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Nikon D40X inbuilt flash

Bought NEw!. Flash stopped working after just 2 shots.

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  • javamom Nov 19, 2007

    Same thing happened to me. After using only a few times at home, flash just stopped working. Any advice??

  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2007

    Same issue. Flash worked fine for about a week, then th following:

    In full auto mode:

    - the first flash is really bright (pops really loudly) and the ISO is set to 1600. Whiteout

    - subsequent flashes are very dark

    In P mode:

    - first flash very bright as above but this can be rectified with a manual set of the ISO to 100 but is not an acceptable picture, but at least recognisable

    - Subsequently either does not flash at all, or seems to have a sync problem between the flash and the shutter.

    This looks like a software problem as it is a combination of a number of issues.

  • Anonymous Dec 15, 2007

    I bought a D40 four months ago, The built in flash worked fine until about a week ago. I pops up but does not flash.

  • D40x guy Dec 24, 2007

    Bought a D40x in September. Has worked fine up until this week when the flash stopped working. It will still pop-up, but not flash. I also have a SB600 Speedlight - it works fine on it. I checked the settings to make sure it was on auto-flash.

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2007

    built in flash pops up but never fires

  • margaldi Jan 15, 2008

    I ma experiencing same problem. Suddenly the built-in flash stoped firing although is poping up normally

  • MrGreenEyes Jan 20, 2008

    Ditto - Reset my camera and still the same issue. I noticed that before the failure I was getting overexposed flashes( when it flashed ) now none at all. Does not seem like firmware because the flash pops up when it is needed. Tried on-camera manual flash setting full power, half power and auto; no flash! Used 50MM manual lens and SB-15 speed flash, the external flash worked and camera exposed correctly so it seems like the on-board physical flash components have failed. Battery says fully charged, which I believe, because I placed it in the camera that way a week ago and have not used it since. I have re-inserted the battery twice, thinking that maybe the power source could be an issue. Bought new 12/16/2007 shot a couple hundred photos and now this failure. I am debating whether to RMA replace or to have repaired. My thinking is that the repair could fix a design problem where an RMA replace will give me the same design that will fail again.

  • Anonymous Feb 29, 2008

    I to have the same problem.... i live in sweden and the camera is imported from usa.. i have no warranty..

  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2008

    We were at my wife's birthday party when the failure started (and is still happening). The flash pops up, the flash discharges, but either white-outs or black-outs. seems like a link between the flash intensity, its timing and the exposure settings. All v odd.

    Wrote to Nikon, they said send it back - not done so yet as wanted to use camera without flash on holiday. Will send this week.

    V Bad

  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2008

    Brand new camera, flash stooped working.

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2008

    flash worked 1 evening.....

  • nelliekenier May 12, 2008

    Like others, all of a sudden the built in flash on my D40 stopped working although it still pops up. Camera 2 months old/

  • sarijh May 21, 2008

    Mine just stopped as well. It had been working for months and then poof - nothing.

  • Photo P Nov 18, 2008

    I had the same problem with my camera. I have had it for over a year but never really used the thing. When i sent it in for the repairs they wanted to bill me $134 to have it fixed. I called the 800 number to see why I was going to be billed when others where having the same problem. He then placed me on hold. When he got back on the line he then informed me that he could offer me 10% off my repair bill. What kind of **** is that? Well, i don't have the extra cash to pay for this so I guess it will have to wait and do it after the holidays. For those of you that are going to fork out the extra cash...make sure you call and get your 10% off the repair bill.

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    Roynice152 I'm sorry but you're implying its OK to crate an $800 piece of trash.It's not and if you are a Nikon user you should demand better.



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I too have bought the nikon d40 for my daughter,worked fine for a few days then the flash stopped working.flash would pop up but not fire,seems tobe a common problem.i have sent it back to nikon for service.will leave further coimments when i get it back.

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I just bought a Nikon D40X last week. I just realized that the built-in flash never popped up. So I tested in auto mode in a dark room and confirmed that the flash does not work. (Still does not work after a reset) I am going to call Nikon and maybe I might exchange it for a different camera.

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I just bought a Nikon D40X last week. I just realized that the built-in flash never poped up. I tested in auto mode in a dark room and NO FLASH. I am going to call Nikon and maybe I will exchange it for a different camera.

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If it's withing 30 days, get it exchanged. I have a D70s and it's been working fine for me, maybe something with the D40x with other customers? Take it back to the store and let an "instructor" try it out to make sure it's not a setting.

It's great for the manufacturer to know about any problems so they can get a good sample of problems to help many people. Good luck.

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Like every product out there, there is the top of the line, the middle and the bottom of the barrel. The D40x is unfortunately the bottom of the barrel, its Nikons way of competing with the Canon rebel. This product should not have been released, they used cheaper parts and they are mass produced so the quality is not the same as their Top of the lines.

If your camera is under the 30 days, take it back to the retailer. If you bought it online, send an email and get a RMA. Return Manufacture Authorization.

Save your money and spend a few bucks more and get a model higher than the bottom of the line next time.

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    Nate Stephens Feb 13, 2009

    Inappropriate? Because you bought a bottom of the line product and I stated it? You get what you pay for, and 800.00 is a piece of **** for a camera body. I have a Fuji S2 , S3 and each body without a lens cost 2500.00. YOU WANT PRO RESULTS GET A PRO CAMERA. Just because you spent alot of money doesnt mean you bought the best. As for Nikon, I own the Nikon F5, Nikon N90s, And Nikon FG cameras. So I KNOW ALL ABOUT THE QUALITY OF NIKON. pffft....see if you get my help anymore.


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