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INSIDE PHOTOS ARE DARK AND GRAINY

EVEN THOUGH THE FLASH GOES OFF, MY INTERIOR PHOTOS ARE STILL DARK AND GRAINY. I HAVE TRIED RESETTING CAMERA TO ORIGINAL DEFAULT SETTINGS. DID NOT WORK. MY CAMERA IS OUT OF WARRANTY.

ANY IDEAS??? PEGGY VICKERS
PEGGY@PEGGYVICKERS.COM

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Regardless of the camera make/model... dark, grainy photos are usually a result of a lighting problem. Looking at the specs for your camera, the flash is only speced for 4m. If you are shooting near or above this you might have trouble. I ended up using an external flash that is triggered by sensing the cameras flash. Pretty inexpensive and pics ar 10x better. Try a local camera shop or B&H Photo (NYC) is where I got mine set up on line.

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I had this problem before, sent it off to have it repaired 1 year ago, and now have it again.

Just to make sure it's the same problem, here's a description: The flash seems to be out of sync with the shutter. Using the flash in medium or low light (in auto mode) makes the picture darker than not using a flash at all. It ruins the picture. In a completely dark room, even though the flash fires, the pictures comes out pitch black.

The problem is the flash unit -- it needs to be replaced. If your camera is under warranty, Canon will replace it for free. (You pay only to ship it to them.)

(You might try what they told me to try before I shipped it off, and that was to reset the camera by pushing and holding the menu button until it resets. Didn't do anything for mine, but who knows.)

If it's not under warranty, Canon will offer to replace it with a refurbished newer model for a discounted price. That's my situation now, because the problem has come back.

I did come across a posting that described how to replace the flash unit yourself -- it involves taking the camera apart, but looks doable. (Sorry, I don't have the link handy and I'm not sure if I can find it back.) The problem is, I don't know where to get the part. Canon has been no help on this. Anyone know where I can get a Canon flash unit for the A85?

Hope this helps, and good luck.
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