I have a Kodak DX6490 and the flash has stopped working. I have tried an alternative battery (fully charged), and the flash is open but when I try to activate it by pressing the flash button, the flash icon just flashes on the display, then stops. I suspect the flash bulb has blown. Does anyone know whether it is economical to repair, or whether it is possible to do yourself? Anyone know likely costs or where parts can be obtained from?
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There is a small switch inside the flash flip up and it will get broken. Can only be replaced by someone with experience. You will do more damage to the camera trying to fix it. You can purchase a replacement for about $35 on Ebay or now is the time to upgrade.
dear sir, the problem is usually caused by virus and sometimes it might be software failure also, which causes some of the menu not to function,the only solution is to flash ur cam software from the nearest kodak service centre..
Hello, sounds like you have a faulty battery,if the battery is several years old it will lose the capacity to boot the camera and the dock is trying to charge a defective battery,if you get a new battery, charge it for at least 6 hours or more.Hope this solves your problem. Regards,Russell
Hello Cynthia, Well there can be several reasons for this, First thing is to try a known good charged battery as these have a problem as they age not having enough power to boot the camera which requires quite a bit of power to start because of turning on the display, operating the lens motor,charging the flash,etc. This would be my first check before you go any further. Best Regards, Russell
There are many possible problems..
would the old battery charge on the fast charger at all or did it do strange things (dont do it now to try), If the battery was shorted, and you tried to charge it on the dock it may have damaged the cameras internal power supply, which is quite a complicated device, there are fuses but they are absolutely tiny and you need special equipment to fit them properly.
Also the flash capacitor lives on the power board which can keep its charge for quite some time at up to 300v at a substantial current and will make you drop the camera (at least) if it bites you.. :) so from the safety angle if you don't have at least some electronic training I cant recommend opening the camera..
The only possible suggestion that is a relitively easy fix is that the battery contacts may be bent or dirty.
Beyond that as I currently don't have my test dx6490 (used for checking voltages with units in for repair etc..) .. the next try is the dc socket, it may be damaged, or contaminated. try inserting and removing quite a few times and maybe using a VERY small amount of electrical switch cleaner.
Unfortunately to get to the socket if it is broken requires the whole camera be striped down as its just about the first board you fit when re assembling.
If you are adventurous, probably the easiest route to getting a camera back up would be to buy a faulty one from ebay. One with a broken screen or mode switch would be the easiest fix as you only need to remove the back and disconect and reconnect three ribbon cables.
Next would be a lens swap for one with a broken lens but requires quite a significant amount more work.
although the most difficult bit in both procedures is getting the diopter knob (eyepiece focus) on and off which in most cases means a small amount of damage will be done to the eye piece but nothing really bad, just cosmetic (kodak would replace the bit)...
If i can be any more help drop me a line....
*Turn off the camera.
*Install a set of new or fully charged batteries into the camera.
*Turn on the camera.
*Press the Flash Status button to scroll through the flash options until Fill Flash(the lightning bolt icon alone, with no other letter or symbol) is displayed. This forces the camera to use the flash.
If the flash of your camera will not work, refer to www.kodak.com/go/itg for interactive troubleshooting and repair
probably there's a problem with the bulb of the flash itself and the cam would need to be serviced, contact kodak for that
you can try this too
use lithium/ni-mh> powercycle (remove batt and card)> put back batt> turn to PASM> try fill flash (at the top of the cam, use flash button), flash button at the center part of the screen should be a plain lightnightning bolt, no A beside nor line across it
take a picture
if still no flash - arrange repair with kodak
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