20 Most Recent Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 Digital Camera Questions & Answers

Not all cameras charge from the USB cord. Also there are some USB cords for data, some for charging.

Sony Alpha... | Answered on Nov 05, 2017

Check that the camera or lens AF/MF switch hasn't moved to MF.
This will turn off the auto focus on the camera.
You can see them both in this photo.


Sony Alpha... | Answered on Jan 16, 2015

I had the same issue. I believe that our cat knocked the camera off of our coffee table, a distance of only 16 inches or so. I searched the Internet for any possible solutions but found nothing specific. I did see some comments on parallax issues. I tried everything I could think of and finally resorted to sending it to Sony for repair. I am still waiting to get it back from Sony but the repair only cost $108.00 including return shipping. Sony called me last night and informed me of the progress. It was a little hard to understand the gentleman but he said it was something to do with a "shooter" part. My recommendation is to send it to them for repair.

Sony Alpha... | Answered on May 09, 2013

a firmware update error appears to have trashed your main circuit. usually this requires replacement of the circuit and initialization of the new circuit and downloading of data for it will work, which requires software not available from Sony. I am afraid from what you say this sounds like a factory repair - though I would argue with them that you did everything right and they ought to fix it for free

Sony Alpha... | Answered on Jun 04, 2012


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Sony Alpha... | Answered on May 02, 2011

There are numerous things that can cause a lens error, and none of them good. The camera is almost new and shouldn't be experiencing any of these messages. You should contact Sony support and see what can be done. Here is their support site:
If they can't help you resolve this, and won't honor any kind of warranty, the following site details things you can try to correct this problem:
There are tiny gears inside the lens assembly, and a focusing ring, and any speck of dirt or dust or lint can jam one up, causing a lens error. You can try to spray some compressed air ($4 at Walmart) inside the lens assembly, while it's extended, and hopefully free it up.
Hopefully Sony will help you out, and allow an exchange.

Sony Alpha... | Answered on Jan 02, 2011

An SD memory card usually has a little white slider on the outside of it. I says in small letter, with a little arrow "LOCK" . Push the slider in the opposite direction of the arrow i.e. to unlock it.
If this is the case, then the camera should be able to communicate and write to the card.
There is also the possibility that the device in the camera which detects this slider is damaged. In that case the camera should be repaired. I think, though you will be OK moving the slider.
I hope this has helped you.
Happy New Year,
Best, Mark

Sony Alpha... | Answered on Jan 01, 2011

can you tell me how to solve memory card error for Sony SLR a230? they asked me to format it but i've taken thousands pictures. please and thank you

Sony Alpha... | Answered on Jan 01, 2011

I suggest you use a separate card reader from now on. 0d84816.jpg

Sony Alpha... | Answered on Oct 16, 2010

Unfortunately this is a Japanese spec walkman and there is no option to change the language!

you could try to flash (replace) the firmware from an English spec walkman but if not done properly that could damage it and make it unusable!

I would just live with it and possibly learn Japanese ??

Sony Cameras | Answered on Jun 09, 2020

You have to format SD cards in the camera they are installed in. The operating systems are proprietary to each make, and sometimes even a specific model. Read this


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Sony Cameras | Answered on May 25, 2020

Not unless your willing to do it yourself.
Tweezers to pick at it or a precision screwdriver set to dissemble the unit and remove the card and reassemble.
Good Luck

Sony Cameras | Answered on May 21, 2020

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