WHen we turn our camera on, there is no view field. You can not see out of the camera and the flash automatically pops up because there is not enough light. our guess is that the shutter is not opening.
It was working fine, nothing dropped, etc. we just changed batteries.
We can view pictures already taken, but can not take new ones - the result is a black screen/photo.
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If you have set the main dial to the green camera logo, with automatic in bad light, and the flash still does not pop up, you could start worrying. The mail mode dial is very easy to turn, even without knowing. It happens to me more often than I would like. My next camera must have a special button to lock this dial.
When you chaco the manual, you will see there are settings the flash won't pop up and even when it is up it won't flash, because that menu excludes the flash.
The build in flash, will be useful within several meters (15 to 20 feet) if it is really dark.
Your camera should be capable of taking pictures in poor light conditions. Try to shoot in automatic mode. The mode dail to AUTO. (green camera symbol). Then view the picture with info. There you can see the ISO, Aperture and shutter time. From there you can experiment for darker or lighter pictures. For this you can choose M, A,S or P.
In each of these modes, you can use the following steps.
On top of the camera, close to the shutter release button you see a little knob with a +/- sign. If you press that button, you should see a 0.
If you see a - figure, this means the picture you shoot all be darker than normal. If you see a + sign with a figure it means the picture will be brighter. While pressing that button and turning the command dail, you can choose -3 to +3 EV. That is much darker and much brighter.
If you shoot many pictures in bad light conditions, you could buy an external flash. A Nikon flash will work very good and automatic, with your camera, because camera and flash will communicate and help each other to make better pictures. Cheaper external flashes can work too, but most of the time you must change settings manual on the flash. Never use old flashes, that were build for analog cameras. They sometimes switch with a voltage higher than your camera can handle. The camera can be damaged by such a flash.
Flash should pop up automatically when you operate camera in easy mode (green square on dial selector) in low light conditions. If using in manual modes press the button on the left side of the lens mount. To fire the flash without taking a picture press the button used to zoom out when viewing pictures. If your flash does not work at all then there is probably a fault with the charging circuit or firing circuit.
The flash automatically pops up and strobes when the surrounding are dark. If it does not flash, make sure that you have selected the flash mode you want. If it is still not working, take it in for a service. If it is still under warranty, they will fix it for free.
Here is a link for the manual just in case you don't have one.
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the flash is a pop-up mecanizem. on the left side by the neck strap ring, theres a little button. that button should pop the flash up. and there ya go. on some settings the flash doesnt work even with the flash up. on the screen, when its on theres a little lighting bolt, when theres a line through the lightning bolt, that means flash is off, when you have it on the AUTO setting and its fairly dark out, and the flash is up, it should automatically be on. anytime you see that lightning bolt on your camera, its related to flash.
Lakshmy Be aware that the built in flash does not pop up automatically in all
picture modes. Try it when in the different modes (on the mode dial)
and see what I mean. Does it pop up when manually opened ?, (small
button on front left hand side of the viewing pentaprism/flash
housing.) PLease let u shave more information for a proper solution.
does the flash pop up? Try this in a dark room with the setting on automatic. If it does NOT pop up, the problem is that the flash is stuck in some way. Try gently prying it up if you can. if not, take it into a camera repair shop to get it fixed.
It may be broken/blown, but there is a way to toggle the flash. There is a button located on the left-front of the camera , just left of the flash and above the lens. Hold it while scrolling the wheel on the right.
Best way to find out if it's broke or not: put your camera on Auto, go into a dark room, and take a photo. If the flash pops up and takes a shot w/o firing, you know it's broke. If it doesn't pop up at ALL, you've probably got a bigger problem