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My flash will not work.

The flash on my camera just sits when I am attempting to take a picture. with the icon blinking. Only when I turn off the flash, will the picture take.

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  • rhianna_k Aug 06, 2008

    I have rechargeable batteries and I've changed them out to brand new ones several times. Why does the flash icon continuously blink like it is trying to set the flash, but can't?

  • Anonymous Sep 14, 2008

    the flash on my camera just sits when I am attempting to take a picture. with the icon blinking. Only when I turn off the flash, will the picture take.

  • charless771 Oct 13, 2008

    Canon A540 flash does not work. I can switch the lever to review the pictures and it will reset it so that I can get one flash. Then it locks up and the recharge light just flashes and drains the batteries.




  • becliles Oct 18, 2008

    The flash icon blinks when trying to take a picture. Only when I turn off the flash does it take the pic. It has brand new batteries. Does the cr1220 battery have anything to do with the flash? I have taken it out and inserted it again and it allows me to reset the date and time. What do I do? Is the flash busted?

  • covequeen Nov 05, 2008

    I have both problems: camera will not shoot when flash is on, and I keep getting battery low wignals when I have recently changed to new batteries.

  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2008

    same exact problem....

  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2008

    I just changed the batteries. If the flash is on, when I try to take a picture, the flash just blinks. I can only take a picture with the flash off. I don't know how to change my flash settings from "continuous" or not, but I don't think that will help me, as even with brand new batteries it will not work.

  • Nugroho Jan 04, 2009

    I have same problem. I play with the menu and put flash power to minimum. It works ! and still work when I put back to auto. But 2 weeks later it happen again and my trick don't work anymore. :-(



  • squid_mg Jan 06, 2009

    I also have this problem and have done everything with the menu, flash settings, new batteries. This camera only started doing this after it was a year old and did not do this when it was new. I have come to the conclusion that the Canon cameras are simply crappy, disposable cameras and I will not purchase another one. I will research my next purchase much better and not include Canon in my consideration set. Too bad for Canon - probably much better for me.

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    Same problem!! Flash icon blinks and I cannot take a picture. I called Canon's tech support and was told I could send it in to be repaired for $80.00 plus shipping and handling OR trade it in for my choice of one of three models costing me between $80 to $125 plus S&H. I think I will save my $80.00 and buy a new camera, different brand!

  • carletonreid Feb 09, 2009

    When attempting to take picture with flash, flash icon flashes on screen and nothing happens.  repeated battery changes does not help.


  • MeShouse Mar 25, 2009

    I have the same problem.
    It's only happened recently too which I found really weird, maybe I dropped it by accident and it just messed something up??

    I don't know where it sprung from but my auto flash light blinks with the flash with a dash through it....It's really frustrating! I think I've had this camera for over 2 years though...time for a new one I guess


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Have you checked your camera settings via the menu? You could check and see if the flash is set for continuous use or only when needed.And also your camera power supply? Could be the batteries are too weak to run both.

Posted on Aug 06, 2008

  • wife2004 Nov 05, 2010

    New batteries, not on continuous mode and flash isn't working. Get orange light, but when I press shutter button, the flash button on the screen flashes but doesn't take a picture.

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