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Press Right on the cursor button (marked with the lightning bolt icon) to switch the flash setting. Your choices are AUTO, AUTO/Red-eye reduction, Forced ON, Forced ON/Red-eye reduction, Slow sync/Red-eye reduction, and Forced OFF.
on some cameras (like sony) there is a very fast double flash .. you see only one .. the first sets up the shot the second takes the picture ... its not likely that your vivitar has this feature so i am thinking that your "noticable" double flash is caused by "red eye reduction" being turned on .. on my vivitar (dc8600) the flash mode including red eye reduction is selected by the 4 way switch .. by pressing the right tilt you can cycle thru all the flash modes ... that includes no flash, forced flash, automatic flash and red eye reduction..maybe other modes as well .. the flash is in fully automatic mode when no sysbol appears on the screen .. thats probably where you want to be ... that will flash only once per shot and only when needed .. ..
To take photos with red eye reduction requires your flash to firerapidly before snapping the pic. Make sure camera is in record mode pres the 4 way switch with the lightning sign on it. The flash modes will pop up. select red eye flash.
To fix red-eye after a photo is taken. Bring up the photo in playback mode and press menu button. Red eye reduction should be available as one of the menu items. Otherwise, display the pic, press OK button in center and if you like the fixed picture then select yes to store it.
If the red-eye reduction is turned on, and you can verify that the pre-flash is functioning, you may need to think about shooting technique. With ultra-compact cameras, the flash is necessarily placed close to the lens. This is the worst design possible to avoid red-eye. To reduce red-eye as much as possible, ensure the red-eye reduction system is turned on (and functioning properly), and get close to the subject. I mean "physically" close, not just close by zooming. Use as little zoom as possible. If the subject is small, move closer, without relying on the zoom lens to make the subject appear closer.
while in record mode, press the flash/up button repeatedly until you are in red-eye reduction mode. red-eye reduction mode should greatly reduce the problem when enabled. If this does not work, the software that came with your camera (and most photo editing applications) include a red eye reduction/removal filter.
Reports thus far are very favorable with regard to a lack red-eye problems and the red-eye reduction system. Many have said thus far that they usually do not need to engage the red-eye reduction flash.