Recently, I purcahsed a Rebel T3 through an Amazon promotion. Upon doing so, I was elligible for a $400 cash card, as I had also purchased a Pixma9000 at the time of the order. Upon receiving this card and using the camera for a month, I started noticing a few dead pixels in my ISO 1600 images. (One red pixel in particular is quite noticeable against a black background.)
Beyond this, I also started to notice that when shooting in bursts, the camera would periodically corrupt an image if I had decided to hit the playback button before the camera was done processing. (My XS never had this issue, even while shooting with the same card. Granted, it does shoot a little bit slower by default.)
Lastly, I have noticed that in a few of my bursts, focus can tend to shift slightly from one place to the next, despite not having increased or decreased my distance from the subject. (I also manually select my own focus points, so it isn't a re-composing issue.)
A recent series I took of a well-lit grasshopper shows this quite clearly. I may post samples here if any of you find that necessary.
Anyway, upon noticing these things, I contacted Amazon customer service to see if there was any way of getting my money back. (I highly doubted it at this point, but I figured I'd give it a shot anyway.) Much to my surprise, they are letting me do so.
My question interally though is this: Is it morally bankrupt? I mean, first off, I'm essentially getting free cash out of the deal, as I was able to sell the printer for $215 dollars. (I paid $433 initially, but subtract $215 from that, and then throw on another $400 from the card, and I'm left with $182 in my pocket.)
Also, what if it's just my SD card and lens that are causing the issues? If that is true, than that would mean the only thing REALLY wrong with this camera is a few dead pixels, which, as annoying as they are, probably don't warrant an extra $182 in my wallet.
Your thougths? (I was going to get rid of this thing anyway, as I can't stand the tiny viewfinder and the slow continuous shooting rate, but I'm not so sure if returning it is proper.)