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Same as posted - picture is way too dark when using flash. Help!

The "auto" mode does not take good pcitures. It's like the camera cannot distinguish when it should use flash and when not. Then, even with the flash on manual, the pictures turn out dark when you have a decent amount of light for the picture. When the room is dark, forget a picture at all. The best pictures are when you have good light inside or out and the flash is manually turned off. The camera worked great for about 3 years; then, suddenly this summer the dark side came out!

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  • pncmyer Sep 23, 2009

    Resetting the defaults didn't take care of the problem. What now?

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Try a camera reset. Go into the setup menu and scroll to "reset" and follow the on-screen instructions.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009

  • Ty Price Sep 23, 2009

    OK...I'm assuming the battery is fully charged. Let's try a manual reset. Remove the card and the battery...press all the buttons...leave the camera alone for 20 minutes to discharge any residual power...insert the card and then the battery. Try a few test shots. How did they turn out?

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