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Built-In Flash I'm only 17 and am somehow tech. impaired. I just bought a $20 starter digital camera, it even came with a Dummies guide. So far, it's been what I expected for the price. Not the greatest quality picture, but it came with a program to make the picture look better on the computer(hehe). Anyways...my concern is the built-in flash. Now this may sound dumb, but is that automatically always on? Is there a way to turn it off? Whenever I take a picture with an extra light on, it turns the whole pic white. That's a little overkill for flash I think. I tried putting tape over the flash but then the color's distorted. Is my cheapy walmart camera hopeless in taking a worth-while photo? Or is there something I can do? Please and thank you. I don't know what my product brand name or anything is, I just know it is a 2.1MP Digital Camera for Dummies(Title on packaging) and "Sakar" is on the packaging as well. I don't know....

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    John Hannah May 11, 2010

    hi Jess. What is the extra light you are talking about. Are the pictures OK without bthe extra light?

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