Electronics giant Sony Corp. said Wednesday it had halted shipments of some Handycam video cameras after finding they could be used for filming more than meets the eye.

Some versions of the Handycam have infrared technology which lets users shoot at night or in darkness in a "night shot" mode.But magazine reports revealed that when the special feature is used in daylight, it can "see through" clothing - underwear can show up, especially on those lightly dressed, and people wearing swimsuits look almost naked.

Sony said the first the company knew of the camera's surprise feature was when reporters started asking for comments on the "new way" of using the camera.