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Flash will not Flash

Even in automatic mode the flash will not flash.

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  • mojonaut May 03, 2008

    Hi, yes, I do have the same problem. As you describe, when in green box or any other mode which automatically allows the flask to kick-in, the flash will not pop up, nor can I get it to open by pressing the button under the creative zone modes. Also, when I do manage to get the flash to pop-up, it will still not flash under any of the above modes. Any idea what could be wrong?


    Thanks in advance.

  • jlibler Aug 23, 2008

    I have the same problem. The flash will not pop up in auto mode nor any other mode.

  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2009

    I have the same problem. Has anyone been able to fix their on-camera flash without spending lots of money!?!?

  • Andy May 11, 2010

    I think we need a little more information:


    • Are you referring to the Green Box mode when you refer to 'automatic mode'?

    • If you are in the Green Box mode, does the flash pop up automatically when you are in a dark situation? You can test by leaving the lens cap on and pressing the shutter button half way down.

    • In one of the Creative Zone modes (P, Av, Tv, M), are you able to manually pop the flash up? If so, does it fire when you fully depress the shutter button?

    • Are there any error codes displayed on the camera's display?

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