I really hope (and it sounds like) I have just been unfortunate to have a bad sample. However, the mechanical switch is still an inherent weakness in the product compared to an electronic solution IMO.
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Regarding the tinted shots - I have not played around with the white ballance much (I'd only used it for an hour when it broke). However, I did go for a walk in a nearby forrest after the camera broke (and just used the ocular viewfinder) where I took a lot of shots.When I came home,I noticed that the color of the tree collumns came out with a reddish tint. Adjusting theWB might have helped, but I can't check it now. When I get the camera back, I'll go to the forrest and try it again.
style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Thanks for your reply.