How I fixed the E:61:00 on my Sony DSC-P71 digital camera.

Symptoms :

  1. After pressing the power button in capture mode, the lens would extend and a slight humming from what appeared to be the auto focus motor could be heard for about 5 seconds. When the motor stopped humming, the camera would beep and display E:61:00 in the LCD Screen.
  2. Camera would extend the lens but not be able to focus on anything past 8 inches or so.
  3. Zoom in and zoom out would not work.
  4. Playback mode and the Setup mode was not affected.

A Picture of the E:61:00 Error Message

Solution :

This may sound crazy and this has not happened since I did this but here is what I did to get rid of that error message. I have not had that problem since but here was my steps:

  1. Turn the camera off
  2. Hold the camera face down over a hard surface (Like you are going to take of your desk) with only about half an inch above the surface.

OR reference the video files below for an alternate method.

  1. Turn the camera on
  2. Let the lens extend into the hard surface, don’t let it extend all the way. Mine retracted slightly and then tried to extend again (let it extend the second time).
  3. Lift the camera away from the hard surface and notice that the error message is gone.
  4. Take pictures of your favorite things.


Here is a video of the normal power up sequence of the camera.

Here is the first alternate method.

Here is the second alternate method.

Discussion :

I am not sure if this applies to this camera series but I found that the E:61:00 means "Difficult to adjust and focus, Inspect the lens block focus reset sensor".

I have read others being able to fix an error message of E:61:10. The simple solution to fix that error message was to the let the lens fully extend and give the lens a good whack. Possibly this error message means that the auto focus motor was past the maximum set point.

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How I fixed my Sony DSC-P100, the E:61:00-problem

Originally posted by Jenny-daSwede

Thanx for helping me feel assured that this failure easily could be fixed at home. I tried your way to fix the camera, to press the objective while it was extending... this did not work. So for you that have tried this, but not succeed... there´s hope...

1. Open the camera by .."unscrewing" the small screws... hehe, excuse the language, I´m Swedish...
2. Carefully pull the cover away from the inside part. You cannot take the front cover away totally, cause it is connected with the inside part with a cord... It´s the front side that is interesting though....
3. Close to the objective (the round part) the is a little bow-shaped cover, with two screws... Unscrew them and take the cover of... Inside you will find a bunch of very small gearwheels... Here is where the problem is... Try to spin them gently, and blow and poke them a little... Then put the power on to the camera, and you will se them work their asses of... if they are all spinning, and the objective is behaving normal again, the problem is solved... otherwise, try to help they function by poke them a little again, spin them and push on the lens again..
4. put the camera back to one piece... and voila!!! it´s working!!!!

I hope this will work for you, it did for me... But be careful so you don´t loose any parts...

Cheers from Jenny, Sweden.