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Problem with Camera Flash

I recently purchased a camera on eBay and I think it is a beautiful camera small, lightweight and easy to use. The problem is that the flash does not work. I have read all the instructions and taken many photographs but many need the flash to look well. Whenever I take a picture I can hear a sound as if the flash had worked but nothing happens. I don't know if this can be fixed or how expensive this might be to repair. If this is too expensive I will return it for a refund but I would really like to fix this and continue to use this. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you so much.

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  • annettemaher Sep 02, 2008

    dont no how to put the flash on

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2009

    i found the same problem with mine, then i pressed the flash button on camera for it 2 work evertime i take photo and then the picture ends up 2 bright.

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Chech the slider switch infront of the camera right under the lens. If it is to the left side, then switch it back to the right. If this is a fix of your problem, then remember, the slider switched to the left is for closer range picture taking, i.e. 3-5 feet away from subject. The slider switched to the right is for subject from 5 feet far up to infinitive. Paul

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