Question about Canon PowerShot A530 Digital Camera
Hi, We have had this camera for 3 years with no problems but lately when we try to take a picture and all we get is a flashing lightning bolt on the screen and it won't give us the green boxes or even the orange front light. It is in the auto setting and we tried many sets of new batterys. I even pulled out all the batteries including the coin cell over night to maybe reboot the proccessor. No luck. Thanks for any help in advance. John
Sounds like the flash isn't charging, as the flash icon flashes while the flash is charging before letting you take the photo. Put it in "P" and disable the flash and see if it'll let you take a photo. G>
Posted on Sep 12, 2007
I believe the short battery life problem is related to the no flash problem. Alkaline cells are 1.5v while rechargables are 1.2v. I suspect that the voltage sensing circuit in the camera is failing and thinks the voltage from rechargeables is too low so is shutting down.
Posted on Aug 22, 2008
Know this is an older post but... Some of The Canon Powershot A530 and A540 cameras are subject to an advisory recall. Seems that a small spring on the battery compartment door can short out the batteries. Suspect this of yours, in that you mention what sounds like a very long time for the flash to recharge. If your camera is on the list, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check the following link for more info:
Posted on Dec 16, 2007
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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