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Sony A300 not working

zapar40 Avatar
zapar40 13 66 5 Wales
27 Feb 2012 6:29PM
hello, i have a problem withy my sony a300, its dead !!
it has done just over 19,500 shots over 2.5 years

my questions are

firstly is it posible to fix and what sort of prices to fix would i be looking at. (how long do these entry level cameras usually last?)

the story below helps to describe the problem i was having.

while out with the camera, the mist rolled in off the sea and i carried on shooting abstract images, but then the camera, after a click, the screen turned white with a message saying "camera error", none of the controls would work so i had to switch camera off then back on again, then trying some more the camera worked once then failed again. switched lenses and the same happened, so gave up and went home.
at the house tried it a few more times and thought that perhaps the aperture control plate was sticking, any way the camera then decided it was not going to switch on again, tried freshly recharged battery and still no life.??? now i'm stuck!!

secondly, if i would need a new/secondhand sony dslr body, where would you suggest i look as i am very short on cash. (i may get to £400 as i was saving for the sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens.) i have looked at various sites like ebay but i worry about those and hope i can get advice on a trusted place to look.

thank you for your time on this.

strawman Avatar
strawman 19 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 10:55PM
Anthony. First some advice (sorry not a Sony owner so it is a bit generic). To give the camera a chance try taking out all the batteries (often they have a watch type battery as well as a rechargeable one) and remove the lens and memory card. Then place the camera in a warm dry area with no lens and the compartments open. Leave it alone for a day then try it again. It is possible you have an excess of moisture in some of the electronics and this may help revive it.

If nothing else removing the batteries and then finding and performing a factory rest may well kick it back into life. On putting it back together try it with no lens and no memory card. If it responds try a factory reset and if its working try it with a memory card then with a lens. If it works with no card/lens but fails after you fit them then the body may in fact be fine.

Your description matches more what happens when you get moisture onto the electronics than mechanical failure. And I would worry that it is not economic to repair it.

If it is broken then I would contact a reputable Sony dealer or try one of their service centres. I know with Canon you can get a good idea of the cost prior to sending it off and you can ask for an assessment without having to go all the way to the full repair. Try looking in the Sony web site for a list of authorised repairers. Again reputable camera dealers are the best in my view and you can always look in the forums, but for second hand sadly there is less kit around than for Canon and Nikon.

In terms of dealers I have used then I like T4 for advice and service including organising repairs.
MPB are good but do not stock Sony,
Mifsuds have some Sony/Minolta stuff and an A700 is in stock in your price range.
zapar40 Avatar
zapar40 13 66 5 Wales
27 Feb 2012 11:25PM
thank you strawman, i shall try the drying out tonight and see, i saw an advert from mifsuds today so will check there website.
cheers, anthony.
strawman Avatar
strawman 19 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 11:32PM
Hey good luck I hope it comes back to life for you and that you get another couple of years from it.
Builders Avatar
Builders 11 15
17 Mar 2012 7:37AM
I have a sony 200, and I get camera error message too from time to time
zapar40 Avatar
zapar40 13 66 5 Wales
17 Mar 2012 8:21AM
best of luck with it "builders" i think mine died from trying to switch it on and off too many times, i have just purchased a new a450 so a bit of a better camera but without the moving screen.
Josievazquez Avatar
26 Jan 2019 11:26PM
Hello I have a Sony a300 and For some odd reason it has shut off on me and has not turned on. Iíve changed the battery packs left it alone change SD cards but it does not want to turn on , is it fixable ?


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