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Flash doesn't work

When I turn my camera on and take a picture with the flash the picture comes out dark. If I turn the flash off the picture comes out ligt.

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Re: Flash doesn't work

You may have selected "Flash output" - look that up in the camera settings. In M mode, go to the menu, go to [flash +/-] icon, adjust flash with left and right arrows and press FUNC. You can take test photos while adjusting with the arrows.

Also, the effect of the flash quickly diminishes with distance so if your objects are distant the built in flash is too weak to light them, but the camera has no way of knowing this. In contrary, when not using the flash, your camera adjusts its exposure to the amount of light available (hold the camera steady!)

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My photos are coming out dark on my Nikon D5100...should I be using an additional flash? An extra one attached to the camera? Sometimes they look dark on the live view and come out okay after the picture...

The build in flash, will be useful within several meters (15 to 20 feet) if it is really dark.
Your camera should be capable of taking pictures in poor light conditions. Try to shoot in automatic mode. The mode dail to AUTO. (green camera symbol). Then view the picture with info. There you can see the ISO, Aperture and shutter time. From there you can experiment for darker or lighter pictures. For this you can choose M, A,S or P.
In each of these modes, you can use the following steps.
On top of the camera, close to the shutter release button you see a little knob with a +/- sign. If you press that button, you should see a 0.
If you see a - figure, this means the picture you shoot all be darker than normal. If you see a + sign with a figure it means the picture will be brighter. While pressing that button and turning the command dail, you can choose -3 to +3 EV. That is much darker and much brighter.
If you shoot many pictures in bad light conditions, you could buy an external flash. A Nikon flash will work very good and automatic, with your camera, because camera and flash will communicate and help each other to make better pictures. Cheaper external flashes can work too, but most of the time you must change settings manual on the flash. Never use old flashes, that were build for analog cameras. They sometimes switch with a voltage higher than your camera can handle. The camera can be damaged by such a flash.

Dec 04, 2013 | Digital Cameras

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The problem is that u know the sony hdv xr500x when u put it on the picture is very dark we have tried it under light too put but the picture is still dark

When you look at your pictures are they dark, murky and hard to see? If you took pictures at a wedding, dance recital, theater performance or any indoor event and they came out dark, read on to learn why your pictures are dark, and how to fix this common camera problem.

Many people take pictures of indoor events, only to be unsatisfied with the final outcome of their photos. Although you may have bought the top of the line film or digital camera, there are a few limitations that you need to know about.
To correctly expose your pictures, you camera needs a lot of light. The compact point and shoot varieties adjust for this when you're outside during the daytime, and usually your pictures turn out fine, right? Well, then how come when you take indoor pictures, they sometimes come out too dark? There are two culprits; your zoom function and your flash.
Most compact cameras today offer a zoom function. When I used to work in retail photography sales, the first feature that consumers would ask for is zoom. People love to get close-up pictures without using their feet. Although zoom does bring your subject matter in closer, it also decreases the amount of light that can get into your camera. Essentially, the more you zoom, the less light your camera can receive, and your pictures will be darker.
So, if your taking pictures indoors, in a dark church, gym or other window-less room it is very difficult for your camera to get enough light to properly expose your pictures.
This is when most photographers decide to turn on their flash. The flash on your camera is a great tool to illuminate dark situations that are in close proximity to the camera. Most built-in flash units are designed to allow the light to travel 8-10 feet away in poor quality light and up to 15-20 feet in brighter situations.
What most camera users fail to realize is that although your zoom function is visually bringing you closer to the action, you flash cannot reach that far to illuminate the subject, and your pictures will be dark.
Hope it helps, if so do rate the solution

Dec 21, 2010 | Sony Digital Cameras

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While trying to take pictures of my son's Friday night football games, the pictures come out super dark when I use the flash. If I turn the flash off, the pictures are light, but all blurry. How can I fix...

The flash is only good up to 10 feet....are you that close? If not, turn off the flash and turn up the ISO to make the camera more sensitive to the lower light levels.

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Flash/dark pictures

If this camera is new, take it back.

Apr 28, 2010 | Kodak EasyShare C613 Digital Camera

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My flash bulb doesn't work, picture are dark

Do you have it turned off? Is there a picture of a lightning bolt with a line through it? If so, press the button with the lightning bolt until the screen shows a lightning bolt and an "a". Also, do you have the camera set on a scene mode such as night? The flash won't go off in some scene modes.

Jan 28, 2010 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10 Digital Camera

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

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

Sep 23, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A630 Digital Camera

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Try resetting the camera. Go into the setup menu and find "reset".

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Sony DSC W50 Camera - Trouble with Flash

Hi, I guess you are using the automatic mode ( not the "P" mode).
You should enable flash only when there is insuffient light. If you use flash in broad day light, your pic will be whited out. If you dont use flash in dark or low light, your pic will be dark or very dark.
So, when it comes of dark, try enabling the flash. If its still dark, increase the flash compensation (the eV value). If its still dark, increase the ISO number.
Hope these help.

Sep 20, 2008 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Digital Camera

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checking on the first 2 comments, if there is flash and the pictures are dark - please check the lighting conditions
is it a dark place, fairly lighted or fully lighted

the flash also has a certain range, the subject may be far that the flash cannot reach it

if there is really no flash - it may be a hardware problem, pls contact kodak to arrange repairs
try going to PASM> fill flash too, if still not working - repairs =)

Nov 11, 2007 | Kodak EasyShare C875 Digital Camera

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Flash doesn`t work!!

In warranty case however, in order to repair the above mentioned error you should replace the flash circuit board part number:A1166208A.Price for the spare part is 35 Euro (for my account). If you need more info please advice.

Mar 30, 2007 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Digital Camera

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