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Old Jun 12, 2011, 9:35 PM   #11
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DNK, my A200 makes a quiet little ker-chunk when I turn it on. It might be mirror movement. It makes no other sound. As I stated above, there is a short whirring when I turn it off and that is due to the focus motor setting the lens to it's shortest length, i.e. infinity, Have you tried powering up with the focus switch in "Manual" prior to turning the camera on? That would eliminate the sound coming from the focus drive motor.
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Old Jun 13, 2011, 7:04 AM   #12
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Hi,

if the sony is expensive to repair, I might just opt for a new camera.

What do people think of the Canon SX130? This seems to have fallen in price and can be had in the Uk for about 150. I've had a Canon P&S before and thought that, in some ways, the image quality was better than the A200.

It's this or a Panasonic TZ10 but I don't really like the GPS function...

Any advice, please?
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Old Jun 13, 2011, 7:21 AM   #13
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Find out what's causing the noise before you do anything drastic.

Do you have any other lenses for the A200? If you do, the investment you made in those will be wasted if you abandon Sony dSLRs altogether.
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I've had a price for a repair - 144. The camera was 299 new, if I remember correctly. It's just the wrong sort of price - almost worth repairing but a lot of money nevertheless and I have a fear the drop may have damaged other things.

I have nothing "invested" in the Sony system since I always retained the kit lens - I was thinking about getting a better lens but never got around to it.

I think I might have settled on getting a Panasonic TZ8 now since it has some of the features of the SLR but is more manageable.

I'll miss the SLR, though, I think.
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I understand your quandary. Good luck with whatever you do.
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I'll miss the SLR, though, I think.
It there an option to disable the image stabiliser. There
was a time when none of us had IS and we seemed to
manage without it.
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Hi all,

I also have a Sony a200 and I have a problem. Basically when I look through the viewfinder and take a shot the photo does not come out properly. The image is a much lower perspective than I was looking at (it is as though I am actually pointing lower than I was). I am going away on holiday very soon so I am reluctant to send it off as I think it will not be fixed in time........Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

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You're describing exactly what others have described as the image stabilization system fails. I suspect that your A200 is no longer under warranty, and it could cost as much as $250-$300 to fix, but you should get it back in a reasonable amount of time.

You might consider replacing it.

Do you have a collection of lenses already?
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