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Canon PowerShot, SD900, Using AutoFlash, pictures takes 8 seconds

Canon PowerShot, SD900, When the Auto-Flash is on, we have to hold down the button for a minimum of 8 seconds to take a picture, yet when auto-flash is off, the picture takes immediately. Any ideas?

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It takes quite abit of power to charge the flash module. The older your batteries are, or the more drained they are = more time it's going take to charge the flash module.
It requires fresh batteries. If your batteries are not fresh, the camera will still work up to a point (that's why you can still take pictures), but it will take longer to charge the flash module.

You will be able to check this, if you have the A/C adapter. You will find that by using the adapter from a wall outlet, you'll have no problem with the flash time.

This will fix your problem, and you'll get better performance from your camera. Thanks for coming to FixYa, and don't forget to rate my solution.

Rob

Posted on Feb 24, 2009

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