Meryl Arbing , Sep 14, 2005; 11:41 a.m.
As cameras get more electronically complex, there are more opportunities for failure. But, it is not limited to digital cameras..I remember my Contax 167MT 35mm film SLR...it is known for electrical problems and, in fact, the first one I bought had to be taken back to the store within the first day.
My current 167MT has no problems and I know that there are many many people who have the Sony 717 and who have not had problems. I doubt that it is a common problem across the board..just bad luck.