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Re: Flash doesn't work
Try to hard reset the camera at first. This can be done by removing the battery and pressing the power button for about 1-2 min (keep it pressed). After that, press every other button twice (including zoom, menu and shuter buttons). Then press again the power button for about 1-2 min. After that reconnect the battery and go to auto-settings. If this doesn't work there is a problem with either the camera's firmware or the internal flash capacitor. Either of these will require service intervention because they will need to dissasemble the camera and run a diagnostic. This shouldn't be an expensive repair IF the camera doesn't show on the screen an error message something like E:16:00 blinking (when you take pictures). If this is the case, the flash assembly is damaged and needs to be replaced (this costs about $50-$60) otherwise it should be cheaper. For more informations please reply back.
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Replacing the flashtube is not something you can do. It requires complete disassembly of the camera and delicate soldering skills. It must be sent to an authorized Kodak repair facility. It will cost a lot.
The hand icon may be a warning of low light or about stabalisation if your camera has this feature. You don't say what model your camera is, but Canon usually use a jagged arrow icon, like a lightening bolt, to indicate the flash is on. If this is blinking, then the flash is still charging up. Does the camera actually flash? A low battery may prevent the flash from charging up enough to provide the light needed. In any case, flash only works for subjects that are reasonable close up.
Do you have it turned off? Is there a picture of a lightning bolt with a line through it? If so, press the button with the lightning bolt until the screen shows a lightning bolt and an "a". Also, do you have the camera set on a scene mode such as night? The flash won't go off in some scene modes.
I have a sony cybershot DSC-S650, the LCD was very dark and could not
see anything except if I pointed it at a bright object, everything else
worked ok. I could take pictures but could barely see them in playback
I took it to Sony authorised repair outlet and was told
the CCD was damaged, they charged me USD $55 to repair it (in Quito,
CCD malfunction, common with Sony manufactured CCD chips. You are in luck, its a free repair regardless of warranty date. http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=223&modelid=8044#
You may have selected "Flash output" - look that up in the camera settings. In M mode, go to the menu, go to [flash +/-] icon, adjust flash with left and right arrows and press FUNC. You can take test photos while adjusting with the arrows.
Also, the effect of the flash quickly diminishes with distance so if your objects are distant the built in flash is too weak to light them, but the camera has no way of knowing this. In contrary, when not using the flash, your camera adjusts its exposure to the amount of light available (hold the camera steady!)
The flash icon appears in the upper left corner of display or it appears as circled flash icon? If flash is open and appears a circled icon, then there’s a malfunction contact that don’t communicate to the camera that the flash is open. Your camera needs service! Be sure the upper part of the flash is unfolded, pointing directly in front of the camera (not downward), because the sensor is just in this second folder. If the icon is not circled, press the right arrow until only the lightning symbol appears (forced flash). Try a shot! If the flash doesn’t pops, then your camera needs servicing (burned or broken lamp or other malfunctions).
In warranty case however,
in order to repair the above mentioned error you should replace the flash circuit board part number:A1166208A.Price for the spare part is 35 Euro (for my account).
If you need more info please advice.