Sony seems to have some kind of problem with screws.

Last year I noticed that several of the tiny screws in my Sony Clie handheld device had come loose. I tightened them, but several months later some were completely missing, and despite readjusting those that remained, within a short time every single screw that held the shell together was gone. I have had an elastic band around the handheld so long that the first one dried up and turned to dust and had to be replaced by another elastic band.

This evening while cleaning the lens on my Sony Cybershot F828, I noticed two strange holes in the side of the lens assembly. It turns out that four, yes FOUR of the tiny screws are missing from my camera. I checked and three others were loose.

Is Sony out to get me? I am thoroughly confused as to how two products from the same company can come unscrewed so easily (the screws are exactly the same type and size incidentally), when I have never in my life had to tighten a single screw on any other digital device. In fact, I think the only thing I’ve ever had to tighten was my grip on reality…

I guess I’ll have to go to a store here and find out if I can buy some tiny screws cheap or if I need to do the whole warranty thing with Sony to get my hands on them.