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Hi 1.The flash onthis modelCanonworks onlyif you manuallyraise the flash.Itdoes not riseautomatically,and is onlyon the raisedflash. 2.Flashon the modulehas a switch- itsometimesfails andthenflash "does not understand"that she had toget involved. 3.Not workingflashcapacitorcharging circuit- usually afterany water 4.Flashlampis not working- usuallyafter a lightblow 5.Commanddoes not work(a piececircuit)from the processorto lightthe lampflashes -aftera blow orhitthe water.
If youfollow steps 1- Raise theflash and thecamera is turned onin the menumode - "shoot with the flash" -but yourflashdoes not work- the restcan fixbrokenonlyengineerto repair.
If the built-in flash does not function, then the camera flash may be turned off or it is set to Auto and will only flash when taking pictures in poorly lit environments. To turn on the flash so it works regardless of the lighting situation, press the flash button on the camera (or touch-screen LCD, if equipped) until the forced flash icon appears on the LCD screen. The flash button has a lightning bolt symbol on it
If the Forced flash setting is already enabled and the flash is still not working, then the issue may be due to another camera setting. Even if the Forced flash setting is enabled, the flash will still not work in the following circumstances:
When shooting MPEG movies
When shooting in the Twilight or Handheld Twilight mode
If shooting with the Burst or Multi Burst mode
Shooting with Sweep Panorama
Shooting with the Fireworks or High Sensitivity mode.
I reviewed the menu settings and made a change to the flash option setting. Some how the function was turned to the off position!
Reading your posted comments gave me the idea to check that out!
Make sure your flash has not been turned off, check your settings. You may try changing your flash settings, most cameras have a setting for fill flash (flashes every time). If it still is not working make sure your batteries are fresh. If you have tried these two things, I would say its broken. If its still under warranty take it back, if not just use it and forget the flash. Flash is useless past 12 feet in most point and shoot cameras.
Normally when the flash stops working it is because the capacitor the camera uses to store the flash power ( that is what charges..not the bulb) burns out. This is a very difficult repair and should only be completed by a camera technician.
If the repair is over 10 dollars I would suggest a new camera.
Ok, Flash unit is defective and needs to be replaced as per following part number... (if you have camera repair experience then can do it your self because electric shock risk in involve in flash unit handling)
I had the same problem with my flash not working on any setting, but I found a way to fix it: hit the menu button, make sure the "rec mode" choice is set to normal instead of burst. I think the burst mode takes multiple shots in a row, so the flash isn't compatible with that setting?