Question about Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Digital Camera
My camera will focus but when I puch the button for the shot I get a camera error code = 0x56. The only way I have found to clear this error code is to cut the camera off and back on but then it repeats the error when I try to take a shot
Here's a link to the Sony website where you can download the manual.
Posted on Nov 17, 2008
Hi! I just had the same problem with my Sony A100, when I tried two different CF cards. I was getting the same error message as reported above: "Unable to use card" then "Format?" then that format fails. Thinking the camera
is broken, I checked online camera repair sites and also called Sony
directly. Sony's flat rate, and that of PrecisionCamera is $228 to fix
CF card failure. Then my daughter said, "the CF card in my room works
fine in the camera" - and lo and behold - it does. The CF card that
works is brand PQI and is marked Hi-Speed 60 2Gb. The cards that do NOT
work are marked SanDisk Ultra II 1.0Gb and SanDisk 128 Mb. So my advice
is, before you give up on the camera as broken, try a number of
different CF cards first.
The second cause of CF failure is if someone has pushed a CF card in the wrong way. That can bend one or more of the tiny metal contact pins in the CF socket in the camera. Look carefully to see that all the pins are straight up. [I don't know how one can straighten these pins, or if the whole socket would need to be replaced...but at least you can determine the cause of the CF failure.]
Best regards - Michael
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
In that case it's broken and is not a DIY fix. Usually it's either the flash tube or flash charging circuitry/capacitor, and they're the sort of things which can just fail suddenly.
Your camera will still be under the manufacturer's one year worldwide warranty, so contact Sony in your country to find out what the local arrangements are.
You'll need to provide proof of the purchase date, if you cannot do so then the repair will be chargeable; Sony have a fixed fee policy for dSLR repairs and if you're in the UK then it's currently £114.56.
Note that if you're in the UK then you additionally have Sale of Goods Act protection for up to six years (five in Scotland). The Act states thaty goods must be of durable quality with respect to the price paid and intended use. Clearly the camera should not fail within such a short space of time so you may be able to return the camera and demand a refund from the retailer. Enforcing your rights is sometimes a different story altogether, but note that if you accept a repair from the retailer then you future rights to reject the goods are severely reduced.
One further VITAL point: if there is even the slightest evidence of any unauthorised repair attempts, all your consumer rights vanish.
On balance, I'd strongly recommend that you either return the camera for exchange/refund or return it to Sony under warranty.
Hope that this helps, all that I ask in return is for you to take a moment to rate my answer.
Posted on Feb 03, 2010
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