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Camera Powershot A530 won't flash

In spite of the batteries being charged, when I try to take a picture all that happens is the red light comes on and the flash icon blinks in the screen but the camera does not take the picture needless to say this is very frustrating.
any help or suggestion would be appreciated

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  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2008

    this is my problem to a T
    I also checked the spring on the door and it is not the one that is recalled.
    so now what?

  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2008

    I have same problem - although if I place brand new batteriesin I will get 10-12 photos with the flash after that I get same orange blinking light and camera wont take photo. Even with NiMH rechargable batteries (recommended by Canon support) same issue happens - get 10-12 photos with flash then orange light.



    Called Canon Tech Support and they will only service camera at startign rate of $97.00 - they have no explanation why I only get a few photos with flash then stops.

  • jojo46 Mar 16, 2008

    Even with new batteries, my camera will not take a picture. The "flash" blinks yet nothing happens. I have checked my battery compartment and it is not the spring. I am very frustrated as this camera is not very old and there is nowhere to take it for less than $100.

  • Large Fellow Apr 10, 2008

    The options for flash show on the screen properly, the red eye reduction lights when I click. No flash, however, auto or other. No picture takes unless the flash is OFF. Door spring not defective. New batteries. Before this, I could get one flash each time I pressed on/off and waited 20 seconds.

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2008

    I do not see any solutions to try. I cannot rate a non-solution. What is the deal? My radio Shack fellow says he has seen this problem as a result of a BAD BULB (broken by impact or burned out). So I might try to replace this flash bulb but I do not think I should unscrew these 6 bolts without a plan.

    Large Fellow

  • Ram13 May 15, 2008

    I am having problem with the flash! When i keep the flash on , I am not able to click a picture , if the flash is off i am able to click a snap! ANYONE HAS A SOLUTIONS FOR THIS?

  • hxcrocker66 Sep 16, 2008

    same

  • spokmage Sep 28, 2008

    Same as everybody else: my batteries are charged, just won't take the picture with flash on. Checked the a530 recall thing, my hinge spring appears to be "normal". If so many people have the same problem, I think the camera may just be a dud.

  • Anonymous Sep 29, 2008

    exact same to a t.

  • Anonymous Nov 25, 2008

    I have the same problem. But I believe I solved the problem. I took a pencil and pushed the spring on the battery door over a little bit, and now the camera works just fine.

  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2008

    My Canon A530 will take pics with the flash off (when I push the lightening bolt). But will not take pics at all with the flash on.

  • vrhodas Jan 02, 2009

    same as the others. Flash doesn't work and won't take a picture with flash enabled. Works fine with flash disabled. Camera was fine 2 weeks ago. No idea why it stopped working...

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EZ Fix for non working flash on Canon A530:
Remove batteries
Remove memory card
Remove date/time battery (tiny door next to battery hole)
Wait a minute.
Replace the items
Rest the date/time
Shoot!

Posted on May 11, 2008

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I called Canon support about this problem. They suggested that I go into the MENU panels and select RESET ALL in the SETUP tab. I did that, but the symptoms persisted.
Next, I deleted all the images from the memory chip. That seemed to reset everything, and the flash started working again.
I don't know if it was fixed by one or both actions, but the camera is working normally now.

Posted on Jan 03, 2009

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I got the same problem with the flash of my A530, even with full charged batteries the flash icon remain blinking and the camera don't take the picture. After read here some comments, i applied some force in the the flash and the problem disappeared. I think that was a bad connection with the flash plug.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

I had the same problem and it was the quality of the batteries that I was using. Brand new high quality batteries corrected the problem. I was "this-close" to taking Canon support up on their upgrade special they offered for the problem.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008

My problem as well, with either regular AA or NiMH rechargeable batteries, flash will work for 10-15 photos then stop. Get blinking orange light and camera won't take photo.

Call Canon Tech Support and they only to service camera at cost of $97.00.

Posted on Jan 18, 2008

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I got the same problem with my A530, however the problem is not the spring cause the camera flash works bout 5-10 min after it was switched on with or without fully charged batteries. I think the problem is in the flash circuit, it's just not charging up the flash when switched on......hope this helps.....sweettalker29@hotmail.com

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Some of The Canon Powershot A530 and A540 cameras are subject to an advisory recall. Seems that a small spring on the battery compartment door can short out the batteries. Suspect this of yours, in that the symptoms that you mention could be due to insufficient power being supplied to the camera. If your camera is on the advisory list, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check the following link for more info:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/canon-a530-a540-with-short-battery-life.html


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