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Sand in camera

Hi i got sand in my camera we have managed to clean most of it out but unfortaunatly the lens has still got sand in it when i turn the unit on it says turn off the power and turn back on again.
when i turn it on the lens opens but makes a crnching sound like the sand is rubbing in side. do u think i will be able to get this fixed and how much do u think this will cost. thank for ur help!

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Hi

A couple solutions would be to either buy a defective camera online and make one good camera from the two if you can do that sort of thing yourself, or secondly have it repaired by somebody. It's possible if your lens is torn down it can be cleaned out properly and it will work again, although it is very likely that there is gear damage due to the sand. They don't always break, but every piece of sand must be removed.

Don't bother trying to send the camera to Sony (though you can call them and verify what I'm about to say) because they will want $150+ to do the repair for you. Sony parts are not cheap to buy from them.

I know of one very affordable digital camera repair business... because I own it. The name is Darntoothysam com, feel free to check us out. We are on that big auction website also (I don't plug their name for free), our seller ID is 'darntoothysam'. If you Google "darntoothysam" you will find us easily.

If you search our website for your model number, we have your repair listed as a package in our store for about $70. This covers a new lens, and return shipping of your camera! We even give a 45 day warranty on parts and labor. If you think you can use us then please check us out, even if you need to ask more questions then please feel free to contact me.

Hope this helps,

Thomas
Darntoothysam com

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

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