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


Symptoms :

        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.

        Camera would extend the lens but not be able to focus on anything past 8 inches or so.

        Zoom in and zoom out would  not work.

        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:

        Turn the camera off

        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.

        Turn the camera on

        Let the lens extend into the hard surface, donít let it extend all the way.Mine retracted slightly and then tried to extend again (let it extend the second time).

        Lift the camera away from the hard surface and notice that the error message is gone.

        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 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 for this means, that the auto focus motor was past the maximum set point.


Hope this helps someone out there, any questions just e-mail me at


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