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Loud firecracker pop and flare when flash goes off.

The camera works fine, and even with the scary flash, the pictures turn out OK, but there is something definitely wrong. I don't know it is dangerous or not, but we are on an extended road trip in the US, visiting children and grandchildren, and we need to take pictures. The problem started after taking the camera to the beach, and even though we were very careful, it is possible that a grain of sand might have gotten into the works.
Is there anything we can try besides spending a lot of time and money on repairs (we are very short of both). Thanks.

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  • SJEB Dec 19, 2007

    I just starting having the same firecracker type pop with my flash and now the flash stopped working altogether. I also noticed that the sparking was coming from the hinge area of the flash. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2007

    yeah i had the same firecracker noise for a while and then the flash stopped working. I just sent it in to get looked at so i will keep you all posted on what they tell me when they call.

  • sniffdog Feb 25, 2008

    Same problem here. Camera is 3 years old and never misused. Then today a loud popping sound when using flash. Now flash stopped working. I see slight burn marks at hinge where flash springs up. Camera still works in Program Mode (with flash turned off), but I use flash for 90% of my pictures. It is not under warranty and I doubt if it's worth fixing.

  • Grandma25 Mar 30, 2008

    This is Grandma25 (soon to be Grandma to 26). Sounds like this LOUD firecracker pop is all too common. My flash will not work at all, but the rest seems fine. It is a pain though, as the camera was only 2 years old and would cost half of what we paid for it to fix it. Sounds like a major defect. Thanks for responding. I too want to hear how the repairs went.

  • gymmy Apr 11, 2008

    I am just another owner with the same problem the flach on my S1. A few monhs ago, I had the firecracker noise and then the flash didn't work, although the rest ofthe camera continued to work. I am tempted to start taking it apart. Meanwhile, I upgraded to the S5. gym.

  • Bobsogood Apr 14, 2008

    Same problem here Firecracker poopos from the flash ...then...No Flash at all.You find any fixes?



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I had same problem, and mine stopped working altogether also.....
Interested to know what happened on the one that was sent in to get looked at in December 07

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