Question about Canon PowerShot A630 Digital Camera
I was having the same problem...
1. I took off the two screws on side closest to flash
2. Removed side cover
3. Gently wiggled the round silver capacitor at the top that is wrapped with a black film
4. Voila... the flash worked and I put the cover and screws back.
I think over time that little capacitor detaches because of the vibrations. Hope it's of help.
Posted on May 16, 2008
I tap on the bottom, and it does work!
Posted on Jun 20, 2009
I tried to get the screws out, but the eyeglass screw driver wouldn't turn them. I tried tapping on the bottom of the camera with the smooth end of a key, and the flash started working!!!! Why is that? Whatever the reason, thanks so much for the advice above!
Posted on Dec 11, 2009
I reset all the settings.
Now when I take a picture, the flash flashes but the picture is still really dark.
I'm very confused
Posted on Jul 17, 2008
Many into this thread I still have my camera. I tried the tap/jiggle on the condenser and now it flashes!
Posted on Dec 05, 2012
The wiggling that huyhuyhuy suggested worked for me too! I'm so happy cause I'm leaving for a trip in a week!
Posted on Dec 04, 2009
I had the same problem last week. I used the reset function to reset all the settings and it worked for me.
Posted on May 01, 2008
I had the same problem and was contemplating buying another camera (not happy since this one's only 2 yrs old) but then tried turning red eye reduction "off" i.e. the red light doesn't come on before the flash and the flash started working!! Then I turned red eye "on" again and flash still works?! Next time I'll try the tapping trick
Posted on Jan 30, 2010
Huyhuyhuy's solution worked for me also! thank you!
Posted on Oct 31, 2008
Huyhuyhuy's wiggling idea worked..
just open the side panel
and on top..there is a black thing that looks like one fourth of a round thing..wiggle that..and try to push it in gently..and wola..
Posted on Aug 23, 2008
I found that just tapping the bottom of the camera a few times worked for me. I had read about that "solution" on another site.
Posted on Sep 10, 2008
I had a similar problem as well:
The flash would not work, yet I could still take pictures until the battery would "die", but they were still fully charged. (Put them into my wiimote just after the camera said dead, yet still a full meter lol)
What kind of batteries? No less than two sets of 4 2500mAh NiMH, the first purchased with the camera two years ago (nearly three now), and the second purchased in may 2008.
I had been carrying this camera with me pretty much all the time, in my purse, for 2 years, which wasn't the best treatment, but this camera still held up to that kind of abuse.
Then the flash dies about a month ago, along with the low battery sign after 10 minutes (whereas the batteries would last about 5 hours with LCD on).
I tried resetting the cam, didn't work.
Tried cleaning the battery contacts with an eraser, still not yet.
I tried to follow huyhuyhuy's advice, but there were more screws than in his description. I was able to see some of the inside, but had no access to it.
So, in the old tradition of cartridge games, I blew gently into it, hoping to get some of the dust or whatever out of it. I put the screws in, and ta-dah! The flash worked.
Those were the (many) things I tried. One of the had to have done it.
Posted on Jul 18, 2008
Not sure it save my last post. Anyhow here it is again. I had the same issue and stopped using my camera for a year. Finally decided to disassemble it. After probing around selectively on the flash module (PCB for the flash) I traced it to the control connector on the side of the PCB towards the center of the camera. There is a small ~5 conductor white ribbon cable with a green tab on the end. I reseated this with my small needle nose pliers for electrical repair. The flash now always fires. It would make sense tapping the camera / pressing on the flash cap moving the board could help temporarily re-seat this. I had to remove the top and back panel to get at this connector and this is easy as all screws are visible (3 inside the battery compartment for the top panel). Be careful on the top panel as there is a small ribbon cable attaching it to the body. There is a tab on the top holding it to the back on the left of the viewfinder and was the biggest headache to figure out how to remove the top. Remember to keep track of where the screws came out as they are all different sizes. I wire to the cap free float which is smart by canon to allow flexibility for this big mass so most likely all the flash issues are just this little connector. Results may vary. Yeah I have my favorite point and shoot back!
Posted on Aug 20, 2011
Huyhuyhuy's trick worked for me also! Thank you!
Posted on Oct 31, 2008
The wiggling that huyhuyhuy suggested worked for me. I'm still noticing a slight delay with the flash, but it works, so no complaints here.
Posted on May 27, 2008
My flash just stopped working a few days ago. Do you think the flash "died" and i need to replace it? how much do you think it will cost?
Posted on May 18, 2008
I have the same problem but have not contacted canon about it yet, doing so now!
Posted on Apr 27, 2008
In zoom with flash dark area red eye not reduced i have on the red eye reduction function
Posted on Mar 28, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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