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.
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.
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
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!!
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!
I have the same problem and seems this is not a single issue. Kodak should recall and fix this problem like toyota did. I agreed with scottepperly that buy the p20 is far better than send it back to fix. Cheaper and better shooting quality.
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This is a common problem. The metering and light balance are the reasons that you are having problems achieving good results with your photos.
All cameras on the auto cycle are calibrated for 18% gray. Another words a photo of all white results in 18% gray. A photo of black results in 18% gray. The camera adjusts the shutter speed and aperture to achieve an average light level of 18%. That is why photos of snow always appear gray. To compensate for this characteristic of the cameras an 18 % gray panel is held in front of the camera and than the settings are set.manually. The metering in the camera is now locked and using the same light levels objects will be in their natural level.
A second problem is the white balance. Using flash avoids some of these problems. Adjusting the camera for source lighting type will help the most. The light balance is the cause of discoloration of the objects in the photo. Usually the camera white balance can be set for auto, incandescent, fluorescent, outdoor or flash,
Use a manual setting if it is available on you camera, You need to adjust the settings until you get acceptable results. If the photo is dark add light by reducing the aperture number to a lower number allowing more light. After the aperture is open wide(lowest number) increase the exposure to longer time. With very low light levels a tripod may be necessary.. After doing this once record the numbers for next time.
See your manual, page 54 and 55, 64, and also page 70 here. Would suggest trying indoor and portrait mode first (page 54 and 55), with the flash set to ON always (page 64). If your not satisfied with the results, try Program auto-exposure mode, and adjusting exposure compensation (page 70).
Any auto camera like this is going to have trouble in dark light... Photography is all about light, and in dark situations, compromise as well.
You best chance is to set the ISO up to the highest setting available, use flash, and a faster shutter speed, however, faster shutter speeds means less light can enter the lens, and hence give a darker image. Higher ISO makes the camera more sensitive to light, but produces grainier images as a result. Flash creates artificial light...
The only real way to get good images at a concert in the dark is with a high end camera, a lens costing many thousands of dollars, a tripod or monopod to steady yourself, and a longer open shutter time.
In the meantime however, experiment with higher ISO setting, flash and try to keep your hand steady at all times because the shutter speed needs to be slightly slower for the lens to capture more light.
It sounds like your flash capacitor isn't fully charged up and your taking a photo and there isn't enough power charged up, so your photos turn out too dark. Take a photo, wait for a minute or til you see the flash icon inside the viewfinder lit up and then try taking another photo.
hi , i have the same problem , to solve this,, when i took a pic inside i put flash off and it ok , me too my warenty in finish ,, we are in same boat let have fun , to get that repair it coast 125.00 to change the light flash sensor , so try what i sead , let me know Yvon chow !!!
Regardless of the camera make/model... dark, grainy photos are usually a result of a lighting problem. Looking at the specs for your camera, the flash is only speced for 4m. If you are shooting near or above this you might have trouble. I ended up using an external flash that is triggered by sensing the cameras flash. Pretty inexpensive and pics ar 10x better. Try a local camera shop or B&H Photo (NYC) is where I got mine set up on line.
POSSIBLE CAUSE:The camera is recharging the flash.
SOLUTION:It takes longer to charge the flash when the battery is low. If this message appears a lot, replace or recharge the battery.