I had my camera repaired after a coffee spill knocked out the top board directly under the top cover. That took care of all the problems except now my view through the viewfinder is a spot instead of a rectangle. The pictures are all fully filled and look fine but I can's see the corners of my shot through the viewfinder. The repairman believes that Sony has a configuration change for this but we couldn't find anything.
This is probably a problem you are going to have to take up with your repairman but first, take the lens off and look in the camera but don't touch. Did the repairman forget to peel off the protective plastic? If not, kindly have him order another and replace it free of charge since he did not complete the services required on his end of the bargain (which was to get your camera back to its original state in exchange for money). Perhaps it was a once-in-a-lifetime mistake on Sony's part. Good luck!
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The viewfinder of your camera covers about 95% of the picture that is shot. So you should see less in the viewfinder than what is on your photo. So not only to the bottom, but also on top and on the sides, should be more on the picture than in your viewfinder. If the whole picture really shifts, and something is not on the picture, of what you saw in the viewfinder, something must be wrong with your camera. Was it ever dropped? because that could have shifted the pentaprism in the viewfinder. Or the mirror just behind the lens could be a little off?
As long as your pictures cover what you would have in the picture, and they are sharp, don't bother.
I suddenly had similar problems with my SR300. I replaced the flat ribbon cable (looks orange) between the body and the LCD display and camera works like new. The ribbon cable is subject to cracking the internal wires where it flexes when you open and close the LCD display. There was also a new part number for the cable so I suspect it is a known problem.
I took the camera to Sony repair center. They wanted to charge me 65/hr to repair plus parts. I asked, How much do you think it could cost to fix it. tops? He said I don't know, depending on what we have to change. I said tell me, maybe 100 , 120 he said it could be!
The camera new, they are going on sale for $199. I said forget it.
I took it home. Took it apart. I moved the flash card a bit and it started working. I am assuming something came loose and it is working fine now. I saved myself over $100 bucks. Ha, ha.
It appears that at least some of the E61:20 errors relate to the viewfinder zoom. On this camera, the viewfinder window has a lens system that tracks with the main camera lens as you zoom in and out. On mine, at startup the camera runs the lens out and does a check to make sure that the viewfinder and lens are in sync. As I look through the viewfinder while the grinding noise takes place, I can see the image jiggling slightly, as though a gear was slipping somewhere. Once the noise stops, so does the jiggling. The error message is reporting that the viewfinder isn't properly tracking with the lens. This error may actually be more generic, indicating that some mechanical system (zoom, focus, viewfinder) didn't pass its self-test on startup.
Next, I'll pop the case open to see if I can track down the problem in detail. If I do, I'll post a followup.