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Sony a6000 bricked!!!!


New to TalkEmount
May 11, 2017
Hi All,

I turned on my Sony a6000 for the first time in a few weeks, and the shutter was not responding, it was not taking a photo, so I tried doing the update from v2 to v3, and after loading to 90% (tried doing update on both Mac and PC btw) it failed...and then after, it would load the main screen, but none of the functions responded to the buttons or dials...I dropped off the camera at Photo Tech Repair Services in NYC, and they said its the main and electric circuit which is the problem, parts costing $229 not including labor!!!! Nearly half the price of what I paid for the camera from BHPhoto!!!! What do you suggest I do? Are they marking up the price for the part(s)? Can I find the part for cheaper and supply it to them? Any kind of bargaining chip I can use...the quote seems so high!!!! Thanx in advance for suggestions.

sven karma

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Oct 5, 2016
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mark evans
Commiserations, I would think it unlikely you would be able to find a specialist part significantly cheaper, though I've only had to look for replacement Panasonic parts (I ended up getting a nearly new GX7 for less than the repair cost I was quoted).


TalkEmount Hall of Famer
Aug 12, 2014
Arrid Zone-A, USA
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Sorry to read of your camera's demise. :(
IMHO, the first thing I would've tried was make sure the battery was 100% charged, and then tried a reset to factory defaults.
I am not fond of their method of firmware updating. Should be a simple, copy-to-card method.
So, you're facing over $300 in parts and labor to get it working. I'd search and call to see if there are other shops that can do a firmware bricking restore for less.


TalkEmount Regular
Sep 30, 2015
Bristol UK
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Have you insurance or us it covered on your house insurance? If so claim accidental damage , just check on the policy terms

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