Oh noes! It seems Kyocera has failed to escape the CCD fate that has recently befallen eight of Sony's Cyber-shots
and four of Nikon's Coolpix cameras
. Kyocera has just announced that its Finecam M400R, M410R and SL400R cameras, released in March 2004, are all at risk for CCD defects and failures. In response, Kyocera is providing free repairs to any such cameras until March 2010, and is also offering free checkups to such affected models. Kyocera isn't saying who's responsible for the CCD manufacturer, but the similarities to the problems and causes in the cases of Nikon and Sony mean its most likely the same CCDs: defective Sony manufacturing strikes once again.