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Easy. When the camera is in normal shooting mode, press the up button (marked with the symbol of a lightning bolt) until the symbol of a crossed out lightning bolt near the top left of the screen turns to an uncrossed lightning bolt symbol. that's it.
if you keep pressing the up button until the lightning bolt symbol has a letter A next to it, the camera will fire the flash only when it thinks it is necessary. this will keep your flash from firing in bright light and therefore save battery charge.
remember when you flipped through your math textbook in the first grade and it had "too much stuff on it"? you think its too much because you aren't used to it. don't be afraid to mess with the settings in order to learn how to use your camera best; you can never permanently damage a camera in changing its settings. the worst that could ever happen is losing all the photos in memory. if anything else goes wrong, you can always return the settings to what they were when you bought the cam in a few button presses (refer to the manual).
Check the flash mode that your camera is set to. The flash modes are: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced Flash, No Flash, Slow Synchro, and Red-Eye plus Slow Synchro. You might have the flash mode set such that your camera detects that the lighting doesn't require the flash mode selected. You can try manually overriding the flash mode by pressing left on the circle function button next to the LCD view screen. If you are still unable to manually turn the flash on, try changing the shooting mode with the mode select dial on top of the camera, then if necessary repeat the flash override step mentioned above. Repeat until successful. There is also the possibility that the flash is malfunctioning, but that is less likely than a setting issue. Let me know how you make out.
This normally means that the images will be blurred. Have you turned off the flash? If so, turn it on. If you don't want to use the flash, use a tripod or a higher ISO to prevent images appearing blurred.
Hi, We had the same problem, and we fixed it!
First, identify that it''s the AF motor drive by
A) Turning it on and putting your ears against the camera, then hearing
a humming noise for about 5 seconds.
B) The error comes up flashing on the screen: "E:61:00".
Okay, so you''ve identified your problem!
Next you wanna fix it, right? ;)
A) Put the camera about a half inch from a hard surface.
B) Let the lense go out and hit the surface and retract a little bit.
Let it go out all the way when it tries the next time.
If that doesnt fix it, try this:
A) Turn it on and let the lense go out fully
B) See where the lense comes out of the camera? The little round crack
that surrounds it? Wiggle the lense a bit and blow in there a bit. (Be
sure not to blow on the lense!)
Now turn it off/on again, and it should be fixed!
If not, try these steps a few more times. If still nothing, then I
suggest phoning Sony, but this DID work for us, so hopefully it''ll
work for you :)
In your display, is the small lightning symbol appear on the screen? Try cycling through the various flash options by pressing the "flash" lightning symbol to the right of the monitor. If the flash is set to flash when there's not enough light at the G9's descretion (with an "A" next to the symbol) then the flash may or may not go off. I oftentimes set the flash to go off all the time if the camera is not doing it automatically (with the A next to the symbol). Being in Auto mode versus the other preset exposure modes affect the flash options available too.