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My Canon Powershot A630's flash won't work. Basically, you press down the shutter button and the little red light goes off, but no flash, and it won't take the picture unless you turn the flash off.

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  • Barnis Mar 26, 2008

    Yes mine does the same thing. I sent it back to Canon and they said they fixed it but when I got it back it did the same thing. They said they fixed it for free and won't fix it again. I'm very upset, I paid good money for this camera and it hasn't worked right since I purchased it.

  • GJOH Mar 28, 2008

    I am having the same problem as you. My flash stopped firing about a month ago, first I thought I had changed something inadvertently, but that is certainly not the case. Spoke with Canon this morning - my camera on its way back for repair. Tech seems to think the bulb is out. Seems to be a number of this ocurrence out there.

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2008

    I just starting having the same flash problem. It's a shame someone sent their's off and got it back and it still doesn't work. The manual says the camera comes with a built-in Lithium battery. I'm about to take mine apart myself since it's not under warranty anyway.

  • iprashant May 01, 2008

    I had the same problem last week. I used the reset function to reset all the settings and it worked. I found this solution somewhere in the internet and it worked for me.

  • alice_lmk May 18, 2008

    I have the same prolem with my flash as the others. Camera works great without flash but when flash setting is enabled only the yellow illuminator light comes on and the camera refuses to take a picture.
    I tried resetting camera but this didn't work.

  • krisz Jun 14, 2008

    I have the same problem.Batteries ok checked the setting but nothing. My camera worked for 1,5 years without problem. Is it a Canon manufacturer problem?





  • arianajewel Jun 17, 2008

    I have the same problem with my SD550.

  • mom2madndrew Jun 27, 2008

    Yes! I'm having the same problem! I've had the camera for 1.5 years and I love it! I hope we can get the problem resolved. I haven't taken it in to a camera shop to be looked at yet. I did change the batteries with no resolve. Does anyone remember how long the warranty is?

    ~Martha

  • katemermaid Aug 11, 2008

    I've got the same problem. Resetting didn't work. Any other ideas?

  • Myriamba Aug 13, 2008

    hi, I just have the same problem...I have looked into the control panel and I could not find anything..any help?

  • steph321 Mar 27, 2009

    I'm having the same problem. The red light comes on, but there's no flash. I tried all of the settings, I tried new batteries, and I tried resetting the camera (which had worked in the past). Nothing worked. I was reading the possible solutions a few minutes ago, though, and I think it was #4 that said to tap the bottom of the camera a few times. I just did that and it actually worked ... for now, at least. I was just able to take a couple of pictures with flash. Yay!!

  • dan814291 Apr 27, 2009

    My flash also stopped working. However, huyhuyhuy wiggling solution solved the problem.

    Thanks! :-)


  • shebcool24 May 11, 2009

    My Canon Powershot A630's flash won't work. Basically, you press down the shutter button and the little red light goes off, but no flash, and it won't take the picture unless you turn the flash off.

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    Tapping on the bottom of mine fixed it!

  • casoar May 11, 2010

    Hi, My Canon Powershot A 640 was flooded a few weeks ago. I could dry it and it works perfectly again except for the flash. I
    tried everything on the forum on the flash problem for the A630 A640
    but it didn't help (banging the camera, tilting the flash capacitor). From
    the start I suspect the internal lithium battery may be dead. Reason
    being that when I take batteries out, camera asks me again for date
    & time. I opened the camera and see 2 posiibilities for the battery: - below the loudspeaker (a few mm round silver battery labeled KS13 4806) - behind the LCD screen (smaller silver round battery labeled o/26) this location was mentioned in another post on A 620 Does anyone know which one is the lithium battery, which sort it is, any details, how to replace it etc? Thanks a lot beforehand

  • myers_maa
    myers_maa Mar 27, 2012

    Absolutly amazing, the internet and the solution, took of the side panel, wiggled the silver capacito and it works like a champ!! And I was ready to go buy a new camera because the camera guy said "oh no you can't fix these little cameras unfortunatly", yea right...I think I will go flash him in the eye!

  • John Carter Apr 23, 2013

    Mine is doing the same thing as well... Just don't know what could be possibly wrong. I haven't sent it to Canon yet. Looking at Barnis' case, I am not even thinking of sending it!

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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.

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I tap on the bottom, and it does work!

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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!

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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

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Many into this thread I still have my camera. I tried the tap/jiggle on the condenser and now it flashes!
My Canon Powershot A630's flash - 12_5_2012_8_44_15_pm.jpg

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The wiggling that huyhuyhuy suggested worked for me too! I'm so happy cause I'm leaving for a trip in a week!

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I had the same problem last week. I used the reset function to reset all the settings and it worked for me.

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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

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Huyhuyhuy's solution worked for me also! thank you!

Posted on Oct 31, 2008

Huyhuyhuy's wiggling idea worked..

thanks

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..
FLASH..

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.

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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!

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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

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