Sony is recalling eight Cyber-shot digital camera models worldwide because of a defect in the screen.

Sony has said it will recall eight models of its Cyber-shot digital cameras after finding a defect in the liquid crystal display screen.

The problem is caused by a glitch with the image sensor, which may mean the screen does not display images correctly, Sony said.

The company would not say how many cameras were affected.

The recall applies to models sold worldwide between September 2003 and January 2005.

The electronics giant will repair for free only cameras that show signs of the problems, according to Sony spokesman Chisato Kitsukawa.

This is the second time in just over a year that Tokyo-based Sony has announced defects in its digital cameras. It cited similar problems with 20 other models last October and offered free repairs.

It also follows the global recall of about 10 million Sony-made rechargeable batteries, affecting almost every major laptop maker in the world, because of fears they could overheat and catch fire.

The recall applies to models DSC-F88, DSC-M1, DSC-T1, DSC-T11, DSC-T3, DSC-T33, DSC-U40 and DSC-U50.