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Flash for Coolpix L6 Digital

When taking pictures in low light, the flash doesn't come on; therefore pictures are out of focus. A RED hand flashes on the screen. When I try to push the flash button, nothing happens. What can I do? Otherwise my pictures are good.

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Re: Flash for Coolpix L6 Digital

You can try to reset all of the internal settings. This has worked for me with a digital camera.
It would be good here to know what kind of camera we are working with.

Make sure you do not have any of the settings in the camera set to turn off the flash...for instance setting it at mountains or most any outside setting may not allow the flash to work. Some cameras will allow you to override the setting internally.
If the flash does not work at all, then repairs will be needed.

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