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Flash flickers, shutter won't work

On occation, the flash will flicker away very fast, but it will not take a picture. just keeps refocusing if you depress the button

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  • Suebee1966 Aug 21, 2007

    okay, but this is set on auto

  • Suebee1966 Aug 21, 2007

    and thank you for your help

  • Suebee1966 Aug 22, 2007

    I will do that, thanks again.
    Sue

  • red robin Nov 02, 2007

    I used my camera the other night and all the pics were blurry. I realized it wasnt on auto. I put on auto but got the same results. now it wont even take a picture or focus. I went in and reset the settings back to the factory settings and got no results. Very frustrated!!!

    Help!!!!

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Thank you... it was very helpful

Posted on Dec 18, 2007

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I had that problem when I first recieved the E500.

In the menu, hunt around for the AF Illuminator setting, and then make sure it is off. This will stop the flickering, but the cam will take slightly longer to autofocus in the dark

Hope this helps!

Posted on Dec 14, 2007

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Refocussing or 'hunting' suggests there is insufficient light to focus. Up the ASA rating then try

Posted on Aug 20, 2007

  • john ash
    john ash Aug 21, 2007

    This still allows you to increase the ASA setting though
    check the full manual on the Disk in PDF

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