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A Camera Disaster

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My Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-P10 recently went haywire to unknown causes. The menu works fine and I can review pictures that were taken before, but when I turn the camera on to actually take a picture the whole thing screws up. The camera has Smart Zoom and I think this is what is messing it up because the lens focuses in and out until it just quits and an error message appears that tells me to turn the camera on and off again. If you listen closely, it also makes a strange grinding noise. I have cleaned the lenses and even reset the camera, but to no avail. I'm wondering if I'm better off just buying a new camera. Any ideas?
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i think you've either got to see if there's a camera repair shop that could fix the camera....or buy a new one....

sounds like the focusing actuator (that's probably not what it's really called but it's the best description i've got) might be busted? the thing that moves the lenses to focus the camera....maybe the gears are stripped so it can't run through it's full "focus test" routine (most cameras do a focal test first to make sure it's working)
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Most of this type of technology is considered "disposable". Especially this one since its at least 4 years old. Your specific one may not be, but the DSC-P10 came out in 2003, so one way or another, its 4 year old technology.

The chances of you finding someone who can fix it are remote at best.

We can always give suggestions if you are looking at a new one.
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That camera needs repairs, but the truth of the matter is you can find a new camera that is 10 times better for at least $100 now!

I say throw it away in the recycling bin since it's old school or give it to a repair shop as a trade or price deduction off a new camera. They can possible fix it or use the spare parts and give you a deal for a new cam. Shops that do this kind of stuff are usually in any downtown area of every city and specifically sell cameras only!

Edited by superstar, 27 March 2008 - 12:44 PM.

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