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My wife has a A77 II camera. It suddenly stopped working last September. Since it was just out of warranty, Sony told us to send it to Precision Camera repairs. The repair cost was around $400 (over a third of the original camera cost). We sent it in September and Precision Camera repairs kept it for over a month "waiting for the part". When it was sent back, it was basically in the same state it was when originally sent - unable to turn it on since day one. We sent it back again, and was sent back to us end November. The camera worked for a while, then again the autofocus stopped working in the middle of our trip. Now precision camera does not even answer my request for them to pay the return shipping cost, while we are still under their 3 months warranty! My name is Christian **; the camera serial number is 3376891; the last order repair is **.

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The camera fits in my front pocket, opens quickly, takes decent 16 mp pictures, also fair video, and battery life is outstanding. There's good ease of use except for the wheel control. I have dropped it a few times so some of the features flip on automatically. It's a good and practical camera with a good value for the price.

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I like my camera because it was a gift from my husband. It is priced well and is under 50.00. Also, it is a Point-and-Shoot camera. It is small enough to use anywhere and takes clear sharp pictures. The pictures are pretty awesome when developed. It has also not been broken or damaged in the 6 years that I have owned it.

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My Sony camera is a great unit and it takes great pictures except in the bright sunlight without an eye viewfinder to see the image that you want to shoot. It would be better with a viewfinder. Otherwise it has very good value and has good ease of use.

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We use our Sony camera for pictures on our web page and for pictures of lots of carriage parts for our carriage company. It's very easy to use and easy to carry on horseback as it's nice and small. It takes very clear pictures and nice video.

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Good quality pictures is my priority. The Sony camera has multi-function options to choose, almost everything to get that good quality of a picture. It's also user-friendly. It is smaller compared to other brands and the best thing about it, it is not too heavy to bring along. It is easy to use even for not pros and kids. The value is excellent.

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My camera is old & somewhat bulky, but it takes great and sharp pictures. It's easy to use but may need to refer to user's manual. For example, there's different backgrounds and special effects. There are also, accessories that may not be available. Overall, it's of very good quality and value.

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It's a more expensive Sony. I had wanted the Ti Canon, but the guy talked me into the Sony. It's very complicated and has too many bells and whistles for my taste, and I've never run into someone who had one so I could ask them what I was doing wrong. I'm sure it's an awesome camera, but I don't like it.

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An excellent mid-range camera for both indoor and outdoor photography... Great aperture and easily learned controls... Even though outdated this camera has taken over 30,000 pictures and is still going strong.

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When looking for a camera, we do our research to ensure that we are getting good quality products at a reasonable price. SONY, in general, is our go-to for many of our products as they are easy to use, of good quality, reasonably priced and they stand behind their products.

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I really like my Sony A3000. This is my 4th Sony SLR/DSLR. I am happy with the Sony products. I still have my Sony SRT101, built like a tank and still operating. Downsized to the A3000 about 1 year ago. A small lightweight camera with lots of features and it take great photos.

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Sony SLTA55VL camera. I went to use my camera yesterday to take my kid's Christmas pics and as soon as I got started I heard a click and the camera would not work afterwards. As you can see (I attached the info from first repair), this is the second time now that this has happened at the MOST IMPORTANT TIMES when I could not replace the opportunity of everyone being at home!!! I think it is ridiculous to have so many issues with this camera and while I do love the camera, it is not worth the problems (the coating has also come off the back lens and it overheats when using the video). It is always a hassle to have to ship my camera back and then when I really want to use I can not use the camera.

In addition, being charged huge sums for repairs of a defective camera! I would really like a replacement or a credit for another product. The first time they charged me $124 for repairs and now an estimate of $206 for a second repair and IN ADDITION THE WEBSITE is not working so I cannot even apply for a repair to their repair center! I also spent hours on the phone trying to speak with someone but no one ever answers, just a machine. I purchased it at an actual Sony store in the mall which has also closed! I would just throw it away but I have already invested in expensive lenses. Based on this service, I would not buy another Sony product ever! I am so disappointed and also annoyed.

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I bought my Sony Xperia Z5 compact at the end of January 2016. Within a few months the camera had stopped working. I sent it to Sony for repair who were at this time helpful. Received the handset back and it worked. Within a few months it had the same issue - the camera wouldn't work and it was over heating. So it had to be sent off again... revived it back and less than 24 hours later the handset is broken again! Obviously I was furious by this point. I called in and was told I would have to send it off yet again. I was told it would be a 3-5 day turnaround.

Well here I am on day 10 and still no phone!! They are not dealing with my complaints at all and the best they do is say sorry. Sorry just isn't cutting it anymore. I have now been told I will be sent a replacement handset but that it will be a refurbished one. I do not accept this. The customer service people are horrendous and basically do not care at all. Would love to know where I can make a proper complaint!

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I've owned a number of cameras - 35mm, medium format & a couple of inexpensive digital cameras. I decided, after some research, to buy a Sony a6300 camera/16-50 mm lens from Henry's (online). Initially I was pleased with the camera/lens package. I took a course (familiarize yourself with your digital camera) at our local college. The camera was excellent. The picture's good.

My problems started when I took the camera on a trip. The camera or should I say the lens worked when I got on the plane - it did not work when I got off of the plane. Henry's tells me that the camera was dropped - it was not. I have a letter from Henry's stating that they continue to have problems with this Sony lens. Neither Henry's nor Sony will honor the warranty. Henry's suggested that I contact VISA for warranty coverage. At Henry's, a replacement lens costs well over $400.00 (less than $200.00) on ebay. Henry's has lost another customer to US camera discounters.

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Sony warranty is complete garbage. They would try anything as not to cover or fix the problems that exist. Example, a65 dslr camera, lcd screen coatings comes off which makes it hard to view the screen. This has been an on going problem for many Sony camera users. Mine was purchased from Henry's and so was extended warranty. They also likes to play the game, come up with reason/excuse not to repair the problem.

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In my professional life, I had the opportunity to use a Sony DSLR. I liked it so much I bought one for myself. With some inheritance money I purchased my first brand new DSLR A55 from Henry's camera. It has served me flawlessly until this past summer. I had some issues with the Heat sensors. Recently I took the camera to Henry's to get the heat sensor looked at. I was shocked to find out that Henry's wanted $100.00 per hour just to look at it, and basically told me to go find my own service. I contacted Sony, and they referred me to MTC in Whitby. I took it in and was treated very well. The Big shock was the $800.00 repair estimate because of the cost of Sony parts. I am disgusted with post warranty support of my @sony_canada DSLR A55 from @HenrysCamera! I WILL NEVER PURCHASE A SONY PRODUCT AGAIN!

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First of all, I was customer of Sony Cameras the last 5 years. I have spent at least $ 3,500.00 in Sony products between a HandyCam, cameras, lenses and the Action Cam. I bought the camera in a Sony Store on 01/16/2015. Six months ago I complained with Sony's Customer Services about my battery. It was lasting no more than 20 minutes. (It is recorded in Sony's system). According them, they sent me a battery, but I did not receive it. Also, they do not have any tracking to prove it as the representative of Sony explained to me in an email where that battery is, nobody knows.

I found a solution to my problem - buying another battery and a battery charge. Apparently the problem with the multiport was present in that time and it did not allow my battery charge completely. I do not use the camera really often. In my last trip I figured out that the problem was not my battery, the problem was the port which receive the cable to charge the battery into the camera. So I started a new claim which involved two telephone calls at least 20 minutes each and three e-mails to receive the response from Sony: my product is out of warranty for 10 days. While it is clear that the camera had this defect almost since the purchase.

I gave up Sony!! Now you have a new unsatisfied customer.

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I have purchased numerous Sony products, i.e. Laptop, T.V. & most recently, 2013, the Sony RX100 II. The camera itself works well! Unfortunately, the coating on the rear screen has almost worn off. This camera has always been placed in its very own camera bag after each use. Additionally, the MULTI port flap no longer closes properly. Sony doesn't care about its customers & is known for its myriad of excuses. Had a previous experience with my Sony laptop. They kept telling me it was my fault that the battery was draining too quickly. I discovered several months later that their battery was defective. Customer service had my laptop for close to a year before returning it & saying there was nothing they could do. If you want terrible customer service then buy Sony. Frankly, I've lost faith in the company. No more purchasing Sony products!

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I contacted Sony about a break in the hot shoe of my flash HVL-F20M and they referred me to Precision Camera. The flash was out of warranty and Precision told me the cost of repair was $96.50 (new HVL-F20M is $149). I opted for the repair since the flash was in excellent condition and sent it to Precision Camera. After receiving it, Precision said the repair would cost $300 (twice as much as a new flash, go figure). I told Sony about Precision Camera's "tactics" (a minor repair for a few dollars, salable in "like new" condition). Precision contacted me a few days later and said they would return my HVL-F20M flash "at no charge" but three months later, I have yet to receive it.

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This cameraaaa sucks!!! Won't import footage right, chops off my footage, blacks out, no audio, missing footage, and hard to use overall. I would not recommend this product. Shut down Sony. I hate you. Amen

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I own an NEX7 and an A6000. Let me start with the positives, and there are many. Besides being small, compact and generally easy to use, the image quality, sharpness and potential file sizes are outstanding. The APS-C EXMOR CMOS sensor and 24 MP output is superb. The cameras takes great photographs. But that's it. Do not expect these cameras to grow with you. First, the NEX7 and the A6000 have different size hot shoes. Not major, but indicative of poor planning. Further post introduction accessories are even more problematic. Lens selection is sparse, and relatively expensive for everyday lenses. Image quality/sharpness ranges from fair, with very wide angle/fisheye to very good with their prime lenses. Their compact size takes some getting used to and practice if you're coming from 35 mm cameras. But eventually you will. That said, I still miss the through-the-lens convenience and feel of a 35 mm camera.

All those issues are minor however, compared to trying to find fully compatible, fully functional accessories. For example, I especially like battery grips. Their benefits cannot be overstated. Better camera feel, significantly improved battery life and improved weight distribution. This support is where Sony fails miserably. Many, what could be considered essential, accessories are neither produced by nor fully supported by Sony. Many, as in the case of battery grips, are from third party manufacturers. Their quality can be anticipated by their completely unfamiliar names, inability to trace their country of manufacture, and ridiculously low prices. (In addition to the poor reviews they receive.) Sony appears to have zero interest in rectifying these shortcomings and seems only to be intent on the introduction of full frame cameras at three times the price while abandoning those early supporters of their otherwise excellent products.

Direct complaints to Sony have resulted in simple lip service and no indication of any intent on their behalf to provide support to earlier cameras despite the excellent images they produce. From my perspective, I regret choosing Sony to augment my 35 mm cameras. Until and unless they provide top quality accessories for their entire line, my suggestion is to either wait or look carefully at the many alternatives that are becoming more ubiquitous. If you want your camera to grow with you, investigate other manufacturers.

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I WILL NEVER AGAIN BUY A SONY PRODUCT NOR WILL I DEAL WITH A COMPANY CALLED 'KOGAN'. I am bitterly disappointed with my Sony RX100 camera. Takes nice pics but so many problems which others also have here. I am not alone. What is unchanging is that the company refuses to support its dodgy product. My problem concerns lens sticking and the battery cover, which fell off. I have been left to fix this myself, and because the camera was dropped once (on the other side), there is now a sufficient excuse to opt out of responsibility. Readers please note and pass on to anybody who is thinking of buying a Sony product. This company is morally deficient and should go out of business. Consumers can make this happen.

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Digital Camera ILCE5100 - I purchase this camera from Costco, since is over 3 months I had to contact Sony support. I tell them that my camera, the body is pealing off and deteriorating. They tell me that I need to send the unit for repair at Precision Camera. They send it back in the same conditions without any explanation. I call Sony, they tell me to send the unit again to Precision Camera, it comes back the same. Now they tell me that the warranty does not cover cosmetic issues, this is a Camera that is worth 1100.00. If I had known that I would not purchase the camera from Sony. They lost a customer and just so you know, don't purchase any products from Sony, their warranty is no good. Next camera I will buy will be a Canon, I never had any problems with their warranty or cameras.

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I bought the Sony HDR-AS100V early December 2014 on Amazon. My Sony cam turned out to be defective after 6 months of indoor use (never dropped, no liquid damage) - I called Sony and they send me to Precision Camera repair (their repair facility). The camera was received by them august 4th and I checked the repair status online August 14th... it says "please call our service", which I did right away. Apparently they want me to pay over $150 for the labor, only the parts are covered by the warranty. THIS cannot be correct! Why would I even have a warranty when I have to pay for labor?!?! This does not make sense at all! I am very upset! A Warranty covers parts and labor for a year by law!

Called Customer "service" again and was told that they would "take care" of it, I would receive an email from "precision camera" (repair facility) and receive my camera. Nothing happened - it's now Sept.1st; called them again and was dismissed with rude explanations of how Sony works. Well, I can tell you how Sony works; they do not stand behind their products! My camera was fine, except for the fact that the WiFi connection was broken, due to a failed part - does it take 2 hours to exchange this? NEVER. But they want $150 labor cost! So now, my Camera that failed to work properly after 6 months is GONE and after hours on the phone with the so-called impertinent "service". They won't even send it back to me! (is that called theft?)

I give up.. That's it, no more Sony products ever after being a fan for 30 years - the forums are full reasons why this company betrays their customers and does not care about their reputation. Thanks Sony, you have been nice but now you will receive what you deserve - customers turning their back! Oh, and not to mention Amazon - they could not care less either!

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The screen of a brand new SONY DSC-W800 failed the second day I had it. The dealer, Henry's Cameras told me: "You broke it." I have had numerous phones and another camera with LCD screens, and NEVER broke any of them. Interestingly, the failure started with a quarter-sized dead spot and bled until the entire screen was black. I paid for a Dealer Warranty but the dealer insisted that screens are NOT covered under any circumstances neither by them or by SONY because people break them. This is simply ROTTEN! SONY used to be a premium brand. My SONY TV is still working in its 23rd year... BUT now SONY products are nothing but Chinese trash. I would never buy another SONY product.

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A little cleaning fluid ran under the sensor-glass and I've sent the camera back to Sony for repair. Sony wants to replace the whole sensor for the price of £582! The sensor is covered by an outer glass which is clamped to it. Just a clean of the glass is all that is needed. Never will I buy another Sony product.

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You will not get help with questions even when inquiring about info on purchasing thousands of dollars of equipment. You will spend hours on the phone getting nowhere but transferred again & again to incompetent people, whether in a call center in Asia or a manager in a store. There is NO customer service. You may as well call McDonald's and ask the fry cook your questions - at least you will get them on the line quick and they would be just as knowledgeable.

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What a disappointment the Sony RX 100 has become. When new it worked fine, but alas it spat the dummy. After two years the lens got stuck and wouldn't operate. Error code states problem with lens. Repairer said cost of quote alone is $60 before starting. Lens replacement $185 plus labour. Repairer said it would be uneconomical to go ahead and I should buy a replacement. Well, I bought a broken down RX100 and DIY the lens. Yippee! The lens works again. However inside my camera I noticed RUSTED screws (4). Not impressed...'Sony'.

Mine was made in Japan. I hear in the forums, beware of the Chinese ones, as some screws are missing. Brilliant camera but Sony support woeful!!! My view on the stuck lens I believe was, “Camera turned ON by itself inside camera case. Showing battery 'exhausted'”. This was a genuine fully charged battery. Putting strain on lens as it was being forced to open. BEWARE. Cannon and Panasonic have similar cameras. Check the market.

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I purchased a Sony camcorder at Best Buy in December of 2014. In April it stopped charging. I called Sony end of May/beginning of June. I spoke to a woman who told me the repair would be covered and that all I needed to do was pay to mail it to Precision Camera. I sent it to Precision Camera and they called and told me the cost of repair was $94. I told them that Sony told me there was no charge. I had only used the camera three times and it was less than 6 months old when it stopped charging. They checked with Sony and called me back with the same price. An American from Sony happened to call to check on my experience and I told him that I was on a plane going on vacation without my camcorder because...and I explained to him the situation. He was apologetic and hoped I could work it out.

I called Sony when I got back and got some department across the world. No one could help me or transfer me to a manager. "We can't do that," he said. I kept up and he finally went to talk to his manager. He came back and said the same. "I can't transfer you." The manager (or someone) called back the next day, at the time I said I was NOT available. He only left the 800 number and said "I hope you can work out the problem". I called back 5 minutes later and was on the phone for half an hour, trying to get transferred to a manager. He went and asked his manager and again I was told no. I asked him to get his manager and bring him to his phone if there was no way to transfer. He said "we don't do things like that here...you will get a call back in 2-3 days. I was so frustrated I can't even begin to tell you. The camera was $159. They want $94 to fix it. They refuse to take customer service calls. I will never buy another Sony product.

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Bought a Sony Cyber-Shot model DSC-HX20V in July of 2012 and by December of 2014 the lens would no longer open. I contacted Sony support and was given the name of their designated repair center. It was returned and the repair center told me the parts were no longer available. I asked them are Sony's support length and they, Precision Camera, said, "They have a 5-10 support length," which apparently is untrue. I sent several emails to Sony explaining my situation and asking what their product support life cycle is but have not received a reply. Only tech support sent me an email asking if I wanted to buy another camera. Of course I said, "No." Apparently Sony does not stick by their products and it should be made known they only support their products for less than two years. I have bought much cheaper cameras in the past that have lasted much longer. I will no longer purchase anything from Sony.

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One of the leading electronic manufacturers in the world, Sony is an international entertainment company with a branch of its development devoted to cameras and video recorders.

  • Cyber-shot cameras: Cyber-shot cameras have fixed lenses designed to deliver professional-grade images from a compact device.
  • α E-mount cameras: The α (Alpha) line of Sony cameras is designed to perform like DSLR cameras but without the hefty size and weight. Like full-size DSLR cameras, these cameras feature interchangeable lenses to adapt to the user’s need.
  • Lens-style cameras: Sony’s line of lens-style cameras link up with the user’s smartphone to extend the range and focus of the phone’s camera. The user can also outfit this camera with compatible E-mount lenses.
  • Exmor sensor: One of the key features of Sony’s camera products is the Exmor sensor. This sensor lowers image noise to reduce grain, producing a clearer, more focused image.
  • G Master lenses: Sony’s latest G Master lenses are created for top-of-the-line performance. They are designed for faster focus and comprehensive user control, and they are resistant to dust and moisture, making maintenance easier.
  • Best for Sony cameras are best for users who value versatility in performance and customization.

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Sony Cameras Company Profile

Company Name:
Sony TVs
Year Founded:
1946
Address:
550 Madison Avenue
City:
New York
State/Province:
NY
Postal Code:
10022
Country:
United States
Website:
http://www.sony.com/