I have a Canon A720IS and whenever I try to use the flash, nothing happens. The flash symbol flashes and the red light blinks, but the actual flash light does not go off. I tried taking the batteries out and resetting the camera as I was advised to do, but it only fixed it for a couple pictures worth. I have also tried changing the batteries to fresh batteries, but it has not fixed it at all.
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Flash will not pop up automatically if you're in manual mode. Try putting it in the green auto mode, then try again. Still not working? See if the little flash symbol button is on OFF. If so, put it to ON or auto. Should work.
Very little to go on, but in every camera you can switch off the possibility to flash. How to switch it on must be very easy, because it is always in the top menus of every camera. Looking on the back of your camera, with the menu on, you should see a flash symbol, with a bar through the symbol, then it is off. Try to switch it on. If the symbol is on (without bar) look if it is dark enough so the flash should work. You also could try to reset the camera to the default settings. But is the flash still does not work something else could be wrong. Just try an external flash. If it does nothing, after you tried everything above, I can't think of anything else. Success.
Here are some simple things to try first for a camera that won't take a picture when the shutter button is pressed, or with an inoperative flash. They won't work for every case, but they're worth a try:
I've had this happen to me too and I've been researching about it. Aparantly it happens because the camera still think the external flash is attached. If you go into the menu and under flash control, try ot enter the settings for built in flash. If this is the problem it will tell you here that the external flash is still attached. From what I have read to far, I'm not sure how to fix it. I would reccomend taking it in somehwere. I dont htink its a hard problem to fix.
In your display, is the small lightning symbol appear on the screen? Try cycling through the various flash options by pressing the "flash" lightning symbol to the right of the monitor. If the flash is set to flash when there's not enough light at the G9's descretion (with an "A" next to the symbol) then the flash may or may not go off. I oftentimes set the flash to go off all the time if the camera is not doing it automatically (with the A next to the symbol). Being in Auto mode versus the other preset exposure modes affect the flash options available too.