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My powershot G9 built in flash is not working

My built in flash suddenly stop working. even the flash control in the menu setting is colored grey. meaning it cant be adjusted. what seems to be the problem.

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  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    I have the same problem. 2/10/09 I used an external 580 flash on it the last time I used it and now the flash will not work at all..and yes everything that has to do with the flash is greyed out in the menus. checked contacts on hot shoe...taken external flash on and off. nothing will bring the flash menus back or make the built in flash work again.

  • cannonite Feb 23, 2009

    my Canon G9's built in flash suddenly stopped working together with face detection, I also have a problem with dust in the lens, the camera is 14 months old


  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2009

    I have the same problem. two days ago the flash on  my G9 stop working and now it does not take photos where Flash is requiered. It seems like a firmware problem, as the camera has not been misused or dropped in any way.



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There is a switch on the hot shoe to detect the external flash. When you use an external flash, the switch will be pressed down, then the unit will bypass the internal flash and won’t let it fire. If the little switch gets stuck somehow, you won’t get your internal flash on.
Check this switch on the hot shoe (either on the left side or the right side), blow some compressed air then plug/unplug an external flash several times. Hopefully you can get it back

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  • whataboutria Dec 27, 2010

    I have the same problem with my built-in flash...

    I checked to see if the switch was stuck, but i dont think it it, then it's pressed the flash icon disappears but when i let go it comes back on the display.

    Any other suggestions?


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Thanks!! it worked :)

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