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Kodak P712 flash

The flash won't open fully resulting in dark photos. I can hold it open manually and photo is ok.

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  • terijensen Feb 14, 2009

    I bought this camera at Sam's Clun for nearly $400 in mid September 2006 and I have the same problem where the flash will click to open but it won't open the whole way anymore. In addition to that, now the camera's zoom keeps going in and out as the camera continuously turns itself on and off. Help please.

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    I have now the same issue. It's out of warranty and saw Kodak asking for $150 for another person to fix this issue. 


    I'll need to open it manually.

  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    Exact same issue! My flash won't open fully resulting in no flash. If I lift the flash to the top end with my finger, it will fire normally.



    Anyone who can provide an exploded view of the camera?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    My friend and I have the same problem. We purchased the P712 camera about 18 months ago and the flash wont fully open.

    Is this a defect and Kodak does not want to admit?

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    This just happened today. I have the same problem with the flash not opening fully. Like the others, I can hold it open manually and the flash goes off fine. I'm sure that this must be a small easy fix and there is no way in hell it should cost the $160 quoted earlier in this thread.... Kodak is really putting it to its customers if that is what it is charging for this problem.

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I epoxied a sprint from a ball point pen.Kodak P712 flash - _818.jpg

Posted on Feb 25, 2011

  • titan56 Feb 25, 2011

    I meant spring. This solution has been working for a week now.

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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

  • titan56 Oct 19, 2010

    I took an 1 1/2" piec of a small tie wrap and glued it under the flash with contact cement. I formed it into a 'U'. So far so good. I also heard that Kodak has discontinued the paper and cartridge for the printer docks.

  • aem1914 Jan 11, 2011

    You guys are wonderful!!!! This just happened to me and I thought I'm going to research the problem and get a solution...and here you are!!!!!
    heck after reading this I took my ice cream wrapper and wadded it up and stuck it in the flash compartment and it WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you sooooo much for being here Ann

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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.

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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

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The flash won't open fully resulting in dark photos. I can hold it open manually and photo is ok
Any ideas?

John

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

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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!!

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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!

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Same problem, bought p20

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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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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.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

  • mtf1970 Sep 20, 2010

    I have the same problem and I'm trying to find if it would be cheaper to buy an external flash and mount it in the hot shoe or have it repaired. Does anyone have any advice?

  • titan56 Jan 07, 2011

    Mine has done the same thing. There was a wire spring that holds it open. It would be a cheap fix if Kodak would supply the spring.

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