Your comoon help for camera flash problems:
>>have you tried using lithium batteries? alkaline batteries. just try out >>different batteries.
Why? If the voltage is within mfgrs specs and the camera is otherwise working then what's the logic behind changing the battery formulation? Lithium, li-poly, alkaline, or other battery types will vary the available current and/or "life" of the battery, but a fresh battery - regardless of type should be sufficient to fire the flash if its in working condition. I can imagine all these people rushing out to buy an expensive lithium just to find that the flash dosen't work because the flash is just plain broke. "Flash not working" is a VERY common problem with the Stylus product line.
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Re: Flash Not working
Sounds like the flash unit is not charging up, or the charge sense circuit is defective. Could be something as simple as a loose solder connection on the PCB. No simple way of fixing it without taking the camera appart and poking around with a DMM or oscilloscope.
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If you are shooting with flash and using alkaline batteries, this certainly could be the case. If you are using lithium batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries and are not shooting with flash, and are having this problem, then there is likely some internal problem with the camera that is draining the batteries unnecessarily. In that case, you'd want to take the camera to a repair shop for troubleshooting.
You can try updating the firmware if it is possible first.If this doesn't help then try removing the batteries off the camera
and allow the camera to reset for an hour and then put them back. If this doesn't help then You need to use 2500 or higher rechargeable batteries - as soon as you
switch to this type of battery, it will work fine!
Your camera requires four AA size batteries.There are several factors that contribute to battery life:
This is the best solution for enjoyment and cost savings. NiMH
batteries typically last longer per charge than the average alkaline
batteries. NiMH batteries are rechargeable batteries, so they can be
used several times and thereby reduce the expense of continually
purchasing new batteries. NiMH batteries are typically sold with a
power adapter for charging. The life of these batteries can often be
determined by the mAh rating, the higher the mAh rating on the battery,
the longer that they will last. NiMH batteries do not have the memory
effect associated with NiCd batteries, which means that these batteries
can be recharged at any time and at your convenience (you do not have
to wait for the batteries to completely drain between charges).
Energizer has introduced a new series of Lithium batteries that provide
optimum performance and long life for disposable AA size batteries.
Laboratory studies shows that Lithium batteries last more than three
times as long as standard Alkaline batteries. This means many more
hours of fun and satisfaction with your digital camera. These lithium
batteries are not rechargeable, they are long lasting.
Using the LCD display, downloading images, playback, zoom and flash all
require some battery power to operate and may decrease the number of
shots per set of batteries. Performance may also vary based on the
Alkaline batteries selected. To significantly increase battery life, be
sure to turn off the LCD when it is not in use. The LCD consumes the
most amount of battery power. The benefit of being able to use alkaline
batteries is that you can find then almost anywhere if needed.
If you are using manganese batteries, the typical battery life will be
about 2 - 5 shots. Then the camera will indicate that battery power is
low and may shut-down. To avoid this experience, use either Alkaline or
Optimum Solution: Use a set of NiMH batteries
for longer use and to reduce the expense of continually buying new
batteries. It may also be a good idea to keep a spare set of NiMH
batteries for other devices that require AA size batteries on a regular
basis. Use AA Alkaline batteries when the NiMH batteries need to be
recharged and you want to continue enjoying the use of your camera.
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I found this somewhere else and I was surprised that it worked. Reset to default settings. Press menu, arrow right to the tool menu. Arrow down to Reset All, arrow right to yes. I had tried different batteries, even alkaline to get it to work thinking that my batteries were old and weren't charging the flash. I saw that someone had done the reset all to fix it. I did it and tried to take a picture, the icon flash twice and then the flash charged up and took the picture. I replaced the batteries to lithium and now it charges up right away. I hope that helps.
earlier i posted solution in similary problem. maybe help you this.
solution is good batteries, Ni-Mh or Lithium, rechargeable only not alkaline. but...problem is how long you watch pictures on lcd display or how much is flash in use. if always by shooting pics used flash that means that you can with best batteries 30, 20 or less pics shooted. and of course, if you connect camera with pc, how long is cam on? just transfer pics on pc and turn the camera off. the best solution is use the card reader for pics transfering. if is flash off, it's possible to shot 120-150 pics with Ni-Mh. with lithium i don't know, maybe 500 pics. don't use camera lcd for analysing pics it's just there for short preview. with alkaline batt., very low quality, i shot 30 pics without flash.
i shot also very good pics at night without flash. nikon coolpix L15 can do that but you must have more praxis. alkaline batteries shooting! after 3 pictures on display is message: warning! the battery is exhausted. what you can do? turn the camera off. wait about 10 minutes. turn the camera on, you can shot 3 or 5 pictures and than turn your camera off again. you can repeat this few times and you be lucky if you 30 pics captured:) REMEMBER: all this goes without camera flash!!! flash and every zooming use more battery power! and that was all magic:).
I'f your using alkaline AAs, try using rechargeable NiMH batteries or lithium disposables. Alkalines are very poor at supplying the kind of current needed to recharge the flash. I've found other Samsung cameras to be particularly fussy about batteries, and not always consistently so! Good luck.
What kinda camera?If the camera takes AA batteries and you are using alkaline batteries that might be why try finding lithium AA the should correct the problem.
Hope this helps and if the camera has a rechargeable battery then you might have a defective battery not holding a good charge. It takes a lot to charge the compositor for the flash see if the camera last longer with the flash turned off. hope this helps.
have you tried using lithium batteries? alkaline batteries. just try out different batteries. if it is still the same, have your camera checked in a service center for maybe it needs a replacement or there is something loose inside.
have you guys tried using other battery types like lithium and alkaline? if its not with the batteries, have it checked out in a service center because there might be a an issue with the charging for the flash.