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Wont take pictures with flash

I have a Canon digital camera...occasionally my camera will stop taking pictures, I can take them manually or with the flash shut off. when I press the button, the flash symbol blinks on the display and the red light on the front comes on. The camera makes a noise but wont take a picture. Its a powershot A720 I think...

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  • kayla_h4 Apr 27, 2009

    I have tried changing the battery so many times, doesn't work...it's so random...sometimes the flash is fine...sometimes not..ugh.

  • Anonymous May 13, 2009

    This just started happening recently. Whenever I try to take pictures with flash, the flash symbol flashes (and the red light goes on), but doesn't actually take a picture. Pictures take fine w/o the flash, but they are blurry (as usual). Fresh batteries don't fix this problem. Also, I have tried taking out the batteries, and turning off the camera and "resetting" it which only works for about 2 or 3 pictures before it is back to not working again. I have a Canon A720 IS.

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The problem is in the battery holder of the CR1220 battery.

-Take out the CR1220 battery (the little round one).

-When you replace it, put a bit of aluminum foil against the back, between the battery and the plastic holder, to make it a nice tight fit. One layer won't do it, but don't put in half the roll.

-Put it back in. Done

Using a fresh battery & clean it all with alcohol = good idea as well. Worked for me.


Wich

Posted on Jan 14, 2011

  • jackpresence May 27, 2011

    Don't be frustrated. I had the same problem during a recent holiday. I had to use the camera in the P-mode during holiday; the auto-mode dosn't function. Now at home after reading this comment I lift the contact strips in the closing of the battery compartment a little, and the camera tokeagain a picture in the auto-mode with flash. So this proves it is due to bad contacts with the batteries, as Wichstem mentionned.

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Hi,

I had the same problem - my Power Shot A720 IS did not take pictures with flash. I thought that the problem was CR 1220 battery (this small round one) and change it for new one. But it did not work.

I found solution on polish canon forum (Canon-board.info) - I switched off the camera, removed the screws, took out the cover and moved gently the white/green tape near the flash. Then switch on the camera and...

It does work!:D

Posted on Dec 31, 2012

  • John Rose Feb 07, 2013

    Thanks for this tip. I just moved the white/green tape, and the flash works again.

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I was skeptical about this fix at first, but as per Mary's solution, I removed the 6 screws to the housing, eased the back and front plastic off, removed the plastic flash assembly shield screw.There, above the screen, you'll find a green and white ribbon cable.I carefully pushed them back into their seats and voila! The flash that used to only give me a blinking lightning bolt now works again after a 10 minute fix.Thank you! Wont take pictures with flash - ee25d4ed-a4c0-4894-a734-0022c4fb7446.jpg

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This is not a battery issue.I have the same problem - sometimes the flash works and sometimes it doesn't. I have tried freshly charged NiMH, new alkalines, and even new Energizer lithium batteries (very high power and long life, but not rechargeable), but it makes no difference. I suspect a problem with electrical contacts inside the camera.

I think this is a design defect of some sort but I have not been able to get any replies from Canon. If I find out anything I'll try to remember to post here.

Posted on May 17, 2010

  • mwf001 Nov 23, 2010

    Me too. Also I get messages to replace the batteries about every other day. I even replaced the CR120 battery. Same problem. I notice that the door to the battery/memory card section doesn't close properly. This probably screws up the electrical connections and cause all the problems. (Only a guess by 20 years experience with computers.)

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If your Power Shot wont take a picture with the flash on, turn the dial to P for program and make sure the flash is set to ON or AUTO
Good luck.

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Check your battery level; try a fresh set. That may do the trick.

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