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DSC-P72 using Flash

I have a DSC-P72 and every time I take photos of my 10 month old baby grandaughter the flash is so bright she closes her eyes. I have it on the lowest setting but nothing seems to work. We took indoor photos of her yesterday with an Olympus camera with no problems at all, at the same time I used my Sony and every photo her eyes were closed. Can anyone help as I am really regretting buying this camera.

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Re: DSC-P72 using Flash

Hello everybody, This is a general issue, even with red-eye off, even with AF illuminator off,there is a pre-flash just before the main flash which can close some people's eyes. It can't be offed. How to do? If your cam has a shoe, you can use an external flash which strobes only once!

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Re: DSC-P72 using Flash

I've noticed the same problem when using red eye reduction "on" with my DSC-P72. Turning it off may help but you'll need to clean up the "red eye"

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Re: DSC-P72 using Flash

I also have the P72 and I take plenty of pictures of my 4 month old and 2 1/2 yr. old. I really don't have this problem...I try not to use the flash often (even indoors if enough light) or I keep it on the lowest setting. I also have red-eye off. Don't get me wrong I get all kinds of shots...good and bad. Check your red-eye and try with it off. Let us know how you make out.

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Re: DSC-P72 using Flash

Hi, While I do not have a P72, I find this problem odd. Most flash cycle times are so rapid that your grandaughter could not possible close her eyes in that time period (the travel time for the flash to fire and be reflected from the child's face is far faster than a human blink). The problem may be in pre-flash and not the flash itself. So that redeye-reducing "feature" may be responsible for your problem. Does your camera have a redeye reduction mode on the flash?

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