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FLASH WILL NOT OPEN - ERROR CODE SHOWS, ASKS TO SWITCH CAMERA OFF THEN ON - BATTERY REMOVED AND PUT BACK CODE ERR 05

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Top cover giving err05
you can open manualy and clean throughly and front cover edge just push it out side make little space beetween top cover flash and front cover.
try out if work then good other wise you have open camera and clean top cover part which is poping up flash.

Posted on Aug 08, 2010

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