Panasonic Japan: Potential CCD issues for Lumix LC1|
(Thursday, February 8, 2007 - 14:04 EST)
Last December, we told readers about a warranty extension for Leica's Digilux 2 digital camera, covering problems with the CCD image sensor.
Similar problems have struck other manufacturers, since the affected CCDs were supplied for use in quite a range of digital cameras. To help readers quickly ascertain if they might be affected, we have a report on this site, where we've collated all the various reports of problems and warranty extensions.
Given that the Digilux 2 is a variant of Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LC1 design, it isn't surprising to find that some LC1 digicams can suffer from the same problem. We've just come across an article on Panasonic Japan's website (Japanese-language only), where the company is offering free repair in cases where the problem has manifested itself in that country.
At the current time, Panasonic's announcement only seems to cover the Japanese domestic market. We've yet to see any announcement from Panasonic in other markets, and would advise customers who have experienced the problem to contact their local Panasonic office to ascertain whether their camera may be covered under warranty. For customers in Japan, instructions on how to seek repair of the covered digicams can be found in the Japanese-language service advisory.