacturers like Canon and Nikon bought the sensors from Sony. Some manufacturers had arrangement that Sony would make repairs, others (e.g. Canon) did it themselves and so some non-Sony models are still getting free repairs whilst those companies still have spares.

If it helps, pretty much ALL earlier ccd's don't last; there are few digital cameras which still work after five or six years, but the fault which Sony had is now well understood and manufacturing technology has vastly improved since then. However, it still makes you wonder when even a top of the line Nikon SLR only has a two year warranty...Digital cameras simply do not last anything like as long as many 35mm film cameras and probably won't do so for a long while, if ever.

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Sounds ccd imager chip is getting failed and will be replaced to get correct live view in camera mode.
Let me know if you can take apart camera to replace ccd imager chip so to provide you part number info.

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