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The flash has stopped working I think the bulb is blown??

I own a Samsung Digimax A7 Digital Camera and today the flash stopped working what can I do? How do I get this repaired and is it expensive to do this? Thanks for your help

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  • siprendergas Apr 20, 2009

    I have tried this and am convinced that it is the bulb but do not know how to get it fixed. Thanks for your help it is greatly appriciated.

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On the left,right,up and down buttons on one it looks a bit like a lightning strike go to picture mode and press it.

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