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Built in Flash stutters...

When taking photo in a low light or poorly lighted area, the built in flash stutters like a strobe light. It blinks rapidly when I hold down the button and it won't activate the shutter to take the picture. I have no problem when in well lit areas. I've tried adjusting the apeture but that doesn't work. Is it a glitch?

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Re: Built in Flash stutters...

Try resetting ALL in the menu, if it has a way to do that.

Then go through the menus and set everything to the way you want it.
If it has a flash setting..check what it is.
Setting the RED EYE setting ON may cause the flash to act like this.
Try turning off the RED EYE setting to OFF, especially when in a very dark area.
Auto-Focus should not have anything to do with the flash. It has it's own small focusing light especially for this, and should be reddish in color, if the auto focus is on.

Check to make sure that the battery is charged to full or the batteries are new and the correct kind, if replaceable. Low batteries can cause problems which are unpredictable, and hard to detect, and can lead one to thinking that there is a problem with the camera.

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Re: Built in Flash stutters...

We are also having this proublem on my mother DSLR. After comparing the way the camera is working my camera also a 350D it becomes apparent that the proublem is that the auto focus assist light ahs stoped working for some reasen, as such best solution is for the short term any way use manual focus. As it becomes apparent that in low lighting the canon will often not focus through using auto focus regardless of if the lights working or not. Infact the beams fired by the flash seems to actualy help the auto focus fire, just means the flash is useless when taking photos of people. I mean who really wants 5 or 6 times more flashes fired into the face?

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Re: Built in Flash stutters...

Have you tried a external flash

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Re: Built in Flash stutters...

This is the camera trying to give itself enough light to focus with.

As it uses contrast to focus with you will get problems in low light conditions. There's no way round this I'm afraid except to light the subject better. As it's a digital camera and you're not wasting film, try manual focus and see what results you get.

Posted on Nov 09, 2007

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