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Built in flash not popping up

When I attept to take photos in low light or take pictures where the subject is back lit then my built in flash is not popping up instead I get an error 05 message and I have to turn the camera off and back on again. Will I need to get the camera repaired professionaly or is there an easy fix?

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Re: Built in flash not popping up

Error 05 means - Something is obstructing the built-in flash.... Try to reclean it. Good luck!

Posted on Jul 31, 2007

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Hi. Hoping you can help with this one ... The built in flash is popping up but the flash light is not working. Thanks, Kylie.

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