F707: Serial Number List, Update #25

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F707: Serial Number List, Update #25

Serial-Number-List for F707, 25th edition (289 records)

  1. ##### News ######

16 entries added
8 entries updated

  1. ##### FAQ ######

Why are we doing this list here ?

  • To track down issues like BFS

  • To see the distribution of F707s around the world

  • Just for curiosity

What are those XXX in the serial numbers ?
For privacy reasons are the last three digits left out.

What is BFS ?
Blue Flash Syndrom. More here:
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1009&message=1656988

What is LEVBFS ?
Low EV Blue Flash Syndrom. More here:
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1009&message=1787200

Where do I find the manufacturing date ?
On the right side on the lens barrel - possibly only in US -
is a sticker "Certification" with a date:
http://www.pbase.com/chewey9/sticker&browse%3DY

What is done to fix the BFS ?
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1009&message=1757824

Where is the list ?
Because dpreview´s message editor accepts max. 6000 chars, the list is
divided in four postings.

What is about those blue and black dots ?
Blue dot is a camera that has been returnd to Sony by the end user for
corrections (retail customer). Black dot is a camera that has been
returned by wholesaler, supplier or retailer before the unit was released
for retail sale.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1009&message=1835258
Example from Sony Europe:
http://registration.sonystyle-europe.com/DimeSupport/upload/F707_b.jpg

  1. ##### Statistics ######

According to Sony, BFS should be limited to the S/N ranges:
1010001 - 1022960 (JAPAN)
1320001 - 1335130 (USA)
1336621 - 1339030 (USA)
1710001 - 1718100 (EUROPE)
1718220 - 1720501 (EUROPE)
1850001 - 1850650 (UK)
1860001 - 1860800 (UK)

37.0% (107) have BFS
9.3% (27) have LEVBFS
20.8% (60) have NO BFS
5.2% (15) have BFS FIXED
27.7% (80) status unknown
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100% (289)

Country codes of serial numbers:
10xxxxx: Japan
12xxxxx: ???
131xxxx: Japan
132xxxx: USA
16xxxxx: Canada
17xxxxx: Europe (Continental)
185xxxx: Sweden, Russia
186xxxx: UK
189xxxx: Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Africa
19xxxxx: Hong Kong, Australia, China, New Zealand

Serial Numbers
Serial Numbers > = 1328xxx produced in Oct. 2001
Serial Numbers > = 1344xxx produced in Nov. 2001

  1. ##### Sony´s comments ######

USA: Official statement from Sony USA to BFS:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0110/01103103sonydscf707bfsfix.asp
According to Sony the only cameras affected fall between serial numbers
1320001 - 1335130 and
1336621 - 1339030

Japan: Official statement from Sony Japan to BFS:
http://www.sony.co.jp/sd/ServiceArea/FAQ/visual/mavica/ms/dsc-f707/027.html
Affected cameras are in the serial number range:
1010001 - 1022960

Europe: Official statement from Sony Europe to BFS:

http://registration.sonystyle-europe.com/dime/support/faq.asp?lang_id=0&faq_id=3981&product_id=574&info_category_id=113

Affected cameras are in the serial number range:
1710001 - 1718100
1718220 - 1720501
1850001 - 1850650
1860001 - 1860800

UK: BFS fix available:
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1009&message=1759364

Hong Kong: BFS fix available Nov. 24th
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1009&message=1769477

Singapore: BFS fix available:
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1009&message=1757824

Canada: BFS fix available:
http://www.ipsc-ont.org/the_fix.htm

WHAT´S WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD ?

  1. ##### Adding your number ######

Feel free to add your number to this list. You can omit any field.
Please reply only to the FIRST message in this message thread, thanks!
Please post if your camera suffers from BFS or not and the manufacturing
date (sticker on lens barrel).

  1. ##### The List ######

(see next postings)

  1. ##### Credits ######

Original concept by: BunnyBun
Initated by: TraceyS
Thanks to: STF
--Ivo

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