Well, it was an amazing shop, really old school, just stuffed with lenses and camera parts, and two blokes hunched over a workbench. I was told that the camera would need a new focus mechanism and that this would cost £79 plus VAT.
So I went and bought a new Samsung L700 from Curry's for a ton, and gave the old one to my mate, who reckons he can fix it. I remain to be convinced.
UPDATE - 7/9/07
Well, if you know me, you can probably guess how the repair went...
Those screws are tiny and I lost the first one I took out almost immediately. Ho hum.
I am going to pay a visit to these guys later on.
I bought the camera, a Nikon Coolpix P2, back in February for £109. It's not particularly high spec, and I admit that I never even used the big selling point of the Wi-Fi connectivity. But, it did more than enough for me.
I dropped it (more than once, as it goes) and finally it came up with a Lens Error message which I couldn't make go away. I took it back to the shop for repair, but alas there is much evidence of the drops it has endured, so it would 'fall' outside the warranty terms for free repair. Get this though. The rather severe lady behind the counter told me that a repair would cost anything between £150 and £200! Where is the sense in that? The damn thing only cost a one-er when I bought it.
"That's the thing with digitals," she said, "lenses, displays, you've had it. Sorry."
What a load of bollocks. Anyway, I've bought a set of watchmaker's screwdrivers and I'm going to have a bash myself. Nothing to lose after all.