The flash won't fire on my nikon 5700, SB just blinks red. I sent it to Nikon UK to have it repaired since the lcd and viewfinder are black also. They quoted me £146.00 (around $300) just to have the flash fixed. I faxed over to them 11 pages (could have sent more!)of people on the internet having the same problem. I think Nikon should admit there is a problem with this model.
Hi, I HAVE TWO NIKON COOLPIX 5700 CAMERAS AND BOTH HAVE THE SAME FLASH PROBLEM, THEY WON'T FLASH.BOTH CAMERAS HAVE BEEN REPAIRED FOR THIS FLASH PROBLEM BY NIKON, ONE WORKED FOR 2 MONTHS THEN WOULD NOT FLASH, THE OTHER ONE WORKED GOOD FOR FOUR MONTHS AND WOULD NOT FLASH. I DEFINITELY WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS CAMERA TO MY WORST ENEMY. THANK YOU.
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Re: re: nikon 5700 faulty flash
It appears that you have a ccd problem. That particular model had a ccd problem, whether or not the flash is part of it, I do not know. Here is the link to FREE REPAIR if the problem is the ccd. http://www.nikonusa.com/email_images/nikonusa/service_advisory/coolpix.html
I have sent some Nikons in for repair, and they have been fixed free. The shipping will cost you to send in.
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The flashing red light indicates that the camera's flash is charging.
Your electronic flash does not work on the low voltage supplied by the camera's battery. Instead, the battery is used to charge a capacitor(s) that are connected in a manner that raises the voltage to a level that will fire the flash. If the batteries are not adequately charged or the capacitor(s) are leaking, which will occur as they age, enough voltage will not be stored to allow the flash to fire.
Make sure your batteries are fully charged. Remember, rechargeable batteries do go bad after time and must periodically be replaced.
If the battery is fully charged and the red light continues to flash, the camera will need to be sent in for repair (probably replacement of the capacitor(s)). Call the Nikon Service Center at 1-800-645-6687 9AM-8PM EST, Monday to Friday, and they can arrange for you to have your camera evaluated and provide you with an estimate without cost. Your camera is rather old and it is possible that it might make more sense to replace it with a new model.
From what I have heard Nikon has recalled the Coolpix 5700 because of the SB error. It has something to do with a connector coming away from the printed circuit board. I recommend that you get in touch with Nikon and see if they will repair the flash for you. Click on the link below to contact them.
I have a SB-400 with cracked housing, and hope to find a broken one to replace my part.
Any offer is very much appreciated if you are interested of selling yours!
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I have sent my SB-600 to Nikon twice in the past 6 months to resolve this problem. They have fixed it both times, but never told me what the problem was. I've had it back for exactly 1 day now, and it's started back up again already. If I receive a solution (or replacement), I'll let you know!
Not to buy a Nikon Coolpix anymore. This is a very bad camera. I had this same error last year. The camera was sent to Japan once, returned to me and worked for six months. Now is the same problem: SB light in red doesn't let me take pictures in light conditions when flash is needed. So, you'd better think in buying a camera, not Nikon, please. JAMP Havana, Cuba
The red dot beside SB means that the flash is not ready. If the flash does not pop-up, I would say something is jamming it -- and not allowing the flash to pop-up. If the flash does pop-up, but the red dot stays on, there is a problem with the flash. The simplest might be a battery that is almost dead. The flash has to "charge" before it will fire. I have to admit, you would notice this rather quickly as the camera would power down within a few shots -- even if the flash didn't fire.
Check the pop-up flash position and get back to me. I hope this helps! Please post rating, if it does. Regards, Char1ieJ