Question about Kodak EasyShare P712 Digital Camera
The flash won't open fully resulting in dark photos. I can hold it open manually and photo is ok.
I had the same problem with my
flash not poping all the way up.
I decided there must be a spring that is not pushing the flash up.
Looking for small springs I took apart push button ink pens. The spring that fit the best was from a “Pilot G-2”. It is slightly shorter than most. With a dib of glue on each end I inserted the spring while holding the flash open. Try to use a glue that bonds to metal and plastic. I put the spring in the center of the flash. Repair cost was about $2.50 for the pen, I had some glue.
Posted on Jul 28, 2010
Glad to have found this site if only to see how many others are having the same problem. I've owned my P712 (which I love) since June 2007 and the same problem began out of the blue two months ago (meaning, the flash doesn't open all the way, works fine only if I hold it open). I just took it in for a repair estimate - $169.
The fix the repair guy mentioned was a replacement of the entire flash unit, which has to be eating up a good chunk of the repair cost. And it does seem ludicrous. I chose not to have it repaired for now. But I want to try to solve this if possible. I have the part number written down (in the car), and am hoping to find it for something less than $169, should be do-able.
But I'm wondering if anyone has replaced the unit on their own and if so, how difficult or easy is it? I see the two small screws to take it off (that's the easy part), but hoping the re-wiring wouldn't be too difficult.
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
My wife and i have the same camera with the same problem. we love the camera and we decided to buy the flash the fits on the hot shoe the pictures turn out even better. Kinda sad we were told it would be 130 to 150 to have sent out and fixed but the flash we got works even better. its the p20 zoom flash works with this model and the newer ones from kodak worth the 100 bucks we spent on it
Posted on Jun 18, 2009
The flash won't open fully resulting in dark photos. I can hold it open manually and photo is ok
Posted on Oct 27, 2008
I had the same prob and just took mine apart!! the problem is the spring pushes against a tab on the plastic hindge.(left side) while this is a bad design they did use the same hindge (roller pin) on the right side so I switched the left and right hinge (roller pins) and put back together works great!!!! fyi lots of small parts!!
Posted on Jun 12, 2011
I Have the exact same problem. I've had my camera for four years now and not interested in any of the newer models. The pen spring helps and saved me a bundle!!! The repair price is still $150, far more than the trade in cost of the camera!
Posted on May 19, 2011
Same problem, bought p20
Posted on Jun 10, 2010
I knew I wasn't alone. So add me as another to the same issue and same time line. I wonder how many there are of us. The P20 most likely will be the way I will go as well.
Posted on Jun 01, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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