I have seen ur report on camera failure on net. me too purchased this dsc f 717 last august and last week suddenly camera started with lcd showing no picture but some hazy coloured screen. I was really surprised and shocked when such a trouble from a camera which i purchased after spending almost 6 months on net visiting sites such as dpreview, steves digicam etc. Kindly sent me a detailed report what exactly the problem u r facing with ur camera. In my case there no image on lcd as well as evf some sharp coloures were displayed as if original image is horizontly blurred. and i fully agree with u that a company like sony should give good regards to customers for such expensive products as dscf717.
with lots of hope and expectations i ended up buying this product and i am an amatuer fotographer. the entire episode turn out to be a disaster and with comments on net and lack of response from sony i think every time i look at my camera in my wardrobe i am going to get constipation and sleepless nights.
best regards to all of u
N G Sathyanarayanan from Cochin