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Canon PowerShot SD550

Whenever I try to take a picture with my Canon PowerShot SD550 and I have it set on Auto Flash or Auto Red-eye Reduction it will not take a picture. Instead it shows a blinking lightning bolt flash icon on the LCD screen, the front light indicator flashes once in an orange color, and it makes a clicking noise (two clicks) like its going to take the picture but doesn't. I have no problems when I have the camera set to no flash. Is my flash broken?

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Re: Canon PowerShot SD550

Yes, the flash of your camera is not charging. needs repair.

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