Summary: White blank screen quick fix. Try turning off the camera and briskly taping the front of the camera in the palm of your hand a few times. Many DSC-S40 cameras seem to have the same problem. Sony service does not admit to ever hearing of this problem.
Summary: I bought this camera in August of 2005 and have already had to get it fixed three times (all three were within the first year)! It has just broken for the fourth time and is no longer under warranty (it would cost $111 to get repaired!) I would definitely NOT recommend buying this camera. My business will no longer be going to Sony.
Summary: I would never recommend this camera to anyone. The reliability is horrible. We had to send it in twice under warranty to fix a faulty diplay screen and now that it is just out of warranty the screen has stopped working again. I don't think I will ever buy anything made by Sony again.
Nice pictures, as long as the camera lasts (~1 year)
27 March 2007
Summary: I too, loved the camera, despite the small LCD screen size, until it got the infamous White Screen of Death that this particular camera is known for, which usually occurs AFTER the warranty expires (1 year). Photos outside are great, poor low-light photos though, but I paid $100 for it (and with $20 coupon it was $80). Small LCD screen means that it takes less battery power, so the rechargeable AA batteries lasted a long time.
Summary: Like others, mine will review pictures but shuts off almost immediately when in I turn it on in still mode. Bought in December 2005, it is now not working. It is scandalous that so many of us have the same issue and Sony is not addressing it. Sony should be forced to recall these cameras.
Summary: I have owned my DSC-S40 camera for 13 months now and was fairly pleased with it until last week the LCD screen suddenly went completely white. I can't access the menu or review pictures taken. I poured through the instruction manual and the only advice available was to replace the batteries, which I had already done. Then, I chatted online with a representative from Sony who also could only tell me to change the batteries and then recommended me send it in for service.
Summary: I have had this camera for 11 months now and back in the market for a new camera. At 5 months, the screen started to go white and I could not access any photos, I could take pictures but not view/erase or even access the menu. Sony wanted the camera back (seemed to be a common problem on the website). We learned that if we shook that camera the picture came back long enough to access the menu. For 6 months this has been going and and now the camera is shot.
Summary: I have had this for nearly a year. It was my first digital camera, and I really did not know what to look for when buying it. I went with the Sony because Sony products are, for the most part, good to excellent. I think their large screen tvs are vastly over rated, but everything else is top notch.