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When the menu is displayed on the LCD monitor,
pressing the LEFT button makes the cursor shift to
the left tab.
When the menu is not displayed on the LCD
monitor, the LEFT button operates as the FLASH
( ) button.
Selecting the flash mode
1. Rotate the MODE DIAL to select a RECORDING mode with the exception of
Movie clip mode.
2. Press the Flash button until the desired flash mode indicator displays on the
3. A flash mode indicator will be displayed on the LCD monitor.
Use the correct flash to suit the environment.
Here are the steps:
1. Make sure you will install a new or fully charged battery/batteries into your camera. Please use lithium batteries Ni-Mh or rechargeable Batteries (2000 M.Amp or higher).
2. Clean the battery contacts.
a. Remove the battery/batteries and the memory card from your camera, then wipe the battery contacts with a soft, clean cloth.
b. Reinstall the battery/batteries into your camera
3. Turn on your camera without the memory card.
I had this exact problem with the same camera.
Here is how I got my flash to work.
Go to the play button, press menu.
Then, Go to setup and scroll all the way down to reset all...
Once pressing that, your camera should work.
Hmmm... doesn't sound too good does it? Have you tried another CF card? I know you said it doesn't work even without a card but...
Also one last thing to try is to tkae out both batteries, the main one and the slim watch style backup battery that sits right next to the main one under the cover labelled CR2016. Leave them both out for an hour and see what happens. NOTE this will probably reset your camera to factory defaults and may reset the photo numbering counter back to zero. Worth a try?
It sounds to me like you are not waiting for the camera to charge the flash when turning the camera on or between shots. It seems you are using 1700mAh batteries and most modern digital cameras are better off using 2500mAh batteries. Your camera was released in September 2006 so it is considered "modern". With 1700mAh batteries, your flash (warm-up) recycle time time will be rather long or the amperage may not be enough to fully charge the flash unit. I highly recommend Duracell 2500mAh rechargeable batteries.
My Canon A75 has the EXACT same problem. I have always handled it with care. When I was taking photos with it, the camera suddenly started shutting down without a low battery warning. It just started shutting down, but it stopped with the lens still sticking half way out. Like yours, the top green light flashes when I try pressing the power button. Any ideas?