(cont'd) Conclusion? I think this problem may have been rectified to a certain extent by Sony, but it's still there. I would probably say that the last unit i tested would work under normal shooting conditions but it real sudden movements were made, the 'click' would still be audible.
Hope this helps others who were eagerly awaiting purchase of this camera.If possible, please test it thoroughly at a retail outlet before committing to purchase
After reading from some blogs that this issue had been resolved, I took the bold move of buying this camera at a fair today. Since it was too noisy to check whether the problem persisted, i had to trust the Sony sales rep, who claimed that the 'new' batch doesn't have this problem anymore.
Took it home, and even before i could power it up, the 'clicking' sound was audible by gently panning & rotating the camera. Yes, i emphasize the word gently. Brought it back to the fair, and after much arguing, managed a full refund.
He then brought 3 other units, all of which had the similar clicking noise.The last unit that was showed to me (claimed that it was from the latest batch which arrived a week ago) also had the clicking noise, however it was much lesser in comparison.