The screen on my camera would flash in and out after I had used my camera only a dozen or so times. I changed the batteries, but that didn't help, so I hooked the camera up to my computer, hoping to charge any internal battery it might have, and when I turned it on again, I was able to turn it on only a few more times, but the camera then randomly stopped working again. I have tried hooking it up to my computer over and over again for longer amounts of time, but the light in the upper right corner continues to flash, and there is nothing on the screen. I can't retrieve pictures without the camera turning on. Is there an easy to way to fix it?
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It is detecting it has enough light and not flashing. Look for an "indoor" or other appropriate mode for what you are shooting since most Samsung cameras have them. The flash will only go off when the camera thinks it is needed. Canon Cameras are useless indoors but Samsung's are pretty good indoors when you find the right setting. Their latest models have dozens of modes, most of which you will never use. They are just VERY slow to take pictures. It appears to be cheaper version of their WB250F I had for a while.
P.S. - Never drop a Sansung camera. They will chip and even get damaged from as little as a foot or so. I had one fall about a foot onto pavement and it was permanently ruined. Their older models also stop with lens out when the battery dies but the Galaxy Cam is finally smart enough to retract the lens before the battery dies. It alos does so when shutting down unlike the older models.
When in program and manual mode, you will have to set it to flash. Make sure the circle around the electric bolt on the screen does not have a line through it, and it should work. There is usually a button with the symbol on it somewhere around the lcd(I'm not very familiar with your model or I'd tell you where) or it may be in the on screen menus if it's not a button around the screen.
Either the LCD screen is cracked or defective in some other manner. It's possible the LCD works but just the backlight is out as well. Either way, the camera needs to be opened and the LCD checked out.
The Olympus "Tough" and "SW" cameras are FAR FROM being either "Tough" or "S"hock and "W"aterproof. I have seen dozens and dozens of them with cracked glass over the LCD and destroyed by water damage. Sounds like something got inside your camera or it was badly dropped.
Hope this helps.
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Changing settings won't affect how well the camera works, i.e., the quality of the picture. The only thing that *might* happen is the mechanical pieces will eventually give out. Buttons, motor driving the lens and auto-focus, flash pop-up will eventually give out...but they are (usually) robust. Think about the button presses on a video game controller. Don't do something like toggle a switch back and forth dozens of times before each picture - this is unnecessary usage. Changing the setting for each picture - no problem.
My first impression is that you are using the flash at its maximum capacity and completely draining the charge each time. I'd also say that you are only going to get about a dozen flash burst before the batteries are exhausted. I use several Vivitar 283's 285's and a couple 285HV's in a portable studio set up I have and the 285 HV's have got to be tuned down about 1/3 before I can get them to match the other flash outputs. If I need all out brute power then the 285HV's are used on full inside a softbox. I generally work with a 16 batteries between the two 285HV, also they need good fresh batteries off the charger. On a photo shoot I'll get maybe 15 shots before the power is down enough that I change then, I'd say powering back up it'll take about 15 to 20 seconds before they come out.
Does your camera gave a small battery in place somewhere that is used to maintain the date and time settings? (it is generally a watch battery type small flat silver disk.) You should not have to reset time and date after each battery change.
Many digital cameras eat up batteries quickly, especially when using the flash alot., that is why it is important to use good quality rechargeables whenever possible.
This camera has four flash modes and each time you press the button the mode changes. As you press the button you should see the indictor in the upper left side of the screen. 1.In automatic flash, the camera will decide if you need flash or not. This mode does not have any indicator on the screen 2.Forced flash, this will cause the flash to be constantly on. The indicator looks (kind of) like a lightning bolt. 3.Slow Syncro, this mode slightly delays the flash and is used to lighten up the background more the foreground. The indicator looks like the lightning bolt with SL next to it. 4.No flash, this will turn off the flash. The indicator looks like a lightning bolt enclosed by a circle with a diagonal line through the lightning bolt. (similar to a no parking sign).
If you don’t see the indictor changing on the screen the switch behind the button is malfunctioning.