Whenever I turn on the camera, it'll either A) Stay on for about 5 seconds. or B) Not turn on at all. On the odd occasion it actually DOES turn on all the way, when I go to take a picture, it turns off. I have new batteries in it, too.
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Try rechargable NiMH batteries. They are specifically designed for today's technology, and last much, much longer than traditional batteries. It doesn't matter about the brand -- Energizer, Rayovac, Duracell, generic -- I've found that they all tend to last about the same amount of time in my digital camera. But I only use rechargable ones anymore.
That has happened to me before. When I got my camera for the first time, I took all kinds of pictures. About a week later, it did the same thing yours did. So I got new batteries and I wouldn't work. So I went to the store where I bought it and had it exchanged for a new one. If you haven't scrached it or anything and kept the reciept, then go to where you bought it and have it exchanged.
I haven't heard of this problem but compliments of velocityreviews I came up with this.
Follow the instructions below to attach an external Speedlight. Refer to your Speedlight manual for detailed instructions regarding Speedlight operation.
1 Make sure that both the camera and the external Speedlight are
2 Attach the Speedlight to the camera accessory shoe.
3 Turn both the camera and the Speedlight on.
4 Set the external Speedlight zoom head to an angle wider than
28 mm. If you are using a Speedlight with Auto Power Zoom, set the zoom head angle manually. The COOLPIX5700 does not support power zoom.
5 Set the external Speedlight flash mode to TTL.
At this setting, the amount of light produced by the external Speedlight is measured by the camera?s photocell, and the flash shooting range adjusted automatically to ensure optimal exposure. D-TTL flash control
(available with the SB-80DX, SB-50DX and SB-28DX) is not supported.
6 Take the picture
If the Speedlight Options: Speedlight Control option in the SET-UP
menu is set to Auto, only the external Speedlight will fire. If this option is set to Int & Ext Active then the external Speedlight and the builtin Speedlight will fire at the same time.
The COOLPIX5700 does not support AF-assist illumination, or red-eye
reduction using the red-eye reduction lamp on the external Speedlight.
At a setting of STBY (standby), the Speedlight will turn on automatically whenever the camera turns on but will not turn off automatically when the camera turns off.
Exact functionality varies with the Speedlight in use. Refer to your Speedlight manual for details.
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