Do I have a lemon or not? (I think maybe). I'm an experienced Canon DSLR user and bought the G10 a week ago to have a more portable p&s. I have read the manual and used it in different conditions, but cannot seem to get the flash to fire, even in a dark room (either with automatic settings or with manual ones). I'm ready to send it back, but want to make sure that I'm not missing something. Anybody else have this problem or have an opinion?
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How to use the internal flash as a commander is in the manual from page 189. The manual is online.
There follow 10 pages about all different settings for the remote flash mode. I could not find how to use the internal flash as a commander and switch of the commander itself. On my Nikon, I can use the light as a commander and when the picture is made the build in flash does not fire.
You always see the internal flash fire, before the picture is made, because it has not only to tell each group what setting it should use, but it also has to trigger the external flash groups. If you want to use the flash as a commander while photographing persons, you can use a Infra Red filter (little one) in from of the internal flash, so the subjects won't close their eyes. Look for the Nikon SG-3IR filter. I think Canon must have filters like this.
I would say it depends on the type of photography you intend to do.
Obviously, you're going to need at least one lens, whereas you can take photos without a flash at all. If you're doing landscape photography during the day, you won't have much need for a flash. If you're doing studio photography, you're going to need a flash or other source of light.
Most digital cameras (NOT ALL but the exceptions are sold as such)
can't be connected to the computer, when they are switched on.
Most digital camera's will shut down, when connected to the USB card. Your Canon G10 is no exception. Most of the time when connecting the USB cable the camera changes in an external memory drive for the computer. Some camera's can be charged via the USB cable. Even when connected to a computer.
Even when I want to connect my DSLR to a computer, to do life view on my computer screen, I have to install special (payed) software, to let it work.
Without the software running, the same DSLR always shuts down and only will download pictures when another program is started.
Check if something is preventing the flash to pop up 'fully'. Check for some dust or other particles trapped between the flash and the body. Does the screen say 'Subject is too dark'? If so, the flash has not popped up fully.