my camera was in its soft case and was dropped on the ground not but maybe 12 inches. I turned it on and noticed that it takes about 10 seconds for the screen prompts to come on and now it doesn't take any pictures with any of the flash options. It records, takes non flash pics, downloads, everything else but startup is slow, no flash pics and the light keeps a steady orange blink on any setting that has the flash. Any recommendations please feel free to email or call. Rick 661-312-5313 or Rick@EverybodyTravels.com Thank you for your support
The orange flasing light at the back is a power indicator. It shows that there is not enough power to recharge the flash unit.
The first course of action is to replace the lithium Ion battery with a fresh one.
This is because they do "wear out" in as much as they cannot store maximum charge.
Check battery contacts are clean, and remove the camera from the dock when not charging.
If lights still blink, the last thing I can suggest is to reload the driver software for the camera.
If even this fails, it may be a broken connection within the camera, and this is usually uneconomic to repair.
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The most likely cause is a bad battery. But before you throw it out, try discharging it and then recharging it.
Probably the fastest way to discharge the battery is to turn on the flash and start taking pictures. It doesn't matter what you take pictures of, you're going to throw them away afterward. Just point the camera away from you and start clicking. Take a hundred pictures or so, or until the battery level drops below 25%, or the flash recharge time gets very long. Note the battery level, then recharge it overnight again and see what the level goes to.
Consider NOT connecting your camera to your computer.
The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use Nikon Transfer or any other photo cataloging program.
Things to check first for a camera that won't turn on, or works intermittently are the battery contact points, ensuring that they're clean, and making good contact with the battery. Troubleshooting tips on other things that need to be checked may be seen here. These tips won't work for every case, but they're worth a try.
Assuming you have new batteries and the camera lens cover is opening when turned on. Try switching to any mode other than automatic, turn off the flash, and press the shutter button. Many cameras have a safety feature that prevents the flash capacitor from charging if the case is opened. This is to lessen the chance of electric shock. They usually use one or two of the screws along the perimeter of the camera to complete a circuit that lets the processor know that the case is closed. Verify that all the screws are in place along the perimeter of your camera, and that there are no gaps along the perimeter seams. If you're missing a screw, try using one of the others to replace it.
If they're all there, next thing to check is the batteries. The brand that you're using may have reached its shelf life, or just may not have sufficient power to charge the flash capacitor. Try a better brand, or better yet rechargeable NiMH batteries.
If the above didn't help, then the flash tube or its circuit is probably at fault. In this case, would then recommend professional repair. This repair is somewhat difficult, requires some soldering, has some danger of electrical shock, and goes beyond what I'd like to describe here
Here are some simple things to try first for a camera that won't take a picture when the shutter button is pressed, or with an inoperative flash. They won't work for every case, but they're worth a try. (Hint, make sure that all the screws around the perimeter of the case are present and firmly seated.)
There are three reasons why do you get a blurred images.
1. The camera lens is dirty
- clean the lens with soft and dry cloth
2. AF frame (lit red) and !AF appeared when taking pictures.
- check the focus on the subject and take pictures
3. A small camera icon appeared when taking pictures
- It may cause camera shae. Hold the camera steadily.Use flash photography. A tripod may be recommended, depending on the scene and mode.
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i think you might find you knocked the VR switch on i thort i had proken my camera to but hten i took it to the camera shop and they guy didnt knwo what he was tralkign about hten i realised what i had done on my way home and if that is the case if u swich it off ( the VR switch on the lens) it will stop the view finder shaking when u take a photo
The camera has a "motion detector". And is generally for taking pictures automatically whenever a "subject", such as wild game, come within the detector.
That flash is for taking pictures of subjects less than 12 ft away and not a darkened area beyond 12 ft.
If you are using it to automatically capture in the evening, then point the camera lower, like to the ground 12 ~ 20 feet away. It will shoot some nice, but somewhat grainy pictures!
If you are holding the camera to take pictures, it wasn't designed for that, but it will work for "close" shots.
The eye flashing is normal when the flash is trying to charge up , if the batteries are healthy the camera won`t take a picture until the flash is charged fully.Try turning the flash off and see if the camera fires, get some higher rated rechargeable batteries (2000mah) or above this may resolve your problem.