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Flash all of my pictures are turning out dark...any ideas?

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  • cervid Nov 25, 2007

    My TZ1 is one year old, and today, suddenly, the flash seems not to be in synch any longer: it triggers in advance and the photo is dark.

  • soccer4114 Jan 07, 2008

    My camera is just over a year old and the flash works maybe once correctly and every time after that it eather doesn't flash at all, or it too dim. It has progressed to get this bad. I have came to reason that once it warms up it does this. Before I take it to a specialist I'd like to hear some ideas. Thank you.

  • cheluca Apr 29, 2008

    Same problem here, dark red pictures even when the flash shut at its best capacity. Very dissapointed with the camera. And there seem to be a common problem, after a year of use, the flash gets out of sync.

  • zlnd_stc Apr 29, 2008

    I have the same problem with mine, it is very frustrating as the pictures turn out black, dark, or red depending on if you have the Auto-focus assist lamp turned on. This is definitely a weak point in the DMC line-up; otherwise it is a pretty good camera.



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I had this problem and returned the camera to the nearest Panasonic service office. I think they replaced the flash unit.

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The synchronizing switch was advance so during opening of camera lense no light ,no good picture its dark , late in opening of lense.the switch trigger was not in right timing.need to open to fix or align or replace the parts broken.

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