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Canon A710 When I go to take a photo which requires flash - the cdamera focuses but then the flash signal flashes and the camera won't take the photo. Not sure what I have done.

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  • Anonymous Aug 18, 2008

    same probem, works without flash but not if flash is required.

  • suemario Dec 16, 2008

    I have the same problem - when I try to take the picture I press and no picture is taken - however if I take the flash off manual, I can take the picture

  • superstevens Jan 03, 2009

    I have the same issue. Must be common. Has anyone solved it???

  • stevetang88 Jan 27, 2009

    i have the same problem. It appears the flashing bulb is not working. As soon as i turn the flash off, the camera continues to take pictures.

  • sschulze Feb 16, 2009

    When I take a pictures that requires flash, the light goes on, but the camera will not take the picture, it works fine outside though.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2009

    Same here. Fully charged 2700mAh batteries but no flash. Without flash it works fine. When i get home i'll try the solution#1 posted here.

  • amandaraegib May 25, 2009

    I have the same problem. Photos requiring flash are not taken until the flash is manually turned off.

  • amandaraegib May 25, 2009

    I agree with this problem.

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I have found that the camera is sensitive to battery power in that a slight fall off in voltage causes the problem. I came across a site, which I have not been able to find again, where it was stated that the contacts on the lid do not sit with sufficient pressure on the batteries to get a good contact. If you put the batteries in and look across the top, in my case, the battery +ve terminal is sitting slightly lower than the –ve battery terminal. To solve it, put a small piece of very thin plastic under the +ve contact on the lid so that it sits more proud. This has certainly improved my problem to the extent that this week the plastic fell out and the problem returned. Also I always use high capacity re-chargeable batteries. Hope this helps.

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the camera needs enough light from the environment to produce good picture
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Portrait provides extra sharp focus on the subject. It also opens the aperture some, and may in SOME cases give you a blurred backbround depending on the distance of the subject and background to the camera.

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You have a very capable camera. It can do what you're thinking of. You just need to practice with it. It's digital, experiment with the above techniques. Throw away the bad pics and keep the good, noting which technique worked best for the lighting and situation.

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Maybe you created a new folder on the flash-card. When connecting the camera to the computer go to Windows Explorer, and search the camera. It should come up as a drive.

A better way to search the flash card of the camera is to remove the flash card, and use a USB flash reader to the computer.

If you still cannot find the files, it is possible that you accidently erased them.

If the files are erased, I am sure your kid would like another party. This way you can invite back all his or her friends and do a re-shoot. Just make sure you have a lot of cake, and soft drinks.

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