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Review: Sony Mavica FD-71

by Edward Goss,


[mavTheMav graphic]Product Information:
Model-MVC FD71
Manufactured by: Sony Computer Products
MSRP: $699

System Requirements
System 7.5 or later
Macintosh PC Exchange
A program to view JPEGs

Surprises in life are fun. Unexpected, very pleasant surprises are rare enough to be a real treat. The Sony Mavica FD-71 has been such a pleasant surprise, and so much fun, that I can no longer imagine not having one. My wife has spent some time as a professional photographer; so when the time came to buy a digital camera for her, I knew not just any one would do. After months of investigation, talking to owners and reading a myriad of reviews, I discovered two things.

First, I became very weary of computer product reviewers who touted the camera they reviewed as “the next great thing” in the beginning of a review, only to list so many problems with the product in the latter part of the review that I couldn’t imagine buying one!

Second, I learned that no matter how good a digital camera is, a decent quality 35mm film camera will outperform it, hands down. Much like the argument that CDs can never sound as good as a decent LP, due to the inherent digital sampling of an analog product, digital images are nothing more than “sampled” pixels of a real image. I decided to center my search on two criteria: Ease of use and battery life. So many of the Mega-pixel cameras seemed to have downloading difficulties and short battery life expectancy that I kept coming back to the Digital Mavica format. When I finally got a chance to use a friend’s older FD-7, I was hooked.

Here’s what you get with the Sony FD-71:

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Downtown Warren, Vermont (Is that a “small dog” on the porch?)

The FD-71 has “standard” and “fine” image settings, with “fine” increasing image quality by reducing JPEG compression. The 10x zoom allows for photos from a macro at a half inch out to infinity! It has three recording modes: Normal—for regular photos, E-mail—which adds a 320x240 image for each photo to reduce file size for e-mailing, and Bitmap—a non-compression format for actual pixel photos with a subsequently larger file size. Only one Bitmap image will fit on a floppy.
The Mavica uses regular 3.5" floppies as “film.” They are formatted as DOS disks; and can be read by any PC, or Mac System 7.5 or later with PC exchange. Images are stored as JPEGs; any program that can view JPEGs will work to view your photos. I found the Shareware program Graphic Converter absolutely indispensable.

Using the FD-71 is a snap. Take a floppy full of photos (15-40 depending on flash, mode, exposure, etc.), copy them to your hard drive, and view them in the GraphicConverter “Browser” mode. The FD-71's on-screen controls take a little getting used to; the small buttons invite an occasional “Oops” if you push the wrong one. Once you are familiar with it, you can use the FD-71 as a simple point-and-shoot camera; or you can adjust the settings for whatever your project demands.

The 2.5" LCD Screen is the viewfinder, where you frame your shots or view photos after they are taken. If you don’t like a particular shot, you can simply erase it from within the screen, and try another. You can erase a photo immediately after it is taken, or later if you want to conserve space. You can also format a disk while it is in the camera, in case you only have Mac-formatted floppies available. There is a “copy” function which makes a duplicate of any floppy that is in the camera. We have found this handy on vacation; if we wish we can give our subjects a copy to take home with them! The on-screen display also informs you of disk space available, battery time remaining, exposure mode, picture effects, and image quality.

There are six different exposure modes:
Soft Portrait - For soft background portraits and accurate skin tones.
Sports Lesson - Faster shutter speed for fast-moving subjects.
Beach & Ski - Proper exposure in strong light, such as the beach or ski slope. Sunset & Moon - For dark environments like sunsets, fireworks, neon signs, etc. Landscape Mode - For distant objects or shooting through a window or screen. Panfocus Mode - Proper exposure for quick shots or flash use in the dark.

There are also five different picture effects modes:
Normal - For regular use.
Negative Art - The color and brightness of the photo is reversed.
Sepia - The picture will be in Sepia tone (all warm browns and tans,
like old Tin Type pictures).
Black and White - The picture will be monochrome (Black and White).
Solarize - Colors are rendered as blocks and posterized.

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The Mighty Guard Dog Hammerli

The FD-71 is infinitely adjustable allowing you to tailor your photos to your needs. You can also use the FD-71 for Web image recording; the JPEGs can be uploaded or e-mailed with ease. Its cross-platform support, ease of use and quality of image makes the FD-71 a perfect choice for those who want to purchase a digital camera that won’t be obsolete next week. I was delighted with the image quality, color accuracy, and overall “enjoyability” of the Mavica.

I have two criticisms of the Mavica. I find the LCD screen-as-a-viewfinder takes some getting used to. Unlike using a 35mm camera, you must hold the camera away from you to frame your photo, and you sometimes get a larger image than you framed. If this camera had a through-the-lens viewfinder it would be an absolute winner. Second, it is very difficult to get enough light at night to auto-focus the camera; the Panfocus mode is suggested for these situations.

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Macro Photo of Modem Circuit Board

As this review went to press, I noticed that the FD-71 is being discounted (as low as $550!) by a number of On-Line merchants. This usually indicates that a model is being discontinued, which would be a real shame. There are two new Sony models out - the FD-81 and FD-91 - possibly indicating an end to the FD-71. If you can get a deal on an FD-71, by all means, grab one. You will not be disappointed, nor will you find a camera that does so much for so relatively little. It gets my highest recommendation.

If you are planning on purchasing a Mavica, or already own one, you should visit a couple of interesting Web sites I’ve discovered in the process of writing this review. There is an excellent Mavica owner’s e-zine called “Mav!” available at

Also, there is a Shareware program called “Mavicadabra! v1.1" that can help you download, catalogue, convert, and name your Mavica photos. It’s available at

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Reader Comments (160)

Paul L. Chessin · April 13, 2002 - 23:22 EST #1
I have enjoyed my Mavica F71 for several years needing only to replace the battery. Recently I dropped the camera onto a file floor. The camera continues to take good pictures, however, the zoom function no longer works. I can only take pictures at the setting fixed at the time of the accident. I would like to know where I might send the camera for repairs.
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · April 14, 2002 - 11:09 EST #2
Paul - the answer is going to depend highly upon where you are located. If you are anywhere in the central Florida area, I would recommend asking a place called Southern Photo Technical Service. Their number is 407/896-0322 or you can look through their web site. If you're not nearby, you might try calling or e-mailing them to see if they can recommend a location closer to you.

Another way to find a repair center is to do what I just did to look up Southern Photo's phone number. I used Yahoo!'s Yellow Pages site, changed the location to Orlando, searched for "Southern Photo," then clicked their link. On the resulting page was a list of related categories where I found "Photographic Equipment - Repairing." Then, just change your location using the link at the top, and you'll get a list of places closer to you.

Good luck.
Joe Martin · May 6, 2002 - 20:30 EST #3
My FD-71 will not let me put a new disk in without formating it first with the camera, and then I can take pictures. But when I go to look at them on my computer, it cannot read them. My son was looking at some pics when this happened and he does not remember what he did. Can you suggest anything?
Iain Shaw · September 20, 2002 - 13:54 EST #4
I am considering buying an FD-71 secondhand for use as an underwater camera. (I will also be buying the underwater housing for it). If the 71 is becoming obsolete, can anyone tell me if the more modern versions (81 91) will also fit in the same underwater camera housing? The housing costs as much as the camera itself, so I dont want to be left with a valuable housing with a disfunctional camera! Thanks, mate.
Meghan · October 26, 2002 - 12:37 EST #5
Having fun with the dog, I accidentally dropped the camera on the rug. Now it keeps reading disc error. Where can I have it repaired? It is the Sony MVC-FD7 10X. It's the best camera so far. I would appreciate a phone number in central Florida, or closer to Daytona Beach.
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · October 26, 2002 - 14:44 EST #6
Meghan - I won't be able to say much for the Daytona area, but I live in Orlando, and I've always used Southern Photo Technical Service. when I've had photo or VCR equipment that needed repair. If you can't get to them due to distance, perhaps they can advise a location closer to you. Their address and phone number are on their web site, linked above.
Paul Chessin · November 10, 2002 - 00:10 EST #7
I am happy to report that with a bit of mild tapping, I was able to restore the Mavica to full function. Happily, I can go on filing away personal memories as JPGs.
Jordan · November 21, 2002 - 17:45 EST #8
I have a camera and wanted to know where I could go to learn, or where I could get information about something like the process of taking the floppy slide piece out of the camera when it is stuck in there. or other information like how to disassemble and reassemble the camera. Thanks.

Jason · November 28, 2002 - 17:35 EST #9
I have a Mavica FD83. I love the camera but lately the battery indicator lasts up to about 100 minutes then shows the battery as empty. I have tried new batteries and it does the same thing. Any suggestions? Thank you.
Joe Baker · December 2, 2002 - 11:39 EST #10
Do you know of any online documentation addressing repairs for the Sony Mavicas, specifically the FD-91? I dropped mine yesterday and screwed up the color receptors, or whatever they are called.
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · December 2, 2002 - 18:11 EST #11
Joe - go to the Sony Computing web site, and then on "Digital Imaging & Video Support" and then Mavica cameras. On the left side, you'll see a set of links under "Service Information" where you can arrange for repair. Or, if you'd prefer to ask for some information first, there are contact links below the service information section.
Steve Fine · December 13, 2002 - 16:49 EST #12
The screen on my Sony Mavica FD73 has begun to flip like a TV when it is turned on. Sometimes tapping it will stop the flipping, but not always. I also notice the battery loses power quickly. Does this have anything to do with the flipping? Where in central California can I have repairs done?
Eric Arcand · April 9, 2003 - 20:46 EST #13
I have a Sony Mavica MVC-FD81. I dropped it the other day and now the screen is blue and has lines through it. It takes pictures fine, but I can't see what I am looking at through the screen. I am in Maryland and I was wondering where to take it to have it repaired.
Chris · April 29, 2003 - 23:58 EST #14
If you have Mavica camera problems, no matter where you live, you can send it off for excellent, quick turn-around, inexpensive service.

There are also tips for basic troubleshooting on his site and he also can talk you through some basic stuff via e-mail prior to sending a camera to him.

He's sort of THE recommended Mavica repair shop (other than Sony, which will be a lot more expensive and a lot slower).
Joyce Briggs · May 12, 2003 - 19:32 EST #15
I have had my MVC-FD71 for several years. Now, I am having problems with indoor pictures being too dark and they can't be adjusted while keeping a clear picture. Is there another battery just for the flash that needs to be replaced? I sure could use some suggestions. Thanks!
Joe Martin · May 27, 2003 - 22:06 EST #16
My FD-71 will not let me put a new disk in without first formating it with the camera, and then I can take pictures. But when I go to look at them on my computer, it cannot read them. My son was looking at some pictures when this happened and he does not remember what he did. Can you suggest anything?
Bobbie Gregory · September 13, 2003 - 18:14 EST #17
I have a Sony Mavica FD-87 and when I insert a disk, it says "Format Error." What is going wrong?
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · September 13, 2003 - 18:52 EST #18
Bobbie - this camera uses 3.5" floppy disks, right? If the disks you're using were formatted with the Macintosh file system, the camera will be unable to read them. Reformat them and change the format type to DOS. This option should be available to you in the menus before you actually perform the format operation.
Jennifer · October 20, 2003 - 01:30 EST #19
I have a Sony Mavica MVC-FD200. It is only about 3 months old and will not charge anymore. Every time I plug it in, the orange charge light goes on and then turns off within a few minutes. The battery level is the same as before. Where can I take it to get repaired? I live in California.
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · October 29, 2003 - 00:40 EST #20
Jennifer - if it's only 3 months old, you might still be within possible warranty work.

If not, scroll up to the second comment that was posted to this page, April 14, 2002.
Steve Yu · November 3, 2003 - 13:37 EST #21
I have a Cameria, Sony Mavica MVC-FD7, with the same problem as Joe Martin. My camera will not let me put a new disk in without first formating it with the camera, and then I can take pictures. But when I go to look at them on my computer, it cannot read them. Please give me some help. Thanks.
Cog · November 16, 2003 - 23:28 EST #22
I have a Sony Mavica 88. I have two 550 batteries and one 330 battery. I rarely use the smaller battery. The problem I have is that the camera registers the battery prematurely discharged. Often, after just a little use, I get the low battery symbol in the middle of the screen, even though moments earlier it registers more than 100 minutes. I can prolong use of the battery by removing it, wetting the end, and reinserting it. That action will allow a few more shots each time it is repeated. I have tried cleaning inside the battery compartment with alcohol, but it didn't seem to help. This has been going on for a long time (years) but is getting pretty constant. I would buy a new battery, but I don't think it is the battery, and then I would have 4 batteries and still a problem with the camera. Is this a camera or battery problem?
Lance Burnett · November 24, 2003 - 09:51 EST #23
I keep getting the "drive error" every time I try to turn my Mavica FD71 on. What is causing this? Please help! Thanks.
dan s · November 30, 2003 - 00:07 EST #24
I have a mvc fd81 digital camera and it started to display disk error and c:13:01( the most common error possible) , my brother sad he almost droped it , he won't admit it , anyway , everything else works but if the disk does not work it isn't much use.
give me a hint in how to fix it , and how much will it cost if i can't get it working.
Dick Mission · December 8, 2003 - 10:31 EST #25
I have a SONY Mavica MVC-FD7, which is about five years old now. Works perfectly, except for one little flaw. The "battery indicator" always shows much more capacity than the battery actually has. I still get about 30 to 40 pix per charge. Anyone had any luck at "resetting" this battery indicator so that it shows the correct volume of charge? Thanks!
Wanda Jackson · December 8, 2003 - 16:52 EST #26
Troubleshooting Situation

Dropped Mavica digital camera. When camera is turned on the screen is dark; you can hardly see what you're taking a picture of, but it still takes a clear picture. Help!
oscar tello · December 9, 2003 - 19:44 EST #27
I have a Sony Mavica MVC-FD7, and have the same problem as Joe Martin and Steve Yu. I can take pictures. But when I go to look at them on the computer, it can't read them, don't let me put the disk in without first formating. Could you please helpme, I went to sony shop repair in Mexico but it's to expensive the cost only for revised it us$100. Thanks a lot.
Rick · December 13, 2003 - 14:35 EST #28
I have broken the LCD on my Mavica CD300. Does anyone know where I can purchase a new LCD?
Frankie · December 30, 2003 - 11:35 EST #29
I have a Sony FD Mavica FD-75. Each time I insert a floppy disk, an disk error message appears. I tried formatting the disk and tried other floppy disks and it's still not working. Please advise.
anni · January 6, 2004 - 16:52 EST #30
HI- I have the same problem as Steve and Joe. The disk error c:13:01 keeps coming up. So i tried formating it adn it allowed me to take pictures but i cannot load them on the computer. And if i format it on the computer, it does not work in the camera. PLLEAASSEE HELPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank u
Thomas Vandeveer · January 11, 2004 - 21:57 EST #31
I, too, have a Mavica FD7 that just started to give me C:13:01 errors. I have read everything from bending the tabs to looking for foreign material in the drive. I see many other recent occurrences.

One other notable factor was that my clock was set to 2074 instead of 2004, is this indicative of anything?

Where and how much, near Detroit Mi.?
Trish · January 19, 2004 - 10:46 EST #32
I use my Sony Mavica FD200 all the time and was using it about a month ago when it suddenly, right in between two pictures, quit reading the floppy disk. I tried formatting the disk and it still wouldn't work, I tried using a new formatted disk, still no luck. I see this problem has happened to alot of people. Anyone know how to fix it? Does anyone know if I buy a memory card for it will I have the same problem or is it just the floppy drive that quit working? Please help ASAP.
Trish in Battle Creek, MI
BobS · January 22, 2004 - 03:12 EST #33
I have found the most awesome repair service. This guy is super fast and I have not had another glitch in my camera since he repaired it.
Their web site is at if you are interested in getting your camera repaired right the first time.
Eric · January 31, 2004 - 15:03 EST #34
I have an error 13:01. Can you recommend someone to fix it? Thanks.
Lora Cashman · February 8, 2004 - 18:41 EST #35
Hi, My rose-breasted cockatoo, Sydney, recently "popped" the slider button (does the focusing) off the back of my Mavica. Where is the best place to have it fixed? I am located in Southwestern New Hampshire (Keene) Ilove my camera and really miss using it!!!
Lora Cashman
anonymous · February 11, 2004 - 13:16 EST #36
Can someone please tell me what the shutter speed options are and whether I can have manual control over them?
khamern · February 18, 2004 - 14:19 EST #37
Our office has a Sony Mavica MVC-FD7. I turned it on today and it is giving me a disk error when it is in both Camera and Play mode. In the upper right hand corner blinking there is a rectangle with a circle inside and inside the circle there is a cross. C:13:01 is under the rectangle.

Can you offer any assistance. I am in the Metro-Detroit, MI area.
Tina · February 18, 2004 - 21:46 EST #38
Do any of these questions get answered? This 13:01 error is everywhere and there are no answers. Why?
Mary · February 26, 2004 - 09:38 EST #39
Wanda, if your camera has an LCD backlight button like I have on my FD-87, then make sure it is turned on. When it's off, the screen looks real dark.
Jay · February 26, 2004 - 14:46 EST #40
I have had my Sony Mavica since last Summer and use it to take about 200 photos per week. When I first got it I was getting about 40 images on a disk. Now, gradually since December, I have been getting less pictures on each disk until yesterday I was getting 21 maximum and as a few as six with a disk error message. I am reusing my disks but I don't think you can loose memory hoding ability on a disk can you? If so, how many times can one use the same disk? Please help anyone. Jay
Jason · March 3, 2004 - 13:45 EST #41
Can I use my fd-83 mavica to record video to my vcr? I want to use it as a baby monitor. I want it to be able to record live and to my vcr, can I do that????
Neema Sharma · May 14, 2004 - 02:51 EST #42
I lost my FD71 kit recently!! Having "inherited" my dad's mavica as a birthday present only recently, i havent used it much and am not completely comfortable with the functions..and i lost my manual with the kit!!And my charger too!! where can i get a new charger?? Also, can u please suggest me some helpful links to detailed instructions on the use of the cam??I need to learn from scratch!
Dad is not very happy with the fact that i lost the kit, and has asked me to learn to use the cam on my own!!
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · May 14, 2004 - 03:26 EST #43
Neema - for a charger and other accessories, go to the Sony Direct site and type in FD71 in the search box. As for documentation, I'd suggest searching the Sony Online Support site. There's a "Documentation" link at the top, but I couldn't find anything for the FD-71. The Digital Photography Review page for this camera might be another good place to search.
craig vallentine · June 1, 2004 - 07:01 EST #44
obviously no one knows what causes this "disc error" in all these lovely floppy based Mavica cameras, or the great knowledgible techs who know the problem wont say because its an east fix and big fast money for them to repair.yes, i have one too with disc error, and take a look on ebay, a large % of the ones listed have the same problem (or if you think of the odds, will soon have the same problem). its a crying shame that we spend so much money for these cameras so many years a go to only end up with a rugged beautiful easy format of floppy downloading camera that we can not take pictures with, because no one will speak up. conclusion, if you cant solve this disc error problem yourself, it aint worth paying to get it fixed with the new low priced digital cameras you can buy these days, and definitely not worth buying one with this known problem already unless you are one of the few who knows what the problem is and wont share with us. thanks guys. i will do a thorough search for info on this problem and will post anything i find or links here for the rest of us to share.
ken miles · June 2, 2004 - 20:30 EST #45
To Craig I agree with you. Ispent hours looking for a solution. I am tempted to buy a cheap one to experiment with. If you ever find out any thing let us know . What about putting a vacuum cleaner over it or in it !!!!!!!! Ken
Benjamin · June 19, 2004 - 22:49 EST #46
I have a brand new Mavica FD200. I've had it less than one month, and have taken probably about 100 pictures with it. Now I suddenly (between pictures) have an error when I put in a disk. It will neither play nor read. I'm frustrated with this site that no one has an answer. I'm not paying to have it repaired. I'm going to complain to Sony over and over until someone blocks my number or calls me back.
Amy · September 2, 2004 - 09:27 EST #47
I have a FD83 and I am getting the same error as others Disk error C:13:01. How can I fix this and how much would it cost? Thanks.
Cameron Boyd · October 27, 2004 - 15:03 EST #48
Hello All,

I see quite a few of you want to know what happens to these units when they get dropped.

I am a technician, working for Have seen many, many mavica's, all for the dreaded disk read error, or the C:13:01.

Here's the technical details, and if you want to try to align the drives yourself, have at it!

There is a sensor to detect the position of the head so that the tracks can be recorded in their proper place, and so that your home computer can read these tracks. The sensor that detects the position of the heads has ONE screw and has only one-drop of glue to hold it (the alignment) in place. If the drive suffers a shock or drop, the alignment of this sensor will be off, and the drive will no longer read the disk, or will seem to work, but then the disk cannot be read by your computer’s floppy drive.

Now, here is where the tricky part comes in. If you were to simply 'play' with the position of this sensor by loosening the screw, you could get the mavica to once again start taking pictures, but be careful, the alignment has been factory set so that the disk will record the tracks in the proper place. Get the alignment out too far in either direction, and the mavica might be able to read it's own disks, but your computer will not recognize the disk. The alignment must be within +/-10 microns of the correct position, or the drive may not work properly. Do you realize how small of an adjustment this is? 10 microns is roughly 2 or 3 strands of hair!

So, it's the alignment of the drive that gets out of whack. There are repair shops that 'attempt' to put the drive back in alignment, but the jigs to align these floppy drives cost $3000.00 each. There are 4 different floppy drives for the mavica’s. No service center here in the US has any of these jigs.

We, here at, simply replace the drives. If we were to attempt to align the drives, there would be errors in either reading or writing to the disk.

It is therefore in the customer’s best interest, to simply replace the floppy drive.

We charge $60.00 in labor to change the drive, and the drives cost $90.00. This is valid for almost all of the mavica models. The total repair of $150.00 includes cleaning AND return shipping.

Fair price wouldn’t you say?

Best wishes,

richard altman · November 15, 2004 - 03:05 EST #49
when you take a pictures what are the 411 files and the other file that is also written to the disk.
Rami · December 6, 2004 - 15:18 EST #50
Rick if you havent bought a new LCD screen, I would be interested in buying the camera off of you as is, please reply if you are interested.



I need another part from it thats all.
Micalah · December 7, 2004 - 15:51 EST #51
I was wondering if there was a place locally to get my camera checked up? If you could e-mail me back that would be great..Thank you

Micalah from Kalles jr. High
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · December 7, 2004 - 16:11 EST #52
Micalah - "Let your fingers do the walking."

Otherwise, try plug in your zip code and try keywords such as camera repair.

There is a place in Orlando called Southern Photo Technical Services that came up for my search. I've used them before--great team there.
Linda · December 20, 2004 - 12:38 EST #53
Hi, Cameron. I read your posting about repair of Sony Mavica's C13:01 error. Can you please provide contact information for your repair business?
Tammy · January 13, 2005 - 14:57 EST #54
Hi, I have a Sony Mavica,FD-75. I couldn't get it took work so I bought a new charger and charged the battery. But now when I put the battery in and turn it on it has disk error c:32:01. Does anyone know what this means.
Jill Schnarrs · January 17, 2005 - 16:51 EST #55
I had the same disk error 13:01 (FD71 dig. cam.) I did open it up and take a look at the inside, tried to get the drive out, no such luck. So I put it back together and cleaned the disk drive with q tips and alcohol,only cleaned as far into as I could reach with the q tip, and it's working great again, disks can be read on comp and camera. Total cost of repairs about $2.00. I don't know if it will help everyone but it can't hurt to try. ( my disk errors started after the camera was dropped)

By the way I have repaired a lot of VCR problems the same way- open them up and swab everything with alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol) soaked q tips.
Richard Carlson · March 1, 2005 - 16:04 EST #56
I have a FD 75 and it seems to need a new drive where can I get it fixed near chicago?
also is it worth it to spend the money??
ATPM Staff · March 1, 2005 - 16:43 EST #57
Richard - have you tried going to, providing your zip code, and using the keywords "camera repair"? Perhaps try both with and without the keywords "sony" and "mavica."
Barbara · April 3, 2005 - 08:02 EST #58
I have two Sony Mavica Cameras. Both had been dropped at different times and either wouldn't turn on at all or had a screen error. There is a fellow in Yorba Linda, CA that fixes them for $65 flat fee. He also runs auctions on eBay for repair. Just type in Mavica Repair in the search and it should come up. His name is Roy Hackman 20614 Deodar Dr. Yorba Linda Ca 92886
714-701-1750 email is His ebay user ID is royace. He guarantees all his work and gets them back to you fast.
Amy Watson · April 28, 2005 - 02:17 EST #59
Can someone please tell me what disk error C:32:01 means. I have a soney mavica fd-100.
VBarnett · April 29, 2005 - 17:28 EST #60
I tried using a friend's Mavica FD-7, and liked it very much. I would like to buy a used Mavica Camera, not necessarily the FD7, but in the Mavica family. I hear reservations about the lack of a any of these come with one? I don't care about bulkiness, but do care that it has the 10x optical zoom...So I guess my question is, which of the good ol' Mavicas that: use floppies, have the 10x zoom, have a viewfinder, and good resolution would be the best buy for a used camera?
Dan Bousho · May 13, 2005 - 00:21 EST #61
So it's great that these little camera's have found such a cult following; of which I am a part. I just spent a formidable sum on a high end digicam,and it certainly takes nice pix. But I stll carry my fd-100. I went to best buy and got a cokin .5 wide angle adapter for $40.00usd. That takes the Mavica's 37 mm focal down to 18.5 which is way cool and way cheap if your trying to get a wide angle shot. If you have the need for something like that, these little camera's are a lot like blue gills. Not much to 'em but their fun on the hook.
Betty Stewart · May 14, 2005 - 18:53 EST #62
I have a FD91 and when I insert a disk it says drive error c:32.01 error, does any one know what this means or how to fix it.
shabbir rangwala · July 14, 2005 - 14:48 EST #63
Hi. I am shabbir from india.I have a sony mavica FD 71 digital camera which i was using very happily until very recently.A few days ago it fell from my hand and it seems that its floppy drive unit needs repairs or replacement.Could u suggest someone who could repair it in india for me.I stay in Bombay, should i approach the sony service center here.
diamond mary · July 14, 2005 - 23:06 EST #64
I'm having a problem with my camera "fd-71" everytime i try to turn it on to take pictures "drive error" c:32;01 comes up. Can some one please help me out and tell me what the problem may be
jJackie Hopkins · July 27, 2005 - 11:34 EST #65
please please please help me
I have the Mavica also and I love it just got it about a month ago never have used it cause I can't get a disk in
Paul Karpowicz · August 4, 2005 - 19:59 EST #66
If your having a problem or want to buy parts for your SONY MAVICA MVC-FD series camera, contact me at

MavicaMedic at gmail dot com

I have advice for some no cost to you repairs and I sell new and used parts for these popular cameras.

Will check back daily,
Cynthia · August 10, 2005 - 14:13 EST #67
I had the dreaded disk read error, or the C:13:01. I removed the floppy drive by first removing the 7 screws around the camera's exterior. I then removed the floppy from its casing. I did this by removing the 5 screws holding floppy in casing.

I then removed the 5 very tiny screws on the back of the floppy. I cleaned everything I could reach with Mineral spirits and dry cloth. I wrapped the cloth around the screw driver and sprayed with the Mineral spirits. Alcohol would also work. Both dry quickly. So far, so good. It's working again!

Now I clean my floppies before inserting in camera.
Steve MacMillan · September 2, 2005 - 19:38 EST #68
Had the same problem. Took cutip swab and swabbed inside the floppy drive with alcohol. Didn't have to open it up. It now works again but avoid putting dirty floppy disks in it anymore.
candyq · October 9, 2005 - 10:20 EST #69
I have a MVC-FD87 and every disk I put in says "protected disk" and the camera won't proceed. I've tried new disks, I've tried reformatting. Has anyone else had this problem and how do we fix it!
Paul Karpowicz · October 16, 2005 - 09:53 EST #70
There are two small switchs near the floppy door on each side of the FDD (Floppy Disk Drive) that are mounted on the lens side. Try holding the door open with a book of matches, inserting the pointy end first and gently pressing the matchbook in, and using a small screwdriver, press on these switches to see if they function. If they do, insert a floppy and try to put some pressure on the floppy toward the lens and turn the camera on. If the camera now reads the floppy, an adjustment to the FDD might repair this problem. If you continue to get the "Disk Protected" message, the switch or FDD will need replacement.

MavicaMedic at gmail dot com
David D · November 7, 2005 - 12:24 EST #71
Own a Mavica MVC-FD90. I insert a floppy disk into the side of camera and it begins making "grinding" noises, I'm assuming it is the camera trying to read the floppy disk. Then a message pops up on the viewfinder stating: Error mesage:13:10. Camera doesn't allow me to even begin to take pictures.Any suggestions?
Mankus B · November 8, 2005 - 19:47 EST #72
Have a Sony Mavica at work with the 13:01 and 32:01 disk errors. I cleaned the inside with a can of air and formatted the disk and it still didnt work. The tech that posted mentioned that this was due to some type of shock or trauma to the unit. So with the camera ON, I put a disk in the drive, held the camera with one hand and hit it with the other until I heard the wheel inside, lock on the disk. Since then, no problems but its only been 10 minutes.
Neighbors · November 12, 2005 - 12:44 EST #73
I just found and read your comment Mankus B. I had the same problem...and tried the same thing "with the camera ON, I put a disk in the drive, held the camera with one hand and hit it with the other until I heard the wheel inside, lock on the disk."

It worked ! HA...hope it keeps working too
Paul Karpowicz · December 8, 2005 - 23:04 EST #74
WoW!!! Spare the rod and spoil the camera? Thanks for the help!

Slap! Slap! Slap!
lupe guerra · December 11, 2005 - 10:51 EST #75
my niece is having some what similar problems but instead of the common c:13:00,01 and soforth problems it's e:61:00 format error. by the way it's a mvc-fd200. has anyone had this similar problem?
melissa · December 15, 2005 - 04:06 EST #76
Ok, I was taking some photos for ebay and I set my Mavica FD7 down(gently as usual) and when I went to use it again moments later it wouldn't power on. I had recently charged the battery and even tried to charge it again. I was wondering about that little battery thing just bellow the power button. What's it for? Any ideas? Thanks so much!!
Paul Karpowicz · December 23, 2005 - 09:27 EST #77
E:61:00 and E:61:10 are lens/focus related error codes. Contact me at mavicamedic at gmail dot com if you haven't resolved this issue....
Tony Badalamenti · January 20, 2006 - 00:14 EST #78
I had a problem similar to others listed above, which were described as "grinding" noises followed by disk access Error mesage:13:10.

I tried the bang and slap technique and was shocked that it worked for me as well. Amazing!!

Thanks for the odd but effective solution!!
Tham Pton · January 29, 2006 - 08:39 EST #79
I have a FD-88 and I've used it fairly regularly for 5 years. Recently I inserted a floppy and it got stuck. I used needle nose pliers to pull it out, but as I pulled it I let go of the DISK EJECT. I had to yank a bit but I got the disk out and to my aghast, the floppy's metal sliding door remained inside the drive. I then used a coat hanger to gently lift the scrapnel out.

Every since, the display simply says NO DISK no matter what disk I put in it. The click that floppy drives make when the disk is inside...well I don't hear that.

So now I'm reading the comment about wacking the camera . So I tried it and guess what??? It reads the floppy, but now I have the infamous C:13:10 error.

So I guess all I want to know is I need to get the floppy drive replaced ?
Paul Karpowicz · February 5, 2006 - 17:56 EST #80
I'm surprised you got a NO DISK error after forcefully removing stuck floppy, Eject Button or not. My opinion is the Floppy Disk Door is what caused it to stick in the first place and yanking the floppy out ripped it off the floppy disk damaging the Floppy Disk Drive. Sony will repair the camera for around $180. Contact me at mavicamedic at gmail dot com for alternatives to this expense.

MISTERG · February 7, 2006 - 09:17 EST #81
Where can I get a floppy drive for a mavica.
Who has the cheapest prices?I am going to try and clean it.But,,I have had it a real long time.
Do they make a floppy drive cleaner?
MavicaMedic · February 13, 2006 - 19:55 EST #82
Retail price on floppy drive is around 82 to 85 bucks.
Nobody I know of discounts them.
They are available from a number of online parts stores.

Cleaning kit available from Staples:
Item 493806 Model X80014

Good luck!
Cameron · February 13, 2006 - 20:30 EST #83
FAQ's, solutions, as well as pricing, can be found at

Thank you
Cameron II · February 16, 2006 - 22:28 EST #84
FAQ's, Solutions, as well as pricing, can be found at

Cameron · February 17, 2006 - 11:14 EST #85
Well, I just looked, and DONT see any pricing on your web site, Cameron II. Why not use your real name, Tim? Why the deception, in front of all onlookers?

The fact that you used 'Cameron II', just tipped your hand, as to the integrity, reliability and trustworthiness, of both you and the company that you represent.

Let this be a notice to all readers of your intent, in that, if this is the way you behave in this small mater, of how much more so would you behave with someone's money?

As it is, people are concerned about sending their units to someone they do not know. Take note, readers: BUYER BEWARE

The published rate on my site,, to replace a floppy drive in most models of FD mavica's is $150.00, which includes cleaning, a six-month warranty, AND return shipping.

Hard to beat.

jason · February 17, 2006 - 11:17 EST #86
Cameron, I have a technical question for you. I have FD-83, and can't find out for the life of me if that memory card floppy adapter will work in mine? When I've look at these on ebay, they say will work on FD-85, I think, but do you know if it will on my FD-83???

rhona maddison · February 21, 2006 - 21:04 EST #87
Maybe someone here has some advice for me. I contacted Sony because the view finder and LCD display on my Mavica FD-91 is totally black. I can view photos from a disc that I had taken previous photos with, but am unable to take photos now. It's almost as if the shutter isn't opening. Sony wants to charge a flat fee of $211 for repair. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
Cameron III · February 21, 2006 - 21:57 EST #88
Cameron and Cameron II,
Both of you gentlemen offer SONY MAVICA Camera repairs online and I think both your sites are infomative and helpful. MAVICA users, especially MVC Floppy Drive users, have been stopping by, asking for help and offering to pay for repairs here since early 2002. Why not use this URL to offer your services? ATPM will not release the posters e-mail so in order to respond to a question you must post your answer in a message here.

Who am I? Obviously not Cameron III. I'm a MAVICA Floppy Disk Drive user/lover/buyer/seller that will answer questions if sent to mavicamedic at comcast dot net. Tim should also know me as NorthEast_ChileMan at MIE Cameron doesn't know me from Adam but I've reccomended people I can't help to his site as well as Tim's. There's plenty of Sony's that need repair boyz!!!!

Also known as Paul Karpowicz
Mavica · March 21, 2006 - 00:14 EST #89
Hi! I have a sony mavica 87 and it has worked great for a long time but recently it started saying "no disk" even when there is a disk in there it i touch the disk and move it slightly up or down when it's in the drive it finds it or if I shake it slightly it also finds it. How can this be is somthing out of alignment here? please answer. Thanks
Cameron · March 21, 2006 - 10:14 EST #90

There is a switch inside the drive that detects when a disk is inserted. Since the amount of labor that it takes to disassemble the drive costs more than the drive itself, it's best to simply replace the drive. The drive costs $90.00, with labor at $60.00, totaling $150.00 for the repair.

Repairs include cleaning / lubrication, a six-month warranty and return shipping. Please pack the unit with at least 4" of packing material on ALL sides, insure it, and ship to:

723 NE 412 Ave
Old Town, FL 32680

Once received, we'll send you an email confirming your unit's safe arrival. Then, within a couple of business days we'll send you another email confirming the cost of repair, and request of payment. At that time you can call us with your credit card information. We do take other forms of payment, however CC's are the most convenient.

Please let us know if you've any questions.

Thank you,


888-45 Fix it (toll free)

PS: Please fill out the form located here: and place a printed copy in the box. Please type in the information BEFORE printing, as hand written copies are difficult to read.

MavicaMedic · March 21, 2006 - 19:26 EST #91
The switches can be seen by copying this URL in your browser:

Disk Write Protect switch is on the left lower corner, Disk In switch lower right corner.
Cameron · March 21, 2006 - 20:22 EST #92
Besides the switch going bad, you have to think ahead. The drive has plenty of hours on it, as the model is an FD87. If you were to simply clean the switch, you would make your labor, and the customer would happy for a short time.

I say, replace the drive the first time. Heck, it's got lots of hours on it. What will happen? The camera will work for the next decade, and the customer will be happy.

Name of the game is happy customer. Money will follow.

Mavica · March 21, 2006 - 21:36 EST #93
Well, I have to say the camera has only been out of the sealed box for mabyee 4 months and like I said it was fine for that whold time till recently Like I said I can shake the cam a lil bit and it's fine or I can put a tiny bit of pressure on the eject switch and it finds the disk or I can wiggle the disk in there and it finds it. I don't think replacing the drive for $150 when I only paid $95.00 for the thing is what I need. I got mine off ebay buy it now, It had been listed less than an hour, but it was sealed in the box and everything was new. I don't have a warranty because the old guy had it for 2 years before I got it off him. I am looking for a quick fix and if that means cleaning the switch I can do that, but how dirty can it be?
I think My wife was trying to insert a disk when one was in there and bent somthing, but that's just what I think.

Anyways, It doesn't happen every time and I've gotten quite used to dealing with the flaw and would surely use it as it is before spending that kind of money.

MavicaMedic Thank You so much for saying somthing other than, send it to me and for $150 I'll fix it, LOL You are truely helpful.

Cameron I'd rather pay someone $60 bucks to clean the switch and take my chances, then I would to part with $150, but that's just me, I'm a cheap bastard. Thanks anyway.
Cameron · March 21, 2006 - 22:06 EST #94
It's just a rule of thumb, and in the end, my repairs will last, and I won't see your face, with the same unit, again.

Now, just where did you get that $60.00 figure?

Replacement of the drive from me is $60.00, and I'm the cheapest anywhere. THAT price is a special, and is for drive replacement ONLY. If you wanted the switch cleaned, it would be $90.00. And that is from me, and I guarantee most places charge more, AND then you still have return shipping.

So, now your saving what, about $40 bucks?! Do you really think skimping on that little bit is worth it now?

Like I said, it's better to change the drive, in most cases, but it is your money...

Mavica · March 22, 2006 - 06:01 EST #95
OKAY, Well I just spent a couple hours (took my time) taking the camera apart.
I thouroughly cleaned everything inside with q-tips and electrical cleaning fluid and a can of air (both wal-mart), I then put everything back where it goes (I used a sketch pad to draw diagrams so I'd remember what went where), Let it sit about an hour to throughly dry and fired it up, I can't get it to not recognize the disk, meaning: it's 100% fixed.
Thank You all so much for your time and Mavicamedic for your pics and advice. You rock and me and my Mavica will keep on Rockin' on!
Cameron... I was just using $60.00 as an example. Of coures I would exspect you to be higher, I wasn't trying to imply you'd ever give a good deal. Rock On Cameron.
Good-Day! MVC-FD87=#1
Cameron · March 22, 2006 - 09:00 EST #96
Let's re-cap, shall we?

First, you told everyone here that your camera was an FD87, which is quite old.

Not everyone can open these things up and do the work him or herself; they have no choice but to choose a professional service center.

When choosing, they need to know what kind of service to expect, and hope that the person performing the service would go 'the extra mile', so they would have reliable service for the foreseeable future- not just make a quick buck to give someone a good deal that will only last for the short term.

You said it took you a couple of hours. (yes, yes, you took your time...) The going rate for an hour is well over $95.00.

The testimonials on my site speaks for itself.

In the last year, and several thousand repairs, I have had TWO returns for warranty service.

Tell me who the satisfied customers are.

For all we know, you inadvertently tore one of the ribbon cables inside the camera when you opened it up to repair it yourself, and now the camera is never going to work….

Who Long · March 23, 2006 - 04:27 EST #97
Hello, I just got a fd-200 off ebay and they said it is like new and all this, BUT I get it and it takes good pics most time, however every few pics i take I get one with "noise" or weird pixiel thing going on, anyone can tell me what to do? thanks
Margaret Collins · March 26, 2006 - 13:15 EST #98
I have an FD Mavica200. When recently taking photos , I use 31/2 inch floppy, everything was fine. Turned off the camera.Put it away, When I tried to use it again, no matter what disk i use it reads format error C:13:01. Can not use my camera
Who Long · March 27, 2006 - 00:47 EST #99
Hello Margaret Collins I have an FD-200 and I would like to buy yours for parts to make mine work good again. My problem is in the lense housing I think but my drive works fine. Just let me know if you want to sell it! My email address is I will beat any other offers you may get.
Mavica · March 27, 2006 - 02:12 EST #100
Just an update for the skeptics, The Camera is working PERFECTLY STILL after I cleaned that switch we were talking about!! Blessed Be!
Cameron · March 27, 2006 - 09:25 EST #101
Who Long,

The FD200 does have issues with defective CCD imagers. Though typically when a CCD is going defective, it stays that way.

Also, the drive could have dirty heads, and the disks your using may not be of the highest quality.

All of this is just speculation, but it wouldn't hurt to buy a cleaning disk, and use it according to the directions. Also, brand name disks work better than dollar store varieties.

If you still have problems, feel free to contact me at

All the best,

Cameron · March 27, 2006 - 09:30 EST #102

If you've tried brand new disks, fresh out of the box, that you have personally taken the wrapper off of, and the drive still doesn't work properly, then it's time for a new floppy drive.

As mentioned above, the costs for drive replacements are $90.00 for the drive, and $60.00 for labor, totaling $150.00 for the repair (most models). Repairs include cleaning/ lubrication, a six-month warranty and return shipping.

Do try the new disks as it is a common problem.

I can be reached at

Best wishes,

Louie NG · March 27, 2006 - 14:48 EST #103
Hi! I too have an FD-200 but my problem is the thing takes pics fine but you can hardly see anything on the LCD indoors. I have it turned up to max brite and yes I have the backlight on. Strange huh? When I put my finger on the button to get ready to snap a photo, it goes brighter for a second then back to dim, but the pics come out great. I can review the pics on the screen just fine, this is strange indeed!

Any Ideas? Please?
Cameron · March 27, 2006 - 15:40 EST #104
Louie NG,

Since the rest of the camera is working, and the unit does playback pictures fine, that means there is a problem in the circuit that process the information that gets sent to the LCD screen, from the camera section.

80-90% of the time, faults such as these can be attributed to 'cold solder', otherwise known as loose connections. Re-flowing of the solder in the affected area alleviates the problem.

Other times, the problem will have to be troubleshot down to the component that is defective.

For more information feel free to contact me - email links can be found in previous posts.

Tom · March 27, 2006 - 22:22 EST #105
I have an MVC-200 and ever since I got it I was getting an error when I put a floppy in, I read the posts above and banged on it, now that part works! I can't believe it!
I need a zoom button/switch anyone here know where/how I can get one and how much $$ I'll have 5to pay? thanks You All!!
Trouble · March 28, 2006 - 01:57 EST #106
I've got trouble! My 200 doesn't show anything on the lcd when I turn it on. It takes pics, but you can't see anything but a blank screen the whole time!!!

I need a zoom slider lever too! Where can i get one? Will it snap right in or what?
Cameron · March 28, 2006 - 09:27 EST #107

Like a bad cold, your problems will return- just a matter of time. Murphy's Law dictates that the problem will return, just when you need it most...

**Do be careful when attempting self-repair. You can total your camera very quickly - You have been warned**

As for the zoom lever, it's a two-piece assembly that snaps together. Chances are, the inside piece is floating around, and may be damaged.

Both pieces cost $5.00 each + shipping.

The outside piece is part # 307301011. The inside piece is part # 307301101. Goto for parts ordering.

Trouble, as for your LCD problem, does it light up, or is it black?

Post your response for further information.

Paul · March 30, 2006 - 01:24 EST #108
i have a FD73 which I bought at least 4 years ago, new out of box for 299.00, it has worked perfectly ever since.
I stopped in my local pawn shop today and bought a good working used FD71 with charger and battery for 39.95.
So, I have a backup if mine ever dies. it sure beats repair cost :)
It may be a good idea to check your local pawn shops!!!!
Chris Grooms · April 21, 2006 - 21:33 EST #109
I have a Mavica FD-97 and the viewfinder and LCD is black when powered up.I can play pictures but cant take them.Love this camera and hate to give it up.Any tips for troubleshooting and repair?
Cameron Boyd · April 23, 2006 - 10:25 EST #110

This is a common problem, and is more than likely due to a shock or a drop.

It's referred to as 'bad electrical connections', as the flex cable that goes to the CCD board, has become unseated. The CCD board is located directly behind the lens, and contains the CCD imager.

The disassembly of the unit is quite difficult. By attempting self-repair you are taking risks on damaging the camera further, so you have been warned.

If you prefer professional help, my contact information can be found in several posts above.

Cameron Boyd · April 23, 2006 - 10:26 EST #111

The MVC-FD83 is NOT compatible with the memory stick adapter.

Chris · April 23, 2006 - 20:22 EST #112
Hi! I'm new to this site, as I was trying to find an answer to the "disk protected" message that my FD87 Mavica has been giving me. I have let it sit for about two years since it started acting up, and finally decided to try and fix it. I paid $150 for it on ebay about four years ago, and it worked just fine for two years. It was not used extensively, so should not be worn out. I read all the comments by everyone on this problem, and could just kick myself that I was in Old Town two months ago and could have had it repaired there. Because I only paid the $150, I don't want to put that much money into it again. I tried to see Mavica Medic's pictures that show where the switches are, but they are no longer available for viewing. My son is an electronics expert, and I felt that if I could get the proper info, he may be able to fix it for me. Any suggestions besides what is already on the site? PS. Thanks to the folks who have taken their time to give the advice they have given, it shows what great people they are! Chris
MavicaMedic · April 28, 2006 - 11:46 EST #113
Cameron is correct, disassembly and reassembly of the MAVICA line of floppy drive cameras is not everyones cup of tea. The FD91/95/97 is especially difficult and should not be attempted by the feint-of-heart.

Mavica, glad cleaning your camera helped!

Margaret, read through this column for previous posts like these:

The FD83 and FD88 cannont use the floppy adapter, period.

FD100/200 users with broken zoom buttons, it is not a simple matter to replace it. After seperation of the case halves, disconnecting the ribbon cable, removing the floppy drive and removing the shutter button, you can see where it goes on the inside of the case. It is self latching with hooks that are molded on the button and hook onto the internal portion of the button that moves the switch you removed with the shutter button. Sound confusing? Contact Tim at and Cameron at if you want a professional estimate for repair of this condition. Contact me at mavicamedic at gmail dot com for any other non-professional advice like selling you used parts for your camera, buying your broken floppy disk SONY camera or advice on buying/selling a camera like yours on eBay to repair/replace yours.
christine · April 30, 2006 - 20:51 EST #114
Anyone getting "write protected" when you try to take a picture? Try turning off the write protect as directed in the book WITHOUT a disk in the camera. Worked for me! Christine
Jorge Rangel · June 7, 2006 - 01:17 EST #115
I have a Mavica MVC-FD200.
When I turn on the power, the light turns green, but the camera does not turn on. If I take out the battery and re-insert, the same thing happens. I have two batteries and it is the same thing with them both. I use the power cord, and same thing. Any advice?

Big Daddy · June 7, 2006 - 01:41 EST #116
sounds like your screen has taken a crap. Try to take a pic and then check the disk on your computer I'll bet it still works other than the led screen. i'll give ya 20 bucks for it 20 bucks more than any of these other hawks will pay that is!!
Cameron Boyd · June 7, 2006 - 10:37 EST #117

Common problem. This has happened, due to a shock or a drop. The internal power supply was shorted out from that shock, and an internal circuit protector has opened.

The unit needs to be professionally serviced. You can expect to pay around $100.00, for this type of repair.

You can contact me at, or feel free to use the service center of your choice.

Gladys Smith · August 27, 2006 - 13:56 EST #118
Hi. I have a Sony MVC-FD200 and it is showing a E:61:10 error flashing on the lcd screen. also the zoom won't work. Can you tell me what to do? Thank you.
Cameron Boyd · August 28, 2006 - 11:15 EST #119
Hello Gladys,

That error indicates a bad lens, hence the reason why you can't zoom. The lens is defective, and will more than likely have to be replaced.

The lens is expensive, at $155.00, and then you have labor. A more effective solution would be to use a scrap lens assembly. This would save you quite a bit of money, and make the repair reasonable.

My contact information can be found on ATPM, by simply looking at previous posts. Contact me, if your interested. The other alternative would be to send the unit directly to Sony. They have flat labor rates, and they may cover the lens replacement.

Cameron Boyd
Cyndi Bass · September 29, 2006 - 13:58 EST #120
I have a Sony Mavica digital camera MVC-FD75 that was dropped and I am getting a C:32:01 error. Can this be fixed?


MavicaMedic · October 4, 2006 - 18:08 EST #121
Sorry I've been away from this dicussion for so long......
As Mavica did back in March I bought an aerosol can of Electric Contact Cleaner from a NAPA parts center, put a few drops in each switch, used a presurized co2 sprayer from Radio Shack & sprayed air in them..... Fixed 3 cameras with NO DISK, DISK PROTECT errors.
Christine, you are correct, if you have a constant WRITE PROTECTED error message there is a possibility that this function was turned on in the MENU of the camera.
Cyndi, It can be fixed by replacing the Floppy Disk Drive at about $200. Please read through this entire discussion for help on how to fix it for much less. Contact me at MavicaMedic at gmail dot com for further advice. Contact Cameron for replacement.... Paul
Lynn · November 5, 2006 - 21:40 EST #122
While speaking to Sony's tech support and hearing him tell me my disk error seems to be a malfunction (was he kidding?), I found this page. I "slapped the thing upside the head" as one guy recommended it works now. Thanks for this info!

Am going to bookmark your site. I need a new lens for an FD-92. Thanks
Travis · November 28, 2006 - 10:56 EST #123
I'm getting the Format Error message on a MVC-FD100. I'm unable to format the disk with the camera, still get the Format Error. I tried smackin' it around as some of the posts above suggested, but no luck. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks,
Maureen Clemons · December 4, 2006 - 11:11 EST #124
How can I clean my Sony MCV 3.5 drive?
MavicaMedic · December 16, 2006 - 15:25 EST #125
Sorry Travis, if "smakin" it around didn't help, Floppy Disk Drive replacement necessary..
Maureen, Floppy Disk Drive cleaners are available at STAPLES, especially their website..
Jason · December 16, 2006 - 16:24 EST #126
I still need to knoe if anyone has used the memory card floopy adapter on a FD-83??? If it works on the others, why shouldnt it work on this one?
MavicaMedic · December 25, 2006 - 22:33 EST #127
I replied to you some time back... The MSAC-FD2M Adaptor only works in the FD85/FD87/FD90/FD95...

It won't work in the FD5/FD51/FD7/FD71/FD73/FDFD75/FD81/FD83/FD88/FD91 as the Floppy Disk Drive in those cameras is not compatabile.

I's not needed in the FD92/FD97/FD100/FD200 cameras as they have a slot built in for the memory stick.
Rhonda Thomas · January 2, 2007 - 10:36 EST #128
Cameron, I am in Okeechobee, FL. Are you still repairing the Mavica 75 for $150.00? If so where do I send it too?
Rhonda Thomas
Cameron Boyd · January 3, 2007 - 11:36 EST #129
Hi Rhonda,

The only thing that has changed as far as pricing goes is that we now charge for return shipping, thanks to all the price hikes by our friendly BROWN people.

All the shipping information and contact information can be found on our site,

I give my very best to all.

Cameron Boyd
charity redtomahawk · January 3, 2007 - 21:43 EST #130
i have a sony FD mavica quick access fd drive 2x, i lost the charger. anyone know where to get one?
Cameron Boyd · January 3, 2007 - 22:43 EST #131
Hello Charity,

The best place to find used chargers is ebay. Originals are best, but generics work well.

When selecting items on ebay, do check out the sellers feedback, and read the auction carefully, paying attention to S&H charges, which can cost more than charger itself!

Cameron Boyd
Susan Zee · November 29, 2007 - 04:10 EST #132
I have a Mavica 88 and I just used the movie mode, well, now it's stuck in movie mode! Even when I'm in the still mode, it'll take a picture and then record for the next 15 seconds. Also on the top part of the display screen is a picture of a musical note in brackets. How do I get out of this recording movie mode?
MavicaMedic · November 30, 2007 - 10:51 EST #133
Do you have the User Manual? It's not much help but a start......
Sharon Ragan · December 28, 2007 - 19:49 EST #134
I have a Sony Mavica mvc-fd71 every time I insert a disk it says drive error could someone help!!
Michael Lareau · December 31, 2007 - 16:22 EST #135
Hello Sharon,

It sounds like the floppy drive in your camera is bad and needs replaced. To repair your camera,(parts, labor, and return shipping) will run $161.50. If you have any questions please contact us through our website

chris london · January 1, 2008 - 10:01 EST #136
Sharon, I had a problem like this, and I just press the disk firmly towards
the front of the camera when putting it in to trip the little switch I saw
in there. It works for me. Chris
Darla · January 6, 2008 - 14:31 EST #137
I have read all the posts and did not find a problem similar to mine. I Have a FD83, and while trying to eject the floppy, it got stuck. After jiggling and pulling the floppy came out but the metal part that is supposed to be attached to the floppy is still in the drive. What is the best way to get it out? I can open the door to the bay, but I don't see anything loose and flapping around in there. Thanks, Darla
Michael Lareau · January 6, 2008 - 15:43 EST #138
Hello Darla,
The door is still inside I'm sure, and requires great care to remove it without damaging the drive.
At times when this happens one of the recording heads inside the floppy drive will get knocked off. If this happens the floppy drive in your camera will need replaced. To replace the drive,(parts, labor, and return shipping) will run $161.50. If you have any questions please contact us through our website

DEBBIE · March 21, 2008 - 13:49 EST #139
I have an FD-200 and it has worked great for several years (barely use it). All of a sudden it isn't. When I insert the disk it makes noises for about 10 sec. Then it says FORMAT ERROR, beeps and flashes error 13:01. Why is it doing this and how can I fix it?
benjamin chung · March 21, 2008 - 22:39 EST #140
Hi Darla:

My newly ebay purchased fd91 takes very very dakr pictures, I have played with the AE settings and EV, but it cannot be changed, I am beginning to suspect my ccd sensor is fried. What do I do now? Thanks. Ben
MavicaMedic · March 24, 2008 - 16:29 EST #141
Hi Debbie! As long as you didn't forcefully pull a floppy disk out Many times grinding floppy drive noises indicates the camera is incapable of reading the floppy disk for various reasons. There are two quick things you can try: 1 is to quick format and full format a couple of disks and try them in the camera, and 2 is to buy a new package and try a few of those. Contact me at mavicamedic at gmail dot com if you still have problems.
MavicaMedic · March 24, 2008 - 16:37 EST #142
Hi Ben! Check to make sure the Date/Time is accurate. Remove the main battery and the "button battery" under the sliding cover for a week, Install the button battery and then the main battery... Check to make sure the Time/Date is reset to Jan 1st, telling you the camera is reset to factory settings, set the Time/date info and try camera. Works fine, great! Still problematic, needs professional repair. Contact me at mavicamedic at gmail dot com if resetting didn't work.
shane tom · April 28, 2008 - 02:11 EST #143
thanks for the information on this site it was most helpful to me i was able to fix the disk format error problem on my regards shane
Al Wajnberg · June 5, 2008 - 20:12 EST #144

My name is Al and I am having a problem with my MVC-FD200. When I try to turn it on the green LED light flashes quickly but the camera does not turn on and if I keep trying to turn it on nothing happens. If I take out the battery then reinsert it and try to turn the camera on the power LED flashes again but the camera will not turn on.

Does anyone know how to fix the problem??? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

MavicaMedic · July 23, 2008 - 19:33 EST #145
Hi Al!
Your camera can be repaired for under $75.00 from sellers on eBay. If you send an email to mavicamedic at gmail dot com I can fix it for $40.00 and that includes return S and H..
Duane · August 3, 2008 - 15:03 EST #146
This is a great site packed with information on the Sony Mavica cameras. THANKS!!!
MavicaMedic · October 25, 2008 - 02:32 EST #147
Hi Grandma!
"NO DISK" is usually caused by a switch inside thw floppy disk drive that needs cleaning. Yes, the camera will function fine with a memory stick.
Stuart · October 29, 2008 - 20:23 EST #148
I have an FD95 which works great with floppies, but when I use the memory stick adaptor, I get a 13.01 format error. I bought a new adaptor, but still get the same error. Is this just a dirty floppy drive? Can I clean out the floppy drive with compressed air? How about using a floppy disk type cleaner?
MavicaMedic · October 30, 2008 - 20:55 EST #149
Hi Stuart! It is very unusual that the Mem Stk Adaptor is in-op. If you have fresh batts in the adaptor and the black recessed portion is clean it should work, period. The only thing I can think of is attemping to format the mem stk in the camera after all the ringing the camera does is done.
Tammy Goins · November 1, 2008 - 14:16 EST #150
I have a sony mvc-fd75. and it is now reading "disk error" everytime i turn it on. I bought new disk and recharged the battery and it continues to read "disk error." Do you know wat is wrong with it? Thank you
Jan Humphrey · November 7, 2008 - 15:15 EST #151
My Sony Mavica 75 reads "disk error" every time I insert a disc. It doesn't matter if its new or old. What can I do to fix this? Give me step-by-step instructions. I'm a nerd about fixing things. Thanks for your help.
Jan Humphrey · November 7, 2008 - 16:18 EST #152
My camera is a Sony Mavica MVC-FD75 If that helps better. I had taken two pictures and the disk I used was full. When I put in a new disk was when I got the error. I tried it with another disk I knew had space yet, but I got the same error. It happened over and over no matter what disk I used after that.
MavicaMedic · November 8, 2008 - 21:10 EST #153
Hi Tammy and Jan! Please read the instructions here:
If the procedure for resetting the camera fails please read through the information others have left in this column, especially Posts # 48/67/72/73/101/105/122...
jackie jones · May 4, 2009 - 14:11 EST #154
Who is the current Mavica Medic?
MavicaMedic · May 10, 2009 - 11:49 EST #155
I am, why?
You can contact me at mavicamedic at gmail dot com if you'd like.
Andrez Romero · June 4, 2009 - 21:42 EST #156
Hi... i have a question i have a Sony FD MAvica wich i love but start doing the thing "memory stick error" c:13:01 i dont know what to do i want to know if i can buy another kind of memory card, can you tell me what other can i use... thanks very much.
MavicaMedic · June 5, 2009 - 06:35 EST #157
What model SONY Camera? What memory stick manafacturer? What storage capacity? Is the error constant or intermittent?
Bluefox · October 20, 2009 - 23:03 EST #158
Had the c:13:01 error on an old MVC-FD81 upon power up with partially written disk installed (last used 3 days prior). Couldn't access partially written disk in camera or a blank (externally) formatted used disk. Slapping technique did not fix the problem, but formatting the blank disk in the camera did. Previously written disk also could then be read and written. Reformatted (Quick") the blank disk in PC and it still worked in camera.

Hope this helps anyone with similar problem.
Jan Humphrey · October 21, 2009 - 10:16 EST #159
Reformatting took care of the "disk error".
Thanks for your help!
MavicaMedic · October 22, 2009 - 06:08 EST #160
Yes, the slap will release the stuck read/write heads in the FDD

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