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Red-Eye Fix Are there any settings that will eliminate the red-eye problem with my Canon A520? My Minolta emits three distinct flashes prior to taking the picture when re-eye reduction is turned on. I don't see this with the Canon A520. We have two A520s and they both produce the same red-eye prone photos. Ron

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  • Ronald Tovar Feb 11, 2007

    The problem here is that the red-eye feature is turned on. I was looking for some further adjustement or setting to eliminate the problem. I don't want to use software to fix the problem after the fact. The link posted doesn't work.

  • Ronald Tovar Feb 12, 2007

    I appreciate any help. It's just that I am disappointed with this particular feature of the camera and was wanting to know if anyone had found a way to change a setting to reduce the problem. This would be outside of just turning on the red-eye feature. This camera received a good review from Consumer Reports, which said nothing about a red-eye problem. I paid $1000 for my Minolta camera that doesn't have this problem and $175 for the Canon. This is probably what makes the difference.



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Here is a link to the product manual: It states that to turn on red-eye reduction mode (p.43), go to the Camera menu, then set the top setting (red-eye) to "on". Even if you are unable to get this to work (or if you do get it to work, but are unhappy with the results), there is a really nice free proto organizer ( that includes a red-eye removal tool that is really simple to use.

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    Joshua Muskovitz Feb 12, 2007

    You can try this link instead:

    and then click on "Product / Software Manuals" to get to the product manual. If that doesn't work, Google for "canon a520 manual" and follow the first hit.

    I'm sorry that you didn't feel that my suggestions were very good, and that you could not access the link I posted. Since you have two cameras with the identical behavior (and since you say IN YOUR REPLY that red-eye is turned on), it seems likely that you are simply unhappy with the quality of the red-eye reduction in that particular model. That's not my fault. It's also not my fault that you don't find the idea of free and simple software to remove the red-eye acceptable. In the future, I won't try to help you.



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