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Flash does not fire.

Try to take a picture with a flash. I know how to turn the flash to a proper setting. In a dark setting, the orange light will turn on, but the flash symbol blinks in the display when I try to take the picture. When the flash setting is off, the camera will take a picture. It has nothing to do with batteries because the batteries are new. What could be the problem? I know I have the setting right. and also whenever i open battary compartment memory card ejects itself can anyone know answer my question?

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In auto If it does not fire the flash bulb or flash board in camera will need service. In auto it will fire all the time as a fill flash.

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