Hi,

I've had a Sony Alpha 200 for a few years but managed to drop it from about 1m height the other day. The UV lens filter took the impact and just has a small dent in it and the camera body etc is untouched.

When I turn the camera on there is a whirring noise for about a second that didn't happen before; at a guess, I'd say It sounds like an internal motor trying to find an index or zero position. The camera seems to auto focus fine afterwards although I'm not sure about whether macro shots are as good as they were before. It still takes pictures OK, I think.

I've taken the [kit] lens off the camera and it still makes the whirring noise at power up so I think it's an internal problem. I spoke to a local repair company and they said they don't deal with Sony equipment.

Is there anything I can do with this camera myself? For example, are there any diagnostic tools or ways of getting the camera to self-test (e.g. holding buttons down at power up) that might produce an error code or similar?

Does this sound like a common problem with this camera after a drop?

Or, can anyone recommend a repair place that deals with Sony cameras?

The problem is I go on holiday in a month and need the camera but I don't fancy spending almost as much on a repair as buying a new camera.....

Thanks in advance,
DNK