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Re: nikon 5700 faulty flash

The flash won't fire on my nikon 5700, SB just blinks red. I sent it to Nikon UK to have it repaired since the lcd and viewfinder are black also. They quoted me £146.00 (around $300) just to have the flash fixed. I faxed over to them 11 pages (could have sent more!)of people on the internet having the same problem. I think Nikon should admit there is a problem with this model.

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  • sames1 Nov 15, 2007

    I have the same problem with my camera. The flash won't work and it' flashes red inside the viewfinder. I have to disable flash to be able to take pictures.

  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2007

    i have the same problem, and now i in conversation with nikon spain to repair it absolutely free of course...

    the solution offere at the beginning was disable the flash and NOT fire inside or at night or darkness sites...UUOOOUUU !!!!

  • modge Feb 04, 2008

    I had a new LCD in 2006 which cost £146.00. Now the flash doesn't work, in the view finder it flashes red. Had a quote for £110.00. Would like the address for Nikon Spain.


  • StadlRo Feb 08, 2008

    I send my camera in for a blank screen and was repaired for free it came back and i have the problem of no flash, tried separate flash but just the stupid SB blinking, tried taking the on-off button off but that method didn't work. Does Nikon think we will spent hundreds and hundreds in repairs and buy their cameras in the future. I had a Nikon FTN for 40 years and it still works, whats gone wrong?

  • puchal Feb 17, 2008

    sb charging, wont take a pictures, i am disapoited

  • VonColy Feb 23, 2008

    Same thing with my Nikon 5700...and only 2 months old. Red light just keeps flashing charge but flash won't work. Camera will take outdoor pics without flash OK.

  • notawahoo Feb 24, 2008

    I have the same 5700 faulty flash problem: blinking red SB light, camera won't work in most modes. I'm signing up on this forum so I will be notified if Nikon ever owns up to the problem and offers a fix!

  • newf1 Mar 09, 2008

    Have a Coolpix 5700 with the same problem, flash will not work shows SB and flashing red light, Nikon fixed the LCD problem and I think they know they have problems with this camera.

  • Ghoulette Mar 11, 2008

    I dont have a problem with my flash it is the screen it shows up red and when i take the picture, it is red as well and when i view my pictures they are red as well...

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2008

    Same problem... twice ! I sent my Coolpix 5700 to Nikon 2 years ago, they fixed it. But 2 weeks ago, the same problem occurs...
    What can I do ? Thanks.

  • contact2005 Mar 15, 2008

    (I'm signing up on this forum so I will be notified if Nikon ever owns up to the problem and offers a fix.)

  • mohammedbq Mar 27, 2008

    I have the same problem. My 5700 LCD was black I sent it to the agent and got it fixed but now the flash won't work just giving me the red blink SB. Please help

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2008

    my 5700 also just started having the flash problem. SB blinks and can not take a picture when zoom in. If zoom out, picture takes, but is dark. Obvious flash problem. I have previously sent the camera to Nikon and had the black LCD-picture problem fixed for free about a year ago.

  • analuciacruz Jul 01, 2008

    i have exactly the same problem, the flash didn't pop up everytime i press the shot button and the sb red light is always turned on.

    I tried the suggestions posted here but they just didn't work.

    I spent util now something like $300 fixing problems in this machine.. i'm kind of desperate. Need solutions..


  • 2raj Jul 03, 2008

    My Nikon 5700 started having the same problems in the past couple days. It keeps blinking the SB red-light, the Flash does not fire and the shutter does not click. This only happens when in auto mode and the Flash pops-up or in program mode when the Flash is up.

    There are no issues when the Flash unit is down, the camera works fine and pictures come out great.

    But it's a huge disappointment to have the Flash fail on an oterwise wonderful camera.

  • Tim43 Dec 07, 2008

    I gave my son a "5700" and he has had a problem with the sensor -- NIKON repaired that issue - FREE. Now the flash will not function. I've viewed may owners concerns about this problem and seem it is a major issue. What can be do to make the manufacture take care of the problem - FREE?

  • onemoreday Dec 08, 2008

    Same problem for me, SB keeps flashing in all mode except the NO Flash mode. i've tried the the solution that open up the ON/OFF switch, but no luck.

  • nickie301 Dec 21, 2008

    I also have the flash problem and have had it since the camera was about 1 year old. It had been "repaired" several times only to have the problem again& again- The red eye light will activate, the flash pops up but it dosn't fire! My 1st and LAST Nikon- HUGE waste of money- My 20 year old minolta SLR still works perfect!

  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2008

    I have the same problem with th faulty flash module indicating charging but the flash indicator never stops blinking. The camera will only work in the non-flash mode. It's a shame because it is otherwise a great camera.


  • softers551 Jan 23, 2009

    Me too this is the response from Nikon:

    It is unfortunate to hear of so many incidents involving this similar fault, however, as I stated previously, this is not a know fault and at this time Nikon is not performing repairs free of charge. You can send you item in to the service centre to have it assessed, but unless it is under warranty the item will be given an estimated cost for repair. I will forward your comments on to the appropriate department. Should you require further assistance please update your incident as I am happy to help.



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I've had this problem and Nikon repaired it twice for me at about Aus$200 each time.

Recently it happened again.

Quite by accident, I found that I could lift the black on-off main switch and that it comes off the camera body quite easily together with the chrome shutter button.

Inside was a little plastic tab with contact points.

Merely blowing off the dust inside and then replacing the shutter button and on-off black ring appear to have solved the problem for me.

However, my viewfinder and lcd were working normally and not black as  lsvettek said.

I did have a problem with the viewfinder and lcd on yet another occasion and this was a recognised fault which Nikon repaired free of charge.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007

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Same problem with flashing SB - Wont take picture with flash.
I put my speedflash on the attachment shoe and it worked fine. Both speedflash and camera flash worked fine. Removed speedflash and the regular flash was working like it should. Conclusion is to wipe off the metal connection on the top of the camera where an external flash would be attached. That seemed to work for me so I hope it will help someone else.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009


Hi,I come from Taipei,Taiwan.
My Nikon 5700 have same problem one year ago.
I consider to sell or fix it then surf internet to find anwser.
It spent me so many time.
Finally,I have nice try.
"power on nikon 5700.
Let flash pop up with hand.
Set the flash at forced situation.
Let pop up flash press half down with your left hand.
Same time,press shutter-button half and holding.
If SB sign no blink in viewfinder,then loose your left hand.Let flash pop up to orginal position.
Press shutter-button full.If flash be trigger,the lucky follow you."

Posted on Apr 12, 2008

I also tried ausibear's solution, and it didn't work for me either. Another fellow on a different forum recommended trying to clean off the contacts in the shutter assembly with Deoxit instead of just air. I haven't tried that, but since my problem is constant, and not intermittent like some, I don't hold out much hope.

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Found this response March 2008. Seems to be a great suggeston, which I will try (lift off the shutter assembly and see if it needs cleaning). Dirt seems likely cause as the problem is intermittent.

Thanks ausibear.

Dr E

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I have this problem, and I have found to be able to carry on using the camera, simply turn off the flash - OK you dont have a flash any more but at least you can use the camera.

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