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Flash not working

I can take pic with the flash off but when i turn the flash on it doesnt even take the pic. The flash never goes off and the camera never captures a picture. It just shows the flash logo blinking in the upper corner. Is the flash broken? and if i need to change how much do you think it'll cost? I just bough the camer on ebay and i dont know what's wrong with it.

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  • dragonstarjk Apr 06, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. After using my camera hundreds of times and toting it around in my purse twenty-four hours a day, it stopped working. I try to take pictures, and the flash icon blinks and won't take pictures. However, everything else works and I can still take pictures if I turn the flash off. Is there an easy fix to this? The only thing I have figured out is to send it to Canon for repairs, but they quoted me $130+ to fix...



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Flash tube gone or capacitor No repair option thats makes economic sense Check customer support to to find out

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